Chamonix Event Calendar
Whats On In 2017!
There's never a dull moment in the Chamonix Valley. There's fun on the slopes in winter combined with music and dancing at apres-ski events. Then a plethora of sporting endeavours in the summertime that usually involve wearing lycra and running for miles and miles and miles. In essence, there really is something for everyone in Chamonix in all seasons - which is why we run transfer buses from the airport in Geneva straight to Chamonix all year round.
You don't even need to be sports-mad to enjoy the mountains, with everything from cultural walking tours and artisan markets, to trail running races and film festivals rganised throughout the year.
A weekly list of events can be found on the Chamonix Tourist Office website, but here are some of the key festivites in the Chamonix Valley:
Chamonix Marathon - 22-25 June 2017
The Chamonix Marathon weekend marks the first trail running event of the season in the Chamonix Valley. For 2017 there are eight different races, ranging from the Mini Cross for kids, to the gruelling 80km. We love watching the Vertical Kilometre, which sees mad people sprinting from Place Mont Blanc in the town centre, straight up the very steep path right under the Brevent bubble lift!
L’Arc’Teryx Alpine Academy - 29 June-2 July 2017
Learn about the mountains with this fab series of workshops and events by Arc’Teryx. At the time of writing, classes and workshops in everything from bivouacing on mountain ledges, to high altitude photography are already sold out, but you can still get involved by demoing gear and visiting the alpine village.
Yoga Festival - 30 June, 1st & 2nd July 2017
The 4th edition of this very popular yoga festival comes to once more to Chamonix. The programme offers 45 classes from 25 invited instructors, with workshops and events covering topics as diverse as nutrition, belly dancing and Thai massage. New for 2017 is a Kids Zone at the Majestic conference room. Mountain Drop-offs is proud to be official transfer provider for this event.
World Cup Climbing - 11-13 July 2017
Once again, Place Mont Blanc will be transformed into a heady world of climbing, featuring walls sparsely populated with the tiniest holds imaginable. It is seriously impressive stuff to watch, as sport climbers from all over the world battle it out in the Difficulty and Speed categories. And of course, it’s all finished off with the combined Bastille Day celebrations on the 13th July. Not to be missed and all free!
CosmoJazz - 22-30 July 2017
Music, mountains and all that jazz! Once again both the peaks above Chamonix and the bars below them will be alive with the sounds of music. It’s all about live music in the most unusual of open auditoriums, from the Emosson Dam, to Plan d’Aiguille high above Chamonix town. Then there are the gigs at night time in town too. Keep a look out for the full programme on the CosmoJazz website. Concerts are free, if you use a lift to get there, you will need a valid pass.
Fete des Guides - 12-15 August 2017
The French love a ‘son et lumieres’ (sound and light) show, followed by a good old knees up and the one created every year for the Guides Festival in Chamonix is one of the best. Several days of events and ceremonies culminates in daredevil feats on the rock face of Les Garlands and comedy moments, all rounded off with spectacular fireworks. Tickets aren’t cheap, but the profits go to the Guides Fund.
The Ultra Trail Weekend - 28 August-3rd Sept 2017
Chamonix goes crazy for this world-renowned trail event. We say event, it’s actually a series of races run across multiple days that packs out Chamonix for the end of the main summer season. You can't move for people eating pasta and wearing buffs. Whether you take part in one of the five races, or you're purelyhere to spectate, you can’t help but get mixed up in the incredible atmosphere of it all.
Trail des Aiguille Rouges - 24 Sept 2017
The last trail event of the season, the TAR (as it’s affectionately known) covers 50km and 4000m of positive height gain, whilst the P’tit TAR gives novices a beautiful 15km trail route to run. The hardest part might be the start, which is at 04:30 for the TAR!
These events always attract a huge influx of people in Chamonix during these peak weeks, so our advice is to book up your flights, accommodation and airport transfers as early as you can. Getting to and from Chamonix couldn't be easier as we run services between Geneva Airport and Chamonix daily in both directions.
Use the booking form and in the 'to' section you will see several options for Chamonix transfers, so just pick the most relevant area of Chamonix to ensure you get the right quote. And don't forget, we drop off and pick you up at your door!
There's plenty to keep you occupied and entertained in Chamonix whatever the time of year. Chamonix is home to Europe's highest mountains and is ideally located by the Italian and Swiss boarders. With so much to do and see it's guaranteed you will have a great time but we would definitely recommend adding the following to your 'must do' list:
• Aiguille du Midi: Take the two-stage cable car to the viewing platform at an incredible 3842m, where you will get unparalleled views of Mont Blanc and 360° views of the French, Italian and Swiss Alps. Don't miss The Step Into The Void either!
• Montenvers Railway: Spectacular cog railway from Chamonix to Montenvers, above the Mer de Glace. Experience the heights and sights without the hard work
• Le Panoramic: Restaurant at the top station of the Brévent cable car, with top class classic Savoyarde cuisine and a breathtaking view of the Mont Blanc Massif
• Grotte de la Mer de Glace: Carved every spring since 1946, the ‘ice cave’ takes three months to make and has in interior temperature of around -2 to -5 degrees Centigrade
• Massage: All this mountain activity can take it out of you! A good sports massage will help reset your muscles and get you ready for action!
• Chamonix Golf Course: Enjoy 18 holes on this challenging golf course with stunning views, or practice your swing and aim at the driving range, open until 19:00 each day in the summer months in Les Praz
And remember, when you book your Geneva Airport transfer, we will take you to wherever you want to go in Chamonix, so if you want to go straight for a round of golf, or be dropped off in time for apres-ski at the Lapin Agile, it's no problem!
For more information on Chamonix, see Wikipedia
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