Alternative Winter Activities in Chamonix
As well as skiing and snowboarding Chamonix has a multitude of other fantastic winter activities on offer from snow shoeing and husky sledding to train journeys to the ice cave and much more!
Snowshoeing is a great way to get off the beaten track and away from crowded slopes, an activity for young and old. Aside from being good fun, snowshoeing is also a diverse sport. From a gentle stroll above the tree line, enjoying the flora and fauna, to a challenging hike in the high mountains; A snowshoeing excursion can cater to all groups. For anyone who loves the snow and is looking to explore a winter wonderland at a pleasant pace, this is the activity for you.
Snowshoeing in the Parc Du Merlet An intimate hike, in groups of 5 to 8 people, supervised by a Mountain Guide, you will discover the Parc de Merlet (deer park) from behind the scenes. Appreciate the peace and quiet of the great snowy spaces and approach the animals in the best conditions. This hike is and easy level (2h walk) on snowshoes or on foot, depending on the snow conditions.
Combine your coordination, physical stamina, concentration and precision with this unique family, group or corporate evenT. After some initial target practice at the shooting range, embark on a fun cross country circuit.
The dogs are raring to go, you just need to decide whether you want to drive your own sled or ride as a passenger and leave the steering to the musher. The husky sleds can be driven by anyone over the age of 8 years, younger children can ride accompanied by an adult. The dogs are super friendly and just waiting for you to come and play.
MONTENVERS AND MER DE GLACE
The little red train that leaves from behind the main Chamonix train station has been chugging up to the Mer de Glace for over 100 years. A ride on the Montenvers train up to the longest glacier in France is a must. The train winds its way up the side of the mountain, amongst the pine forests and through dark tunnels of rock to emerge beside the Mer de Glace at 1913m. As well as the glacier itself you can also visit a crystal museum, ice caves, the Temple of Nature, the Glaciorium, Le Panoramique restaurant and the historic Grand Hotel du Montenvers.
AIGUILLE DU MIDI
One of the World's most iconic cable cars, the Aiguille du Midi goes from Chamonix town up to 3842m in just 20 minutes. You'll step out into a different world, surrounded by the peaks of the French, Swiss and Italian Alps. The views are spectacular, and even if you have no desire to do explore further, you can get a taste for just how high up you are by stepping into The Void; A glass box suspended over a 1000m drop!
Fly over the breathtaking peaks of the Alps, skim over jagged ridges and hover beside sheer granite cliffs. You will have unimaginable views of the majestic Mont Blanc Massif with its famous peaks such as Les Drus, Grandes Jorasses and of course the Mont Blanc itself at nearly 16 000 ft; the highest mountain in the Alps and the highest in Europe west of Russia's Caucasus peaks.
If you are looking for an extra special addition to your ski holiday, and you are an expert skier, then you might like to consider the various heli-skiing options in the region. You can fly from either Italy or Switzerland using an expert guide taking you to some of the most spectacular powder fields in the Western Alps.
ITALIAN SNOWMOBILE ESCAPE
If you still have some energy left after a hard day in the Chamonix mountains, then you wont regret pushing the boat out a bit for this one of a kind evening activity!
Come and enjoy an exciting evening of Italian dining in the neighboring Italian village of Courmayeur, just on the other side of Mont Blanc.
Snowmobile transfer to a traditional mountain refuge, canapés under the stars, a scrumptious four course Italian meal served with wine is how it all begins. Then choose to either descend on skis/snowboard via guided torch lit descent, or mounted on your very own piloted snowmobile taxi. Suitable for children from 10 years.
€195 pp 2 way snowmobile transfer * Groups from 4 people
€250 pp Guided ski descent * Groups from 6 people
Transport, lift pass, food, wine and guide accompaniment inclusive.
*Smaller groups available on request
EVENING LUGE EXPERIENCE
A fulfilling evening for families and groups alike which includes snowmobile transfers to the beautiful piste side restaurant Chalet les Bachais. Tuck into a warming traditional three course Savoyard menu, followed by an exciting 6km professionally guided torch lit descent on freshly groomed pistes aboard your own luge. Full safety equipment provided. Option to descend in snow-cat for those who prefer. Children from 8 years welcome.
€130 pp * Groups from 6 people, smaller groups available on request
Transport, food, wine, soft drinks and guide accompaniment inclusive.