Chamonix is located at the centre of the
French Alps and on the border of France, Italy and Switzerland.
It is situated at the foot of MONT BLANC with its vast glaciers
descending Western Europe's highest mountain (15,770 feet). The
town lies below these pinnacles of ice and rock standing out against
the blue skies of the Alps.
Chamonix has long been considered the birthplace of skiing and mountaineering
and is proud of its past. From the moment in 1786 when Paccard and
Balmat first reached the summit of Mont Blanc the town has never
looked back. Today the town attracts alpinists in search of conquest
from around the world. Chamonix served as host to the first Winter
Olympics back in 1924.
In winter a Mecca for skiers and snowboarders from beginners
to the most demanding champions, Chamonix offers high altitude ski
areas (90% are above 6000 feet) and up to 600km/375miles of trails
in addition to the famous Vallée Blanche - the longest glacial
run in the world.
In summer Chamonix becomes a lush green sports paradise with
everything from walking, golf, and tennis to climbing paragliding