Chamonix is a beautiful alpine town set amongst some of the most breathtaking alpine scenery to be found anywhere in the world. Often called the ‘Extreme Sports Capital of the World’ Chamonix is a small town with a big reputation. The best skiers and snowboarders from around the world come here to test themselves in the mountains of the Mont Blanc Massif. For anyone serious about their snow sports a visit to Chamonix is a must!
Whilst Chamonix is most famous for its world class backcountry skiing, there is also some excellent piste skiing. Chamonix is split into 5 separate ski areas offering a total of 160km of piste covered by 63 lifts. Each area has its own distinct feel and their varying aspects and positions ensure that good conditions can usually be found somewhere in the valley for those who know their way around. The pistes in Chamonix are a little steeper than normal due to the steep sides of the valley, this is not an ideal resort for the beginner and the separate ski areas means it is also not an ideal resort for groups of mixed abilities. However, the UCPA instructors know where the best places are thus no matter your ability, you will have an amazing experience!
For the intermediate to advanced skier Chamonix is superb play ground and for those venturing into the off piste Chamonix really comes into its own. The lift access to high mountain, glacial and back country skiing in Chamonix is unparalleled. The Valle Blanche is Chamonix’s most famous run, at 22km long with a vertical drop of 2800m it can also claim to be the Europe’s longest off piste run and the world’s biggest lift served vertical drop.
Chamonix is a very attractive alpine town which unlike many ski resorts is fully functioning all year round with quite a large static population. The town is nestled at the bottom of a steep sided valley at the foot of Mont Blanc with a stunning backdrop of the Mont Blanc Massif and views of Mont Blanc itself. It really is a stunning location, it’s easy to see why so many people have been inspired by its jagged peaks. The après ski and nightlife in Chamonix is as good as you would expect with a host of bars and clubs to keep you entertained. There is a good range of events and activities on throughout the year and there is usually always something interesting happening somewhere in town from skiing world cups to music festivals.
The UCPA centre in Chamonix is perfectly located just 2 minutes walk from the town square and the main bars. The centre is a refurbished Victorian building complete with sports bar, night club, dining hall, ski rooms and social areas. Twin and hostel style rooms are both available at Chamonix all with sink and shower ensuite and toilets close by.