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:
- Aiguille du Midi Cable Car
- Montenvers Train & Mer de Glace
- Alpine Coaster
- Tramway du Mont Blanc
- Swimming pool & sports centre
- Ice Rink
- Chamonix Museums
You can also ski in Les Houches, Courmayeur and Verbier with the Mont Blanc Unlimited pass, giving you more options when bad weather closes much of the Chamonix lift system. Find out more about Chamonix lift passes here
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.