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Chamonix at a Glance

Sitting at the crossroads of Italy, Switzerland and France, Chamonix is an iconic European mountain destination. Skiers come for the legendary runs, mountain climbers attempt Mont Blanc and outdoor enthusiasts of all abilities can find hiking, skiing and sightseeing. 

Because of its popularity, Chamonix can have long lines. The separate trail systems are only accessible from the resort, so it's necessary to ride back down to the bottom of the mountain in order to try a different trail system.This can be frustrating at times, but the beautiful views and great snow pack make up for any inconvenience. 

When you aren't barreling down a mountain slope on skis or a snowboard, take a ride on the cog railway system or up cable cars to scenic vistas. Visitors can take the cog railway to La Mer de Glace glacier and visit an ice cave. 

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High Season
December - April
Low Season
May - November
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      American, Canadian and European Union citizens do not need a visa to enter France if they intend to stay there for less than three months. All travelers must carry a valid passport which could be subject to inspection at any time. Contact a French consulate office to learn more about travel requirements. American citizens can find out more information by using the U.S State Department website.

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      Severe Weather Chamonix has warm summers and cold, snowy winters perfect for skiing. Chamonix's climate is affected by elevation and you'll find that the weather can change rapidly due to Chamonix's micro-climate. 

      Safety Concerns Stay safe by using common safety precautions such as protecting your passport in a hotel safe and avoiding flashing cash. Keep to safe, well-lit areas at night. 

      Health Concerns Chamonix has limited health concerns and clean public drinking water. If drinking from a mountain lake or stream be sure to purify the water first to avoid getting sick.