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Chamonix travel guide

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You're Going to Love Chamonix

Chamonix has been a favorite vacation destination since the 19th century, and you'll know why at first glance. The town, with its elegant period architecture, is nestled at the foot of the tallest peak in the Alps. Snowy Mont Blanc towers over 15,750 feet above, creating a valley with steep, rocky sides, and dramatic views near the Swiss border.

Glaciers cling to the mountain sides, which offer skiers a range of challenges from beginner to advanced levels. In summer, the hillsides are green and the area has become a haven for outdoor adventure sports, making it a true year-round resort town. English men "discovered" the area in 1741, and the town's first accommodation, the Hôtel d'Angleterre, was built in 1770, hosting the very first Winter Olympics of modern times in 1924.

Despite its small size, Chamonix is surprisingly cosmopolitan. The town's continued success and stunning location has attracted a wave of artists, entrepreneurs, and young professionals that give the city a vibrant retail and entertainment scene to add to its natural charms.

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When to Visit Chamonix

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The ski season typically begins in November and reaches full swing in mid-December. There is a partial closing in April, with some slopes available until the beginning of May. When the ski season ends, the summer outdoor adventure season begins. Winter temperatures average below 30 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, with lows dropping to 5 degrees Fahrenheit at night. Summers are quite warm, with average temperatures ranging between about 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

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How to Get to Chamonix

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Where to Stay in Chamonix

The Grand Hôtel des Alpes gives you a great location in the center of town, in a charming whitewashed building with alpine charm. Hôtel du Clocher offers comfortable rooms in a picturesque older building. The Hôtel l'Héliopic offers sleek, modern luxury in a convenient spot near the ski shuttles.

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Shopping Streets

The Galerie Alpina on Place du Mont Blanc is a shopping center where you'll find fashions and also mountain and outdoor gear shops. There are clusters of shops along Rue Joseph Vallot and Avenue Michel Croz, including clothing, arts, and artisan shops.

Groceries and Other

Carrefour is a national chain of supermarkets with well-stocked shelves and reasonable prices. Casino supermarket is located in Galerie Alpina, offering a somewhat more upscale selection. A quart of milk costs about EUR1 and a dozen eggs about EUR3.10.

Where to Eat in Chamonix

Le Panier des 4 Saisons offers classic French cuisine, including favorites like pepper steak and pea soup, and plenty of seafood dishes, starting at EUR51. For a quick bite American-style, try Cool Cats, where gourmet hot dogs start at EUR3.75. For imaginative dishes like lobster burgers and other French/Continental cuisine in a stylish modern dining room, try La Télécabine, where prix fixe menus start at EUR29.00.

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