Climbing World Cup – Chamonix – 11th to 13th July 2018

One of our favourite events of the summer in Chamonix is the Climbing World Cup, which takes place from 11th-13th July this year.

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Last year we missed out on half the event, as the speed climbing was cancelled, but thankfully this year it makes a welcome return!

This major international sporting event brings the best technical climbers in the world together to battle, side by side, on the difficult lead climbing route and the speed climbing wall.

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Over 20,000 people come to take part and watch in total over the course of the three days. Not only is there an incredible atmosphere, it’s also free to attend!

The Programme: 

Wednesday 11th July :

  • Official Presentation of the athletes
  • 15:00 Speed qualifications

Thursday 12th July : 

  • 09:30-17:00 Lead Qualification
  • 20:30-21:30 Speed Finals

Friday 13th July : 

  • 10:30-12:30 Lead Semi-Finals
  • 20:30-22:30 Lead Finals
  • After Awarding Ceremony

Where?

The event takes place at Place Mont Blanc where the Saturday market is held. Bring something to sit on (cushion / rug / chair). You can buy drinks and snacks on site, or pack a picnic (that’s what us locals do!)

Watch Live Streaming

If you can’t be here in person and want to check out all the action, you can tune-in to the IFSC homepage on July 12th and 13th for the LIVE semi-finals and finals of each discipline.

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Take a look at the highlights from one of the previous events:

 


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What to do in Chamonix when it’s raining

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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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Indoor Climbing

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.


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Swimming

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.


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Ice Skating

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.


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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.


 

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Casino

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.


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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.


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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:

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Chamonix Tourist Office

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Chamonix Snow Forecast

Regional Storm Forecast & Alerts across France


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30+ Things for non-skiers to do in Chamonix Mont Blanc

Chamonix is known as the extreme sports capital of the world, with a seemingly endless list of high-octane, high adrenaline sports and backcountry skiing itineraries. But what if you aren’t that extreme, don’t ski, want to enjoy some more relaxing activities or simply take in the views?

From a calming yoga session on the mountain top to racing through the night to get to an Italian mountain restaurant on the back of a skidoo, there’s something to suit every taste and budget, both here in Chamonix and in neighbouring Italy and Switzerland.

Here’s our pick of the best activities and things to do in the area if you don’t ski.


HuskiesHusky Rides

This is hands down the most popular winter activity for non-skiers in the Chamonix valley. Head out into the mountains on your own husky sleigh, either as the driver of your own sledge or travel as a passenger with a musher. Enjoy the breathtaking mountain scenery as you speed along specially marked out paths in the forest. Contact us to book.


Aiguille du Midi

Chamonix’s number 1 tourist attraction is the Aiguille du Midi, which you can visit on a two-stage cable car. You’ll be whisked up to 3842 metres above sea level, where you can get panoramic views of Mont Blanc from the terraces and look back on the Chamonix Valley, way down below. From here you can watch skiers and mountaineers descending the arete onto the infamous Valley Blanche or heading up to climb to the summit of Mont Blanc. At the mid-way change over for the cable cars, you can go parapenting (more on this below).

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Step into the Void

Also at the Aiguille du Midi is a thrilling experience “Step into the Void” where you can step into a glass box, suspended 1000 metres above a drop over the rock faces below. You can access this via the summit elevator at the very top of the Midi for some truly unforgettable views (if you’re brave enough!)


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Mer de Glace

Experience the best views of France’s longest glacier at the Montenvers – Mer de Glace site. Take the iconic rack and pinion train from Chamonix centre all the way to the top at 1913m, from where you can descend by cable car and around 400 steps to visit the ice cave within the glacier. There are a couple of restaurants, a mountain refuge and a gift shop up here as well as a glacier exhibit and crystal gallery.


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Tramway du Mont Blanc

Chamonix has another famous rack and pinion train line, this time down in Les Houches, connecting the town of St Gervais with this part of the Chamonix Valley. The Tramway du Mont Blanc normally opens for winter in mid December and it’s more popular for non-mountaineering visitors to take a ride to enjoy the fantastic views, or to access some of the snowshoeing routes in this area. It stays open until the beginning of April – weather permitting of course.


