Buy property in Chamonix?
WHY CHAMONIX ?
• Snow sure
• Good for off piste
• Good for eating out
• Good for non-skiers
• large ski area
• Good shopping
• Lively and Young
• High altitude skiing
• Good for Alpine charm
• Good for snow parks
• Reliable for snow
• Short airport transfers
• Good ski schools
• Good for weekends
Highest lift: 3840m (12598 Feet)
Lowest lift: 1035m (3396 Feet)
No of lifts: 48
No of slopes: 81
Total piste length: 153km
Longest run: 24km
Snow parks: 3
Snow cannons: 125
Off piste: Yes
Cross country: 43km
If you wish to take the pace a little slower you could catch the cable car to the top of Mont Blanc and enjoy a meal on the observation deck. Here the view is truly awe inspiring I can assure you that you will not want to leave.
When the ski lifts have closed head to the one of the many bars or cafe's in the valley to relax, unwind and take in the alpine atmosphere. For those who want to continue the festivities, the nightlife is just as varied with cafe's alongside traditional bars to the hectic nightclubs.
High in the Alps, Chamonix is a breathtaking valley with towering peaks and majestic ice falls with a tremendous variety of terrain. Whilst Chamonix ski holidays and the first Winter Olympics in 1924 have brought fame to the area, there is much more to enjoy from a Chamonix ski chalet or Chamonix rental accommodation than just the magnificent skiing.
THINGS TO DO ON HOLIDAY IN CHAMONIX, FRANCE
There are a magnitude of gentle runs through the forests, miles of cross-country ski pistes, snow parks, glacier descents and of course the world renowned down-hill pistes to enjoy from your Chamonix ski chalet. Even if you do not ski or snowboard, Europe’s largest cable car or one of the many cog railways will take you to some of the most incredible views in the Alps. You can also try the marked winter trails, snowshoe trails, ice rinks, indoor climbing or simply relax and indulge in one of Chamonix’s spas.
In the summer, Chamonix is still an adventure sport paradise. The cable cars take you to the centre of the Mont Blanc Massif, where there are 350km of hiking trails, 40km of mountain biking tracks, many cliff faces for climbing and mountaineering, paragliding and there is even an 18 hole golf course! In the spring, the melt waters rage down the rivers, making perfect conditions for white-water rafting weekends in Chamonix.
The town of Chamonix itself is very cosmopolitan, with vibrant après-ski and an architectural heritage which amazes first time visitors. The Alpine Museum lets you understand the history of Chamonix, and reveals a few secrets of Mont Blanc and the surrounding Alpine peaks.
PLACES TO GO ON HOLIDAY IN CHAMONIX, FRANCE
There is a great wealth of resorts in the Chamonix valley, meaning that everyone can find a summer or ski holiday in Chamonix which will allow them to get the most out of the area and the rental chalets on offer.
For experienced adventure sportsmen, the Grands Montets tremendous on and off-piste runs, snow park and bordercross track will provide a spectacular and enjoyable challenge.
Les Houches, provides natural skiing through woods and forests, with panoramic views and timeless alpine villages, whilst the resorts of La Vormaine and Le Savoy cater for the less experienced skiers or snowboarders.
Argentiere is a stunning glacial resort of Chamonix, high in the dramatic peaks of Mont Blanc. It is a truly Alpine resort, suited for strong skiers and boarders as the slopes offer a magnificent challenge even to expert skiers. The cosmopolitan ambience, testing terrain and lively après-ski make taking a holiday rental chalet in Argentiere an unrivalled pleasure. Due to the famous runs, great après-ski and ease of access, Argentiere skiing weekends and weekend ski breaks have become hugely popular.
THINGS TO DO ON HOLIDAY IN ARGENTIERE, FRANCE
The magnificent terrain means that there are huge challenges for any snow sport enthusiast. The world famous 22km run of Vallee Blanche which descents from Aiguille du Midi back to Chamonix takes you through some very unsettling terrain, with shear 2000m drops to one side, huge crevasses and huge ice boulders. The cable cars which cross the slopes take skiers and boarders to swathes of virgin snow and hundreds of kilometres of off piste. The closest ski area to a rental apartment in Argentiere is Le Grand Montets, which has been repeatedly accredited as being the finest area of lift-served ski terrain to be found anywhere in the world. The ski season runs from November until May, and due to its altitude, snow cover is almost guaranteed.
The town has all the facilities you might need when staying in an apartment in Argentiere. Supermarkets, banks, a sports centre, gym, bowling alley, cinema, and a multitude of mouth watering restaurants are all located here, as well as 20 bars and 3 nightclubs to entertain you after a hard day on the slopes.
As with the weekend ski breaks to Argentiere in the winter, summer brings climbers to the region to tackle the crevasses and sheer drops which provide such fear for so many of those on a Argentiere skiing weekend. However many times you return to a holiday rental apartment in Argentiere for the climbing, there will always be another testing climb which you have not conquered. Summer or winter, Argentiere offers paragliding, Turkish baths, ice skating, tennis and a range of indoor sports.
PLACES TO HOLIDAY IN ARGENTIERE, FRANCE
Seven kilometres below a the rental apartments of Argentiere is the resort of Chamonix, which boasts the largest range of summer and winter activities, catering for the largest range of experience levels in a single resort. It is a lively commercial centre, with magnificent sporting options, gastronomic delights and a range of health spas and wellbeing centres.
If the fearsome slopes of Argentiere are too much, the family resort of Les Houches is just a few miles further down the Chamonix Valley. There are novice slopes, ski schools and plenty of facilities, as well as the second most technical downhill piste after Kitzbuhel.