Summer of Adventure : Chamonix Summer Events & Activities

Chamonix is world-famous as a ski resort and winter sports paradise but did you know that’s it’s also an amazing place to visit in summer? Mountains, music and myriad opportunities for adventure await you in Chamonix this summer…

Climb Mont Blanc with a Chamonix mountain guide

Mountains
Mountaineers flock to Chamonix from all around the world to challenge themselves amongst the peaks and even summit Mont Blanc. It’s not just for elite alpinists though, there is plenty of opportunity for rock climbing of all types, you can learn new skills on an alpine course, or venture out onto the mythical glaciers of the Vallee Blanche and the Mer de Glace.

Climb Mont Blanc with a Chamonix mountain guide

Summer Events
The summer is jam-packed with events of all sorts including the Marathon du Mont Blanc, Climbing World Championships, Bastille Day, Cosmojazz, Ultratrail du Mont Blanc and more – you can find the main ones listed on our website, or keep an eye on our Facebook page for all the latest updates.
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Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc in Chamonix
Photo credit : Michel Cottin

On Your Bike
From gnarly downhillers to lithe lycra-clad road bikers, it seems that everyone in Chamonix gets about on two wheels. If you’re one of the mud-covered full-body armour types then you’ll find heaps of single-track, steep descents and challenging cross-country trails to get your teeth into, find more information on Chamonix mountain biking here. If skinny tyres and padded pants are more your thing then Chamonix is definitely the place to be this summer, with no less than 3 stages of the Tour de France taking place within pedalling distance! Get in touch if you want to be part of the action and join us at the start/finish lines.
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Chamonix triathlon, bike ride
Photo Credit : Evergreen Endurance

Music Festivals
The big music event of the summer is Fete de la Musique, a celebration that takes place every midsummer. Free concerts, live music and DJs get the whole town dancing in the streets from midday until sunrise the following morning. Throughout the summer you’ll find live music being played almost every day – hip jazz bands at the Maison des Artistes, chilled acoustic sets on the terraces of bars and cafés, DJs spinning tunes late into the night… And if you want big names you don’t have to travel far – this year sees Elton John, Muse, ZZ Top, Amy Macdonald, Jamie Cullum and many more playing in the surrounding area. Not forgetting, of course, the annual Cosmojazz festival right here in Chamonix that keeps on getting bigger and better every year.
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Cosmojazz Chamonix

Hiking & Trail Running
Run to the hills and immerse yourself in one of the most beautiful places on earth. The Chamonix valley is criss-crossed with miles and miles of hiking trails, from easy riverside meanders to high altitude ridges. You’ll discover alpine meadows, ancient glaciers, remote mountain refuges and hopefully spot lots of local wildlife such as marmots and bouquetin on your travels. Hiking with an IML guide makes the trip so much more rewarding as they have a wealth of knowledge about the local area, flora, fauna, etc and know the valley inside out. If you’re looking to improve your fitness or are training for a race, you can hit the trails with a qualified running coach and multiple ultra trail finisher to pick up lots of top tips and expert advice.
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La Vie en Rose
One of the best things about life in France is enjoying the simple pleasures of a warm croissant at a café first thing in the morning, trying out the lingo and sampling local cheese at the market, dipping your toes in a crystal clear lake on a hot day, spotting a timid chamois amongst the pine trees, sipping a cold rosé whilst watching the sunset turn the mountains pink… once you come, you’ll never want to leave!
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Chamonix in summer with flowers and Mont Blanc

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Hiking, Flying & Climbing in Chamonix : Autumn Activities

Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of the year in Chamonix. Yes, summer is glorious and winter is magical, but the golden glow and tranquillity of autumn can’t be beaten.

Autumn in Chamonix

You see a real difference in the seasons here in the Alps – each one is distinct and comes with its own colour palette. At the moment the leaves in Chamonix are ranging from fiery red to deep green, while the mountains are carpeted with a thick bed of purple and orange heather that will soon become covered over with snow.
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Autumn in Chamonix Le BuetOne of the best things about autumn is how peaceful it is; you can hike for hours and barely see another soul, which means that you are far more likely to spot alpine wildlife such as chamois, bouquetin and marmots.

