The Chamonix valley offers many exciting and challenging biking trails from casual bike rides to heart thumping cross country terrains. And downhill descents. Equipment can be hired from Chamonix or we can arrange it through our concierge service.
There is a guide to the best biking available to purchase on the internet via this website: The Chamonix Bike Book
Take in wondrous views of the Alps flying in the fresh air over Chamonix. The Chamonix valley is perfect for keen para-gliders as well as novices wanting to experience that flying feeling, taking in the wonderful fresh air and stunning scenery of the Chamonix mountain range with a flight with a qualified pilot.
Helicopter sightseeing is becoming increasingly popular in both the winter and summer seasons in and is a totally spectacular way to see Chamonix. Fly over the incredible Mont Blanc itself and marvel at the most beautiful glacial scenery in the Alps.
One of the best ways to discover the Chamonix valley is on horseback. For novices or confident riders there is something for everyone. There are several riding centers in the valley. The Mont Blanc horse center runs all year round and you can trek on horseback for half a day, full day or for several days!
A great place for the little ones to experience their first ride is Paradis des Praz. Pony rides are available here in the forest in an idyllic setting by the river. Parents lead their kids on the ponies on a leash along a path for just EUR 5!
Chamonix has over 350km of well-marked hiking routes to suit everyone and boasts some of the most beautiful and diverse walking and hiking terrain in the Alps. From wonderfully peaceful walks in alpine meadows and forests to endurance hikes leading to crystal clear lakes up high and rugged peaks. Each of our chalets has walking books and maps and ask our Chalet Manager for his suggestions.
Chamonix has arguably the best selection of easier and more challenging climbs for beginners, intermediates and experts in the Alps. Take advantage of the 19 bolted outdoor routes, or the Alquilles Rouges and Mont Blanc Massif offer many more possibilities for those prepared to take them on. Guides can be arranged to help navigate Mont Blanc.
Glacier walking is also incredibly popular and a truly unique experience away. Grab the crampons, which can be hired in town, and go for a hike up the stunning Mer de Glace, Argentiere or Le Tour glaciers. A mountain guide is essential and can be booked via our Chalet Manager.
After the winter comes the big thaw, bringing with it rising water levels and awesome rapids to ride! The Mont Blanc region holds outstanding rafting territory. On our doorstep we have the Giffre, L’Arve and the world class Dorea Baltea. Rafting is a great team exercise or or family day out and offers a vastly different perspective on the raw power of nature around us.
Watersports on offer also include Canyoning, which is not for the faint hearted and involves climbing, diving, ab-sailing and swimming in water with strong currents, and Hydro-speeding, recently introduced to the Alps and fast becoming a popular way to ride the rapids! Using a large body board like float you hold on for dear life and hurtle down the rapids!
Rafting on the river Arve is equally as adrenaline pumping and makes for the closest to the chalets.
The world class 18 hole golf course was designed by the renowned Robert Trent Jones Senior and features the Mont Blanc and Chamonix’s glaciers as its breath-taking backdrop. We can arrange lessons for you with the resident gold pros as well as more focused gold packages including taking in Evian and Crans Montana golf courses and the end of week official competition in Chamonix.
Chamonix has an excellent tennis club. With 13 outdoor courts and four covered courts, the club operates throughout the year. In the summer the club runs courses for adults and juniors, or one off lessons can be booked with bilingual instructors.
Tel : +33 (0)4 50 55 89 25 Web : Chamonix Tenis Club
Chamonix has plenty of more relaxing options and wellness activities if you want to take a break from the excitement and all the action or prefer just to spend your holiday relaxing.
Private Yoga and Palates sessions can be arranged in the privacy of the beautiful surroundings of your private summer chalet and is a wonderful way to spend your time enjoying the peace and tranquility the mountains bring.
This is an amazing outdoor play area for children. It is located in a remote and stunning area of woodland by a lake and river, perfect for allowing the children cool off from a day of adventure.
Paradis des Praz is located behind the golf course and is a stunning destination for the whole family with pony rides, a small cafe and plenty of space to run around with a breathtaking backdrop of the Mont Blanc mountain range.
The train is a wonderful way for the children to get out and about and enjoy the stunning scenery without tiring them out too much! Above the Mer de Glace where the train hits it peak, views of Les grandes Jorasses and Les Drus can be seen. From the top everyone can walk to the glacier which makes for an exciting and spectacular adventure taking you down steep stairs and through ice grottos. You can also choose to walk on the hiking paths back down to the valley.
Parc de Merlet is a large nature reserve set high above Les Houches. It is a great place to go and spot wildlife in their natural habitat such as marmots, mountain goats and deer, bouquetin and chamois. For more information visit their website: http://www.parcdemerlet.com/fr/accueil.htm
Compared to Parc de Merlet, this park is more of a children’s play park with lots of fun rides including trampolines and even a summer toboggan run! Located opposite the train station in the center of Chamonix, this is an easily accessed and fun place for young and old to spend a few hours. There is also a restaurant with large sun-terrace from where you can enjoy the spectacular mountain panorama. For more information and opening times, please visit their website: http://www.chamonixparc.com/
This is a popular activity for children of all ages to enjoy. The Chamonix Tennis club offer fantastic courses and is a great way to meet new people and have fun.
Web: Chamonix Tenis Club. Tel: +33 (0) 607599945 to speak directly to the teacher (several speak English).
With 5 courses and more than 70 treetop elements and obstacles for the youngest to the most active :
giant ziplines, wobbly bridges, tarzan swings, quick jumps and much more, with courses suitable for thoose from 1m to adults.
For more details and to see the wide range of activities on offer please visit the following website: http://www.cham-aventure.com/
The spectacular in-door climbing hall Mont Blanc Escalade is open every day of the week and offers fantastic walls and routes for all levels of climbers. There is a brilliant children’s wall with many easy routes for beginners. Instructors must be booked if the child is not accompanied by an experienced adult.
For opening time and prices please visit their website: http://www.montblancescalade.com/
The Sport Center Richard Bozon, located right in the center of Chamonix, offers a fabulous out-door swimming-pool area for children of all ages. There is a shallow, fenced off area with slides and water features for the little ones, a middle-sized pool and an Olympic pool for the young and adults. There is also a great “big-kids” water-slide and plenty of space for sun bathing, as-well as a snack-bar and grassy areas for those who prefer to bring a picnic. There is also an all year round indoor pool area including a shallower area for younger kids.
Address: 214 avenue de la Plage, 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. Phone : +33 (0) 4 50 53 23 70