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    non skiing activities

    there is so much to the chamonix valley beyond the ski slopes.
     

    Excellent local facilities all year round: hiking, biking, climbing, tennis, sports activites as well as skiing of course!

     

    Our chalets are located in what we feel is one of the best locations: close to the bars, shops and restaurants whilst also just a quick 2 minute drive or 5 minute bus ride to the ski slopes. There is ample parking and the chalets are just 100m from the local bus stop as well as local shops as well as providing genuinely luxurious mountain accommodation.

     

    The Chamonix Valley offers so much for the non skier - not least because it is a proper working town open all year round and not just in the peak summer and winter months. Below is a selection of just a few activities the non skier can enjoy.

     

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    Parapente

    Gliding over the white snow-topped mountains, what better way to get a birds eye view of the Chamonix Valley. A number of companies in the region organise Parapenting from the top of the Brevent gondola in central Chamonix offering tandem flights for the novice through to expert options. Check out paragliding-chamonix.com, absolute-chamonix.com, airportschamonix.fr and chamonixparaglidingschool.com

    Via Ferrata and rock climbing

    We have regular climbing partners we can recommend for climbing and mountaineering and there is an amazing variety of routes, as well as an indoor climbing centre in Les Houches where you can also hire equipment as well as lessons montblancescalade.com

    They also provide some stunning Via Ferrata routes.  Additionally there is also a climbing wall at the tennis courts of Les Houches, at the Richard Bozon sports centre and at the Lac  Gailland activity centre at the entrance to Chamonix from Les Houches.

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    White water rafting, hydrospeed and canyoning

    One of our favourite aventure sports companies have to be cham-aventure.com which is the (mainly) summer outdoor activities arm of the Chamonix Mountain Guides company, the largest and oldest guides’ company in the world. They offer the full range of canyoning, white water rafting and hydrospeed along with many other activities (see below) and their guides are not only full of local knowledge, but are also super friendly and helpful. The Arve river which flows through Chamonix offers fantastic rafting and the school also offer summer activities programmes as well for ages 3-17 years as well as plenty on offer for adults.

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    Glacier hiking

    There are some phenomenal hiking tours throughout the Chamonix valley. One of our favourites has to be taking the Mont Blanc tramway up in Les Houches (a short walk down from the top of the Bellevue gondola or you can start in the pretty town of St Gervais) which then takes you up to the highest railway train in Europe. Winding through forests and enjoying a spectacular view of the Bionassay glacier, the path back down takes you through rocks with ladders for scrambling up and down, through to alpine meadows with streams and cattle as well as the odd mountain goat. The Montenvers railway also offers spectacular hiking and you can take a look at the ice caves at the top of the rail line and then take a walk through woods and streams down the mountain which brings you into Le Praz, from where you can get the bus or train back into Chamonix.  The highest point for glacier hiking is without doubt the ever popular Aiguille du Midi, with a viewpoint close to the magnificent Mont Blanc. From there, it is possible to hike further up with a guide, or alternatively hike down from the top gondola (depending on conditions) or from the middle gondola which offers a pleasant and scenic route down of medium difficulty.

    Adventure Tree Parks & Ziplines

    Chamaventure also offers an adventure/accro park at the Lac Gaillands area of Chamonix with 6 courses ranging in difficulty and more than 70 treetop obstacles such as wobbly bridges, Tarzan swings and of course plenty of ziplines.  There are also further activity courses for both younger and older age groups at Lac Passy (where you will also find a swimming lake with beach, kayaks, pedalos and inflatables) and also in Les Tines - the other side of Chamonix.

    Helicopter flights

    To see the area in style, book an unforgettable flight over the peaks of the Mont Blanc Massif. Generally available from 7 years and older, this stylish way to view the alpine scenery including the breathtaking routes up Mont Blanc and the border of France and Italy across the Mont Blanc range.

     

    Golf

    Golf is hugely popular in Chamonix and the course at Le Praz is open to all with online booking available at golfdechamonix.com . You can choose between 9 and 18 holes and just remember to focus on the ball rather than the amazing scenery!

     

    Tennis

    The Chamonix valley offers a range of courts and surfaces for the tennis enthusiast. Les Houches has an outdoor court in the Les Chavants area, just by the Prarion gondola. The tennis club in central Chamonix offers more courts with more varied surfaces and is right behind the Richard Bozon sports centre.  There are also further courts in Argentiere at the other end of the valley.

     

    Mountain biking (VTT) and Road Cycling

    Chamonix provides the perfect backdrop for all varieties of cycling. Les Houches is particularly suited for Mountain Biking as the gondolas welcome bikes and there are VTT tracks (blue, red and black) from the top of the gondola. In total six different lift systems across the valley can cater for bikes and the valley offers over 2km of routes!

    For the road biking enthusiast, there are both easy through to expert options available. Few places in the world offer the scale of exhilarating descents after tough climbs! The nearby cols of columbiere, st Bernard and Galibier are a must have for the cyclists which offer spectacular scenery and touring. The Tour de France passes close by as well so the valley offers a brilliant base to watch one of France’s favourite sports!

    Swimming and spas

    Chamonix is blessed with a fabulous Olympic size swimming pool in Central Chamonix with amazing views. The 50m open air pool is open in the summer months along with two further outside pools suitable for kids and infants. There is also a duel slide outside and a further ‘toboggan’ slide inside where there are two further swimming pools. There is also a lake and a green area with a picnic spot and cabin selling snacks and food.  Next door is the adults and 14+ private new spa QC TERME offering thermal spas, massage and all manner of treatments. There is also a spa Pierre Blanches in Les Houches with an outside pool.  Don’t miss also Lake Passy just 15 minutes by car which offers a freshwater swimming lake, inflatables, a zip line, kids games and activities, a volleyball court, kayaks, pedalos, sand/shingle beach and restaurants! All with a view of Mont Blanc!

    WINE TOURS, TASTINGS & GAstronomic treats

    The Chamonix valley offers a fantastic variety of produce and there are a large number of farmers markets in the area. We offer cookery causes using local ingredients run by fantastic local chefs, wine and gin tastings, as well as chef tables and we can book local Michelin recommended and Michelin star restaurants...

     

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    BEYOND CHAMONIX.... beautiful Provence

     

    For something a little bit different, we also have a special relationship with our partners in the stunning region of Provence.  Check out our Provence page to see more details about gorgeous villas in the amazing Luberon valley, just five minutes from the stunning town of Gordes.