The lifts may be closed but there are plenty of wonderful hiking trails lower down in the valley; you can hike the Petit Balcons between Chamonix and Argentiere, or ramble around the lovely old stone chalets in Vallorcine. The trail from Le Buet to the Refuge de Bérard is stunning at this time of year and if you don’t mind a bit of uphill then the rolling alpages of Le Tour and Les Houches are definitely worth the effort.
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Autumn in Chamonix hiking, biking and climbing

There may be an autumnal nip in the air but it’s not too cold (yet) to go rock climbing. The Chamonix valley is full of low, middle and high altitude crags that get the sun on them at different times of day so there’s always somewhere to go. If you’re new to the area or a beginner to climbing, then consider hiring a climbing guide for the day. They’ll take you to all the best spots and give you invaluable tips on improving your technique. And, at this time of year, you’ll never find yourself having to wait for a route at the foot of a busy crag.
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Autumn activities in Chamonix climbing

The only lifts that remain open at the moment are the Aiguille du Midi and Montenvers; you can get a return lift pass that covers both and the hike from Plan de l’Aiguille across to Montenvers is one of our all-time favourites. Parapenting is a fantastic way to see the Chamonix valley in all its glory – floating past high peaks and over glaciers as you drift back down to earth. At this time of year you can still fly from the Plan de l’Aiguille at 2317m, or from the summit of Aiguille du Midi at 3842m.
Paragliding in Chamonix

Paragliding in Chamonix parapente

The Brevent lift will soon be reopening for the All Saint’s holiday (half-term for many schools) at the end of October (17/10/15-06/11/15), opening up more hiking trails, rock climbing crags and parapente take-off sites.
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Autumn in Chamonix Le TourYou can find great last minute deals and low season rates on accommodation in Chamonix at this time of year, so come and see what all the fuss is about!
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Save Money on Chamonix Lift Passes, Ski Hire, Airport Transfers & Accommodation this Winter

No sooner does one season end in Chamonix, than we start getting excited about the next one! Winter 2015-16 will be upon us in no time and we’re already planning all the essentials – which lift pass to get, whether we need new ski pants or if a bit of duct tape will do the trick, what colour bobble hat to go for… Luckily we can help you with the first one and even offer you some fantastic discounts on lift passes, ski/snowboard hire, airport transfers, etc.

Chamonix skiingEarly Bird Lift Passes
If your holiday falls between 09th January and 5th February 2016 or 5th March and 8th April 2016 then you can save big on your lift pass! The special offer typically works out at a 25% discount and applies to all Mont Blanc Unlimited lift passes including concessions and family passes. This is an exclusive offer that is not available directly to the public, it must be booked through Mountain Lifestyle. You can either fill out this booking form and return it to us, or contact us by email to place your order.
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Chairlift at Les Houches in ChamonixLow Season Lift Passes
If you’re not restricted by school holidays then save yourself a packet by booking before Christmas or after Easter – not only are lift passes discounted but you’ll also find that flights and accommodation are a whole lot cheaper too. The First Snow special offers runs from 28th November to 18th December 2015 and the Spring Skiing offer runs from 9th April to 1st May 2016. Both offers are available for both the Chamonix Le Pass and the Mont Blanc Unlimited lift passes – contact us directly to benefit from the discount.
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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%!
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Airport transfer van from Geneva Airport to Chamonix10% 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 09th January and 5th February 2016 or 5th March and 8th April 2016 will enjoy a 10% discount when booked before the end of November. Comfortable, reliable, door-to-door service with complimentary beers and soft drinks – what better way to start your holiday?
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Chalet in ChamonixOff-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.
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Chamonix Christmas LightsWe can even offer you discounts in resort at some of our favourite Chamonix bars and restaurants. So there you have it – all the essentials sorted.

All you have to is book your flights and pick that bobble hat!

Chamonix Celebrates the Golden Age of Alpinism

This summer is a bit of a special one for Chamonix being 150 years since the Golden Age of Alpinism in 1865, when Victorian mountaineers accomplished 65 first ascents across the Alps, including 7 in the Mont-Blanc Massif such as the Aiguille Verte, the Grandes Jorasses and the Brenva Spur on Mont-Blanc.

golden-age-02The first successful ascent of Mont Blanc took place in 1786, kick-starting a fascination with the fearsome peaks of the Alps. Techniques were a little different back then and although they may not have had all the fancy kit and whizzy gadgets that we have these days, they certainly didn’t leave anything to chance; a typical kit list for an Alpine expedition would include such items as legs of mutton, whole roast chickens, kilos of chocolate and barrels of red wine including necessary tableware such as white linen napkins and candlesticks.

Get into the Alpine spirit with one of the many events and exhibitions that are taking place in Chamonix this summer, from open-air film screenings to vintage train rides. Mutton and candlesticks optional.

