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Chamonix – come rain or shine

February 2016 in Chamonix town will be remembered as wet – not what you hope for during winter in the mountains! So what is there to do when the most useful accessory is an umbrella? There are some that take the view that’s no such thing as bad weather – just the wrong clothes. But if you’re struggling to convince yourself or the kids to head to the slopes, Chamonix – despite its reputation as a destination for extreme skiers – is one of the best ski resorts for non-skiing activities. Thanks to a larger than average permanent population there is something to suit everyone.


Spa lovers are well looked after, with a good choice of locations from 5* luxury at the Le Bachal Spa at the Albert Premier hotel, the Clarins spa at the Hotel Mont Blanc or a good lunch & spa package at the Hotel Aiglons.


For the more energetic, Chamonix’s Sports Centre has a swimming pool for lane swimming as well as a kids pool (with water slide!) and an indoor climbing wall. There are also indoor tennis courts close by as well as an indoor ice rink. Or how about something more zen?

Zen …

The Chamonix valley is home to a number of qualified yoga and pilates teachers who run weekly sessions. Or take out your frustrations with the weather at a Kettlecise or Zumba class. Prefer to stay nice and dry inside? Then many of the excellent massage therapists in the valley will come to you to sort out your aches and pains.

The Arts… 

Culture vultures should head to the Alpine Museum for a trip back in time into the area’s history or to the AlpenRose chalet dedicated to the works of artist Marcel Wibault or take in some local, natural treasures in the Crystal Museum at the Espace Tairraz. A journey on the Montenvers train to the end of the Mer de Glace never fails to impress – the scenery is still impressive even in the drizzle! At the top you can grab a drink or linger over lunch at the Hotel Montenvers as well as visit the new Glaciorium.

The kids …

If it’s a challenge to keep young kids entertained Le Petit VIP runs regular sessions for over 3s during the school holidays and at weekends. The cinema also often puts on extra showings in French and English and the bowling alley in Cham Sud opens early on bad weather days.

Rain, what rain?! On the brightside it normally means that it is snowing somewhere higher up….

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