Photo courtesy of Salome Abrial/Office de Tourisme de Chamonix
Peek into the Past
In contrast to the adrenaline-fueled activities on the slopes, the Musée Alpin in the former Palais Chamonix offers a peaceful oasis for guests to appreciate the pioneers of Alpine exploration and to explore the fascinating history of Alpine mountaineering and winter sports. Over two floors in the early-20th-century Belle Époque building, the museum lets visitors trace back to when the earliest explorers climbed Mont Blanc in 1786. Viewing the basic equipment used on such journeys leaves one in deep appreciation of the daring that was required of the very first climbers. You can also journey from the first Winter Olympics in 1924 up to the formation of today’s modern resorts, through photos, videos, and intriguing personal accounts.
By Simon Willis, AFAR Local Expert
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