Back to Chamonix

1. Go Off piste…

If you’ve been skiing for a while then your Chamonix holiday simply wouldn’t be complete without taking on the world-famous Vallée Blanche, the off-piste run that should be on every practised skier’s bucket list. Experience the jaw-dropping views across to Mont Blanc from the top of the Aiguille du Midi, at 3800m, before setting off on the 20km adventure back down to town. You’ll traverse glaciers and crevasse fields under the shadow of soaring granite spires. Make no mistake though, this is true ski mountaineering, and you absolutely must hire a guide to enjoy this route safely.

2. Take to the skies…

Try a tandem parapente flight on a sunny day and see the mountains from a whole new perspective. When conditions are good for flying and the thermals are just right, people have been known to land on the summit of Mont Blanc! It’s also not uncommon to share the rising air currents with golden eagles, or even one of the rare bearded vultures that have made their home in the Chamonix valley.

3. Dine in fine style…

Have a break from the standard Savoyarde fayre with an evening at Munchie, a Chamonix institution, where exotic ingredients are brought together with a clean and focused Nordic simplicity. This Scandi-Asian style restaurant, with its justifiably famous duck teriyaki, foie gras sushi, and deep-fried soft shell crab, has been popular with both locals and visitors alike for many years. Open for dinner only, the place fills up reassuringly quickly, so booking ahead is a necessity.

4. Try Ice Climbing…

Try something new and get a taste for the real Chamonix experience… hire a guide and take a short walk through the woods to La Cremerie, where you can have a go at ice climbing on a series of frozen waterfalls in a steep-sided, glacier-carved canyon. You will get cold hands and you will finish the day absolutely exhausted, but you can always stop by the nearby La Cremerie restaurant, hidden deep in the woods, for a restorative vin chaud and fondue.

5. Unwind in Italy…

Soak away the aches and pains of your outdoor endeavours with a quick journey through the Mont Blanc Tunnel to Italy, where you can luxuriate in the thermal spa at Pre St Didier with its many spas and saunas. Relaxing in the naturally heated outdoor Jacuzzi, surrounded by fresh snow and gazing across the valley towards the grandiose south face of the Dente del Gigante under a twinkling night sky, will soothe even the weariest of wanderers.