Sometimes the mountain weather doesn’t quite dish up the goods, and on a rainy day in Chamonix you may be at a bit of a loss for what to do..
Thankfully there are a few options to keep you or the family entertained if the rain starts to fall.
Rafting / Hydrospeed / Airboat / Canyoning
Embrace getting wet and get booked onto a white water rafting trip through the centre of Chamonix or down at the lake in Passy. There are family friendly experiences to be had, or a more challenging grade 4 rapids to tackle over in Italy. Talk to our friends at Evolution 2 Chamonix and tell them you’re with Mountain Base for priority on any bookings. Prices start from €35 per child.
Catch the latest movies at Cinema Vox in Chamonix centre or down in Les Houches next to the Mairie. If you’d like to watch films in English, make sure to buy tickets for the “VOST” films. They will be the original English speaking films with French subtitles. Ticket prices start from €5.50 per adult.
Spa / Massage / Swim
There are plenty of choices of places to go in Chamonix for a spa session, in fact at most of the larger hotels. Here are some of our favourites: Hotel Heliopic tucked behind the Aiguille du Midi lift station, Park Hotel Suisse just across the square from the tourist office, Grand Hotels des Alpes on the main pedestrian street in Chamonix centre, Hotel Mont Blanc next to the tourist office and the Refuge des Aiglons near Chamonix Sud bus station.
There’s a bouldering wall at Chamonix sports centre and a larger indoor climbing wall down in Les Houches for anyone looking to get their climbing fix. Bring your own climbing shoes or you can rent them from most sports shops for a small fee.
Chamonix’s indoor swimming pool is located at the Richard Bozon Sports centre. It’s 25m in length with massage jets, a jacuzzi, 130m water slide and a river rapid. Open every day of the week in peak seasons although only on afternoons at the weekend. There’s also a gym, sauna and steam room to make use of in the centre.
Don your ice skates (which you can rent on site) and head onto the ice for a skate about. Located just round the corner from the main sports centre you can pop across the road afterwards for a tasty burger and a beer at MBC.
Museums / Galleries / Library
There are a good number of exhibits to visit at museums across the Chamonix Valley, from Vallorcine to Servoz. Learn about local history, crystals, mountaineering exploits in days gone by or pop into the library to borrow books or DVD’s to while away a rainy day.
Bowling / Games / Mini Golf / Air hockey / Pool tables
Chamonix Sud is home not just to the bowling alley, you’ll also find pool tables, mini golf, arcade games and air hockey all under one roof. It’s open every day of the week in high season from 17:00 – midnight and from 14:00 on bad weather days.
If you fancy a flutter, Chamonix’s casino can be found near the Terrasse bar and central post office. They have traditional card tables as well as 70 slot machines and electronic roulette.
Arcade games / Table football / Ping pong
The Rocky Pop Hotel in Les Houches has covered areas where you can play table tennis, table football, and some classic arcade games. Grab a bite to eat from the restaurant or enjoy a drink from the bar whilst you’re there.
La Petite Folie
Chamonix’s only soft play cafe is located in Chamonix Sud, next door to Monkey Bar. There’s a cafe on site and they host occasional events during the peak holiday seasons. Always ring ahead to check opening hours.
Hopefully the rain won’t last too long, but if you want to check in on what the weather people have predicted, take a look at some of our favourite Chamonix weather forecasts: