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!
Flora & 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.
Warm 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!