The Capital of Mountain Skiing
Chamonix-Mont Blanc enjoys a lea
ding position in the field of Alpine adventure ever since 1760, when Horace Benedict de Saussure, a scientist from Geneva, offered money to anyone who would climb first one the highest points in the Alps. With the hosting of the 1924 Winter Olympics, the whole region surrounding Chamonix, as it’s simply referred to, began to grow by leaps and bounds, becoming the core of all-mountain skiing. In fact, this is a valley with steep sides, covered in plummeting glaciers under a crop of rocky spires, a spot where mountaineering and snow sports meet.
The Challenge of Chamonix
Actually, it is in Chamonix that mountain guides and ski instructors arrive to qualify for their respective professions, and where every committed snowboarder and skier need to go to to find out how they can measure themselves to the challenge of “le grand ski,” as Chamonix puts it. There is an exciting buzz that prevails the whole area, with its macho-competitive atmosphere, leading one to take risks.
If you want to make the most out of Chamonix, the first thing for you to do is to enroll yourself in a local ski school for a session or course, or hire an experienced professional guide with the necessary equipment and expertise to seek the best terrain for you as well as ensure your safety.
Of course, Chamonix has its own share of nursery slopes as well as exciting fast-cruising pistes along with the rough stuff. For example, you don’t have to be an expert to glide down the famed 20km glacier run of Vallée Blanche. However, don’t be under the impression that this much sought-after resort town, with ski areas extending all along the snowy valley, is going to deliver you an effortless holiday.