People have been skiing and climbing in Chamonix since the 18C, and the town is still a Mecca for people seeking extreme alpine challenges.

But Chamonix with its 15,000 inhabitants, is a proper town in its own right, not just a resort active for a few winter months of winter skiing, then dormant until the start of the next season. Summer is at least as busy as winter with a multitude of air, water and mountain-based activities.

Chamonix town has a cosmopolitan feel, influenced by its location close to the Swiss and Italian borders, as well as its ease of access from Geneva and other international airports.

The town is a delight in itself for shopping, sightseeing, cafes bars and restaurants.

For the non-skiers there is a sports complex with swimming-pool, sauna, hammam, gym, aerobic classes and an indoor/outdoor ice-rink. Tennis and squash courts can be rented.

For the culturally minded there is an Alpine Museum in town, and usually an exhibition in the space next to St Michel Parking. Local artists exhibit in their studios, homes or in hotels. Majestic Hotel is a popular venue for classical music and if you come to Chamonix in May, it is the venue for the annual Science Festival.

For those wishing to be pampered, there are several beauty and hair salons in town, offering massages, manicures, spa treatments etc.
Chalet Les Bois
Chalet Les Bois
Chalet Les Bois