Chamonix and its history


The Chamonix region was inhabited by the Gauls for centuries, before becoming part of the Roman Empire in 121 B.C. It was later ruled by the Burgundians and the Counts of Geneva. The first key date in town's history is 1091 A.D., when it was granted to the abbey of Saint-Michel de la Cluse, located in the Piedmont. The monks built and founded the priory.

Tourism did not become a part of the local economy until the 1750s, when two Englishmen discovered the Mer de Glace glacier. In the following years, the valley took the international stage. The scientist Horace Benedict de Saussure became the first person to climb Mont-Blanc. Mountaineers from around the world came to explore the "Roof of the World", as writers and poets of the time called it. Skis made it easier to travel.

Savoie became a part of France in 1860. Modern transportation, infrastructure and hotels contributed to the town's success as a ski resort. Cable cars, ski lifts and chair lifts take visitors up to the snow-capped peaks.


Chamonix: 100% fun all year round


The town of Chamonix, located in the Haute-Savoie, is an exciting place year round. In winter, visitors enjoy four different ski areas: Les Grands Montets, Brévent/Flégère, the Domaine de Balme and Les Houches. Skiers of all levels will find the right slopes for them: secure slopes for beginners, very steep slopes, wooded slopes, freestyle slopes, and of course cross-country skiing and ski touring trails. Up-to-date facilities including ski lifts, cable cars and gondola lifts make for easy access to the top of the slopes with no need to wait in line.

In summer, the region is perfect for hiking and exploring the Mont-Blanc massif. From the Aiguille du Midi, particularly the panoramic view of the Pointe Helbronner peak of the Mont-Blanc massif, to the Montenvers and the Mer de Glace, the scenery surrounding the town is stunning. A guided tour by tram, a train trip through the valley at the foot of Mont-Blanc, a unique summer sledding experience... Every ski area offers surprises: fun, sporty and relaxing activities are available year-round, including in spring and fall.


Other activities in Chamonix


Golf de Chamonix
18-hole course located at the bottom of a glacial valley and surrounded by the great slopes of Mont-Blanc.

Mountain biking trails
The Tour, Col de Balme, Brévent, Lognan, Bellevue and Prarion ski areas offer dedicated downhill mountain biking sites with access via ski lift.

Paragliding & Speed riding
Two-seater flights, first experiences, courses and paragliding training are all available to help you take flight across the Valley of Chamonix, which offers easy access to the take-off sites by ski lift.

Chamonix Luge - Alpine Coaster
The Chamonix Luge is a fun ride for the whole family... a roller coaster in the heart of the mountains! The 1300 m track offers jumps, turns and loops.

Visitors who love stunning views and are looking for a peaceful outing can take advantage of the trails marked by the ski resort teams in the ski areas and on the Mer de Glace.

Dog sledding & skijoring
Experience life as a trapper or explorer with dog sledding, and discover a new, natural equine snow sport with skijoring... everything is possible here in the Chamonix Valley.


Hôtel Gourmets & Italy in Chamonix



The Chalet-Hôtel Les Gourmets has fostered well-being for its guests, be they French or foreign, business travellers, couples, families or groups of friends for over a century. Located in the heart of Chamonix, it faces towards Mont-Blanc and the Bossons Glacier. It is on a calm, quiet one-way street so skiers, mountaineers and hikers can relax after a busy day. In summer, a charming terrace and pool welcome visitors for a waterside break on the banks of the Arve. The hotel, which was recently renovated to offer an even more comfortable stay,

features fully equipped rooms and suites with a tasteful yet authentic Alpine touch. All rooms come with modern facilities, including a flat-screen LCD satellite TV, Wi-Fi, and a direct phone line. The hotel's relaxation spaces, including the sauna, hammam and outdoor pool, invite guests to relax. The bar serves exceptional cocktails. Breakfast is a huge and delicious spread featuring regional products, home-made breads and pastries, cereal, jam, cooked fruits, fruit juice, and more.

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