Chamonix the town is more than just another ski resort. It sits at the foot of Mont Blanc, is the mountain climbing mecca of the world and has been a tourist destination for more years than just about anywhere in the Alps.
Chamonix is also an historic mountain town, as opposed to a purpose-built resort, and is a busy, bustling place. You will find it has a real soul.
Chamonix is nestled in the heart of the Northern Alps at the crossroads of the three frontiers separating France, Italy and Switzerland.
On the eastern outskirts of the Chamonix Valley you have the village of Servoz, then Les Houches, Les Bossons, then in the heart of the valley is Chamonix Mont-blanc, moving westwards the village of les Praz is about a 20 minute walk from Chamonix, you then have Les Tines, Le Lavancher, Argentiere Montroc, Le Tour and Vallorcine.,
Chamonix and its valley are dominated by the Mont Blanc chain to the south and the Aiguilles Rouges (red peaks) to the north. The town centre is situated at an altitude of 1035 meters.
The resident population of Chamonix is over 10,000 inhabitants. The number of visitors fluctuates enormously during the tourist season, in Summer up to 100,000 visitors per day and in Winter approximately 60,000. Visitors in the winter are particularly attracted by Chamonix’s high altitude skiing and excellent snow record.
The highway network covering this region gathers at the entrance of the valley via the Autoroute Blance E25 - A40.
Chamonix is surprisingly close to many great cities in Europe, especially Geneva, Lyon, Milan and Turin and their international airports.