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Chamonix - The paradise of freeride skiing | Freeride ski rental
The Chamonix valley brings together several destinations: Chamonix, Servoz, Les Houches, Argentière and Vallorcine. These five places are full of grandiose landscapes and unique universes to immerse you during your winter vacation. Overlooked by the highest summit in Europe, Chamonix, also called "Cham", is a city in Haute-Montagne where ancestral traditions and passion for mountaineering dominate.
The Chamonix station gives the Mont-Blanc valley an amazing cosmopolitan appearance of a rare wealth. Indeed, a real cultural brewing exists thanks to the many sporting and cultural events, and this desire to climb mythical summits. The proximity of Switzerland and Italy is certainly not unrelated to this phenomenon.
Chamonix - La Vallée des Géants de Glass
A true natural heritage, the Chamonix valley allows you to fill up on sensations thanks to its preserved and known environment worldwide. Surrounded by ice giants, Chamonix inspires and fascinates by the beauty of his places. Many summits overlook the valley, such as the Bionnassay needle, the Belvedere needle, the snack needle or the giant's tooth. Chamonix is also known for its ice sea, glacier 7 km long and 40 km² of area. To access it, you have to borrow a typical and ancestral little train. Arrived on site, you are witnessing a grand spectacle on the Drus and the big jorasses.
Chamonix-Mont-Blanc-The history of mountaineering
In this atmosphere of Haute-Montagne, you enter the history of mountaineering. In 1741, two English, Windham and Pocock, discovered this small mountain village surrounded by ice creams. In 1770, the very first inn welcomed crystal workers and guides, thus democratizing the ascent of the peaks. It was in 1786 that Jacques Balmat and Michel Gabriel reached the summit of Mont-Blanc. Under the reign of Napoleon III, the valley developed thanks to the establishment of roads and railways. In 1924, Chamonix hosted the first winter Olympic Games and developed ski lifts, including cable cars. Today, the valley enjoys its proximity to Italy via the Mont-Blanc tunnel and benefits from a rich environment and various heights, attracting more and more mountaineers wishing to conquer the summits.
Freeride skiing in Chamonix: an unrivaled experience
Chamonix is deemed to be the paradise of freeride skiing. From the station, you can access the Brévent-Flegère ski area, which will seduce all followers of thrills. Speed tracks await you for thrilling descents. Whether you are a seasoned or beginner skier, Chamonix offers spaces suitable for all levels, with easy tracks at the foot of the mountains and more demanding routes for experts.
But what makes Chamonix renown is the Blanche Valley, a large off-piste zone where hiking ski enthusiasts chain drops in a grandiose landscape. You can explore each corner of the valley in an exceptional wilderness, with marked routes or in the company of an experienced guide.
In addition to skiing, Chamonix offers other unique experiences. You can go to the Aiguille du Midi, which peaks at 3,842 meters above sea level, to enjoy a 360 ° view over the entire valley and feel free like air. The most reckless can even dare to go into the steps, a glass box suspended in a vacuum, offering a dizzying experience.
If you are passionate about cross -country skiing, Chamonix also has a large Nordic domain. You can browse large curls through the snow -capped fields and the tracks in the forest, immersing yourself in a magical universe. And for lovers of thrills, speeding is a discipline that combines ski and paragliding, offering a contemplative flight above the valley.
Rent your ski equipment in Chamonix
To fully enjoy your stay on the tracks of Chamonix, we recommend that you rent your ski equipment. Book now online, choosing your destination and your stay dates, and select the equipment suitable for your level. Our team of ski passionate professionals will be delighted to prepare your equipment before your arrival. Go to our extreme technical store in Chamonix to benefit from personalized advice and have an exceptional skiing experience. If you are staying in Chamonix-Argentière, also find us in our rental store in Chamonix-Argentière.
How to come to Chamonix
Chamonix-Mont-Blanc is easily accessible from several airports. You can book your bus or taxi transfer in advance from the Airports in Geneva, Lyon-Saint-Exupéry, Chambéry or Turin. The SNCF Mont Blanc Express line also desserts St-Gervais-les-Bains-le-Fayet, Matigny, Houches and Chamonix, offering a practical option for train travelers. If you come from Italy, you can take the Mont-Blanc tunnel by car. From Switzerland, the highway leads you to Martigny, then you climb the Col de la Forclaz and that of the Montets. Finally, from France, you can directly access Chamonix via the white highway (A40).