Au Revoir Winter, Bonjour Spring! Interseason Activities in Chamonix

Chamonix Freeride DaysThis weekend sees the last of the Chamonix ski areas close as Les Grands Montets holds it’s famous end of season party on Sunday.

Expect all the usual madness – fancy dress, DJs, rail contests, water slide competition, BBQ… and then even more partying down in Argentiere and Chamonix town afterwards.

It’s been a funny old winter with very early snow getting us all excited way back in November and then… nothing. Not a sausage until the weekend after Christmas and then it dumped down in such epic proportions that roads were closed, holidaymakers camped out in village halls and the British press had a field day reporting on “chaos in the Alpes”.

le-tour-chamonix-winter-01Despite all that, we’ve had a great season with enough snow to keep the pistes well covered right up until April and plenty of bluebird days to counteract the lack of epic powder days (of which there were a few, just not as many as we would have liked).

Now though, we must bid the winter a fond au revoir and look to what lies ahead. While summer is not yet in full swing, there is still plenty of fun to be had.

Canyoning in ChamonixCanyoning and rafting are now open and as neither of these activities are weather dependent, it doesn’t matter if it is raining or sunny!

Chamonix canyoningFor those who are wondering, canyoning is seriously good fun; it involves wading through streams, sliding down waterfalls, jumping off rocks and splashing through plunge pools. A real adventure that can be done by anyone over 8 years old. You’ll be met by a guide and kitted out with wet suit and helmet before venturing off into the streams and rivers of Barberine. The action can be as intense as you want it to be with options to suit everyone from little bum-slides down smooth rocks to adrenaline pumping leaps off 12 metre rock ledges! Contact us now to book canyoning in Chamonix for as little as 69€ per person.

chamonix raftingRafting might not spring to mind as a typical Chamonix activity but we actually have a few different options here for riding the rapids. The raft base in Chamonix is already open for business, with local rivers rated as level 2-3 (perfect for beginners and families), and it won’t be long before we can take people through to Italy to experience the wilder rapids of the Dorea Balta, rated 3-5. Rafting trips start from just 35€ per person (25€ per child) and are guided by qualified and experienced instructors. Contact us now to book white water rafting in Chamonix.

Chamonix climbingConditions are ideal right now for aquatic adventures, as the melt water from the mountains swells the rivers and gushes into waterfalls. If you like your adventures to be on dry land then the rock climbing and mountain biking seasons have both started already, or you can take to the skies with a parapente flight from the Aiguille du Midi.

And that’s Chamonix for you, it’s never the end of a season here, just the start of a new one!

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