Most lifts open around from around mid-June to mid-September, you can find details of all the different lifts in the valley on our Chamonix summer lifts page and ideas on all the great things you can do here on our Chamonix summer activities page.
There is so much to do in Chamonix from gentle Alpine hikes to high altitude mountaineering, including climbing the highest mountain in the Alps – Mont Blanc! None of these activities require any experience, just enthusiasm and a reasonable level of fitness, our mountain guides will take care of the rest and ensure that you have an unforgettable experience.
Chamonix might be a mecca for thrill seekers but it is also a great destination for families; children will love exploring the forests, meeting the donkeys, taking the Montenvers train up to the glacier, splashing in the rivers and generally having the time of their lives.
Events in Chamonix go on all summer long, this year more so than ever due to it being the 150th anniversary of the Golden Age of Alpinism. This year Chamonix will celebrate the incredible feats of mountaineering that took place in 1865 with a summer of exhibitions, events and parties. Here is a quick round-up of the main Chamonix summer events:
- 26-28 June: Marathon du Mont Blanc
Three days of races of various lengths from a vertical kilometre to an 80km ultra. A great experience whether you’re taking part or cheering on from the sidelines.
- 11-13 July: World Climbing Championships
The best climbers on the planet gather in Chamonix to pit their spidey-skills against each other on two massive walls in the centre of Chamonix, one wall for speed and the other for difficulty. Incredible to watch and a great atmosphere.
- 14 July: Bastille Day
The closing night of the World Climbing Championships coincides with the dawn of France’s national day, so you can expect there to be a few parties going on! Free concerts, fireworks, beer tents, food stalls and plenty of joie de vivre.
- 21 July: Fete de la Musique
Merely one week later is another chance to party the night away at the annual Fete de la Musique, a celebration of all types of music that takes place in the squares, streets, bars and restaurants of Chamonix – expect to still be dancing when the sun comes up.
- 25 July – 2 August: Cosmojazz Festival
Chamonix really does love its music! And the Cosmojazz Festival brings it to the most unlikely of places – you’ll find live concerts happening on mountain tops, in cable cars, beside lakes and in all sorts of locations all over the valley. The majority are free to enter and feature world-class musicians doing what they do best.
- 15 August: Fete des Guides
Expect this year’s mountain guides festival to be even more special than usual, given the Golden Age of Alpinism celebrations. Traditional ceremonies at the Maison des Guides will be followed by a big outdoor party with food stalls, live music and fireworks at the Lac des Gaillands – as always there will be a special performance on the rock face by the mountain guides!
- 24-30 August: Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc
One of the world’s most famous trail running races, the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc covers 170km, climbs 10,000m and passes through 3 countries as it circles the base of Mont Blanc. Oh, and the winner will probably whip round it in about 20 hours. A spectacular event to watch and an electric atmosphere as thousands of runners attempt the race of their lives.
- 12-13 September: Evergreen Endurance Triathlon
Give a warm welcome to the very first edition of the Chamonix Ironman! Not an official affiliate of the Ironman race series but two triathlons covering Iron and half-Iron distances around the lakes and mountains of the Haute Savoie – they have set themselves the goal of being both the toughest and the most eco-friendly triathlons in the world.
As you can see, no matter when you come there is plenty to see and do, so enter the dates when you want to visit into our Chamonix Accommodation search page and see what we can offer you!
In the meantime, Happy Easter from Chamonix! Not only do we get to eat our body weight in chocolate this weekend but it looks like good times are ahead with more snow on the way tomorrow and then clear skies on Easter Sunday and Monday.