Activities

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  • The little red train that runs from Chamonix centre up to the Mer de Glace glacier is running special trips in an antique train carriage, followed by a glass of champagne and lunch at the historic Grand Hôtel du Montenvers. Once up at the Mer de Glace you are free to explore the crystal gallery, ice caves, Glaciorium and hiking trails for as long as you like before returning to Chamonix on the train.
  • Join a Savoyard on a guided walk through Chamonix, where you’ll learn how this little mountain village became one of the world’s most popular destinations for sightseeing tourists and gnarly mountaineers alike.
  • Hire a mountain guide and recreate the journeys of Jacques Balmat, Michel Croz, etc by exploring the high Alpine routes and sleeping in remote mountain huts. Given the right weather conditions you could even summit Mont Blanc!

Events:

  • marathon-mont-blanc-2015-poster-01The Marathon du Mont Blanc takes in some of the classic Chamonix hiking routes, summiting peaks of 2000m and traversing spectacular mountain terrain. Held on the last weekend in June, it is always massively well supported and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever. Find more Chamonix events here
  • The usual excitement of the World Climbing Championships on 12th July will be enhanced by outdoor screenings of mountain films and retrospectives on 150 years of alpinism. Find more Chamonix events here
  • The annual Fete des Guides festival honours mountain guides past and present with ceremonies, demonstrations, activities, live music, entertainments and parties in Argentiere and Chamonix. Expect to be swept away in a big celebration that ends in a fantastic firework display on 15th August. Find more Chamonix events here

Exhibitions & Talks:

  • golden-age-03The museums and galleries of Chamonix will be exhibiting new collections on the history of mountaineering including the treasures of the Alpine Club, memoirs and anecdotes from mountain guides and their Victorian clients, photographs of the glaciers over the centuries, paintings depicting early alpinists, recollections of life in a small mountain village and so on.
  • Many of the exhibitions will tie in nicely with illustrated talks on topics such as the Alpine Club, Albert Smith – The Cockney Who Sold Mont Blanc, pioneers of Alpinism, first ascents, early women climbers and more.

saussure-statue-chamonix-01Summer in Chamonix can be just as busy as winter, especially during peak holiday periods, so book your Chamonix accommodation now to be sure of a great location within walking distance of all the attractions. We can also help you with essentials such as organising your airport transfers, ordering your lift passes, planning your activities, and any other arrangements that you might need. Just get in touch and see what we can do for you!

8 Fantastic Reasons to Visit Chamonix this Summer!

Chamonix spring flowersThis is a beautiful time of year in the valley and although we’re always sad to say goodbye to winter, the lighter evenings and spring flowers make us very excited about summer.

The summer lift pass prices and timetables have now been released for 2015 and can be found on our website, so there’s no better time to start planning your holiday in Chamonix!

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.

Hiking in ChamonixThere 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.

mountain-biking-chamonix-01Chamonix 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.

Chamonix chalet in summerAs 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.

Spring Savings – Accommodation & Lift Passes from Just 213€ for 3 Days/4 Nights!

Spring is here and there’s more than just sunny skies to make us smile, with discounted lift passes and awesome accommodation deals you can score a bargain ski break – especially when you factor in the current £/€ exchange rate!

The best deal of the season is the 3 day Mont Blanc Unlimited lift pass, which from 11th April offers a massive 46% discount on the normal price! With this in mind, we’ve discounted some of our best accommodation by 20% when booked in conjunction with the pass – have a look to see what we have to offer this spring…

Chamonix centre apartments – all prices include any 4 nights accommodation and a 3 day Mont Blanc Unlimited lift pass (per person, based on 2 people sharing)

Ski accommodation in ChamonixMarcel – 1 bedroom, sleeps 2-4 people
11th – 17th April : 285€
18th April – 1st May : 253€

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Chamonix ski accommodationChamois Blanc G12 – 1 bedroom, sleeps 2-4
11th – 17th April : 269€
18th April – 1st May : 253€

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Chamonix ski accommodationJonquille 323 – 1 bedroom, sleeps 2-4 people
11th – 17th April : 285€
18th April – 1st May : 253€

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Chamonix ski accommodationChamois Blanc 420 – 1 bedroom, sleeps 2-4
11th – 17th April : Fully booked
18th April – 1st May : 253€

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Chamonix Chalets – all prices include any 4 nights accommodation and a 3 day Mont Blanc Unlimited lift pass

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Chalet Favrands

Chalet Favrands – beautiful 4 bedroom chalet with hot tub, sleeps 10 people (optional extra 2 bed apartment)
11th -17th April : 269€
18th April – 1st May : 253€
(per person, based on 10 people sharing)

