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About the Resort
Sometimes we want something different, such as to practice snow sports on
another planet entirely. Welcome to a world that appeals to everyone.
everyone can go that little bit further, be that little bit better. You just
have to want it. Set your sights that little bit higher. Pay a little more
respect to nature than elsewhere and accept your limits. The Vallee Blanche,
frozen waterfalls, high altitude mountains, free style, stop. It’s essential
to stop. Open your eyes, keep your strength to tell others of your exploits.
Make the most of a town that’s as lively as your imagination
WELCOME TO CHAMONIX ! - Chamonix is the 3rd most visited
natural site inthe world. More than 40 nationalities rub shoulders here throughout
the year, overcome by the splendour of the site and the endless play area
that the Mont-Blanc range offers to fans of all types of snow and mountain
sports. We are delighted to show you our “spot”: more than a winter sports
resort, it’s a mountain town with a gateway to the universe of high mountains.
A town interested in all cultures, attached to its traditions and proud of
EXCEL - The history of
Chamonix is closely linked to the obsession of snow sports and the desire
for excelling – right from the first Winter Olympics organised in the valley
in 1924, through to the 2007 edition of the Arlberg Kandahar.
On January 20th and 21st, Chamonix hosts the 15th world downhill and slalom
Yannick Bertrand (left) at the starting line of the Verte, Kandahar 2005.
RESPECT - Whether on foot or skis, we’re moving around
a sensitive environment that is home to many species. There are 25 wild animal
species in the Mont-Blanc mountain range. Be silent so as not to disturb
this wildlife that is weakened by the winter temperatures. Chamonix gives
us access to nature: let’s respect it.
To fully enjoy the liberty it offers, be careful. If you ski off-piste,
on a glacier or otherwise, never go alone. Consult the High Mountain Office
to find out about snow and weather conditions; make sure you have all the
essential equipment – Arva, shovel, probe – and learn to use it. Do not hesitate
to hire a high mountain guide to discover all the area has to offer in optimum
WARM WELCOME - Both modern and traditional, Chamonix is a mountain
town with lots of personality, which pays tribute to each era of its history,
as proved by its alpine farms, Art deco houses and palaces from the last
century. Chamonix is also a town that vibrates all year long. Its inhabitants
are strongly attached to the mythical site of Mont-Blanc and to their valley.
They will be delighted to welcome you to help you discover their rich historical
and cultural background, and their future projects.
Chamonix is part of the international “Best of
the Alps” network which groups together twelve resorts that are emblematic
of the history of the Alps. They all share the same respect for tradition
and an ongoing quest for quality.
FREEDOM - Descend the Vallee Blanche, one of the most famous
high mountain routes in the world: amazing landscape of seracs, mind-blowing
granite cliffs, endless expanses of snowy peaks... Ride in the midst of the
pine trees... Try out the cross-country ski runs for a change. Bask in the
sun in one of the 14 mountain top restaurants, overlooking Mont-Blanc.
top Play Chamonix
It is a luxurious hotel, a gastronomic restaurant, a Soli Chalet,
a farmhouse, a restaurant, a health and well being center…. A paradise
next to the center of Chamonix.
du Bois Prin****
You will appreciate an atmosphere of calm, serenity and luxury.
The Hotel du Bois Prin has mixed traditional and contemporary style
and has created a welcoming atmosphere.
In the heart of Chamonix at the foot of Mont-Blanc, this three star
hotel has a wonderful and sportive atmosphere where comfort and mountain
traditions mix well.
Built in 1890, it is one of the historic buildings in the valley
and remains one of the most preferred meeting points for guests from
all over the world
This hotel is located at the foot of the Aiguille du Midi, right
near the pedestrian center of town, and near the train station. Their
typical, little charming Savoyard hotel is family managed and will guarantee
you a warm welcoming atmosphere.
Chalet du Bois is located in the charming village of
Les Houches, 5 kilometers from Chamonix in the heart of a peaceful
and relaxing environment. Only minutes away from the ski slopes,
the hiking tracks, Italy and Switzerland.
L’Auberge du Manoir is a small Savoyard hotel with 23 cozy and
comfortablerooms in a mountain ambiance.
Each room has its own bathroom and separate W.C., telephone and
television. Whether it is the flower-covered balconies of summer
or the roaring fire in wintertime, the atmosphere is relaxing and
The hotel is located just a few steps from the town centre.
Its garden and rooms offer you magnificent views of the mountains
Mont Blanc, Brevent or Flegere.
