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At a height of 1,035 m, Chamonix is located in the heart of the northern Alps at the intersection of France, Italy and Switzerland. The Mont Blanc dominates the entire valley, along with the Aiguille du Gouter, the Aiguille du Midi, the Vertes, the Drus and Auguille Rouge.

The Chamonix Valley extends 17km from the top of the Col des Montets to the Taconnaz torrent From one end of the valley to the other, there are numerous urbanisations including: Servoz, Les Houches, Les Bossons (1,012m), Chamonix Mont-Blanc, Le Praz (1,060m), Argentière. Le Tour and Vallorcine.

The Valley is home to 13,733 permanent inhabitants, which are divided as follows amongst the various villages: Servoz (829) - Les Houches (2,708) - Chamonix et Argentière (9,800) - Vallorcine (396).



At the entrance to the Chamonix Valley, Servoz is an authentic mountain village where the atmosphere and welcome is as warm as the sunshine in which it is often bathed.

Star Attraction

An exceptional building dating back to the 15th century which has now become an exhibition centre focusing on the past, present and future struggles and challenges facing mountain agriculture.

Gorges de la Diosaz

Take a short trip down the valley to the peaceful hamlet of Servoz for an unforgettable gastronomic experience. The new chef, well known amongst the cognoscenti of Chamonix’s restaurant scene, displays his culinary flair with the addition of subtle new flavours and fresh local produce to offer his own original twist on classical French cuisine. With a range of menus to cater for different palettes and budgets, and a wide selection of reasonably priced, fine wines, chosen in collaboration with an expert local wine merchant, Le Berlu Croquet, this is a delightful restaurant. Away from the hussle and bussle of Chamonix, you can simply relax and enjoy the pleasures of a delicious meal.


Les Houches

Renowned as ideal for families the resort of Les Houches offers a multitude of activities for both children and adults alike: entertainment, ski slope games, excursions with animals including dog sledges, donkey rides, horse trekking and visits to the St. Bernards kennels. Les Houches has it all; a winter wonderland full of family fun.

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Whether it’s on skis or in the village discover the mountain fauna and the lives of animals thanks to the fun & games offered by a professional animator. On the Prarion sector of La Chamois.

  Les Houches

At 1008m, this village is composed of 6 hamlets, and as a ski resort in its own right offers some exceptional skiing, and regularly hosts world skiing events. Les Houches is included on the Mont-Blanc Unlimited lift pass.
Les Houches lies in the heart of the Mont-Blanc region which is made up of 13 other communes:

Chamonix • Servoz • Vallorcine • Megève • St-Gervais • Les Contamines • Praz-sur-Arly • Combloux • Cordon, Domancy, Passy, Sallanches

Nestled in the heart of the Mont-Blanc Massif, this family resort, with its string of hamlets, is faithful to the traditional image of mountain holidays. With a 4635 hectare surface, Les Houches extends over 8 km between Servoz and Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, and is made up of a number of hamlets.

Vaudagne • Les Chavants et Maisonneuve • Les Trabets, le Chef Lieu et les Gens • Coupeau • La Griaz, Saint-Antoine, les Granges, le Pont et Taconnaz • Le Hameau du Lac et la Plaine Saint Jean

Le Kitsch Inn
The Kitsch Inn has created a big house for you to play in, serving food and drinks non-stop everyday. There’s a dining room with grand tables for formal dinners, a breakfast bar area for quick snacks and coffees, a retro formica kitchen area for casual meals, a kids play area and a huge sunny decked terrace out front. The Kitsch Inn food ethos is that better quality, less travelled, fresh ingredients means better tasting food so they only buy Label Rouge beef, pork, chicken and eggs. They source bio burger buns and yoghurts, and buy as much of their fresh fruit & vegetables from France, Spain & Italy as possible. All the food is homemade and cooked to order.

  Le Kitch Inn

Les Praz

Between Chamonix and Argentière the village of Les Praz is one of the prettiest in the valley set in a woody area on the edge of the river l'Avre.
Les Praz is well connected by bus or train but if you feel like walking, a 25 minute stroll along the river bank will lead you to Chamonix. The south-facing ski area of Flègère is accessed from Les Praz and linked by cable car to Le Brevent. The mainly blue & red runs make this a perfect intermediate area. Boasting some fantastic restaurants like the Cabane at the golf course or the Hotel Eden, Les Praz is worth visiting at night too.

