5 Reasons to Love Chamonix in Spring

Time to Relax

The difference between Chamonix during peak season and inter season is dramatic – come during the quieter periods of spring or autumn and you’ll find a haven of peace and quiet. The town doesn’t go into hibernation like some of the purpose-built ski resorts do, it just slows its pace a little. Once the hoards of holidaymakers have gone you can enjoy simple pleasures such as hiking up to deserted lakes, running along empty trails, strolling round the market on Saturday morning, enjoying a coffee at a pavement café… not to mention being able to get a table in your favourite Chamonix restaurant at short notice!

Chamonix hiking trails in spring and summer


Chamonix spring flowersFlora & Fauna

As the snow melts, the colours of spring reveal themselves in all their glory! Pink blossom has started to appear on the trees, a bright carpet of wild flowers is poking through the remnants of snow, marmots and other alpine animals are starting to venture out of their burrows. You don’t have to venture very far to explore this magical land and there are plenty of accessible hikes that don’t require lift access. Join us on a discovery walk with Teresa and discover the hidden treasures of the Chamonix valley, keen photographers will pick up some invaluable tips on capturing their favourite views.


End of Season Parties

Chamonix loves nothing more than a good party (well, maybe an epic powder day but one often follows the other) and the end of winter is always marked by a raft of parties, BBQs, fancy dress nights, and general merry-making. The closing party at Les Grands Montets is the one that no one wants to miss with rail comps, tunes, crazy outfits and the legendary water slide – this year’s bash takes place on Sunday 1st May, don’t miss it! Many of the bars in Chamonix stay open throughout interseason and as the weather gets warmer the BBQs come out and we make the official switch from vin chaud to rosé as the apres-ski drink of choice. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for all the upcoming events and parties.

Freeride Days end of season party at Les Grands Montets


Chamonix climbingWarm Weather & Longer Days

The sunny spring weather brings a whole new list of fun things to do; the hiking and biking trails are clear of snow, the climbing crags are drying out and road bikers are enjoying sunny days and quiet roads. Lighter mornings and evenings mean that training can now start in earnest for all the summer events such as the Marathon du Mont Blanc and the UTMB. Join us for an invigorating retreat to kick-start your fitness plan.


Cheap Flights & Accommodation

All of the above, plus a few extra euros in your pocket to spend on enjoying yourself! You’ll often find deals on cheap flights at this time of year but remember to quote Mountain Lifestyle when you’re booking your accommodation and you’ll bag a 10% discount on all chalets and apartments for the remainder of this month as well. Not only that, but Mountain Lifestyle guests can claim a further 10% discount on airport transfers during April when you book on this page using the promo code “april”. Don’t forget that lift passes are also discounted for the last week of the ski season, so grab a last minute bargain and treat yourself to a spring break in Chamonix!

Chamonix in summer with flowers and Mont Blanc

Chamonix Spring Skiing, Sunshine & Special Offers

The past couple of weeks have brought typical spring weather to Chamonix – glorious sunshine and blue skies one day, heavy cloud and rain the next. The good news is that the rainy days are bringing more snow to the mountains, for us to enjoy on the sunny days!

Monoskiing in ChamonixThe Chamonix ski areas are still open, with Flegere and Le Tour enjoying an extended period up until 24th April and Les Grands Montets staying open until the end of the month. Now that we reach the tail end of the season, the pistes are delightfully deserted and lift queues non-existent. If you’ve ever fancied switching from skiing to snowboarding, or vice-versa, now is the perfect time. Plenty of space on the slopes to master your turns, no one whizzing past you at high speed and soft spring snow to cushion the falls! I might even get the monoski out for another try…
Ski & Snowboard Lessons in Chamonix

Ski touring in ChamonixThe Chamonix ski touring season is now well under way with many people striking out on multi day hut-to-hut adventures such as the famous Haute Route ski tour from Chamonix to Zermatt. The Chamonix valley has many classic ski touring routes such as the Crochues-Berard in the Aiguilles Rouge nature reserve and the Col de Passon at Les Grands Montets. We offer a range of options from a initiation day with only a short ascent, or multi day courses where you’ll really improve your technique and explore the best backcountry terrain in the Chamonix valley.
Ski Touring in Chamonix

Spring at Le Tour ski area in ChamonixThis time of year is perfect for a late season ski break – quiet pistes, great weather, plenty going on in town and, best of all, discounted ski passes. The Mont Blanc Unlimited pass is now on offer with an average of 20% off all passes of more than one day – with the additional bonus of 3 days for the price of 2, saving you a lovely 46% (that’s 80€!). Anyone fancy a last minute weekend away? You never know, we might even be able to swing you a deal on accommodation, so get in touch now and find out how much you can save!
Chamonix Special Offers & Discounts

The upcoming weather forecast looks promising, with the start of the week bringing more sunshine, so don’t forget to pack your sun cream!

