Chamonix is a mecca for winter sports enthusiasts the world over. Located close to Geneva, getting to the resort is very simple indeed. “Cham” is something special, although not to everyone’s tastes because of its fragmented nature.
Chamonix is a year-round town, and is just as popular in summer as it is winter. The town centre has a great selection of shops, bars and restaurants and is a great choice for guests looking for somewhere that offers something more than just skiing.
The accommodation tends to be in one of two places, either Chamonix itself or Argentiere. Argentiere is a great place to stay and offers quick access to the best ski area (in our opinion!), Grand Montets. It also has a good selection of shops and bars, and many experienced skiers actually prefer to stay here rather than Chamonix itself.
Getting around the ski areas is relatively easy thanks to a good bus and train system but bear in mind that it is not as easy as somewhere like the 3 Valleys or the Espace Killy. More often than not, you will have to travel to the skiing in the mornings and afternoons. Driving is therefore both easy and popular, and it’s great to have the flexibility of a car so as not to rely on the bus service. There is relatively little après-ski near the ski areas anyway so it doesn’t feel like a great inconvenience!
Chamonix is a wonderful place and any serious skier has to visit, but it doesn’t suit skiers looking for convenience, and it doesn’t suit beginners either.