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Nestled in the Southern Alps, close to the Switzerland border dominated by Mont Blanc is the ski resort of Chamonix. Famous for hosting the very first Winter Olympics in 1924, it is one of the most well-known ski resorts in the world.
Snowboarding in Chamonix Mont-Blanc makes for some of the best in the world for serious boarders with the "Snowpark" staging some top competitions. The lift system as you would expect is excellent. It has 49 lifts which are capable of transporting 52,660 people every single hour. The highest lift holds the world record for being the "world's greatest lift served by a vertical drop" (3840 metres). The resort sits at 1040 metres so snow is pretty much guaranteed throughout the winter season. On the off chance that snow is not forthcoming, Chamonix has 96 snow cannons on standby just in case.
Accommodation in Chamonix is varied and plentiful, ranging from self-catering apartments, chalets to ski lodges and hotel rooms. If you require a hotel, Chamonix isn't short of these either. Ranging from comfortable and cosy 2 and 3 star establishments right up to the luxurious 5 star "Les Ecrins De Soulane".
The resort boasts an eclectic mix of restaurants ranging from sandwich and hamburger joints, local Savoyarde fayre to top drawer gastronomy. Whatever you fancy, there is a restaurant here to suit your tastes and/or budget.
Chamonix boasts a wide range of shops, with some exquisite delicatessens selling a extensive range of local wines, cheeses and chocolates. There are also plenty of fashion boutiques and jewellery stores