- very popular resort
- long history as a winter sports hub
- some of the French Alps' fanciest hotels
With a resort height of 1,035m and a top lift at 3,842m, the range at Chamonix is exceptional and versatile – long runs below the tree line offer good sport in bad weather, and big glacier runs at high altitude are often at their best in April. This is a landscape built on a heroic scale that makes other resorts seem tame by comparison.
Chamonix resort itself is a busy town of 9,000 permanent residents at the foot of Mont Blanc, just below the French entrance to the Mont Blanc road tunnel. While it can’t be described as a tranquil Alpine retreat – a steady stream of heavy trucks schlepping up through the hairpins does nothing for the mountain ambience or the air quality – Chamonix’s setting beneath the cliffs and tumbling glaciers of the Mont Blanc massif is tremendous.