Chamonix is famous and well known for it’s natural beauty and extreme sports. It is a well visited tourist destination for many reasons. In the winter alpine enthusiasts flock to to the steep mountains for their adrenalin rush of racing down some of the worlds best ski slopes and untracked powder. That is not to mention the great apres ski vibe and nightlife also. One can participate in a myriad of activities in the winter, ranging from skiing and boarding to cross country skiing, paraponting, snowshoeing, ice climbing, sleding, skating and hockey to name a few. Not only is the town and its mountains famous but so are some of its people.
Maria Paradis lived in Chamonix at the start of the 19th century and worked as a maidservant. She was the first woman to climb Mont Blanc on the 14th July 1808. After her sucessful climb she was known to leave refreshments for any others who were attempting to climb the mountain also.
Micheal-Gabriel Paccard and Jacques Balmat, both born in the Chamonix valley completed the first ascent of Mont Blanc on 8th August 1786. They did this amazing feat without ropes or ice axes. It was an extraordinary accomplishment for mountaineering, and an extremely courageous one too.
Charles Bozon, (1932 – 1964) born and died in Chamonix, he won bronze at the 1960 Olympic Games in Squaw Valley in Men’s Alpine Slalom event for the French team and gold at the 1962 World Championships held here in Chamonix for the same event.
Representing the French military at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vacouver, Canada in mens Alpine Skiing was Guillermo Fayed. He managed to take 26th place in the mens downhill event.
Phillipe Bozon born in Chamonix in 1966 went on to play in the NHL for the St Louis Blues. There have only been 3 French trained hockey players to appear in the NHL and Phillipe was the first. He played professionally in France, Germany and Switzerland as well as Canada. He also competed with the French team at 4 Olympic Games and is now the head coach of the French national junior ice hockey team. Jan Guryca is also another Chamonix Ice Hocey player. He is currently the goaltender for the Starubing Tigers
Born in Chamonix, 1941, Nicole Hassler became France’s Darling of the Ice as she skated at the 1960 and 1964 Olympic Games. She won bronze at the 1962 World Championships and multiple gold, silver and bronze at the French Championships from 1957 to 1966.
Jan Ducroz, Tony Angiboust & Raphael Mathieu are all from Chamonix and have all represented France at the World Championships for Curling as well as making the French team for the 2010 Winter Olympics hosted by Vancouver, Canada.
Chamonix, a place of good times and champions! Not only do we have extraordinary people coming from Chamonix. The place seems to attract proplr of greatness too. Glen Plake, the world’s pioneer of extreme skiing and 3 time Wolrd Hot Dog Ski Champion has been spending his winters here for years and even made a ski movie here.
Chamonix, it’s a great place to be.