  © Tim Barnett

Le Lavancher

The hamlet of Le Lavancher is set 6km from Chamonix, and 3km from Argentière at a height of 1,250m. It derives it’s name from the fact that before precautions were taken, it often fell victim to avalanches from the steep slopes of the Pendant Mountain which overlooks it.

Because of its favourable orientation, Le Lavancher offers some of the most stunning views of the Massif du Mont Blanc. In fact Lavancher is like nowhere else in Chamonix. Far from the hussle and bussle of Chamonix itself, it is accessed by a winding road, which is bordered by snow covered pine trees. In both winter and summer, Le Lavancher is a secret haven, renowned by those in the know, as a nature lover’s paradise, from where one can but marvel at the stunning panoramic vista that surrounds you.

Hotel Jeu De Paume
The Chalet Hotel du Jeu de Paume is a haven of tranquillity. Its 23 luxurious rooms offer the warmth of a wood interior and four-star comfort. After skiing or a stroll in the mountains, you can enjoy the quiet moment of a sauna, a jacuzzi or just sit back and relax in the comfortable surroundings of the sitting room basking in the warmth of the big central fire place. The salon bar has a wonderful array of cocktails and whiskies and there is a full size billiard table for after dinner entertainment. The hotels’ gastronomical restaurant, Le Rosebud, and its chef Eric De Gang propose an inventive and refined cuisine. Over the past 10 years, Chef De Ganck has developed an art form of mixing herbs and spices, creating an original and refined gastronomic signature of his own. These culinary efforts have been recognized by many restaurant Guides.

  Le Jeu de Paume


Dominated by the impressive Aiguille Verte peak, Argentière is considered one of the foremost Alpine ski resorts due to its altitude, its North facing slopes and the powder fields of the Grands Montets ski area. Skiers from everywhere in the world come here to experience the “Grands”. Although the off-piste skiing is exclusively for extreme skiers, it also provides plenty of easy runs.

  © Tim Barnett

Argentière map

Below the legendary ski area of Grands Montets lies Argentière, home to guides and crystal gatherers. This charming village has maintained its original mountain character whilst developing all the necessary services for a wonderful stay. Those seeking authenticity will love its traditional architecture, narrow alleys and its Baroque church.

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Spreading over 3 hillsides, the Grand Montets ski area is famous throughout the world for its impressive vertical rises and its magnificent off piste skiing. This resort is the Mecca for free riders, and offers sensational skiing near to the Argentière glacier and great snow conditions well into May. Fans of free style will love the snowpark!

Chamonix Unlimited Festival: 6th– 9th April.


Les Cheserys

Les Cheserys is probably the finest restaurant in Argentière. It is consistently highly rated for the quality of its food and the standard of service. In a relaxed, modern mountain setting, the chef, Laurent Duprat, meticulously selects only the finest freshest seasonal produce, to create an original menu, all of which is cooked and prepared in-house. Whatever you fancy you are sure to find something to suit your tastes: from classic cuisine to the more or traditional savoyard specialites. Due to its popularity booking by phone or on-line is advised.

  Les Cheserys

Le Tour

This peaceful village and its surrounding ski area, is situated at the far end of the valley, just after Argentière, at an altitude of 1264m. The lift system comprises of two gondolas and five other lifts. The second 8-seat gondola, added in 2005, links Le Tour to the village of Vallorcine, to collectively make up the Domaine de Balme ski area. Skiers and snowboarders of all abilities, will discover a vast, sun-soaked resort which offers wide and varied slopes on the Charamillon side and steeper pistes on the Vallorcine side where experts can improve their technique.


16 km from Chamonix, Vallorcine is a small picturesque mountain village which offers a host of skiing for beginners and experts alike. The new 8 seater bubble, which was installed 5 years ago, effectively linked up La Tour and Vallorcine into a huge new ski area, the Domaine de Balme.

On the Swiss border and in the heart of 2 nature reserves, this is an utterly enchanting village. The resort is enhanced by winter and offers holidays combining sports, such as downhill skiing and cross country skiing, with more relaxing activities such as hiking and snowshoeing.

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A veritable haven of peace and tranquility, accessible from Vallorcine on touring skis or snow shoes (approx 2 hours).


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