Chamonix, host of the first Winter Olympics in 1924, has long been a mecca for skiers, mountaineers and adventurers. As tourist interest in the resort has grown, it has become increasingly popular with those seeking the very best high end ski holidays in France. So what has attracted this discerning clientele to Chamonix and just how is the town able to compete with other top resorts when it comes to luxury and convenience?
Firstly, Chamonix’ is extremely well-located at just over an hour from Geneva airport by road and 30 minutes by helicopter. This allows visitors to maximise their relaxation and slope-time for both short and long stays whilst business travellers can easily reach the airport or city to attend meetings.
Chamonix enjoys some of the best mountain scenery in the world with dramatic views from almost every angle. Architects have capitalised on this in their building designs with many luxury lodges in Chamonix offering inspiring views of the Mont Blanc massif.
Another of Chamonix’ draws is its range of activities open to non-skiers. There are numerous museums, a cinema, bowling alley and ice rink, as well as a large sports centre with a pool, gym and indoor climbing wall. The vibrant streets of Chamonix offer some exceptional shopping with a host of luxury boutiques including Chanel, Moncler and Swarovski. There are also many authentic cafes and excellent restaurants such as Le Bistrot and The Albert Premier Gourmet Restaurant, the recipients of one and two Michelin stars respectively.
There is little doubt, that Chamonix boasts some of the most prestigious ski chalets in France with superb facilities from cinema rooms to indoor swimming pools, hammams and spas. Many chalets offer high-end concierge services including private chauffeurs and tailor-made excursions which appeal to travellers looking for something special for their ski holiday.
When it comes to the skiing itself, they are few resorts that can rival Chamonix. Whilst, the area may be best known as an off-piste skier’s paradise, there are fantastic high-altitude slopes for all levels including beginners. Furthermore, In the Grands Montets area, 3300 metres above Argentiere, the snow coverage is remarkable up until May.
It is not hard then, to see the allure of Chamonix for holidaymakers seeking the very best luxury ski holidays. Chamonix offers convenience and outstanding skiing with accommodation and facilities to match. However above all, there is something special about this town; whether it’s the dramatic scenery or fascinating history that strikes a chord, Chamonix cannot fail to inspire and delight.
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