Paret GMParet descents

A great activity for groups of friends, where you take the last lift of the day up to Grands Montets ski area mid station, and slide all the way down the home run on traditional wooden ‘paret’ sledges. Great fun for anyone over 12 years old and for groups.  Contact us to book.


Italian snowmobilesItalian snowmobile adventure

Head over to Italy for this adventure. Put your head torch on and jump on the back of a snowmobile, and get ready to race up the mountain to 2000 metres, where a cosy restaurant and sparkling champagne awaits you. Contact us to book.


Paragliging 2Paragliding

See the Chamonix valley from a totally different perspective, 1000 metres above the ground on a tandem paragliding flight. After a short running take off, the wing lifts you and your pilot from the ground and you fly across the valley to enjoy some truly spectacular views. There are various take off points around the valley and different prices may apply for each location. If you’re lucky you may be allowed to take the controls.. Contact us to book.


Helicopter flightsHelicopter flights

Soar over Chamonix’s glaciers and see the impressive mountains of the Mont Blanc Massif from the comfort of a 6-seater helicopter. Flights of 4 different durations are available, each one taking slightly different routes around the mountains. It really is an unforgettable experience. You’ll find the CMBH helicopter base at the foot of the Grands Montets ski area where there’s also a lovely restaurant in the woods (La Cremerie du Glacier) to grab a bite to eat and a drink.  Contact us to book.


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Discover some of the quieter parts of the Chamonix valley, where frozen waterfalls, secluded trails and mountain views await you. Join a half day, full day or a week long excursion with a local mountain guide. Contact us to book.


ice-climbing-chamonixIce climbing

Discover some of the best ice climbing in Chamonix or neighbouring Italy, either for beginners looking to experience it for the first time, or more experienced climbers looking to hone their skills. Take part in a 1 day outing, or join a course for up to 5 days.  Contact us to book.


snow yoga 2Snow Yoga

Join a yoga class with a difference, on the snow, with incredible views of Mont Blanc as you hold your positions. Individual classes are available, as well as longer retreats and private instruction.  Contact us to book.


Ice Hockey 2Ice Hockey matches

Watch Chamonix’s local hockey team Les Pionniers compete in an evening hockey match at the ice rink in Chamonix centre (dates in red are played in Chamonix). Tickets can be bought on the door and it makes for an alternative and fun night of entertainment. Or head out onto the ice yourselves for a skate; you can hire skates on site for a small fee and little children can borrow the balance penguins for stability. Discounts are available with your carte d’hôte travel cards.


Wilderness eveningsWilderness evenings

Descend the home run piste at Grands Montets after the lifts have shut for the day on a traditional wooden ‘paret’ sledge. You’ll be met at the bottom by a roaring campfire, followed by dinner in a Mongolian Yourt, tucked away in the forest. Contact us to book.


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Take a trip around the centre of Chamonix, or further into Les Praz on ‘Dr Zhivago’s’ horse drawn carriage. This charmingly decorated carriage has become a much loved attraction in the centre of Chamonix and offers a relaxing way to explore the local area.


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Les Houches has an indoor climbing wall that you can access on weekdays all winter long. There are in the region of 100 routes ranging up to 22 metres in height and from 4 to 8c in grade. Courses are available on request.


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Hire a fat bike from one of the local bike shops and head out onto the specially groomed trails that run alongside most of Chamonix’s cross country ski trails. The wide, low pressure tyres help you get good grip on the snow & you can explore for hours.


Spa St GervaisMassage, Spas & Wellbeing

Enjoy some pampering treatments, a restorative massage or a spa day at one of Chamonix’ many hotel spas like the Aiglons, the Heliopic or the Park Hotel Suisse. Nearby you can also enjoy thermal springs and thermal baths in St Gervais and across the border in Italy, at the Pre St Didier resort.


Alpine Coaster 2Alpine Coaster

Take a thrilling descent on the Alpine coaster in Chamonix’s leisure park, next to Planards beginner ski slopes. At over 1300 metres long, you can go as fast as you dare on the sleds as it’s up to you when to use the brakes. Go solo or share a sled with a friend.


