Events Calender - What's on in Chamonix?
There are events going on in Chamonix all year-round, from small local events to large sporting adventures, we are here to keep you up to speed with the action and bring you information about all the major annual Chamonix events in resort.
Chamonix Christmas Market. Two days of Christmas markets and craft workshops at La Lucarne next to Chamonix ice rink.
For a truly fantastic family experience to remember, climb aboard Chamonix's Christmas train at Montenvers and visit Santa in his workshop at the Mer de Glace.
Festi'Nordic. Celebration of all things Nordic! Snow shoeing, husky dogs, cross-country skiing, Nordic walking biathlon - come and try them all for free.
Saturday 6th - 12th
Freeride World Tour, Chamonix. Ski & Snowboard Freeride Competition.
Friday 19th - 20th
Le Kandahar World Cup Downhill Skiing, Les Houches.
Sunday 6th - 8th
Chamonix Adventure Festival. A festival of adventure arts and film & photography courses.
Freeride Days, Les Grands Montets. End of the ski season party at GM, early May.
Arc'teryx Alpine Arc'ademy, Chamonix. Three days of mountaineering education and inspiration. Information on this years clinics and seminars will be announced on the 30th January 2015.
Monday 11th - 12th
Climbing World Cup
Monday 25th July - 2nd August
Cosmo Jazz Festival
Trail du Tour des Fiz in Passy
One of the most beautiful trail runs with the choice of three different courses.
MAIN / ANNUAL EVENTS
Cosmo Jazz Festival
The Cosmo Jazz Festival is a fantastic music event with concerts set around some of Chamonix's most amazing locations, such as the top of the Aiguille du Midi, Lac Blanc and Grand Montets. Down in the valley it is all about Apérojazz with the streets of Chamonix resonating to the jazzy sounds of brass bands scattered all around town. In the evening musicians gather and play at Cham jam sessions until late in the night.
This summer: 25th July to 2nd August 2016
The North Face Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc
Over the course of three days, participants of the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc cover a total of 168kms, 3 countries, 7 valleys, experiencing a difference in altitude of 9600 meters. A race that tests endurance, fitness, mental and physical strength. Chamonix is the start and finish line but you can cheer on the competitors as they pass through various areas of the course. Each of these areas celebrate the achievement of the runners by holding a fete with concerts, BBQ's and general encouragement.
There is no prize money for the winner because in these types of events everyone who enters is a winner - to enter you need an accumulation of points, which can only be gained by entering various marathons and adventure races in the mountains.
Due to the popularity of this event you must first gain enough points from other endurance events before you can be accepted as an entrant. During the same time there are 3 other trail running events on in and around Chamonix
CCC: Courmayeur - Champex - Chamonix (100km + 5950m elevation gain)
TDS: sur les Traces des Duc de Savoie (119km + 7250m elevation gain)
PTL: La Petite Trotte a Leon (300km + 24000m elevation gain - yes that is nearly 4 Mt Everests!)
This summer: 22nd August to 28th August 2016
End of ski season party – Les Grands Montets
The event that formally says good bye to winter and welcomes in the summer. Les Grands Montets skiing area hosts the event that provides music entertainment, free ride demonstrations, wing suit flying, BBQ and drinks. A great event that gets everyone together for their last few turns.
Fete de Guides de Chamonix – 15th August 2016
Every year the Chamonix valley celebrates the history of its mountain guides and their outstanding achievements. The festival is usually a 4 day event and is put on by the La compagnie des Guides and other event sponsors to raise money and awareness for the guides. It is also a chance to celebrate and remember those who lost their lives on the mountain.
Fete de la Musique
Fête de la Musique is a celebration that takes place every summer on 21st June in cities, towns and villages across France. A free event that is more than a music festival, the Chamonix Fête de la Musique spills out on to the street from every bar and restaurant and encompasses every type of music imaginable, from local amateur teen bands to professional classical musicians, from club DJ’s to traditional folk bands.
Bars get all night licenses as well!
Marathon du Mont Blanc – Last weekend of June
If you love hiking in the mountains and enjoy running then the Marathon du Mont Blanc is your ultimate challenge. 42kms with an altitude gain of over 1000 meters, this high-altitude race takes you on a journey up and around the beautiful mountains that surround Chamonix. An annual event that is full every year, attracting thousands of competitors and encouraging spectators. There is also the Cross du Mont Blanc (half the distance), KM Vertical and 10KM du Month Blanc enabling everyone to be involved in the weekend event.
Ice Hockey matches
A fantastic winter sport with high intensity and great atmosphere, an ice hockey match is definitely an event not to miss while in Chamonix. The Chamonix Hockey Team are strong competitors and the matches can get quite rough... There is a bar and snack area in the arena and good viewing areas so you can get right up close to the action. It is cold inside so don’t forget to dress warm!
Freeride World Tour -
"The Best Rider on the Best Mountains in the Ultimate Freeride Competition" – Every year the best male and female skiers and snowboarders come to Chamonix as part of one of the stops of the Freeride World Tour. Chamonix creates a huge playground for the competitors to demonstrate their skills as they pick their way down the mountain, jumping of cliffs and skiing lines you never thought imaginable!
The Piolets d'Or is the Oscars of the Alpine world. This yearly event celebrates the greatest ascents, awarding those with Piolets d'Or (golden ice axes). Each year the event celebrates the triumphs of the toughest and most imaginative men and women mountaineers. More than just the recognition of a performance, the Piolets d'Or celebrates passion, spirit and values.
Outdoor Climbing Championships
An incredible event where some of the worlds finest speed and technical climbers battle it out for the title. A 3 day action packed event with lots of climbing and extra activities going on all day and into the evening. The finals are usually held at night, under flood lights, with Mont Blanc as an inspirational backdrop.
Some years this is a World Cup event, some a European Championship event and others both - whichever it is on the year you visit the climbers and their feats will impress.