First, the hotel Excelsior, incarnates the Cheilan family history,
specialized in country inn for four generations. Quietness , conviviality,
services and human warmth are the Cheilan family's keywords.
its architecture from the beginning of the 20th century, the Tines
'tower', will show you one of the finest point of view on the Mont-Blanc.
Les Tines is the last village on the top of the Chamonix valley,
along the road wich goes up to Argentiere.
top Getting to Chamonix
in Chamonix include:
• Extensive Snow & Slide Sports
• Walking, Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing
• Panoramic Flights
• Richard Bozon Sports Centre Activites
• Beauty & Relaxation
• Cultural Activities
... and much, much more
top Practical Guide
Direct access via the “Autoroute Blanche” motorway, part of the European
motorway network. 16 km from Switzerland via the Montets Pass and
15 km from Italy via the Mont-Blanc tunnel.
Road conditions ) 04 50 53 05 51
SNCF station in the resort. St Gervais/Le Fayet - Vallorcine line
Connections with the TGV at Annecy
Information ) SNCF 36 35
- GENEVA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (88
km).) 41 (0) 22 717 71 11
Daily coach service (4 times a day): Geneva/Chamonix. Timetables:
information from the coach office at the station, the Tourist Information
Office or www.chamonix.com ) 04
50 53 01 15 (SAT)
- LYON/SAINT-EXUPERY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (220
km). ) 0826
- HAUTE SAVOIE MONT-BLANC AIRPORT (90 km).
04 50 27 30 06
Private shuttle services to the
three airports by minibus:
Daily services between Geneva and Chamonix, and regular services
through to Italy. Information at the station coach office, open
daily from 6.45 am to 10.30 am and from 1.25 pm to 4.45 pm (may
be subject to change). Departures from the SNCF station.
TEL/Fax 04 50 53 01 15 (SAT).
Private transfers between Geneva and Chamonix for groups and individuals
at airports and stations.
CHAMONIX BUS 04 50 53
05 55 – FAX 04 50 55 95 59
Aéroports Chamonix Taxis ) 06 11 27 23
Abac Taxi Gopée ) 06 07 02 22 13
Altitude Taxi ) 06 85 10 72 62
Cham’taxi ) 06 07 26 36 62
Taxi Buton ) 06 07 19 70 36
Taxi Monard ) 06 08 26 84 76
Taxi Rousseau ) 06 07 67 88 85
Station, place de la Gare ) 04 50 53 13
HOW TO GET IN THE VALLEY
The SNCF line serves all the villages between Saint-Gervais/Le Fayet,
Vallorcine and Martigny. Roughly one train every hour (free of
charge between Servoz and Vallorcine with the “carte d’hote”).
Information from all SNCF stations (French National Railways) and on ) 36
35 – www.sncf.com
Regular urban transport service throughout the Valley (free for guest
04 50 53 05 55 – Fax 04 50 55 95 59
Do you want to know when to get your
BY CAR/ BY MINIBUS
CHAMONIX AUTOLOC HERTZ ) 04 50 53 73 68Fax 04 50 53
61 39 – www.chamonixautoloc.com
CHAMONIX TRANSFER SERVICE
06 07 67 88 85 or 06 62 05 57 38
Fax 04 50 53 61 39 – www.chamonix-transfer.com
4 000 parking spaces.
3 covered car parks: Chamonix-Sud, Saint-Michel (behind the church,
Tourist Office access) and place du Mont-Blanc. Parking up to 1 hour
free of charge. Reduced weekly rates for guest card holders. Transport
in the town centre provided by free shuttles “Les Mulets”.
04 50 53 65 71 (Chamonix Parc Auto).
The barouche rides start from “La Place de Garmisch- Partenkirchen”
(pedestrian area). For 1 to 5 people.Tour of the town (25 min).
Bois du Bouchet (40 min.). Plaine des Praz (1 hour).
The “Mulets” enable you to get around the town centre
free of charge.
Wait at the easily recognisable stops and let yourself be taken care
Every day from 24/06 to 2/09, from 8.30 am to6.30 pm (every 10 minutes
at peak times and every20 minutes at other times).
Circuit: leaflet available from the Tourist
Office. Link with the main Chamonix-Bus network.
* Shuttles fitted
with an anti-pollution regulated engine and a particle filter.
pistes, snowboarding, ski mountaineering, ski touring, cross-country
skiing, snowshoeing, paragliding, ice climbing or speed riding, Chamonix offers
you the whole range of winter mountain sporting activities so that you may learn,
go faster and excel yourself or simply relax. Discover them in total safety with
the high-mountain guides, instructors or valley guides.