CHAMONIX MONT-BLANC France (1,040 m)
Near-vertical peaks rise from a 10-mile long valley and reach for the skies around the most iconic and oldest ski resort in the Alps: Chamonix MontBlanc. Nestled at the base of Mont Blanc in the French Alps, Chamonix is a magnet for extreme sports enthusiasts from around the globe all year round, who are drawn by its challenging runs, dangerous off-piste areas and superb landscape. Said to be the birthplace of Alpine skiing, the first ever Winter Olympics was held at the Chamonix, back in 1924. One of Europe’s most snow-sure ski spaces, Chamonix offers high-altitude skiing between late November and May on its four altitude areas—Brévent-Flégère, Les Grands Montets, Balme-Vallorcine and Les Houches—and several valley ski areas besides, including Le Savoy, La Poya and Le Tourchet. Each ski area, however, comes with its own set of challenges. Après ski parties at Chamonix are both boisterous and engaging.
Accommodation: Hôtel Le Hameau Albert 1er; Le Refuge des Aiglons Access: Geneva airport, 1¼ hrs