Pet-Friendly Winter Wonderland in Chamonix, France
Famously known for skiing and fondue, Chamonix is a dog-friendly town that offers countless activities for every person. So whether you want to do something adventurous or just go out to the French Alps for a spa weekend with beautiful views, Chamonix has something for everyone. Indulge in sweet mountain life in the capital of the ski world!
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Where to stay in Chamonix, France
Heliopic Hotel & Spa
Expect sleek Scandi-minimalism at this family favorite in the heart of Chamonix.
Grand Hôtel des Alpes
One of Chamonix’s original grande dames, dating to 1840, today home to just 30 wood-clad rooms and suites and a prized spa.
This London-based collective offers a discerning edit of the some of the most luxurious chalets and villas across the globe.
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Things to do in Chamonix, France
Ski and snowboard: There are multiple ski passes to choose from – including Le CHAMONIX Le Pass, which offers 120km of trails and is recommended if you only plan to ski throughout your stay. Le MONT BLANC Unlimited pass gives you access to 10 ski areas in France, Switzerland and Italy, as well as access to four excursions that are pet-friendly.
Luge Alpine Coaster: There is a luge mountain coaster that the whole family will love, as well as easy ski slopes nearby perfect for children who are just starting out.
Paragliding with Chamonix Paragliding: Upon arrival, one of the first things you’ll notice is the countless paragliders in the sky. The high peaks give gliders the perfect drop to fly in the sky. Try it out!
Panoramic Helicopter Tour with Chamonix Mont-Blanc Helicopters: Take to the skies for the best views of Mont Blanc, where you’ll surpass the altitude of the highest peak.
Dog sledding with Huskydalen - Chiens de Traineaux: Learn how to dog sled in the beautiful setting of the Chamonix Valley.
Aiguille du Midi: Standing at almost 4,000 meters in height, Aiguille du Midi is where you can catch exceptional views of the Chamonix Valley. Go to Step into the Void to stand in a glass box with nothing but a 12,602 ft drop below. This excursion is included in the Mont Blanc Unlimited pass.
The Montenvers, Mer de Glace: The Montenvers train takes you on a magical ride through the mountain landscape to a cable car through Mer de Glace.
There are various spas in the area. Most are in hotels. Some of the nicest – in terms of what they offer and aesthetics – include the Nuxe Spa at Heliopic Hotel, Clarins Spa at Hotel Mont Blanc and Faucigny Spa and Relaxation Center.
A note from Gloria
On the way to Chamonix, I recommend spending the day in Geneva as it is a beautiful city to explore.
Eat & drink in Chamonix, France
Little Boxes: Offers classic American fare like burgers and fries. Try the goat cheese salmon burger!
Elevation 1904: A hip spot for skiers with music, drinks and a good selection of classic food options.
Le Panoramic: Located on the top of the Brevent cable car, this restaurant offers a variety of dishes, including Halal options. They are also pet-friendly!
Le Monchu: A mix of luxe and cozy with a French chalet interior, offering classic local dishes. They are pet-friendly!
La Telecabine: A Michelin-starred restaurant with a cozy timber decor that will bring you back to the 70s and 80s with their cable cars and lifts. They are also pet-friendly!
La Caleche: Offers classic Alpine dishes in an interior that is decorated to tell the history of the mountains. Pet-friendly!
La Atmosphere: Ask for a window seat that offers views of the green river and Mont Blanc.
Bar'd Up: A fun, cool bar with an array of friendly international faces and games like foosball, pool and darts.
Bunker Club: A disco club with fun music that will make you forget that you are cold.
Need to Know
Pack accordingly as the temperatures can get very cold in the winter. Bring sunglasses year-round and be sure your ski goggles are S3 UV protected to avoid snow blindness.
Something to consider if you are bringing a pet along is to always confirm with restaurants and other establishments beforehand. Chamonix is known to be primarily pet-friendly, but some activities can put stress on your dog or cats. Such as the helicopter tour and luge.
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