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Chamonix

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Chamonix

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Chamonix

Chamonix is a famous resort in French Alps at the foot of Mont Blanc (White Mountain).

Get in

Chamonix is connected to the valley by a highway and a small railway line. It is also connected to Italy by road via the tunnel under the Mont-Blanc.

See

  • Mer de Glace (Ice Sea), the biggest glacier in continental Europe, accessible by the Montenvers rack railway.
  • Aiguille du Midi cable car, one of the highest of the world. Take warm clothes. The temperature is alway cold even in mid summer.
  • Brevent cable car, on the other side of the valley, the best scenery on the Mont-Blanc.

Do

  • Compagnie des Guides (mountain guides), 190 place de l'Église, 74400 Chamonix Mont Blanc, tel. 04 50 53 00 88

Skiing

  • Vallée blanche (White Valley), glacier skiing. Need a full day from the Aiguille du Midi cable car. Reserved for well trained skiers.

Mountaineering

Hiking

Take the telepherique to the top of a nearby peak. Hike down, it's easy! Or try hikes between two telepheriques, for example:

  • between the Brevent and la Flegere
  • between the mer de glace and the plan de l'aguille

Eat

It's France. The food is all good. Open a can of Ravioli from the supermarket and eat it with your freshly purchased Swiss Army Knife. If you've been hiking all day, it'll be the best meal you've ever had.

Other regional specialties (Quand meme!)

  • Fondue
  • Pierrade or Pierre chaude - a hot piece of slate on which you cook your own slices of meat at the table
  • Raclette - like fondu and raclette, this is a multi-person event that involves more melted cheese, potatos and cold cuts.
  • Croute savoyarde - a toastrd piece of bread soaked in white wine and then baked with melted cheese and possibly mushrooms or tomatos
  • Tartiflette - potatos and bacon smothered with melted roblochon cheese

Sleep

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