Many people talk about Chamonix being extreme and it’s true, this is an extreme sports paradise (for mountaineering, trail running, walking, cycling, mountain biking, paragliding or wingsuit flying). But don’t worry you don’t have to be extreme to enjoy a trip to Chamonix, as most people just come here to admire the spectacular views of the mountains and glaciers from wandering around the shop-lined streets or from the warmth of a nice coffee shop or restaurant!
Whether you’re coming here on a day trip, a week’s holiday or for a longer stay, Chamonix welcomes visitors from around the world, all year round. It’s a great place for families as well as the more adventurous traveller, as you can do as little or as much as you like here, with an almost endless list of possibilities.
Regardless of the time of year there is always something going on here, from music events and festivals to sporting competitions and races and classic car tours. The big sporting events include the Freeride World Tour in January were you can see pro skiers & snowboarders making extreme tracks down the mountain, the various Mont Blanc Marathons in June, the World Climbing Festival in July and UTMB in August. Other events worth visiting the town for are the lively Fete de la Music in June where dancing in the streets until the small hours is standard, the Cosmo Jazz Festival where you can enjoy music at the end of sunny July in different mountain locations.
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