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Chalet Chimere

Chalet Chimere – luxurious 3 bedroom chalet with sauna & hot tub, sleeps 6 people (optional extra 4th bedroom)
11th – 17th April : Fully booked
18th April – 1st May : 280€
(per person, based on 6 people sharing)

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Chalet Bedieres

Chalet Bedieres – lovely 3 bedroom chalet, traditional style with sunny garden, sleeps 6
11th – 17th April : 253€
18th April – 1st May : 227€
(per person, based on 6 people sharing)

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Chalet Alpins

Chalet Alpins – excellent 4 bedroom chalet with hot tub & garden, sleeps 8
11th – 17th April : 273€
18th – 24th April : 213€
(per person, based on 8 people sharing)

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Don’t forget, you can save even more money by hiring your skis and snowboards with one of our partners – up to 55% discount on ski & snowboard hire in Chamonix when you book through Mountain Lifestyle!

Chamonix Events : 6 Great Reasons to be in Chamonix this Spring!

Spring is in the air! Longer days, more sunshine and the usual flurries of snow that arrive during March and April are on the way.

Those of us that live in Chamonix year round love this time of year – the bitter cold of January is behind us, the February holiday mayhem is over and the lighter evenings mean that we can enjoy a bit of the apres-ski atmosphere after we’ve finished work! Life definitely chills out a bit once March is underway, leaving us more time to have fun when we’re on the slopes or in the office.

Chamonix is nothing if not diverse and there are some great events lined up over the next couple of months – film festivals, mountaineering awards, music concerts and ski races… this is a great time of year to visit if you want to experience a bit of Chamonix culture!

chamonix cross-country skiing competitionFriday 13th to Sunday 15th of March : Coupe d’Europe Ski de Fond
The best cross-country ski racers in Europe gather in Chamonix for 3 days of competition for the European Cup – races are free to watch and usually take place around the Desert Blanc area in Les Praz. If you’re  inspired and want to give cross-country skiing a try then take a look at our cross-country ski lessons, perfect for learning the basics or brushing up your technique!

Saturday 21th March to Friday 27th March : Spring Music Festival
The hills are alive with the sound of… chamber music, orchestras, piano recitals, choirs, string quartets and just about every other kind of classical music you can think of. Chamonix welcomes musicians from all around the world to play intimate concerts in churches and other small venues. The full programme is not yet confirmed but details can be picked up in the tourist office in Chamonix.

Wednesday 25th – Saturday 28th March : Chamonix Adventure Film Festival
4 days packed with exploration, adrenaline, adventure and imagination. Inspirational film screenings and photo exhibitions as well as your chance to get involved in innovative workshops and courses. A must for all mountain enthusiasts! You can find more information and the programme of events on the Chamonix Adventure Film Festival website

Friday 3rd to Monday 6th of April : Jour Blanc
A long weekend of non-stop partying with music in the mountains during the day and down in the town at night! The Jour Blanc Unlimited Festival brings the best electronic music acts to breathtaking stages all over the Mont-Blanc range. All the events are accessible with the special Unlimited Festival pass that also works as your lift pass to all the Chamonix ski areas. Book your lift pass online and we’ll collect it for you in time for your arrival – no waiting at the resort office or queuing at the lift station on your first morning!

Chris Bonington © Piolets d'Or
Chris Bonington © Piolets d’Or

Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th of April : Piolets d’Or
The Piolets d’Or is an awards ceremony with a difference, it doesn’t celebrate the “winner” as such, but the people who show the most passion and embrace the true spirit of exploration. Credit is given for first ascents and descents, but emphasis is laid more firmly on team spirit, innovation, imagination and respect for the mountains. There will be exhibitions, lectures, debates, film screenings and awards in both Chamonix and Courmayeur – with this year’s coveted lifetime achievement award going to British mountaineer Chris Bonington. You can find out more on the Piolets d’Or website. Explore the mountains for yourself with a mountain guide – spring conditions are perfect for mixed ice and rock climbing, glacier hiking and ski touring.

Friday 17 to Sunday 19 of April 2015 Corsican Festival La Corse à Cham
For 3 days the streets of Chamonix will be drenched in the sounds, sights, flavours, and hopefully sunshine of Corsica! We’ll be treated to music concerts, dancing, market stalls, cookery classes and Corsican culture. Just take a stroll around town to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy some free entertainment.

Chamonix chaletWe have some great last minute accommodation deals during March and April, keep an eye on our Facebook page for the latest deals or have a browse at our self-catered chalets and apartments and contact us to request our best offer!