Indoor swimmingIndoor swimming pool & leisure centre

Chamonix has a 25 metre indoor swimming pool, with a separate children’s pool for children of 6 months to 3 years old, water slides and massage water jets. Join a water aerobics class or just come for a swim or to use the gym.


Photo walksPhotography & discovery walks

Discover hidden areas in the Chamonix valley and learn about its history with photographer and guide Teresa Kaufman. Learn some top photography tips along the way as you take interesting photos of the locals, flora and fauna.


St Bernard kennelsSt Bernard breeding kennels 

Learn about this iconic breed of mountain dogs at their breeding kennels in Servoz, not far from the centre of Chamonix. A typical visit last an hour and there’s a souvenir shop on site so you can take home your very own furry friend.


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Bowling, pool hall & crazy golf

This ten pin bowling alley can be found in Chamonix Sud and also houses arcade games, pool tables (American & English tables) and crazy golf. It makes a good place to head to on bad weather days or with larger groups and families. There’s a bar on site too.


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Cinema

Chamonix’s cinema shows most of the latest film releases in VOST (English with French subtitles) or French only. They’re also partial to showing locally made climbing and ski films. Screenings take place throughout the week.


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Hair & beauty treatments

There are a good selection of hairdressers for men and women in the Chamonix valley, most of which also offer manicures and some of them also offer massages too. There are plenty dotted around the main shopping areas in the centre of Chamonix as well as in Les Houches & Argentiere.


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Casino

Chamonix has its own casino where you can enjoy a mixture of traditional table games as well as electronic roulette and around 70 slot machines. It’s open all year round and contains a bar and restaurant.


Indoor tennisIndoor tennis & squash

There are two covered tennis courts at the sports centre in the centre of Chamonix and 2 squash courts. In Argentiere there’s a dedicated, covered tennis centre where you can play with a reservation.


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Snow tubing

Slide down a specially designated piste on a large inflatable ring and yes, although it takes place in some of the beginner ski areas in Chamonix, it’s not just for the children! You can find snow tubing in Les Houches, at Brevent , La Poya (near Les Buets) and at Les Chosalets at the foot of Grands Montets.


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Art Galleries

Chamonix has lots of art galleries and workshops, from traditional landscape painters and photographers, to retro decorations to more modern and pop-art style work, sculptures, postcards and prints. A few of the hotels and restaurants also feature art works that you can take home as a momento of your time here. There are also occasional art classes that take place throughout the year.


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Markets

In the centre of Chamonix at Place Mont Blanc, there’s a regular Saturday market that takes place year round, from 07:30 to 12:30. Markets also take place in Argentiere every Sunday and every Wednesday in Les Houches. There is also a Christmas market which runs from mid December to the end of the month, where you’ll regularly find street entertainers and parades entertaining the crowds.


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Wine tasting / Cocktail tasting / Whisky tasting

Cha Cha Cha” has in the region of 800 wines plus a great election of whiskey, rums and other spirits which you can buy to take home, or try before you buy on one of their popular tasting evenings. Or just pop in to enjoy a glass of wine in a relaxed atmosphere.


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Shopping

Chamonix has a great selection of outdoor clothing and gear specialists, as well as high-end clothing retailers, shoe shops, supermarkets, souvenirs and homeware. We’re not going to list them all here, but take a stroll down Chamonix’s pedestrinaised shopping area and you’re sure to find something to tempt you into a purchase or two.


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Day Trips – to other parts of France / Italy / Switzerland – Take a day trip from Chamonix to explore some of the best of the surrounding area;

France – AnnecyYvoire

Italy – CourmayeurAosta

Switzerland – MartignyMontreuxLarge Hadron Collider (CERN)


 

Hopefully this has convinced the non-skiers in your family or group, that coming to Chamonix in winter is a good idea! Take a look at our great choice of chalets and apartments, which you can book directly online for week-long stays. For short breaks and longer duration holidays, please contact us for a quote

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Photo Credits: Chamonix Tourist Office, The Family Freestylers, Teresa Kaufman, Huskydalen, Evolution 2, Chamonix Experience, CMBH, Chamonix Parc Loisirs, Pre St Didier Spa, Escalade Mont Blanc, Justacoté, Je Papote

Make the most of Summer 2018 with a Mont Blanc multi pass

As we wave goodbye to another winter season here in Chamonix, we seem to have missed spring all together and moved straight into summer – temperatures are already hitting over 20 degrees on a regular basis and the snow is melting fast.

