So, you’re in Chamonix for the most romantic day of the year? Oooh la la… Swerve the busy pistes and do something special together with one of our favourite winter activities.
Diner à Deux
Go for dinner. Really? That’s it? You can do that anywhere! Hang on, how about skidoo up under the moonlight to a cosy mountain restaurant, enjoy a wonderful meal with local wine, ski or sledge back down under the stars… ahhhh.
Indulge in some serious relaxation. The daily grind is hard work and being on holiday is your chance to unwind and spend some precious downtime together. The Pre Saint Didier Spa is the perfect place to do this, you can even combine it with a day out in Italy for the ultimate romantic getaway.
On the Wings of Love
Flying over Mont Blanc is an unforgettable experience; either snuggle up in a helicopter, or wave to each other from the air as you each do a tandem parapente flight. Either way, you’ll have done something very special to remember the day!
Take the reins and drive a team of huskies through the snow while you steer the sled. Husky sledding is great fun and you’ll get the hang of it in no time, either drive your own sled or travel as a passenger.
Play Safe, Stay Safe
If you ski or snowboard together then you should know how to look out for each other. Take one of our avalanche awareness or off-piste safety courses to make your days out on the mountain as fun and safe as possible.
Discover Fine Wines
Toast your happiness with an excellent wine. Our partners at ChaChaCha offer wine tastings every evening of a selection of 6 wines, sampling the finest of various regions. Book through us and get a special 20% discount, leaving you enough cash to splurge on a nice bottle to take home!
We also offer a great choice of other activities and we’re happy to organise something special on request – visit our website or contact us for a chat to see what we can do!
If you’re looking for information on the best bars and restaurants in Chamonix then take a peek at our resort information pages, where you’ll find the lowdown on all our favourite places to eat and drink.
OK, so some may say there’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes but we say when you can’t see your hand in front of your face and the light is so bad that you can’t tell if you’re skiing uphill or downhil that it’s time to call it a bad weather day and do something else instead. Chill out, wait for the skies to clear and enjoy one of our favourite “day off” activities.
Spa Day – when it’s cold outside and there’s a complete whiteout up the hill, conditions are perfect for treating yourself to a pamper session in a warm cosy spa. Mountain Lifestyle guests benefit from 10% discount at Deep Nature Spa (in Hotel Morgane and Hotel Aiglon) – just use the voucher in your welcome pack or call into our office in Chamonix Sud to pick one up. Or make a day of it and visit the wonderful Pré Saint Didier thermal spa in Courmayeur, Italy – steam rooms, saunas, outdoor hot tubs, things that shoot jets of water in unexpected places… we offer return transport for just over 20€ a head (180€ for an 8 seater minibus). Alternatively, stay in the comfort of your accommodation and have the spa come to you with an in-house massage treatment. Have a look at our Spas & Massage page for more information.
Husky Sledding – you don’t need to be able to see where you’re going, as long as the dogs can! Even in a blizzard the huskies know their job, you just have to hang on and enjoy the ride. Your musher will give you a quick intro on how to steer your sled and then you’re off – charging through the snow as the dogs do what they do best. Great fun and available to anyone over 8 years old, younger children can ride as a passenger with an adult. More information on husky sledding
Snowshoe Tour – harsh weather up the mountain doesn’t just bring people down to the lower parts of the valley, if often brings animals too! Crunching through the snow on a snowshoe hike is when you are most likely to see deer, chamois and even the occasional wild boar. Your guide will take you on a magical tour of the forests and trails of the valley. Book a full day and you might even go further afield to a monastery where they breed the famous Saint Bernard dogs, or up to a mountain hut for a traditional Savoyard lunch. If you’re looking for something to entertain the kids we have a fantastic play group where they will have their own snowshoe adventures on easy trails in safe company, see here for more details
Sledging – hang on tight and race your friends to the bottom, loser buys the first round of drinks! Paret sledging is one of our most popular evening activities, just 20€ per person and loads of fun, you take the last lift up Les Grands Montets and whizz back down the Pierre a Ric – all 2800m of it. If you want to combine sledging with dinner in a traditional mountain restaurant then have a look at our Tornieux or Combloux trips for an unforgettable evening in the mountains. Details of all activities can be found on this page
Day Trip – with so much to do here in Chamonix it’s easy to stay put but we’re also lucky to have so many wonderful places to visit within a stone’s throw. Just a quick scoot through the Mont Blanc tunnel and you’re in the charming town of Courmayeur in Italy – a friendly bustling little hub of old stone streets, fantastic restaurants, glamorous boutiques, tantalising delicatessens, excellent wine cellars, cosy bars… need we say more? We offer a regular bus service every Tuesday and Thursday for just 30€ return per person, or you can book a private 8 seater minibus for 180€ any day you like. Read more about day trips to Italy here
As well as offering all the ski areas included in the Chamonix Le Pass lift pass, there are also loads of extra activities offered free of charge when you buy the Mont Blanc Unlimited lift pass, making it the best option if you want to do more than ski or snowboard:
Keep up to date with weather forecasts, snow conditions, lift openings and live webcams on our Snow & Weather page. Please be aware that although we’re very glad to see so much snow, the avalanche risk is going to be high over the next few days – please be patient and stay safe! If you have any doubts about the risks you can call into the Office de Haute Montagne near the tourist for expert advice on snow conditions and mountain safety.
Apparently patience is a virtue. If that’s true then our stockings will be chock-full of goodies from Santa this year after all the patience we’ve shown waiting for the ski season to open. Hopes were high earlier this week after some fresh snowfall and temperatures have definitely dropped but, alas, there’ll be no lifts open this weekend.
You can keep an eye on upcoming weather forecasts on our new Snow & Weather page, as well as checking lift openings and webcams for the latest real-time information.
So, the snow may not be here yet but Santa is! He’s set up his Christmas workshop beside the Mer de Glace and you can find him there every weekend from 2pm to 4pm in the run-up to Christmas. Entry to his workshop is included in your Montenvers train ticket.
Chamonix is getting very festive this weekend; the Christmas lights go on this evening at 5pm in the centre of town. There’ll be carolling and hot drinks to warm your cockles, as well as entertainment for the children.
Tomorrow evening the Chamonix ice skating club are putting on a free display at the ice rink, just turn up at 6:30pm and enjoy the show.
You’ll also find Santa in Servoz this Sunday (don’t know how he’s finding time to make all those toys) at the annual Christmas Fair. There will be Christmas trees on sale, mulled wine, cakes, various stands and the all important visit from Santa himself at 15.30pm. Excellent prizes will up for grabs in the raffle, tickets are 2€ each or 6 for 10€ and all proceeds are in aid of the local school.
To round off the weekend the lovely Chambelles ladies choir will be holding a carol concert at the Protestant church near to the train station on Sunday evening. Entry is free with donations being welcomed for Restos du Coeur, an excellent charity that provides food for those who can’t afford it. Starting from 6pm with mulled wine afterwards, everyone’s welcome to come and join in – get there early if you want a seat, Chambelles concerts are always packed out!
If you’re coming to Chamonix for the festive season then make it extra special with one of our fantastic family activities – fly over the snowy peaks on a parapente, drive your own team of huskies, or sledge down the slopes after dark on a paret ride. All great fun but don’t leave it too long as they’re booking up fast! Take a look at our Winter Activities page or contact us for more information.