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Things to do off the slopes in Chamonix
So you’re not a skier or a snowboarder and you’re in Chamonix? Not to worry! Chamonix is more than just a ski resort and has plenty to do to keep everybody busy and entertained. Whilst a great proportion of winter visitors come to Chamonix to ski or board (or at least try to!!!), there are certainly visitors who come here to relax, unwind, and enjoy the Alps and the winter wonderland that is Chamonix.
Peak Transfer has compiled a list of some of the many things that make Chamonix and the valley so fantastic. Visitors can go snowshoeing, head to the alpine museum, relax in the St Gervais thermal pools, visit the casino, see a movie at the cinema, try their hand at paragliding, go to an ice hockey match, go ice skating, hit the indoor rock climbing wall, head out husky sledding, visit the aiguille de midi or take the train to the mer de glace.
Ice Hockey: The Chamonix Ice Hockey Club play most Saturdays in the ice rink near the Centre Sportif. Going down to support the local team alongside the family and friends of the players is a great way to get a feel for the real Chamonix. The ice hockey rink is cold so rug up! If you fancy ice skating this is also the place to do it- when the games aren’t on of course! As the rink is right in the centre of town there are plenty of bars restaurants and cafes to warm up in after your time in the rink.
Montenvers & the Mer de Glace:
Montenvers, the ice caves and the Mer de Glace are one of Chamonix’s most exciting attractions. The Mer de Glace is Frances largest glacier and can be accessed by taking the train at Montenvers. A visit to Chamonix is not complete without a visit to the Mer de Glace to see the incredible ice sculptures formed in the ice grotto accessible by cable car from where passengers disembark the train. Reflective light and shadows cast on the grotto ensure a truly unique and unforgettable sight.
Paragliding or ‘Parapente’ in Chamonix:
On a clear day in Chamonix you are more than likely to look up and see lots of beautiful colours and not just in the sky…but parachutes are around and are in the dozens. As Chamonix is place known for extreme sports it’s no surprise that people love to fly off the mountains, but as Chamonix is only 50kms from the birthplace of parapente (the French word for paragliding) there are numerous companies who can safely provide an enjoyable, exhilarating paragliding experience for us mere mortals.
Husky sledding in Chamonix: Husky sledding gives you the opportunity to spend time with beautiful dogs whilst in the picturesque snowy mountains. Customers can choose to drive their own sleds, or have their sled driven by a guide. Husky sledding is just as exciting for adults as it is for kids as you get right up close to these smart, beautiful and incredibly talented animals.
So what are you waiting for?! Book you trip to Chamonix today!