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A Mountain to Conquer
The crowning glory of Chamonix is undoubtedly Mont Blanc. This emblematic mountain announces itself immediately as you enter the valley and crane your neck at its summit 15,774 feet. And there’s a reason why it’s one of the world’s most visited natural sites: It is hiking heaven. Many enjoy the serene lower walks through Alpine pastures that chime with bells from the Herens cows; others tackle the snow-covered peaks navigated only with ice axes and ropes. When the first flakes fall, its world-class resorts lure skiers and boarders spanning from newbie to gnarly. Whether you're strapping into bindings for your first ever ski lesson or flipping 360s in the snow parks, Mont Blanc has you covered.
By Simon Willis, AFAR Local Expert