Chamonix is unique in that it is a very old town that over the last century has turned into a resort. So it has all the charm, character and facilities of a proper town with the thrills of one of the best outdoor activitiy resorts in the world.
Chamonix Mont Blanc has long-held a legendary reputation for first-class skiing and mountaineering, endorsed by its place as one of the 'Best of the Alps' named resorts. It is uniquely located close to Italy and Switzerland, giving easy access to fantastic terrain across 3 countries. It is also conveniently placed only an hour from Geneva Airport. The valley is dominated by the beauty of the Mont Blanc Massif whose surrounding peaks offer a varied selection of skiing, with the highest lift reaching 3842 metres. Despite popular myth that Chamonix is the terrain of experts only, the valley offers fun and exhilaration for all levels of skier and snowboarder.
Chamonix offers designer boutiques, technical equipment stores and a host of well-known brand names to satisfy every shopper's desires; beauty salons and spas for those keen to indulge themselves; and a large sports centre complex. Saturday mornings are a perfect time to wander through the market and sample the fresh local produce. As the birthplace of alpinism, Chamonix also offers exhilarating sports like ice-climbing, white water rafting, canyoning and ski-mountaineering to challenge and reward those looking for new experiences.
Chamonix night life is a tempting confection, with chic bars, live music venues, traditional French cafes, nightclubs where you can dance until dawn, a Casino, a bowling alley with pool hall, and a cinema. There are also a multitude of restaurants on offer, whatever your taste and budget.
Can you think of a better setting for your ski chalet cookery course?