Yes, we’d recommend Chamonix holidays for non-skiers. Mum had just had a knee operation and couldn’t join us in our skiing adventures. She filled her trip with activities in town as well as day excursions in interesting nearby places.
We’re pleased to share with you that the activities are interesting and entertaining.
Holidays In Chamonix For Non-Skiers Too
Our holidays would not have been complete without going up to the Aiguille du Midi. “Aiguille du Midi” means “Needle at Midday”.
Two sets of cable cars take you up the mountain. At this second staging area, is an elevator that takes you further up to an elevated viewing platform. The views of Mont Blanc and the enormous range of the Alps is truly spectacular.
You can go through the tunnel which the skiers go through as their starting point to the Vallee Blanche Chamonix.
Amazing views from the top of the Aiguille du Midi Cable Car
• Montenvers Train and the Ice Caves at the Mer de Glace
The historic rack and pinion train goes from the back of the Main Train Station up the mountain to Montenvers. To get down to the Ice Caves drilled into the Glacier, there’s a small gondola which descends to the Glacier, and then there’s about 350 steps down a staircase to the Mer de Glace.
Skiers complete their run down the Valle Blanche right here.
The Ice Caves at Mer de Glace
• The Crystal Museum and the Northern part of Cham
Crystal was mined in the mountains in this region, so this was important in the history of this region. The crystals really are quite beautiful. The Museum is located at the base of the car park building north of the Tourist Office. It’s very close to the centre.
You could incorporate the visit to the museum with a walk exploring the Northern area past the Tourist office towards the Brevent Lift. You’ll walk past some very attractive villas in this precinct. As the houses on the slope here face south, they catch the sun for most of the day. It makes for a very pleasant amble. Have a look at the orientation drawing of, Chamonix Mont Blanc.
• Ice Skating at the Ice Skating Rink
The ice skating rink is popular with children. Ice Hockey games are also held here. The rink is on the transport route of the Chamonix Ski Bus and eco-bus, the “Mulet”.
• Forest Walks at the Domanines du Nordique
Just catch the eco-bus, the Mulet. It’s the stop just after the swimming pool. The walks in this area are delightful and you’ll find lots of locals walking with their families and dogs; you can walk all the way to the hamlet of Le Bois.
Forest Walk at Domaines du Nordique, Chamonix
The Tourist Office, has available maps of walking trails along the valley and these are graded by difficulty. These trails run alongside the Cross Country trails.
The terrain of the walk from Cham to Le Bois is easy and flat. You walk through open fields, and lightly forested areas. It takes about an hour’s stroll one way to Le Bois.
It’s possible to catch the train or the bus back to town.
This activity is highly recommended. It’s tranquil and completely beautiful.
• Saturday morning market at the Commercial Centre in town.
• Visit the St Bernard Dogs – but it’s in French only.
• Historical Walk in Town – alas, it’s also in French only.