Once the ski areas have closed, the lift operator switches over to summer multi-pass sales, which you will be able to buy from 2nd May to 30th November 2018 inclusive.

Validity Areas

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Areas covered by the Summer Multi-pass in Chamonix Mont Blanc

The multi-pass is a great way to access the mountains and various visitor attractions in the Chamonix Valley.  The areas that the multi-pass covers are as follows:

  • Brévent / Flégère
  • Grands Montets
  • Balme – Le Tour / Vallorcine
  • Aiguille du Midi & Step into the Void
  • *Montenvers Mer de Glace (train and site access)
  • *Tramway du Mont-Blanc
  • Les Houches
  • Les Bossons Chairlift
  • St Gervais (Evasion Mont Blanc area)
  • Megève (Evasion Mont Blanc area)

*The Panoramic Mont Blanc gondola at the Aiguille du Midi will be closed for the whole summer to undergo repairs.

*The Tramway du Mont Blanc will not stop at the Nid d’Aigle stop due to ongoing construction work.

*The ice cave at the Mer de Glace will be closed on selected dates – see timetables below for more info).

Take a look at the various timetables and operating hours for these areas to help plan your days out.

Added Extras

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Not only does your Chamonix summer pass give you access to all of the above, but you’ll also benefit from:

You’ll also get access to the Chamonix valley bus service for free (timetables).

2018 Multi-Pass Prices & Special Offers

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Family passes allow 2 adults &  children a discount of up to 20% from the public rates if you buy them online (passes must be bought at least 3 days in advance of your arrival and be for a minimum of 1 or 2 consecutive days or 3 non consecutive days). Extra children up to a maximum of 3 can be added on for free.

There are also special online rates for the Aiguille du Midi and Montevers Mer de Glace (between 1st May & 16th June 2018) and for mountain bikers and parapenters all summer. Contact us for more information on these.

Note that passes are hands-free and cost 3 euros each. They are non-refundable but you can re-charge them for subsequent summer or winter visits.

Use our online form to order your Chamonix summer lift passes

Mountain Base Summer Top Tips

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  • Buying a multi-pass in advance through us means that you don’t have to queue at the ticket offices each day you want to use the lifts. We’ll have your hands-free passes ready for when you arrive at your accommodation, so when you’re ready to use them you go straight to the turnstile or gate to access the lifts.
  • If you’re visiting in July or August, we’d highly recommend you book in advance for the Aiguille du Midi or the Tramway du Mont Blanc. You can do this at any of the cash desks or online (once the tickets go on sale) and if you already have your Mont Blanc Multi-pass it’s free (pay 2 euros if not).
  • For ultimate flexibility we’d suggest you buy the non-consecutive day passes, especially if you’re here for longer than a week.
  • Our team includes keen trail runners, cyclists, hikers and mountain bikers, so if you’ve got any questions about activities and things to do in Chamonix in Summer, get in touch and we’d be happy to share more top tips and answer any more questions that you may have.

Book Your Accommodation

We pride ourselves on offering a high standard of properties around the Chamonix valley. Each apartment or chalet has its own parking, free WiFi and one hairdryer per bathroom. All linen and towels are included in the price, as well as an end of stay clean.

We’ve got live prices and availability on our website, so it’s easy for you to see what your options are based on your dates of travel and the size of your group. You can book a one week stay directly through the site, or for shorter stays (minimum 4 nights) or longer duration holidays, please contact us directly for a quote.

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Breaking News – Plans for Mont Blanc Summit lift announced!

Exciting news is breaking in Chamonix this morning, as it has been announced that a new lift connecting the Aiguille du Midi to the summit of Mont Blanc will be built in the next 10 years.

Not intent with simply viewing Mont Blanc from afar, visitors to Chamonix in the not too distant future will be able to enjoy standing on top of Mont Blanc at a new visitor centre with gift shop, set to be built at the arrival point of the lift.

