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.


Indoor swimming

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:

Chamonix Meteo

Chamonix Tourist Office

Intellicast

Chamonix Snow Forecast

Regional Storm Forecast & Alerts across France


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Family Fun : Our Favourite Summer Adventures for Kids & Families in Chamonix

Now that school holidays are well and truly underway we’ve been getting a lot of enquiries about how to keep children entertained in Chamonix; the good news is that there’s plenty for them to do and you’ll have a great time as well!

Photography in Chamonix, guided walking toursDiscovery Photo Walks
Unleash their inner David Bailey with a guided tour around Chamonix’s hidden nooks and crannies. You’ll discover charming gardens, quaint little footpaths – you might even find yourself milking a goat or picking herbs with a genuine French chef! Wherever you end up, you’ll have a story to tell afterwards and a memory card full of wonderful photos.
Chamonix Walks – find out more here

rock-climbing-chamonix-kids-01Climbing
Little “grimpeurs” can experience the thrill of nailing their first ascent from the age of 6 with one of our expert climbing guides. There are plenty of crags in the Chamonix valley that have a good choice of routes, ranging from very easy to rather challenging, meaning that everyone can find a route that suits them. This is a great adventure for the whole family, building teamwork as you learn to belay each other and give encouragement from the ground!
Climbing in Chamonix – find out more here

Chamonix canyoningRafting & Canyoning
In this heat it’s easy for kids to get tired and frazzled – so take them for a dunk in the river! The gentle rapids of the River Arve provide just enough excitement to make sure that everyone gets a good splash as you bob down the valley. If you want full immersion then take the plunge with a canyoning adventure – wading through streams, jumping into plunge pools and sliding down waterfalls. Our guides have taken everyone from 7 to 77 years and everyone always has a fantastic time – this is one of our favourite activities!
Rafting & Canyoning in Chamonix – find out more here

marmots-blog-01Nature Hikes
Summer in the Alps is like something out of a children’s story book – drinking from mountain lakes, wild goats skipping across rocks, the sound of cow bells, picnics in remote meadows… Explore the very best spots of the Chamonix valley with a guided nature hike; you’ll discover and learn so much more with someone who knows all the secrets of the mountains!
Hiking in Chamonix – find out more here

To really make the most of your stay in Chamonix we recommend that you invest in the Mont Blanc Multipass – not only will you have unlimited access to all of the mountain lifts in the valley but it also includes:

  • train-tourist-chamonix-01Montenvers train up to the glacier at Mer de Glace
  • Tramway du Mont Blanc up to the Glacier de Bionnassay
  • Aiguille du Midi
  • Reduced entry to the sports centre and swimming pool
  • Special discount on the little tourist train
  • FREE ride on the Alpine Coaster

Best of all, the Mont Blanc Multipass is great value for families as you only pay for 2 adults and 1 child – all other children are included free of charge! Please visit our summer lift pass page for more information on the Mont Blanc Multipass and our summer areas page to find out where you can go with your lift pass.

Besides all of the above, there is a wealth of fun things for families to enjoy this summer. For more information on children’s activities and facilities in Chamonix, please visit our Resort Information page.

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!