Chamonix is home to some of the most prominent ski resorts in the whole of Europe, positioned amongst the French Alps. Chamonix is part of the Rhone-Alpes region of eastern France and is situated on the border of Switzerland and Italy. It experiences an average of 31.7 days of snowfall per year.
Data obtained from Bourg St Maurice weather station, 35 km to south-south-west
The dramatic peaks of Aiguilles Rouges and Aiguille du Midi are nearby, and the Aiguille du Midi Cable Cars have achieved world renown, transporting passengers more than 9,000 foot in less than 20 minutes. Further along this cable there is the Helbronner Viewing Platform - one can even carry on to Italy if desired.
The Chamonix Valley is a striking geographical feature often crammed with snowboarders and skiers - many will take on the off-piste Vallee Blanche run. Climbing, skiing, snowboarding, paragliding and all kinds of extreme sports take place in Chamonix. The E2 walking route is a famous European path which runs through a series of countries incorporating the famously challenging GR5 which runs right by Chamonix.
Skiers are likely to hit the Grands Montets which feature three main slopes: Argentière, Lognan and the Pendant. Brevant and Flegere are more scenic runs and at the foot of the mountain there are beginner's courses such as Les Planards which incorporate extensive Blue Runs.
The first ever Winter Olympics were held in Chamonix in 1924; this helped to consolidate Chamonix's position as one of the most respected ski resorts on the continent, boosting the economy for years to come. It also helped position the city as a tourist destination, with visitors of up to five million a year arriving to take advantage of the endless ski resorts.
Last updated: 14 March 2014