Click here for more information >>>

Massive Savings on Chamonix Lift Passes this Winter

We have two fantastic pieces of news for you: not only can we save you over 30% on your Mont Blanc Unlimited Early Bird lift pass this winter, but we can also save you money on airport transfers as well as ski and snowboard hire!!!

The Mont Blanc Unlimited early bird deal is an exclusive discount that is not available on line or to purchase in resort, it can only be booked directly through Mountain Lifestyle and is only available for a limited time – so don’t miss out.

Download your Chamonix lift pass booking form here

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This special early bird offer is valid on all Mont Blanc Unlimited lift passes, gaining you a third off all passes booked for the following periods:

  • From 07/01/2017 to 03/02/2017
  • From 04/03/2017 to 07/04/2017

It even applies to children, senior and family passes from 2 to 21 days – a family of 2 adults and up to 5 children will save over 230€ on a 6 day lift pass! You must place your order by the end of October to benefit from the discount.

Contact us to book your discounted Chamonix lift pass

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The Mont Blanc Unlimited is more than just a lift pass – as well as giving access to all of the Chamonix valley ski areas it is also your ticket to the peak of the famous Aiguille du Midi at 3842m and to France’s longest glacier at the Mer de Glace. You can also take a trip on the Tramway du Mont Blanc, a historic tram ride from the spa town of Saint Gervais up to a high mountain pass with stunning views.

Ski the Vallee Blanche from the Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix

Fancy trying a different ski area? Head through the Mont Blanc Tunnel into Italy, where the Mont Blanc Unlimited is also valid in the charming ski resort of Courmayeur. Wonderful ski slopes, little stone chalets serving rich Italian hot chocolate and hearty bowls of pasta, excellent and accessible off-piste powder… Or visit one of our neighbouring resorts of Megeve and Saint-Gervais, where you’ll find endless pistes and chic restaurants tucked amongst the old wooden farmhouses.

Ski resort of Megeve in winter
Credit : Megeve Tourisme

For those days when you want a break from skiing you can also use your Mont Blanc Multipass to gain free entry to the sports centre, swimming complex and ice rink in the centre of Chamonix as well as local museums. It’s perfect for exploring everything that Chamonix has to offer.

Find more details on Mont Blanc Unlimited here


ski hire chamonixDiscounted Ski & Snowboard Hire

We only work with our favourite ski and snowboard rental shops in Chamonix – the ones who provide the best service for the best price. Our partners are located in convenient places throughout Chamonix and some will even deliver the kit to your door and do a full boot fitting in the comfort of your chalet. The best thing of all though is that our partners offer Mountain Lifestyle clients fantastic discounts of up to 50%!

Chamonix Ski Hire & Snowboard Rental – more details here


Airport transfer van from Geneva Airport to Chamonix15% Off Airport Transfers

Our friends at Haute Transfer are offering an exclusive discount in conjunction with the Early Bird Lift Pass offer – any airport transfers that fall between 07th January and 3rd February 2017 or 4th March and 7th April 2017 will enjoy a 15% discount when booked through Mountain Lifestyle. Once you’ve booked your lift pass we’ll give you an exclusive discount code that can be redeemed against your airport transfers. Comfortable, reliable, door-to-door service with complimentary beers and soft drinks – what better way to start your holiday?

Chamonix Airport Transfers – more details here


Off-Peak Accommodation

If you can travel outside of the peak holiday periods then you can get some great deals on accommodation – prices tend to drop off during January and March, with some of the best bargains to be found in April. The ski season doesn’t end until May and spring snow can be plentiful, with the added bonus of sunny apres-ski! Our partners at Mountain Base offer everything from budget studio apartments to luxurious ski chalets, take a look and see what we have to suit you.

Chamonix Accommodation – more details here

Chamonix Chalet Sauberands in winter


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Mont Blanc Unlimited Early Bird Offer
Book Now!

The Mont Blanc Unlimited Early Bird Offer is only available for a limited period, so don’t delay! Book yours now and save big on your Chamonix lift pass this winter!

