Hosting the first ever Winter Olympics in 1924, Chamonix’s place in ski history is guaranteed. Now famous for an abundance of off-piste terrain and challenging slopes, it’s one of France’s and Europe’s most popular ski resorts.
When you come to Chamonix, you get great skiing, great scenery, great weather (sometimes) and some might say the very best après ski anywhere in the world.
If you’re new to skiing or boarding, the slopes of Chamonix probably aren’t the best place to start. There are fairly decent nursery slopes in the Brevent ski area but Chamonix is all about the advanced skier/boarder. The off-piste capital of Europe, Chamonix offers a challenge to intermediate and advanced skiers and boarders everywhere you look.
With more than 150km of piste in Chamonix alone to keep you entertained, you won’t have to ski the same runs too many times. And if the impossible happens, you get bored, there’s an endless number of off-piste adventures to be had.
Eat, drink and sleep Chamonix
Yeah, the slopes in Chamonix are amazing but you won’t be on them all day and night. So for all those minutes/hours that you’re looking for something else to do, we’ve come up with these pearls of wisdom. Whether you’re hungry, thirsty or tired – we’ve got all the best places in Chamonix for your needs.
The quaint Atmosphère restaurant lies on the river with a wonderful view of Mont Blanc. Looking for tasty French cuisine with a glass of your favourite tipple? You can choose from more than 300 wines at the Atmosphère to accompany your roast rack of veal, pan-fried leg of lamb, grilled duck breast or whatever you choose.
Feel like a VIP when you dine at Albert Premier with its 2 Michelin stars. You probably won’t eat here everynight, but as a special treat it’ll be hard to top. Hereford rib steak, roasted veal chop and the Brittany lobster are great examples of the amazing a la carte menu that will leave a lasting impression long after you’ve touched down back in the UK.
A strange combination of Swedish-run and Asian-inspired make Munchie an intriguing prospect. Choose from a bulging menu including hickory smoked prawns, teriyaki duck, tofu bipim bap and even foie gras – now that’s eating! The combo of flavours from Thai to Japanese make this restaurant a must-eat while you’re in Chamonix.
And there’s always McDonalds for a quick fix, but we surely can’t recommend that – can we?!
The Jekyll will remind you of a good old-fashioned Irish pub, mainly because that’s what it is. So, for a pint of the black stuff and a pie like your mum used to make, why not try The Jekyll? They also do a selection of Alpine dishes if you’re feeling a little bit more adventurous.
If live music is your thing, the MBC is the place to go. As well as the tunes, there’s plenty more to keep you at the MBC with more beers than you can shake a ski stick at. There’s also the famous home brew that hopefully won’t be as potent (or poisonous) as those home brews that come out of your uncle’s garage.
Chambre 9 keeps up the Chamonix tradition of a lively bar with music, booze and decent food too. Happy Hour runs from 8-10pm in this popular drinking hole that attracts a wide variety of clientele from tourists to alpinists and extreme skiers. Plus, you’re sure to find a lot of Scandinavians – we’re not sure why but trust us it’s true.
When you come to Chamonix, enjoy a touch of luxury at the Hotel Les Aiglons. You won’t need to walk far to the ski bus stop, it’s right outside. And while you’re not on the slopes there are plenty of ways to relieve those aching muscles – outdoor swimming pool, sauna, whirlpool and fitness room. It’s all waiting at the Hotel Les Aiglons.
Take a step out of your door and straight into the centre of the action at the Park Hotel Suisse. Just a short walk to the ski lift, you’re in the ideal place to enjoy the world-famous après ski that Chamonix has to offer. The hours will fly by, more than usual, in the bar with a fantastic selection of drinks and American pool table.
Stay at the classy La Ginabelle apts. and you’ll be a short distance from everything you need – shops, bars, restaurants and the slopes. La Ginabelle will give you an indoor pool, sauna, Turkish bath and fitness area to keep you trim and refreshed so you’re more than ready for those black runs.