Chamonix is even more beautiful in the summer than the winter.
Spectacular scenery, sunny warm days with a cooling mountain breeze.
Walking, paragliding, white water rafting, mountain biking......there is plenty on offer for all the family, young and old alike
There are numerous downhill mountain bike trails available from the green Marmottes trail to the super steep Piste de L'Ours at Domaine de Blame, and more available in Les Houches. Let the gondolas and chairlifts take the pain of the uphill ascent and enjoy the wind thorough your hair on the exhilarating downhill descents! Buy your lift pass at the office in either Balme or Les Houches for only €20 for the day - An absolute bargain!
BE AWARE THAT THE GREEN RUNS ARE STILL DIFFICULT IN CHAMONIX AND YOU WILL NEED A FULL SUSPENSION BIKE AND FULL SAFETY GEAR TO MATCH!
The best way to get downhill mountain biking from Chamonix is to hire your bikes in Vallorcine, make sure you pre-book here Vallorcine Locaskis, get the train over to Vallorcine, jump on the gondala and you're in the system. From here you can access all of the trails in Le Tour / Balme and hit the downhill into Vallorcine itself. Alternatively, hire your bike in Chamonix from either Intersport or Zero G and then jump on the train to Chamonix - obviously by doing this you are paying for the privilege of trekking your bike on a 40 min round trip!
The cost for a full suspension bike and all the gear is approximately €75 for the day - Seems expensive but trust us, you need the good gear!
Mountain biking on the valley trails
Slightly more sedate and definitely more accessible is to go biking along the valley trails, some of which do leave the valley floor and offer more technical riding along with lung busting sections, but none where you require either loads of experience or ability. For these trails hire your bike from Intersport and ride from Chamonix. You're looking at approximately €30 for a bike for the day and you don't need a lift pass. A great option if you want to break the cycling up with the odd beverage!
More details of mountain bike trails can be found on the Compagnie Du Mont Blanc Website
Just by Lac des Gaillands, Route des Gaillands, Chamonix 74400
Fun for all the family - tree top climbing/assault course, several different levels to choose from, daredevils can try the 15 stage black course, with a red course for the less brave featuring a 300m zip line. Families can join in on the blue and green course and a 'Pitchoun' course for the little ones.
Price 24 Euro/pp for adults, 17Euro/pp for kids, 8Euros/childrens course
Open 10am to 6pm
Phone +33 (0) 4 50 78 26 49
Walking in the Chamonix Valley
Details of the walks below can be found on the Compagnie du Mont Blanc website
There are a wide variety of walks and hikes available for all levels and abilties.
Planpraz/Flegere walks enjoy the 'Grand Balcon Sud' leaving from Planpraz (2 hours)
From the top of the Brevant cable car enjoy a walk around the 'Lac du Brevant' (2.5 hours)
Aiguillette des Posettes (4 hours), a longer walk taking in breathtaking views of the entire Mont-Blanc Range as well as the Argentiere and Le Tour Glaciers, accessible from the Le Tour Car Park
Take the scenic railway Train Du Montenvers (departing just across the road from The Astor) and take the easy trail through the Larch forest to reach the foot of the viaduct. The trail departs from the Grand Hotel du Montenvers.
There are literally too many walks to list, check out the websites above for a full list.