The Alpine Attractions of Chamonix
Collected by Simon Willis, AFAR Local Expert
From the highest mountain peak in the Alps to gnarly freestyle spots and late-night skating hangouts, Chamonix is home to some of France's most dramatic vistas, longest glacier, and best skiing and snowboarding runs.
Aiguille du Midi, 74400 Chamonix, France
France's Chamonix Valley is one of the most scenic places on the European continent. It's a narrow river valley which houses everything from rock-climbing centers to pulsing bars and pubs, and on both sides of the river the peaks of the French...
74400 Chamonix, France
While Aiguilles Rouges mountain range and its National Nature Reserve provide sublime skiing in winter, the true glory of this natural reserve is revealed once the snow melts. Earning its name from the granite spires that...
Argentière, 74400 Chamonix, France
From rollers to jumps and boxes to rails, Grands Montets Summit Snowpark certainly covers all the bases for freestylers and snowboarders. Located on Les Grands Montets, accessed by the Bochard gondola or the Marmottons chairlift, the snowpark...
Mer de Glace, 74400 Chamonix, France
Snaking, cracking, shimmering a brilliant blue in places and revealing mystical frosts in others, the Mer de Glace displays nature in all its force. France’s longest glacier stretches 4.3 miles and is over 650 feet deep. Quite literally...
89 Avenue Michel Croz, 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France
In contrast to the adrenaline-fueled activities on the slopes, the Musée Alpin, located in the former Palais Chamonix, is a peaceful place to explore the fascinating history of Alpine mountaineering and winter sports. Spread over two...
74400 Chamonix, France
While Chamonix boasts many thrilling frozen waterfalls for ice-climbing experts, those strapping on their crampons for the first time should try the Crémerie ice falls. Located alongside the road between Chamonix and Argentière, this...
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