Summer activities in the Chamonix Valley
When the snow has melted, Chamonix has a wealth of activities to offer, from adrenaline packed mountaineering and white water rafting, to more general sports and leisure activities such as tennis and squash, horse riding, bowling, swimming and fitness.
For those seeking a more relaxing holiday there are less hair-raising option: a day at the spa, some retail therapy, an afternoon of pampering.
The car-free centre of town is full of atmosphere and very cosmopolitan, with cobbled streets and squares and beautiful old buildings built around the fast-running glacial river. The mood is lively and bustling with a good variety of shops, bars, restaurants and cafes.
The temperature is generally 5-6°C hotter in Chamonix than in the South of England (25-26°C May/June and Sept/Oct and 28/32°C July/Aug).
Just let our in-resort team know your perfect activity tick list and we can help to organise it:
- There is a wealth of mountain biking opportunities for all ages and abilities, with a multitude of trails and a lift system to take you to the top of the highest descents.
- The Valley is a mecca for climbing and mountaineering, with the famous Mont Blanc being the experience of a lifetime for many visitors.
- Paragliding was invented in the Chamonix area in 1974 and big thermals, eagles, glaciers and high peaks make the valley one of the best flying areas in the world.
- For trekking and hiking, the Chamonix valley has the most comprehensive and clearly indicated network of mountain paths in the Haute-Savoie.
- There are 11 golf courses in the Savoie Mont Blanc region including the Trent Jones Sr designed Chamonix Club de Golf.
- White water sports such as rafting, canyoning, kayaking and hydrospeed are all popular in the area.
- The Chamonix lift system is open for summer from mid-June to mid-September, find out more about summer lift passes.