Spring is in the air! Longer days, more sunshine and the usual flurries of snow that arrive during March and April are on the way.
Those of us that live in Chamonix year round love this time of year – the bitter cold of January is behind us, the February holiday mayhem is over and the lighter evenings mean that we can enjoy a bit of the apres-ski atmosphere after we’ve finished work! Life definitely chills out a bit once March is underway, leaving us more time to have fun when we’re on the slopes or in the office.
Chamonix is nothing if not diverse and there are some great events lined up over the next couple of months – film festivals, mountaineering awards, music concerts and ski races… this is a great time of year to visit if you want to experience a bit of Chamonix culture!
Friday 13th to Sunday 15th of March : Coupe d’Europe Ski de Fond
The best cross-country ski racers in Europe gather in Chamonix for 3 days of competition for the European Cup – races are free to watch and usually take place around the Desert Blanc area in Les Praz. If you’re inspired and want to give cross-country skiing a try then take a look at our cross-country ski lessons, perfect for learning the basics or brushing up your technique!
Saturday 21th March to Friday 27th March : Spring Music Festival
The hills are alive with the sound of… chamber music, orchestras, piano recitals, choirs, string quartets and just about every other kind of classical music you can think of. Chamonix welcomes musicians from all around the world to play intimate concerts in churches and other small venues. The full programme is not yet confirmed but details can be picked up in the tourist office in Chamonix.
Wednesday 25th – Saturday 28th March : Chamonix Adventure Film Festival
4 days packed with exploration, adrenaline, adventure and imagination. Inspirational film screenings and photo exhibitions as well as your chance to get involved in innovative workshops and courses. A must for all mountain enthusiasts! You can find more information and the programme of events on the Chamonix Adventure Film Festival website
Friday 3rd to Monday 6th of April : Jour Blanc
A long weekend of non-stop partying with music in the mountains during the day and down in the town at night! The Jour Blanc Unlimited Festival brings the best electronic music acts to breathtaking stages all over the Mont-Blanc range. All the events are accessible with the special Unlimited Festival pass that also works as your lift pass to all the Chamonix ski areas. Book your lift pass online and we’ll collect it for you in time for your arrival – no waiting at the resort office or queuing at the lift station on your first morning!
Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th of April : Piolets d’Or
The Piolets d’Or is an awards ceremony with a difference, it doesn’t celebrate the “winner” as such, but the people who show the most passion and embrace the true spirit of exploration. Credit is given for first ascents and descents, but emphasis is laid more firmly on team spirit, innovation, imagination and respect for the mountains. There will be exhibitions, lectures, debates, film screenings and awards in both Chamonix and Courmayeur – with this year’s coveted lifetime achievement award going to British mountaineer Chris Bonington. You can find out more on the Piolets d’Or website. Explore the mountains for yourself with a mountain guide – spring conditions are perfect for mixed ice and rock climbing, glacier hiking and ski touring.
Friday 17 to Sunday 19 of April 2015 Corsican Festival La Corse à Cham
For 3 days the streets of Chamonix will be drenched in the sounds, sights, flavours, and hopefully sunshine of Corsica! We’ll be treated to music concerts, dancing, market stalls, cookery classes and Corsican culture. Just take a stroll around town to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy some free entertainment.
We have some great last minute accommodation deals during March and April, keep an eye on our Facebook page for the latest deals or have a browse at our self-catered chalets and apartments and contact us to request our best offer!