Marathon du Mont Blanc – Chamonix Trail Running

The sun is shining again, just in time for one of the biggest events of summer – the Marathon du Mont Blanc.

The event comprises 6 races; 23km half-marathon, 42km full marathon, 80km ultra marathon, 10km cross-country run, vertical kilometre, and not forgetting the mini-cross 3km race for the trail runners of the future. Almost 6000 runners will be taking part, with many more people turning up to cheer and offer support.

Marathon du Mont Blanc Chamonix

The 80km race has already set off and is underway right now, with the front runners having already covered about 40km and are now charging their way over the Swiss border past the Emosson Dam to Catogne.

The schedule for the weekend is as follows:

  • 80km du Mont Blanc – 82km, 6000m vertical
    Starts 4am Friday 24th June
  • Vertical KM – 3.8km, 1000m vertical
    Starts 2pm Friday 24th June
  • Cross du Mont Blanc – 23km, 1665m vertical
    Starts 8am Saturday 25th June
  • Mini Cross du Mont Blanc – up to 3km
    Starts 10am Saturday 25th June
  • 10km du Mont Blanc – 10km, 325m vertical
    Starts 1pm Saturday 25th June
  • Marathon du Mont Blanc – 42km, 2730m vertical
    Starts 7am Sunday 26th June

You can follow the progress of all runners on the Live Trail website.

Marathon du Mont Blanc Chamonix

The races loop round the Chamonix valley, taking in some of the most beautiful sights and stunning hiking trails in the region. With a Mont Blanc Multipass you can take the Telecabine du Vallorcine and hike across the Col des Posettes to see the marathon runners set off to reach the highest point of the course at the pinnacle of the Aiguillette des Posettes at 2201m; you can take the Aiguille du Midi cable car up to Plan de l’Aiguille to cheer as the 80km runners descend back down to Chamonix via the Alpages des Blaitieres; you can hop on the Flegere cable car to encourage the 23km and 42km runners as they reach the last checkpoint before the finish line.

Marathon du Mont Blanc Chamonix

All these areas offer spectacular views and are easily accessible from the Chamonix valley lift stations, they are also the starting point for some excellent hiking routes such as Lac Blanc from Flegere, Mer de Glace from Plan de l’Aiguille and Refuge Albert 1er from Vallorcine.

The finish line for the 3 longest races is up at Planpraz du Brevent, yes, that’s right, at over 2000m. Runners have the honour of a free ride back down to Chamonix on the bubble lift but everyone else, spectators included, will need a lift pass to get there and back.

Marathon du Mont Blanc Chamonix

If the races have taken their toll on your legs, you might be glad of a good rub-down to get them back in tip-top shape. We strongly recommend that you book this in advance, as every masseur and physiotherapist in the valley is going be in high demand this week! Whether it’s a soothing relaxation treatment or a thorough pummelling that you’re looking for, contact us now to see what we have available.

Hiking in Chamonix

As well as hiking, there are plenty of other summer activities in Chamonix to sample while you’re out here. Mountain biking trails at Le Tour and Les Houches are suitable for all levels and access is included in your Mont Blanc Multipass. A mountain biking guide will show you the best routes and give you tips on handling the descents, twists and turns with confidence. Warm sunny weather is perfect for rock climbing, there are dozens of crags throughout the valley with hundreds of different routes to explore. To view the valley from above, it doesn’t get better than a parapente flight – you take off from Planpraz du Brevent with a tandem pilot, launch yourself off the side of the mountain and float back down to earth, swirling and swooping on the thermals as you soar amongst the peaks. If the hot weather continues then rafting, hydrospeed and canyoning are all fantastic ways to cool down and so much fun – for the ultimate adrenaline rush you can ride the fierce rapids of the Dora Balthea on a day trip through the Mont Blanc tunnel to Italy.

Chamonix canyoning

The Marathon du Mont Blanc marks the start of the summer sports season and there are many more events lined up for runners, cyclists and triathletes to get their teeth into – you’ll find the main Chamonix events here.

Best of luck to everyone taking part in the Marathon du Mont Blanc races over the next few days, we’ll be cheering for you!

Book Now & Save Up To 1000€ on Your Chamonix Ski Holiday!

The Early Bird deal is an exclusive offer, not available on line, that will save you 25% on the price of your Mont Blanc Unlimited lift pass. To further sweeten the deal, we’re offering great savings on accommodation, airport transfers and ski hire when booked at the same time as your lift pass.

Whether you’re travelling as a couple, a family with kids, or as a larger group, we can save you as much as 1000€ on your winter ski holiday in Chamonix.

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Group Discount Package

Travelling off-peak brings many advantages – cheaper flights, quieter ski slopes, and fantastic special offers! Take a look at what we can offer to save you money on your Chamonix ski trip.

  • 6 Day Mont Blanc Unlimited Lift Pass*
  • 7 nights in a 3 bedroom self-catered apartment**
  • 6 return transfers between Geneva airport and Chamonix***
  • 6 pairs of rental skis, boots & poles****

Your Group Discount Package comes to just 4350€, saving you up to 1000€ on the price of your holiday! Contact us now to book your dates between 7th and 27th January or between 4th March and 7th April 2017.

*6 adult Mont Blanc Unlimited lift passes
**Saturday to Saturday on selected properties
***Shared transfer to and from your accommodation
****Upgrades and snowboards available on request

Ski the Vallee Blanche from the Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix


Family Discount Package

Taking the family skiing can be an expensive affair, which is why we’ve teamed up with our partners to offer you a great deal on lift passes, accommodation, airport transfers and ski hire – leaving you with more cash in your pocket to spend on having fun!

