Feeling the Heat? Our 5 Favourite Places to Cool Off in Chamonix

Hiking in Chamonix, Lac Blanc FlegereLac Blanc, La Flegere
One of the most stunning spots in the Mont Blanc Valley, this picturesque mountain lake gets its name from the white peaks reflected in its calm surface. You have to earn your refreshment though, as Lac Blanc is at 2352m! Take the Flegere cable car up to 1877m and then the hike across takes about an hour and a half through high alpine pastures, where it is common to see bouquetin, marmots and other mountain wildlife. Then kick off your hiking boots and dip your feet in the icy cold water while you soak up the magnificent view. If you really want to explore the area then consider booking a hiking guide to show you the valley in all its glory.

Lac de PassyLake Passy
For a taste of Costa-del-Chamonix, head to Lac de Passy where you’ll find a sandy beach, ice cream kiosks, BBQ grills, shady trees, pedalos and even a nearby go-karting track. You can get there by train to Saint-Gervais and then a walk of about 4km but the easiest option is to get a group of mates together and book a minibus through our partners at Haute Transfer – they’ll pick you up and drop you off from your door, so you won’t have to struggle too far with the coolbox, deck chairs, snorkels, picnic, inflatable crocodile…

Chamonix swimming poolCentre Sportif Richard Bozon
Located right in the centre of Chamonix is the local sports centre with indoor and outdoor swimming pools. The indoor section is open all year round and has a 25m swimming pool and a smaller childrens play area with bubble pools and a slide. The outdoor area is open from 20th June 2015 and features a 50m swimming pool, a children’s splash pool, slides, sunbathing decks and a park area with duck pond, table tennis and a snack kiosk, not to mention incredible views of Mont Blanc while you’re doing your backstroke. Entry to the sports centre is reduced with your Carte d’Hote guest card, issued to all Mountain Lifestyle guests on arrival.

Hotel les Aiglons swimming poolDeep Nature Spa
An oasis in the mountains, the Deep Nature Spa at Hotel Les Aiglons is the perfect place to kick back and relax after a long day of sightseeing. With an outdoor swimming pool, hot tub, sauna and steam room you can unwind whilst looking up at Mont Blanc and planning your next day of activities. They also have a luxurious spa where you can indulge in a massage or beauty treatment, and then perhaps enjoy a glass of something sparkling from the bar… Mountain Lifestyle guests enjoy a 10% discount on all spa treatments at Hotel Les Aiglons.
Paradis des Praz ChamonixParadis des Praz
One for the kids and the young at heart! Paradis des Praz is a magical little clearing in a shady pine forest where a bubbling mountain stream widens into a natural paddling pool. With a playground, rope swings, ponies and a snack kiosk there is plenty to keep everyone happy on a sunny day. It is within easy cycling distance of Chamonix and is located along an off-road trail, so why not hire a bike and make a fun day out of it?