The natural beauty surrounding Chamonix is reason enough to book a luxury ski chalet. Views of snow-capped Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps, stimulate the senses and provide international travelers with an opportunity to experience a pristine resort in one of the premier locations in France. Visitors desiring a relaxing holiday and an escape from city life will find a luxury chalet that offers access to spa facilities and is close to gourmet dining in the charming town center. Along with spectacular views of the nearby mountains, Chamonix is set in a scenic valley where historic half-timbered buildings line quaint cobblestone streets. New shops featuring sports equipment, local crafts and souvenirs add to the pleasure of a holiday space in the mountains.
For those seeking an active experience as well as enjoyment of the overall Chamonix ambiance will find winter and summer activities ranging from first-class skiing, challenging hiking holidays and exhilarating biking holidays to shopping and dining. For the creative set, cookery courses that combine classic and nouveau French cuisine are ideally offered in this popular resort region. Visitors have the option of choosing a carefree relaxing holiday or one filled with exciting sports opportunities and outdoor recreation.
Seasonal Holiday Activities
Winter sports draw skiers to Mont Blanc where some of the most challenging runs in the world are found. The difficulty of the Chamonix ski trails provides experienced skiers with an exciting holiday that begins and ends at a luxury ski chalet. During the peak winter months, first-rate skiing is guaranteed in the Chamonix region and several lifts continually operate at sunrise. The winter sports season is long in the French Alps and visitors often take advantage of special packages that include a luxury ski chalet and access to the slopes.
The summer season offers additional activities once the snow on the lower slopes begins to melt. Many of the regional ski trails become an ideal location for hiking holidays. Both guided and independent hiking trips may be arranged and visitors will find spectacular scenery during the trek. Summer luxury chalet rentals are located near several lifts that take hikers to an elevated starting point. A glacier and ice cave is accessible year-round and can be reached by either hiking from the town center or taking a small local train.
The valley surrounding Chamonix offers an ideal location for biking holidays that includes both moderate and advanced bicycle trails. Guided mountain biking adventures attract many visitors to Chamonix who enjoy a unique adventure on rugged and scenic trails.
Chamonix is popular throughout the world as a top ski resort and although several restaurants cater to international tourists, the emphasis in town is typical French cooking. Top chefs practice their trade at local cafes and intimate downtown establishments. Every meal served in a Chamonix restaurant must meet high quality standards in order to survive the competition. Learning the local preparation techniques involved in French cooking interviews holidays visitors who opt for short-term cookery courses. The knowledge gained in a typical class includes learning presentation techniques, menu planning and development and detailed instruction about preparing sauces and selecting appropriate ingredients.