  • 6 Day Mont Blanc Unlimited Family Lift Pass*
  • 7 nights in a 2 bedroom self-catered apartment**
  • 4 return transfers between Geneva airport and Chamonix***
  • 4 pairs of rental skis, boots & poles****

Your Family Discount Package comes to just 2350€, saving you up to 500€ on the price of your holiday! Contact us now to book your dates between 7th and 27th January or between 4th March and 7th April 2017.

*2 adults + 2 children, 3 extra children may be added to the pass free of charge
**Saturday to Saturday on selected properties
***Shared transfer to and from your accommodation
****Upgrades and snowboards available on request

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Bespoke Packages

Plan ahead and make massive savings this winter on lift passes, ski/snowboard rental, airport transfers and accommodation in the heart of Chamonix Mont Blanc. The bigger your group, the more you save – contact us now for a personalised quote.

We are offering exclusive deals to suit everyone – starting with 25% discount on your Mont Blanc Unlimited lift pass. Book your Mont Blanc unlimited pass through us before the end of October and unlock further great savings on the rest of your holiday. On receipt of your order for your Early Bird Mont Blanc Unlimited lift pass we will give you an exclusive discount code that can be used to save hundreds of euros on Chamonix accommodation, airport transfers and ski/snowboard rental.

Off-piste ski course with Chamonix Experience mountain guides


It’s never too early to start planning your next ski trip, especially when you can save so much money by booking now. The Early Bird discount is valid on all Mont Blanc Unlimited lift passes from 7th – 27th January and from 4th March to 7th April 2017. You must place your order by 31st October to benefit from these discounted rates.

The Tube – The Newest Addition to Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix

After many months of planning and construction work, the newest attraction at the Aiguille du Midi has been unveiled – The Tube.

The Tube at Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix
Photo Credit : Radio Mont Blanc

The name might not sound very inspiring but the new structure certainly is. The Tube is a 32m viewing tunnel that circles around the central peak of the Aiguille du Midi, giving you a 360° tour of the French, Swiss and Italian Alps. Made mostly of steel panels and glass windows, you’ll be strolling around at over 3700m altitude, whilst taking in some of Europe’s most breathtaking views.

The Tube at Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix
Photo Credit : Radio Mont Blanc

The Tube cost around 2.5 million euros and has taken about a year to build. The best news is that it is included in your Mont Blanc Multipass, so you don’t have to spend a single extra euro to try it out for yourself!

The Tube at Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix
Photo Credit : Radio Mont Blanc

Mont Blanc Multipass

Your Chamonix summer lift pass includes all of the following at no extra cost:

Aiguille du Midi cable car ChamonixAiguille du Midi

  • Two cable cars up to the summit at 3842m
  • Viewing platforms looking out over some of the highest peaks in Europe
  • Step Into the Void – a glass cube suspended over a 1000m drop, do you dare to step into it?
  • L’Espace Vertical – the highest museum in the world!
  • The Tube – the newest visitor attraction in Chamonix

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  • Montenvers Train – an historic rack and pinion train that takes you from Chamonix town up to the Mer de Glace glacier
  • Le Glaciorium – find out how the glacier developed and the geology of the area
  • Le Temple de la Nature – a quaint little natural history museum housed in an ancient stone building
  • Grotte de Glace – enter into the glacier itself to see the wonderful sculptures carved into the ice
  • Grand Hotel des Montenvers – a fine old 19th building where you can enjoy lunch on the terrace and admire the traditional Savoyard interior

Tramway du Mont Blanc in Les Houches, ChamonixTramway du Mont Blanc

Follow in the footsteps of thousands of alpinists by taking this historic tram ride up through the forests and meadows of Les Houches to reach the Nid d’Aigle – the starting point for many a Mont Blanc summit expedition.

Luckily you don’t need ropes and crampons to get out and explore the gentle terrain at the foot of the glacier. The tram starts in Saint Gervais and there are various stops where you can access the many hiking trails that weave through this beautiful area.

You can either return to Saint Gervais by tram or take one of two cable cars directly down to the town of Les Houches, returning to Chamonix by bus or train.

Hiking in ChamonixHiking Paths & Biking Trails

Cable car, gondola and chair lift access up to the multitude of hiking paths and mountain bike trails in the Brevent, Flegere, Le Tour, Vallorcine, Grands Montets and Les Houches sectors of the Chamonix valley.
Chamonix Summer Activities

Alpine Coaster ride at Les Planards in ChamonixAlpine Coaster

Enjoy a free ride on the Alpine Coaster, a thrilling descent through the pine forests and meadows of Les Planards!

This two-person roller coaster is open during summer and winter and is suitable for anyone over 3 years old (children must be accompanied by an adult).

Les Bossons GlacierGlacier des Bossons

Take a scenic ride up to the snout of the Les Bossons glacier on a charming little chairlift, relax with a drink on the terrace of the little cafe and discover the history of this fascinating place.

Relics of the Malabar Princess aeroplane crash of 1950 are still being found amongst the crevasses and some of them are on display beside the glacier.

The Mont Blanc Multipass is your ticket to exploring everything that Chamonix has to offer this summer. Discounted rates apply for families with two or more children, and all passes of 6-9 days benefit from one day absolutely free of charge! Buy your Mont Blanc Multipass here or contact us directly for more information.

Check out this time lapse video of helicopters lifting parts of The Tube into place – impressive, eh?!