The Winter Olympics that were held in the year 1924 can be dubbed as being the first Olympic Winter Games of the world. The host for these Olympics was Chamonix, France. Events were organized and held at the foothill of Mont Blanc, thus etching the name of Chamonix in the history of winter sports fame.
SKI AND BOARDING
One of the unique selling points of this town is that it offers a variety of slopes for the skier of any level or specialty. There are three smaller ski areas which are ideal for children and beginners to practice at. As for the slightly more experienced ones among you; long slopes and off-piste ski trails await you.
The best time to go to skiing in Chamonix would be from December to May. This, however, is subject to snow conditions. It is advisable to research the weather conditions before you pack your bags and head there.
Snowshoeing is for those who prefer walking around the region, discovering its hidden beauty and potential. There is much to do in Chamonix, as you snowshoe your way around. This ancient sport will take you to paths that are less taken, thus opening up the possibilities of stumbling upon something new.
It would be ideal to have a local guide with you when you decide to snowshoe. They will help ensure your safety, given the fact that they are better adapted to those surroundings; plus, they know the area better, which means a trip to the remote areas that you probably would miss if you were on your own.
CROSS COUNTRY SKIING
Chamonix, France offers two cross country skiing routes/areas. You are given a choice between varied circuits. Choosing the most picturesque or the most adventurous depends on you. Gentle pistes link this town to villages such as Les Boir or Argentiere. Ski your way through pine forests, and have an ‘icy’ blast while doing so.
THE VALLEY BLANCHE
The town houses places like the Valley Blanche, the Pas de Chevre, the Rognons glacier and many others. The most famous of these is the legendary Valley Blanche. It is one of the most popular off-piste descents in the region.
Please remember that while attempting to access the aforementioned places; avalanche search devices, probes and shovels are indispensable. It is recommended that a mountain guide accompanies you while you’re on this route.
A must visit includes a trip to the indoor climbing wall located in Les Houches. You also have a variety of ice rinks and sports centers to choose from. Whatever your choice, Chamonix, France surely has something in store for you.