These are sites that you may find useful while you’re staying in Chamonix.
Much much more in our comprehensive info folder – this will be sent to you as PDFs before you arrive, but these are a few things it’s handy to have as direct links once you’re here:)
Lifts & general info
The main Chamonix site at www.chamonix.com is full of information of lift and piste openings, webcams, maps, events and activity suggestions. They also run regular bus excursions (e.g. to Courmayeur & Verbier) which may be of interest. They show all the lift info together on one page, which is useful.
They also have a mobile app which is very good, containing maps, bus timetables etc.
The lift company site, montblancnaturalresort.com is useful for recharging lift passes and more detailed information on individual lifts.
facebook.com/ChamonixMontBlanc – The official page of the town, useful for general info and events. Not always the best if you want clarity on the actual conditions.
facebook.com/chamonixsnowreport – Daily video snow reports in season, a good place to see what’s going on with the snow.
facebook.com/Humansofchamonix Meet the inhabitants of our mountain town!
Lines 2 (Chamonix to Les Grands Montets and Le Tour) stops at the end of the road, as does the night bus. This stop is called Les Vardesses, just before Flegere.
Lines 1 (Les Houches to Flegere), 11 (Chamonix to Grand Montets) and 12 ( Chamonix to Le Tour) stop at Flegere.
V1 and V2 summer buses can take bikes.
I prefer to do the short walk up to Flegere rather than wait at the end of the road. The green by the church is a nicer spot to wait and the buses are much more frequent.
There’s a route diagram in the info folder to clarify!
Trains are much less frequent but efficient, punctual and comfortable. Note that none go directly to the lifts, though. The Swiss site sbb.ch/en/home.htm is rather better then the French one for checking train times.
There is also a night bus which stops at the end of our road (Stop: Les Vardesses). Catch this from Chamonix Sud main bus stop or Place du Mont Blanc (other side of the road from the Alpina hotel, just past the bridge)
In a pinch you can always walk! Take the back road out of town, from behind the MBC (Canadian bar). It’s quiet and lit almost all the way – just one straight stretch of 100m is unlit. Route is marked on the map in the folder with a black dashed line. Do not try and walk on the main road!
Food and shopping delivery:
We have an excellent small local grocery in Les Praz which has excellent bread and croissants (10 minutes walk). Check their Facebook page for details. Some nice homewares sold here, too.
For a bigger shop, you are welcome to order shopping to be delivered from the supermarket in Les Houches
You will can see the next available delivery slot clearly posted, with the lorry icon. Please note that at busy times you may need several day’s advance notice, and they don’t deliver on Saturday afternoon or Sunday, so let me know as soon as possible if you want to arrange a delivery and I will send you our login.
Don’t feel like cooking? Our local pizzeria ( Cremerie du Moulin ) is only a few minutes walk away (menu is in the folder) but if you’d like something different:
Hibou serves wonderful freshly prepared food to take away – check out their Facebook page for the plats du jour. For a full chalet of ten I would advise calling in an order to collect, to save time. Sells wine and beer too, though there is an excellent Italian wine shop next door.
Le Shack also does take-away – great short menu of fusion food.
Both of these have great options for vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free. For more diet-related information please contact them – they are very helpful and can advise.
Moody Mountain is a great local coffee roaster and serves the best coffee in town.
Pain de Chibon is a local baker who grows old varieties of wheat which he mills himself and bakes as fantastic sourdough. This bread is worth seeking out for connoisseurs! Check his Facebook page for current market days.
Need a load of washing done? Drop it off with Arnaud at Cham Laverie and he’ll wash, dry and fold for you – friendly and great service!
If you need to change money, go to Banque de Savoie on the corner of the central square (Place Jacques Balmat)