Dating back to 1934 the Golf Club de Chamonix was originally the brain child of the world famous Robert Trent Jones Senior in a setting between the Mont-Blanc Massif and the Aiguilles Rouges. Choose between 9 or 18 holes on this course with splendid views, open from May until November.
The Chamonix valley offers over 350 km of superbly maintained hiking trails; with 160 different itineraries there is a track for every one. The lower valley trails are fantastic for wonderful forest scents and the higher altitude trails are great for panoramic views. This is a great activity for all the family.
If you are keen to go at it alone there is an excellent map specifically designed for walkers, showing each trail in an easy to understand grading system, available in local shops, the map is advisable so you can plan your route and have it with you while in the mountains, however all the walks are well signposted and accessible either from the valley floor or by cable car.
If you would prefer to have somebody guide you around the valley then you can join a group or take a private walking guide. Contact us to find out more.
You can be up in the air from 10 min to 30 min with some of the best helicopter pilots in the world as they fly you over the spectacular Mont Blanc Massif and hover besides soaring cliff faces of blue glacial ice. Chamonix Helico
Hot air balloon rides
Float over the French Alps for 1hr 30min as the wind takes you up to different elevations and in various directions.
Les Gaillands is what you could call Chamonix’s city park with a natural climbing wall, hiking trails and a lake. A fabulous spot for a picnic and to soak up the incredible views of the Mont Blanc massif.
There is also a zip-line with Himalayan bridges and pendulums.
Another popular activity to do in Chamonix! There are many areas where climbing is possible if you have your own gear, however if you are a beginner and would like to learn how to get started or improve your technique with a high mountain guide, there are half day rock climbing groups available. 4 half days and private climbing tuition is also available with all safety equipment provided. Children are welcome and beginners lessons start for ages 6+.
Indoor climbing walls
The Chamonix valley is home to one of the largest indoor climbing walls in France. The Mont Blanc Escalade is located in Les Houches and is open all year, with 1250m sq. of climbing surfaces, and more than 100 routes to the roof, ranging from 16 to 21 metres in height. There is a beginners wall, a kid’s wall, and even a cafeteria. All necessary equipment is available for hire.
The skate park is nestled between the paragliding area and the tennis courts. It’s a place where novices as well as experienced riders can practice their curves and technical jumps. Free access.
Parc de Loisirs and Luge – The amusement park in the Mont Blanc area
The Chamonix Leisure Park is a great place to spend a day out with family or friends. Unlimited access to more than 15 activities and games await you! Including a new luge track, panoramic tower, slides, toboggans, trampolines, outdoor games areas, boat splash, giant swings, chair lift, rope mechanics a fantastic adventure park for everyone, young and old!
Accropark Tree Adventure Parks
Travel from tree to tree, in magnificent forests. Sky-high thrills in complete safety, taking zip-wires, rope bridges, tunnels, rope ladders and sky walks... There are a couple of different adventure parks in and around the Chamonix valley to choose from: La Forêt Magique in Les Tines and ‘Cham Adventure’ Les Gaillands.
Horse riding & trekking
Discover the beautiful Chamonix valley from a horseback. One or two hours rides for novice as well as confident riders or make a trekking on horseback for half-day, full day or several days.
Parc du Merlet
The animal park situated at 1500 m, facing Mont Blanc, is a magnificent 50 acres park where ibex, chamois, marmots, stags, deer’s, hinds and llamas roam around in freedom. There are various presentations that take place daily throughout summer.
There is a snack and drinks stall and a panoramic restaurant. You can access the park by foot, bus or car.
Paradis des Praz
An idyllic spot along a stream with an outdoor play area for kids. There are ponies, a flying fox, sandpits, swings and slides, as well as canoes on a small shallow lake that kids can also splash around in. There is a small restaurant that serves drinks and snacks, perfect for a relaxing day out with families and friends. MAP
Tennis / Squash
There couldn’t be a better backdrop for a tennis court! Located next to the Richard Bozon Centre (outdoor pool and gym complex) the Chamonix tennis club offers 13 outdoor courts with a mix of clay and hard surfaces, 2 indoor hard courts as well as 2 squash courts. There is also a fantastic café restaurant situated in the centre of the courts so you can still be a part of the action if being on court is not your thing.
There are trails to suit all levels of ability in Chamonix, including some very technical and steep downhill tracks so make sure you read the mountain biking itinerary pamphlet before heading out.
There are many places around Chamonix to hire different types of bikes, it just depends on what sort of adventure you are after; x-country, downhill or road bikes. Using the map you can explore the trails on your own, or you can hire a guide to show you the way as well as teach you how to ride the Chamonix terrain.
Bikes are a great way for getting around Chamonix, even if you just want a family day out; You can ride to Les Gaillands for a picnic and watch people rock climb (or give it a go yourself) or maybe you would like to take the kids to Paradis des Praz… there is a track for everyone, all ages and abilities.