Chamonix, France - More Than a World Renowned Ski Resort

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Chamonix, France - So Much More than a World Renowned Ski Resort

Located in the French Alps, one of the most prominent ski resorts in Europe, this magical village is known for soft snow, high peaks, as well as proximity and easy access from all major European cities.

Visitors to Chamonix, shouldn’t lose site of the unique experiences off the slopes that enhance any ski trip. These include a visit to 2 distinct UNESCO world heritage sites - one at the summit, and one in an ice cave, and one a world class wellness center for mind and body.

From Aiguille du Midi - A Panoramic View that Breaks World Records

This cable car which holds the record as the highest vertical ascent cable car in the world. It takes one as close as possible by lift to the summit of Mont Blanc. Also impressive is its prior record for the world’s highest cable car. The birds eye view at 12,605 feet is a unique, bucket list adventure.

An experience to the top exposes an engineering and architectural marvel, including a glass skywalk called “Step Into the Void” and an  enclosed tubular walkway that completely circles the summit.

In 1909 the cable car to the top of Chamonix’ highest summit was proposed, and after much contemplation, the idea was abandoned for engineering reasons. A photo exhibit at the top provides insight to the planning and construction of the site. Skiers with expert skills who are in search of a thrilling adventure, can hire a specialized high-mountain guide to experience the off-piste descent on Vallee Blanche. This 12 mile expedition across the glacier, has varied terrain that is steep and treacherous at times, and should only be attempted by those with advanced skills.

Allow 3 hours for the visit, including the cable car and the many vista points from the top.

Montenvers - Train to the Sea of Ice

This adventure is yet another engineering marvel and a vista to be remembered. The journey begins with a panoramic ride up to France’s largest glacier, the famous “Mer de Glace” or “Sea of Ice”. The train was originally drawn by steam locomotives back in 1908 and was eventually modernized with electric trains. The train ride is about 3 miles and takes riders on a magical journey that lasts 20 minutes to the top.

Following the train, one takes a short cable ride down to the 500 step metal staircase along the glacier. The walk is awe inspiring, surrounded by icey slopes on all sides and culminating with a walk through the ice cave.

An exceptional experience, the cave is lined with a couple of magnificent ice sculptures thus providing unique photo opportunities. Included in the Mont Blanc unlimited pass, the train to Sea of Ice is a must for those with a sense of adventure. Allow 3 hours for the train and visit to the ice cave.


  1. Dress warm and bring hats and gloves. Wear appropriate boots for metal stairs.
  2. The 500 steps may be a challenge for young children and for those with mobility issues.
  3. Make time for a coffee and light snack at the cafe and stop at the souvenir shop before heading back.

QC Terme Wellness Center

Treat yourself at the end of a fabulous ski day or take the day off from skiing all together, to enjoy a luxurious pampering experience at QC Terme, a wellness center with over 30 different activity experiences.

Heated indoor and outdoor water treatment pools with powerful jacuzzi jets massage the whole body. Imagine a waterfall for sore and aching necks and shoulders as you choose to sit or recline. Wading pools alternate from hot to cold, a method proven to improve circulation. Lie down on a flat surface with rainwaters from above, or experience chromotherapy a form of light therapy. Saunas and steam rooms are enhanced with salts and herbs to detox. Relaxation rooms include a space with a block of himalayan salt, another with water beds and a third with fire, each with different healing properties.

The visual at sundown is breathtaking. From the outdoor pool we had the brilliant hues of the sunset to the west, with the the moon rising from the east, as we were enveloped by the peaks of Mont Blanc on all sides.

We were offered a snack break mid-way, with a glass of French wine, fruit-flavored water, and an inviting picnic tray with a sampling of fresh bread, cheese, olives and cured meats.


  1. Lockers, towels, bathrobe and flip flops are provided.

  2. Make an advance reservation, as spots do fill up, particularly for late afternoon.

  3. Expect to spend several hours and do yourself a favor by leaving enough time to not feel rushed.

Chamonix, France - not to be missed - a destination with heart! 💜