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About the Resort
want something different, such as to practice snow sports on
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
the year, overcome by the splendour of the site and the endless play
that the Mont-Blanc range offers to fans of all types of snow and
sports. We are delighted to show you our “spot”: more than a winter
resort, it’s a mountain town with a gateway to the universe of high
A town interested in all cultures, attached to its traditions and
EXCEL - The history of
Chamonix is closely linked to the obsession of snow sports and the desire
excelling – right from the first Winter Olympics organised in the valley
1924, through to the 2007 edition of the Arlberg Kandahar.
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
a sensitive environment that is home to many species. There are 25 wild
species in the Mont-Blanc mountain range. Be silent so as not to
this wildlife that is weakened by the winter temperatures. Chamonix
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
Chamonix is part of the international “Best of
Alps” network which groups together twelve resorts that are emblematic
history of the Alps. They all share the same respect for tradition
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,
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
The Hotel du Bois Prin has mixed traditional and
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
Built in 1890, it is one of the historic buildings in the
and remains one of the most preferred meeting points for guests
all over the world
This hotel is located at the foot of the Aiguille du Midi,
near the pedestrian center of town, and near the train station.
typical, little charming Savoyard hotel is family managed and will
you a warm welcoming atmosphere.
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
L’Auberge du Manoir is a small Savoyard hotel with 23 cozy
comfortablerooms in a mountain ambiance.
has its own bathroom and separate W.C., telephone and
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
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.
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
• Extensive Snow & Slide Sports
Walking, Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing
• Panoramic Flights
Richard Bozon Sports Centre Activites
• Beauty &
• Cultural Activities
... and much, much
top Practical Guide
Direct access via the
“Autoroute Blanche” motorway, part of the European
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
Connections with the TGV at Annecy
) SNCF 36 35
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (88
(0) 22 717 71 11
Daily coach service (4 times a day):
information from the coach office at the
station, the Tourist Information
Office or www.chamonix.com )
50 53 01 15 (SAT)
- LYON/SAINT-EXUPERY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
km). ) 0826
- HAUTE SAVOIE MONT-BLANC AIRPORT (90 km).
04 50 27 30 06
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
TEL/Fax 04 50 53 01 15 (SAT).
Private transfers between Geneva and Chamonix for groups and individuals
at airports and stations.
BUS 04 50 53
05 55 – FAX 04 50 55 95 59
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
The SNCF line serves all the villages between Saint-Gervais/Le Fayet,
Vallorcine and Martigny. Roughly one train every hour (free of
between Servoz and Vallorcine with the “carte d’hote”).
Information from all SNCF stations (French National Railways) and on
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
61 39 – www.chamonixautoloc.com
06 07 67 88 85 or 06 62 05 57
Fax 04 50 53 61 39 – www.chamonix-
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
barouche rides start from “La Place de Garmisch- Partenkirchen”
(pedestrian area). For 1 to 5 people.Tour of the town (25 min).
Bouchet (40 min.). Plaine des Praz (1 hour).
The “Mulets” enable you
to get around the town centre
free of charge.
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
at peak times and every20 minutes at other times).
Circuit: leaflet available from the Tourist
Office. Link with the main Chamonix-Bus network.
with an anti-pollution regulated engine and a particle
pistes, snowboarding, ski mountaineering, ski touring, cross-
skiing, snowshoeing, paragliding, ice climbing or speed riding, Chamonix
you the whole range of winter mountain sporting activities so that you may
go faster and excel yourself or simply relax. Discover them in total safety
the high-mountain guides, instructors or valley