- Mer du Glace Christmas Train
- Christmas Markets
- Christmas Concert
- Torch Lit Ski Show
- New Years Eve Festival and Fireworks
- Russian Christmas Celebration
- Swatch Freeride world tour
- Chamonix En Rouge – Street party with ESF
Casino - Based in the center of resort it could be the ‘up’ on your day you were looking for
Cinema - Right in the centre of Chamonix the Cinema Vox is the perfect place for catching the latest in international and mountain sports films if the weather isn’t the best on the actual mountain
Indoor ice skating - There are four ice rinks in the area, so whether you are skiing in Les Houches, Vallorcine, Argentiere or Chamonix itself, there will be an ice rink to suit your needs
Swimming pool - Open from February the indoor and outdoor pool with its waterfall, river rapids, Jacuzzis and solariums will be sure to sooth those muscles from a hard day on the slopes
Paragliding - Take a tandem flight from Mieusey, 50km from Chamonix to take flight and see the Alps from a completely different perspective
Sleigh rides - A quick lesson in how to drive your sleigh and you’ll be off with the rest of the pack through the mountains to take in the scenery in a very unique way
Snow shoe hiking - There are many trails set out for snowshoeing, a mountain leader will plan you a route so you can head off on your own exploration
Nightlife - With an extensive amount of bars for après and bars that open until the late hours of the morning there will certainly be something for everyone
GMT + 1 hour
The official currency is the Euro (€). Coins are available in 1 cent, 2 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, 50, cent, €1 & €2 denominations. Notes are available in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500 denominations.
Travellers cheques are widely accepted for exchange or purchase in major cities, but in more rural areas, visit a bank to exchange them for Euros. Major credit cards are widely accepted here and ATM access is widespread. Exchange currency only at authorized outlets such as banks and hotels, and exchange only what you think you will spend in the country. Coins cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction. You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.
COST OF LIFT PASSES (based on Dolomiti SuperSki pass)
** Seniors aged 65 and above
*** Family passes are available in some resorts
Please note that the above shows average prices, not resort specific.
In restaurants a service charge is built into menu prices. However, it's customary to round up amounts when paying the waiter or waitress if you're happy with the service. This means that you might hand the server EUR 50 for a EUR 47 meal. If you're paying by credit card, hand the server a cash tip of up to 5%. For Taxis as in restaurants, round up or add 5% when you're happy with the service. Tips to your chalet staff are entirely at your discretion.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE FORMALITIES
Travel documents are your responsibility. In general you should have: a signed, valid passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip. Your passport must have enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) available for entry and exit stamps issued when entering and exiting immigration points. Visas are required for certain nationalities and you are strongly advised to check your status allowing plenty of time for visa application.
The nearest airports to Chamonix are:
- Geneva (100km)
- Chambery (145km)
- Turin (170km)
- Lyon (225km)
The alpine climate is cold and visitors should wear warm, waterproof clothing at all times when outdoors during the winter. Hats and gloves are also essential to prevent frostbite. Sunglasses or ski goggles are also necessary to reduce the glare of the sun on the snow.
It is advisable to contact your doctor before you travel if you have any specific health concerns and imperative to take out appropriate travel and medical insurance. Winter sports involve a high degree of risk and you should be in good health and carry adequate medical insurance in case of winter sports accident, including cover for air ambulance.