Springtime in Chamonix : What’s On & Where to Go

With the news that Chamonix golf course is partially open as of today, it really feels like spring is in the air – despite the return of the snow.

Since the clocks went forward a couple of weeks ago, the days have been getting longer and warmer with the emphasis leaning more towards the apres than the ski… Conditions are still fairly good up in the mountains and there has actually been some fresh snow this week but one of the many joys of spring is the amount of possibilities that it brings.

Aiguille du Midi Chamonix webcam view
View from Aiguille du Midi yesterday afternoon

You can have the best of both worlds and go skiing in the morning, followed by rock climbing on a sunny crag in the afternoon. Chamonix has loads of easily accessible climbing walls and even complete beginners can master the basics in a couple of hours with a rock climbing guide. Les Gaillands is the most popular crag in the valley, not only for its myriad routes of varying grades but also for the picturesque lake and the close proximity of the bar and restaurant at Hotel Le Vert – won’t be long until they start firing up the BBQ and getting the tunes on the terrace.

Chamonix rock climbing

The Aiguille du Midi cable car stays open long after all the other lifts have closed. From here you can experience Chamonix from the skies on a parapente flight, explore the seracs and crevasses on a glacier hike, or even get roped up and kitted out for some high altitude alpinism amongst the soaring peaks of the Massif du Mont Blanc before toasting your achievements in one of the sun-traps of Chamonix Sud; South Bar, Monkey or Bighorn.

Paragliding in Chamonix

Water sports such as canyoning and whitewater rafting will soon be up and running again, with all the melted snow from the mountains turning our streams and rivers into gushing torrents. Both activities are great fun and considering you’re going to get soaked through anyway, it doesn’t matter what the weather is like!

Chamonix canyoning and rafting

With discounted prices on lift passes, accommodation and ski hire, spring is a great time to come to Chamonix and work on your goggle tan. This week welcomes the Chamonix Unlimited Festival to town – 5 days of international DJs and musicians rocking the mountains.

Chamonix Unlimited Music Festival

Although the season is not yet over, Chamonix’s best apres-ski band plays their final gig this evening. No Limits will be rocking Chambre Neuf from 6pm so claim your spot on the table, stockpile a few pitchers of beer and be prepared to sing your throat hoarse one last time this winter – SKÅL!!!

Chamonix apres ski with No Limits at Chambre Neuf

 

Why You Should Visit Chamonix in Spring

We’ve been basking in glorious sunshine this week with temperatures in the mid-twenties and, happily, it looks set to continue until after the weekend according to the Chamonix weather forecast.

Le Tour ChamonixThe lifts may not be open but there is still plenty to do when the weather is this beautiful – this week we’ve been hiking, trail running and even had the bike out. The trails are in great condition, with the Brevent-Flegere side of the valley being almost completely clear of snow now and spring flowers out in bloom up at Le Tour.

Chamonix hiking spring waterfallThe Aiguille du Midi side of the valley still has snowfields higher up, so the Grand Balcon Nord is still not clear and the Caillet trail up to Montenvers is not recommended. Other options include the Mottets route up to Montenvers, the Petit Balcon Nord and the Cascade du Dard – all in great condition and pretty as a picture right now with lush green leaves and gurgling waterfalls!

If it’s your first time in Chamonix then you can get a real insight into the local trails by taking a guided hike with an IML (International Mountain Leader). They’ll not only lead you on some wonderful routes but can also tell you all about Alpine flora and fauna, pointing out things that you wouldn’t necessarily notice yourself. They are also experts in where to find the best coffee and cakes at altitude.

Lac Vert in ChamonixIf you’re a keen hiker and not so bothered about lift access then spring and autumn are fantastic times of the year to visit Chamonix. You’ll have many of the trails to yourself and can enjoy the tranquility of Chamonix without the hoards of tourists that descend during the summer holidays. You’ll find that Chamonix never really dies down, unlike a lot of other resorts, it just slows its pace a little and if you come out of the peak seasons you’ll get chance to enjoy its simple pleasures; enjoying a coffee at a pavement café, wandering round the market on a Saturday morning, reading a book beside the lake or taking a stroll alongside the river.

Chamonix summerThe quiet interseason periods also mean that you’re more likely to find perfect solitude on your hike into the mountains, or that you’ll have your pick of the climbing routes at a peaceful crag. Add on the bonus of cheap flights and low accommodation prices and you’re wondering why you didn’t think of it sooner!

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!

