Posted on 21 July 2021
Chamonix in summer is just as delightful as the winter. This French Alps destination is one of the best ski resorts to enjoy a world away from the snow. Famously known for hosting the 1924 winter Olympics, it is quick and easy to get to, with its close distance to Geneva airport, and once the snowfall melts away, visitors can expect stunning green mountain views to die for.
Another reason to visit in summer is that it is traditionally classed as out of season. As a result, the number of visitors lessens, hence prices of the self-catering accommodation, and hotels drop. So, you can grab a bargain in a resort with a prestigious reputation. The best months to visit are between July to September, when rainfall lessens, and this means taking advantage of the numerous adventure activities for everyone, young or old. So, lets’ look at what there is to do and places to go.
About Chamonix in Summer
1: Sightseeing in the High Mountain Terrain
The ski lifts don’t grind to a halt when the snow melts away and are your gateway to fantastic, panoramic mountain ranges. For example, the Aiguille du Midi, the highest lift in the world, will take you to an elevation of a staggering 3840 metres to Mont Blanc. Otherwise, catch the train to go up to the Mer de Glace Glacier to see France’s largest glacier or the Flegere cable car. In all these places, well-posted trekking, trail running and hiking trails lead to some of the highest mountain spots to take in Mother Nature.
2: Mountain Biking in Summer
The same mountain routes also make for fantastic mountain biking if you want to step up the pace a little bit and follow the downhill trails to come back down. Numerous places do bike rentals, and you can even upgrade to a full-suspension bike should you want to get higher into the mountains. In addition, many people hire a mountain guide to take them around the trails for either a half or full-day experience.
3: Children Friendly Activities
If you buy Mont Blanc Mountain passes, this gets you one free ride on the Lufe which is great for the whole family. Electronic cars on a set of rails going downhill, take both mum and child, for a hair rising ride. Or you can put on the brakes and take in the surrounding scenery at a much lower pace. Otherwise, head to Merlot Animal Park, the Saint Bernard Breeding Centre, or the Swiss Alpine zoo to introduce your children to the wonderful Alpine species. Acrro Adventure Park, the Paintball Centre and the Chamonix Amusement Park are also top places favoured by families.
4: Lac Blanc Lake during Summer
Considered the French alps most beautiful lake, Majestic Lac Blanc is easily accessed by the Flergere cable car. Take a slow stroll, and pack a picnic to spend a day relaxing with stunning views of the alpine ranges. This is one of the top things to do during summer in Chamonix, and some people even book into a lake side hut to wake up to stunning morning views.
5: Paragliding in Chamonix
Now, do not write this off straight away by saying you are inexperienced. Granted it is pricy, but beginners book in for a tandem paragliding ride with an experienced pilot, and the experience is nothing short of amazing. Thanks to the location of year-round Chamonix Blanc in the valleys, ideal air currents provide an exciting ride so you can get a bird’s eye mountain view.
6: White Water Sports
Whether it is white water rafting, canyoning, kayaking or taking the hydro speeds, the range of white-water sports is one of the top sold excursions in Chamonix French ski resort. Water levels are generally higher in May and June because there is still snow melt from the high alps’ mountains, while heading into July, the water temperatures all heat up. Lake Passy is the favoured spot, but if you do want a slower pace than adrenaline, opt for the fishing or windsurfing excursions instead.
7: Don’t forget Après Ski
Traditionally done after a day on the picturesque slopes, the après ski social scene still goes on during summer, just without the ski. And Chamonix Mont Blanc does it extremely well, with various lively bars, and restaurants that portray the nightlife scene. There is nothing better than sitting in the afternoon sun with an ice-cold beer and stunning views to beat, so after you have done your sightseeing, head to places like Chambre Neuf, La terrasse, the Pub, and Monkey Bar.
We hope we have talked you into visiting Chamonix in summer. In addition, our skiing blog talks about all alpine matters including terrain, villages, high altitude peaks, and other French ski resorts like Morzine, Avoriaz, Val Thorens, Alpe d’Huez, Tignes, Les Deux Alpes, Courchevel, Meribel, and Les Arcs. Alternatively, see our portfolio of ski chalets and apartments for sale in France and Switzerland. Each listing contains everything to know including price, location, home features and contact details to find out more via email or arrange a viewing.