One of our favourite resorts is Chamonix. The most accessible of the Alpine resorts is a fragmented region of many ski areas, hamlets and villages.
Chamonix is a busy little town of Victorian hotels and mountain adventurers at the foot of Mont Blanc. Les Houches, Les Bossons, Les Praz, Les Tines, Montroc, Le Lavancher, Argentière, Le Buet, Le Tour, Vallorcine – are all considered to be within Chamonix. No other place does all-mountain skiing better than Chamonix. With long runs below the tree line for bad-weather skiing, and big glacier runs at high altitude, it is the mountain resort for all seasons, and all reasons. The valley itself is similarly varied, with all types of accommodation from Relais & Châteaux boutique hotels to privately owned luxury chalets.
- Capital: Paris
- Main Language: French
- Population: 65.4 m (2011)
- Time Zone: GMT +7
- Currency: Euros (EUR)
- Best time to go: A year-round destination. Spring and Autumn are preferred for the city while the summer is best enjoyed in the South. Winter sports are enjoyed in the Alps from mid-December to late March.