Chamonix-Mont-Blanc or Chamonix is a resort area near the junction of France, Switzerland, and Italy. At the base of Mont Blanc, the highest summit in the Alps, it's renowned for its skiing. Year-round, cable cars take visitors up to several nearby peaks with panoramic views, including Aiguille du Midi above the town, and Pointe Helbronner, across vast glacier fields on the Italian border.
The slopes surrounding Chamonix have many kilometers of ski and snowboard trails, including the legendary 17km off-piste descent of La Vallée Blanche. The funicular Montenvers train connects Chamonix to the 7km-long Mer de Glace glacier and a cave with ice sculptures carved out beneath it. Chamonix’s bars and restaurants host a lively après-ski party scene. In summer, paragliders take flight from Plan de l’Aiguille and mountaineers tackle the 4208m-high Grandes Jorasses. Chamonix is also a base for trekking the alpine trails that connect Chamonix to Switzerland and Italy.