If it’s scenic views and snowcapped mountains you’re after, then look no further than Chamonix-Mont-Blanc (usually shortened to Chamonix). This stunning town is located at the junction of France, Switzerland and Italy and is set amongst one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world – the Alps. Offering all year-round activities, this destination is more than just snow, as you’ll find a wealth of culture and relaxation in this ‘beach on ice’ destination.
ahead of the UK so easy for delegates to adjust
Average Winter Temperature ranges from -1 to 4 degrees
Getting there: 1 hour 45 minutes to Geneva before transferring to Chamonix
A Cultural Hub
Situated at the base of Mont Blanc (the highest summit in the Alps), Chamonix is a renowned hub for winter sports – but trips don’t have to be all about snow. Chamonix Valley offers a wide range of cultural and contemplative activities for all tastes. From the isolated beauty of the mountains to the buzz of downtown – there really is something for everyone. Chamonix’s streets are lined with Michelin-starred restaurants, sportswear shops and some of the French Alps’ fanciest hotels; as well as hip jazz clubs likes the Maison des Artistes and eclectic performance spaces such as the Maison de Jeunes et de la Culture.
If you’re looking to relax, Chamonix offers some of the most luxurious chalets in the world that are purpose built for corporate groups. The Les Rives D’Argentiere sleeps 38 people and features an outdoor hot tub, private gym, massage room and conference facilities. Including a dedicated event manager, seasoned concierge team and a chef – it’s the perfect space for winter luxury.
If you do want to feel the chill…
Chamonix is perfect for everyone who wants a taste of the snow – even if they can’t ski. With one of the highest cable cars in the world, the sky train links the town to the famous Aiguille du Midi. At the top you’ll find incredible views of the summit of Mont Blanc which can be taken in from a glass floor elevated 1000m in the air at the ‘step into the void’ experience at the Aiguille du Midi Skywalk.
If it is adrenaline you’re after, Chamonix offers some of the most challenging and exciting off and on-piste skiing in the Alps and tours can be organised for groups to go on some of the most exciting runs in the world. Other activities to sink your teeth into are snowshoeing (a type of mountain hiking that’s over 4000 years old) and paret sledging in Les Houches – a traditional and exhilarating activity that whisks you down snowy hills in a matter of seconds.
But why Chamonix?
Aside from being considered by some the best ski resort in the Alps, Chamonix is now an iconic destination for alpine sports and culture. With an unlimited amount of activities to wow delegates, it’s also a logistical dream in comparison to some ski resorts, with an easy transfer from Geneva and short flight time from most European destinations.
Its enviable location means day trips to Courmayeur in Italy or Verbier in Switzerland are only about an hour’s travelling time away and it’s perfect for a group looking for an incentive trip that wows. From snowy activities, to 5-star dining and out of this world views; the experience delegates will come away with will be one of luxury and exhilaration.
If you want to make memories for delegates that are unlike any other – consider an adrenaline, cultural fusion in the snow and visit Chamonix. We’ve listed our top tips below to help you navigate this Alpine resort.
- Respect the snow
Take the danger of the mountains seriously and don’t let groups wander off into the Alps. Guides and tours exist for a reason and for un-seasoned skiers or those un-familiar with Chamonix, safety should always be first your mind when looking after groups.
- You’re going cross country
Flying into Switzerland and driving to France means you’ll need the correct documentation for both countries. Even if traveling in private transfers from Geneva, if delegates don’t have what they need they won’t be allowed into France.
- Book ahead
If you’re traveling during peak season and in big groups, you’ll need to book restaurants and après ski activities in advance. Over 30,000 people visit Chamonix in the winter and over 60,000 in the summer – so get in early and don’t miss out on the best spots.