This year The Scottish Outdoors Show is delighted to announce Chamonix Mont-Blanc as the headline sponsor for the event. For those of you who don’t know let us give you the run down on what makes Chamonix a must visit location for all outdoors enthusiasts!
• History and Location
Widely regarded as one of the premier destination for alpine adventurers from across the globe, Chamonix has been called the “death-sport capital of the world” because of its status as the base for a host of outdoors activities, especially the more extreme variants. Chamonix has always been pushing the limits in what is possible in Alpine exploration. Situated between the chain of Mont-Blanc mountains to the south and the Aiguilles Rouges (red peaks) to the north Chamonix is arguably the most incredible and picturesque settings available in the Alps.
• Mont Blanc
Known to the world as “The roof of Europe”, Mont Blanc stands tall as the highest peak in the Alps and the world’s third most visited natural area. Visible by a short cable cars ride from Chamonix you will quickly be immersed in the power and majesty of this natural beauty.
Once you have gotten over the breath-taking scenery you can begin to discover Chamonix’s more extreme side. As the world capital for mountaineering, alpine mountaineers are drawn to the area by challenges like the north, west and south-west faces of the Dru, the Frendo Spur on the Aiguille du Midi, the north face of the Grandes Jorasses and the massive face climbs on the south side of Mont Blanc.
• Leisure Activities
If mountaineering isn’t your cup of tea then why not consider what else Chamonix has to offer. Try a more leisurely hike through the mountains, get an aerial view of the alps from a paraglider, or tackle some white-water rapids. If you are looking to slow things down a bit then Chamonix does not disappoint! With its own ice rink, golf course, tennis courts, natural climbing and swimming pool there is never a dull moment.
• Mountain Biking
The action goes on with Mountain Biking at Chamonix. The summer lift system is perfect for gaining altitude, particularly if its the downhill thrill you're after. The steep and varied slopes of the Brévent offer unforgettable experience overlooking a magnificent panoramic view. Besides the obvious lift-assisted areas for Freeriders, there are hundreds of kilometres of challenging hidden singletrack trails - often only found with the help of guides. Sometimes, though, you don’t even need to leave the town! Check out Danny MacAskill going large in the town of Chamonix below
• Night life
After an active day at high altitude, come back down to 1,000 metres in the Valley: busy city life awaits you! From sunset to sunrise, you can choose your ambiance: whether trendy or traditional, quiet or festive, you will fall for the charm of the cosmopolitan atmosphere! With numerous bars and nightclubs, a casino and a cinema there is no excuse not to indulging in the après ski atmosphere!