Winter


Chamonix Winter Activities

Home to the very first Winter Olympics in 1924, Chamonix really does have a claim as the cradle of winter sports. Nevertheless, originally the town was a summer destination, as travellers came to marvel at the mountains. Now, however, those same mountains have turned Chamonix into one of the world’s great winter venues, primarily for skiing and snowboarding [please click here for our snowsports page]. However, there is much more to do than simply strapping one or two planks to the feet and sliding down the mountain.

If nothing satisfies your soul short of crampons, ice axes and vertical waterfalls of ice, then Chamonix has some of the most famous ice-climbing routes around. Even better, it has accessible routes just at the bottom of Les Grands Montets, perfect for the amateur wanting to give this crazy sport a try, but happy to be in walking distance of warming Vin Chaud.

For mountaineers and climbers, Chamonix is home no matter the time of year. There are still exciting routes to do in the winter for experts: but, for the rest of us, it is the indoor option that can save the day. When the weather turns seriously nasty and shuts lifts down, then a great alternative is to head to the indoor climbing wall at Les Houches. Not only can you practice your rock technique, but you can also learn the principles of crevasse rescue and advanced rope work – very valuable for off-piste riders in Chamonix.

For the less vertically-inclined (or just those after a great work-out), there is cross-country skiing. Chamonix holds a number of races here during the season and has a gorgeous trail system that runs through the forests all the way to Argentiere. Many of these same trails are also ideal for snow-shoeing – a more leisurely way to enjoy the scenic tranquillity of the forest in winter. If you fancy a little assistance with all that effort, then Husky-sledding could be the sport for you… or perhaps ski-joring (skiing behind a horse) over in the chocolate box village of Vallorcine.

For those interested in a different perspective on Chamonix, then there is the chance to tandem paraglide from the top of Brevent (wrap up warm) or, if you like your views from behind glass, then you can take panoramic flights by either helicopter or plane over the Mont Blanc Massif.

All in all, even for the non-skier or snowboarder, Chamonix offers a huge amount. Below is a list of some of the activities available during the winter months in the Chamonix Valley. Here at Chalet Vincent we will be happy to advise on how to book these activities and who best to choose to go with:

  • SKIING
  • SNOWBOARDING
  • SKI TOURING
  • TELEMARK
  • HELI-SKI
  • CROSS COUNTRY SKIING
  • SPEED RIDING
  • PARAGLIDING
  • MOUNTAINEERING
  • ICE CLIMBING
  • DOG SLEDGING
  • SNOWSHOEING
  • SIGHT SEEING
  • PANORAMIC FLIGHTS
  • INDOOR SWIMMING
  • INDOOR TENNIS
  • INDOOR CLIMBING
  • FITNESS & GYM
  • ICE RINK
  • CURLING
  • BOWLING