Please contact us if you have questions about the Mont Blanc Unlimited Early Bird lift pass, or anything else relating to Chamonix

Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc | Chamonix’s Biggest Trail Running Event

Chamonix is about to be invaded by a peculiar type of species… the ultra runner. Yes, it’s that time of year again – UTMB week. The Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc attracts more than 7000 people to take part in the biggest trail running event of the year.

7500 runners from over 80 different countries will push themselves to the limits of their endurance as they take part in 6 races, covering a distance of 758 kilometres (470 miles) and a positive height gain of 53650 metres (176000 feet) – phew!

The races that make up the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc are:


PTL, Petite Trot a Leon

The Petite Trotte à Léon is misleadingly named, being anything but “petite” at a distance of 300km with a massive 26000m of positive altitude change! This event is a team challenge in which runners must stay with their team mates for the entirety of the course to be classed as finishers and the extreme nature of the course makes this one of the toughest trail events around. The PTL is the first event of the week, starting at 17:30 on Monday 22nd August in the centre of Chamonix and can take up to 6 days to complete.

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© Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® – FlashSport

TDS, Sur Les Traces des Ducs de Savoie

Runners in the TDS will find themselves treading historical paths in provinces on the French/Italian border that once made up the Savoie State. We’re guessing though that with 120km of distance and over 7250m of ascent to contend with, the runners will have more to focus on than political history! The race starts in Courmayeur at 6am on 24th August and climbs many mountain passes to finish between 14 and 33 hours later in Chamonix.

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Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® – Franck Oddoux

OCC, Orsieres Champex Chamonix

The shortest of the races, the Orsières – Champex – Chamonix may only be 55km long but it manages to squeeze in 3500m of positive height gain, making it a pretty steep and technical course. Starting in Switzerland at 08:15 on 25th August the route has three challenging climbs and takes in hanging glaciers, roaring torrents and alpine forests along the way. The first runners are expected back in Chamonix around 5-6 hours later with the maximum time barrier being set at 14 hours.

OCC Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc
© Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® – Franck Oddoux

CCC, Courmayeur Champex Chamonix

Often seen as the “little sister” of the UTMB, the Courmayeur-Champex-Chamonix follows a similar route through France, Italy and Switzerland but over a shorter course of 100km with around 6000m of positive altitude change – still a massive distance by most people’s standards! The race starts in Courmayeur, Italy at 9am on 26th August and finishes in Chamonix centre with an average finishing time of around 20 hours.

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© Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® – Michel Cottin

UTMB, Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc

The legendary Ultra Trail du Mont is the highlight of the week. Crowds of people will be lining the streets at 6pm on Friday 26th August in the centre of Chamonix to cheer for the 2300 runners as they set off on the run of their lives. Now in it’s 14th year, the UTMB is an iconic trail race that draws people from all over the world to circumnavigate Mont Blanc; running 170km through three countries, much of it during the night, and climbing 10000m to return to Chamonix as heroes. The winner often finishes in about 20 hours with the cut-off being 46 hours, meaning that finishers are coming in all weekend. The atmosphere is incredible; runners and spectators alike get swept up in the strong emotions as exhausted legs stumble over the finish line!

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© Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® – Alexandre Girbal

YCC, Youth Chamonix Courmayeur

The newest race of the lot, the YCC is a 15km challenge with 1100m of ascent for young trail runners aged from 16 to 19 years old. All participants will also have the chance to take part in a video competition, with all entries to be shared on social networks. The YCC takes place on Wednesday 24th August at 10am in Courmayeur, Italy.

YCC youth race at UTMB in Chamonix
© Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® – Foto Lanzeni

The Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc is a fantastic spectator event and there are lots of things going on throughout the week;  you can access some of the race routes using the Chamonix lift system but don’t rely on buying your lift pass on the day as the desks are bound to be busy.

Order your lift pass in advance through Mountain Lifestyle and we’ll have it ready and waiting for you on your arrival, at no extra charge for the service. Order it more than 3 days in advance and you’ll also benefit from a special offer of 6 days for the price of 5.

The Mont Blanc Multipass gives you access to a multitude of exciting activities in the valley, visit our website to discover all summer activities in Chamonix.

You can find further details of all the races on the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc website.