Late Season Fun in Chamonix : What’s Coming Up in April & May

This weekend sees many of the Chamonix lifts closing, but the season is not yet over! Les Grands Montets will be open until the big closing party on 3rd May and we’ve got plenty to look forward to until then. Coming up over the next few weeks we have…

Corsican Festival in Chamonix

La Corse à Cham

This weekend sees Chamonix turned into a little outpost of Corsica with street stalls, music, dancing, food and drink from the land of Napoleon. Most of the events are free and outdoors, so go and check it out.

Hiking in Chamonix, Lac Blanc Flegere

Hiking at La Flegere

Although the majority of the lift system closes this weekend (19th), the Flegere cable car will stay open for an hour each morning from 8-9am until 24th April for those who want to hike back down again. There are some fantastic trails leading back down to various places such as Paradis des Praz, Argentiere and the Col des Montets. There may still be snow up top, so take sturdy hiking boots and poles.

Monoskiing in Chamonix

Snowtopia

Next weekend (25/26 April) is a chance to try out a whole load of ski and snowboard gear for free up at Les Grands Montets. There’ll be stalls by loads of local independent manufacturers and artisans – ever tried handcarved wooden skis before? If you’ve ever wanted to give monoskiing or telemarking a whirl then there’ll be plenty of that to try as well – onesie optional.

Chamonix Golf CourseChamonix Golf Course

Dust off those clubs and get practicing your swing. The driving ranges are already in use, with the full 18 hole course scheduled to open on 24th April. With exceptional views, challenging greens, a pro-shop and excellent club house, Chamonix Club de Golf is renowned for being one of the best in the Alps. Some of our most beautiful chalets are within putting distance of the course and are also on the main bus route to Les Grands Montets, so you can ski in the morning and play a round of golf in the afternoon – only in Chamonix!

Chamonix Freeride DaysFreeride Day

Celebrate the last blast of winter with one final shindig up the mountain. Les Grands Montets hosts this legendary party every year, where anything goes! DJs, fancy dress ski races, waterslide, giant rail contest, snowtubing, live music, BBQ, beers and more – well worth checking out whether you’re on skis, snowboard or just on foot. Expect the partying to carry on into the night down in town with after-parties in many of Chamonix’s bars.

Lift passes are all discounted by a minimum of 20% from now until the end of the season so take advantage of cheap flights and accommodation to squeeze in one last ski holiday before the end of the season. And, of course, the end of winter is just the beginning of summer fun here in Chamonix!

Viva Italia – Special Offers on Chamonix Lift Passes & Day Trips to Italy!

Skiing in ChamonixThis last week has seen glorious weather return to Chamonix after a nice little top-up of fresh snow last weekend – clear blue skies, warm sunshine and soft spring snow.

So, it was with some trepidation that we ventured through the Mont Blanc Tunnel to Courmayeur this week – would it be as good? Thankfully it was a fantastic day with the same great weather conditions, lovely snow and a typically amazing Italian gourmet lunch break!

Skiing in Courmayeur ItalyOn arriving at the top of the cable car we were a bit worried to see large patches of grass and mud surrounding the lower pistes but once we got up higher the snow cover was great and the pistes were groomed to perfection – we were still finding stretches of untouched corduroy at 4pm! The snow on many faces stayed cold and fresh all day, with not a patch of ice or rock to be seen. Access to Courmayeur is included in the Mont Blanc Unlimited lift pass, which from Saturday 11th April is on special offer!

Spa Pre Saint Didier in CourmayeurWe topped it off with a trip to the Pre Saint Didier Spa and spent a few hours soaking in the outdoor jacuzzis and pummeling tired muscles in the jet sprays. It’s a great apres-ski option as the entry price is reduced after 5pm, giving you 4 hours of bliss for less than the price of a half hour massage. If this sounds like your kind of apres-ski then we can provide transport there and back in a comfortable 8 seater minibus, just contact us for details.

This weekend is a great time to visit Courmayeur as tomorrow night the town will be hosting the official award ceremony of the 2015 Piolets d’Or. From 9pm alpine enthusiasts, explorers and mountaineers will gather at the Palanoir Cinema to celebrate the greatest expeditions of the year with the legendary climber Sir Chris Bonington being the guest of honour and recipient of the Piolets d’Or Lifetime Achievement Award. The event is free entry and open to all, with the awards being followed by live music.

le-tour-chamonix-winter-01This time of year is perfect for a late season ski break – quiet pistes, great weather, plenty going on in town and, best of all, discounted ski passes. The Mont Blanc Unlimited pass is now on offer with an average of 20% off all passes of more than one day with the additional bonus of 3 days for the price of 2, saving you a lovely 46% or 79.20€ – anyone fancy a last minute weekend away? You never know, we might even be able to swing you a deal on accommodation, so get in touch now and find out how much you can save!

CHAMONIX WEATHER FORECASTThe upcoming weather forecast looks great, with the start of the week hitting the low twenties and plenty of sunshine, so don’t forget to pack your sun cream!