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Chamonix

Alpine Capital of the World

"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World. The town in the Haute-Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region has the highest European mountain west of Russia called Mont Blanc, offering winter sports, such as snowboarding, skiing, extreme skiing, and ice climbing, as well as summer sports, such as rock climbing, paragliding, rafting, and canyoning.

In the summer, the city is a mecca for alpine mountaineers, mountain bikers, and sightseers drawn to the area by challenges, such as climbing the faces of the Aiguille du Midi, the north face of the Grandes Jorasses, and the massive face climbs on the south side of Mont Blanc. Traversing the Alps on the GR 5 footpath or more accessible challenges like reaching the summit of Mont Blanc via several routes of varying difficulty is also popular.

Chamonix is famous for its spectacular cable car that takes you 3,842 m (12,605 ft) up to the Aiguille du Midi. On the other side of the valley, another cable car links the town to Planpraz. A second line links Planpraz to the summit of Le Brévent at an elevation of 2,525 m (8,282 ft)." Our France family vacation planner allows you to schedule your trip to Chamonix, learn about its attractions, and find out about where else to go during your holiday.
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Places to visit with Chamonix

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Where to stay in Chamonix

Chamonix and its villages offer accommodations ranging from basic and cheap, to luxurious and extremely expensive. For easy access to the best ski facilities in the area, book your rooms at one of the resort's luxury hotels. Staying in Chamonix itself allows you to explore a range of restaurants, bars, shops, and clubs, while quiet village lodges provide more privacy, as well as access to smaller and less crowded ski areas. Out-of-town B&Bs also provide a quick link to the nearby resorts in Italy and Switzerland.
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