Events in Chamonix
There are loads of events in Chamonix organised year-round. From quirky local events to large scale sporting spectacles there is always something worth a gander. In this section we bring you information about the major annual Chamonix events in resort and don't forget to check out our calender for the latest updates.
Arc'teryx Alpine Arc'ademy, Chamonix
Three days of mountaineering education and inspiration, June
The Arc'teryx Alpine Arc'ademy is back after a hugely successful first edition. This three day alpine academy course is open to all and will cover an array of high mountain skills, from overnight bivvies to crevasse rescue, as well as seminars and cultural events. The seminars will discuss alpinism topics including the impact of climate change to the mountains and high mountain medicine.
Black Weekend, Chamonix
Big weekend from the Black Crows, March
The Black Weekend is a weekend full of party nights and ski days. Beyond a traditional music festival, the Chamonix Black Weekend is a mind opening cultural experience with a focus on winter sports and fresh new artists. It's an exotic blend of international people bringing with them different styles of winter sports, visuals and music.
Chamonix Adventure Festival
A festival incorporating adventure arts and film & photography courses, end of August
The annual Chamonix Adventure Festival brings together aspects of adventure sports, the environment and the Arts, through a series of public events and workshops.
Celebrate a white Christams in Chamonix, 25th December
Wondering what to do this Christmas in Chamonix? The festive season in the snowy Alps is always magical and every year there is some sort of celebration in resort to mark the occasion.
Cosmo Jazz Festival, Chamonix
Free Chamonix jazz music festival, end July
The Cosmo Jazz Festival is an imaginitive mix of live music and different mountain locations. This entirely free festival is the fruit of the imagination of André Manoukian.
Cross du Mont Blanc, Chamonix
Chamonix half-marathon, end June
The Cross du Mont Blanc gives less hardcore runners the chance to compete over a similar course, which is just half the distance of the marathon. At 21kms the route covers a height differential of 1300 metres, so it is still a mighty challenge.
Fete de Guides, Chamonix
Celebration of Chamonix Mountain Guides, mid August
Each year during the middle of August the Chamonix valley celebrates the history of its mountain guides and their courageous achievements with the Fete de Guides.
Fete de la Musique, Chamonix
National celebration of music, 21st June
The Fête de la Musique is the celebration that takes place every summer solstice on 21st June in cities, towns and villages across France. More than a music festival, the Chamonix Fête de la Musique is a free event that spills out from the bars and restaurants onto the streets and encompasses every type of music imaginable, from local amateur teen bands to professional classical musicians, from club DJ’s to traditional folk bands.
Freeride Days, Les Grands Montets
End of the ski season party at GM, early May
The event known as Chamonix Freeride Days or The End (or whatever they want to call it this year) signals the end of the Chamonix ski season. The Grand Montets skiing area plays host to the event providing entertainment in the form of music, a waterslide, wingsuits, BBQ and lots of beer.
Freeride World Tour, Chamonix
Ski & snowboard freeride competition, January
"The Best Rider on the Best Mountains in the Ultimate Freeride Competition" - the Chamonix stop of the Swatch Freeride World Tour brings male and female skiers and snowboarders from all over the globe together to allow them to crown a world champion.
Ice Hockey, Chamonix
Weekly hockey matches in Winter
Get yourself down to the ice-rink and support the Chamonix ice hockey team, usually on a weekly basis there is a match. The Chamonix Hockey Team actually do quite well and the matches can get quite riotous...
Le Kandahar World Cup Downhill Skiing, Les Houches
Men's Alpine Skiing World Cup, biannually in February
Les Houches in the Chamonix valley is home to the Kandahar World Downhill Ski Championships. This race has become one of the main sporting events in the Chamonix valley and showcases Chamonix's excellent skiing reputation.
Marathon du Mont-Blanc, Chamonix
For hard core marathon trail runners, end June
If you’re a fan of distance running then the Marathon du Mont Blanc is the ultimate challenge. Covering 42kms and climbing over 1,000 metres, this high-altitude race is for the super-fit! An annual event, the Chamonix marathon takes place every June and attracts thousands of competitors and spectators. There are a number of extra events held throughout the weekend, enabling everyone to get involved in the Marathon du Mont Blanc.
Mont-Blanc 80km, Chamonix
The Chamonix Ultra Marathon, end of June
The latest addition to the Mont Blanc Marathon event is the Mont-Blanc 80km Ultra, a gruelling race which will see runners climb cover some spectacular scenery.
New Year's Eve, Chamonix
Celebrate NYE in Chamonix, 31st December
Wondering what to do this New Year in Chamonix? All the bars hold their own parties, restaurants often lay on a special menu and perhaps some entertainment. Come midnight the hoards of merry revellers head the centre of town for the big countdown – not an official event as such, more of a long-held tradition. On the stroke of midnight you are advised to duck as champagne corks and fireworks are unleashed in celebration!
North Face Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc, Chamonix
UTMB Endurance race around Mont Blanc, end August
Over the course of three days, participants of the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc cover a total of 166kms, 3 countries, 7 valleys, 71 glaciers and 400 summits, experiencing a difference in altitude of 9400 metres. This race is a true test of endurance, a combination of pleasure/pain, highs and lows.
Piolets d'Or, Chamonix
Festival of Alpinism
The Piolets d'Or is the Oscars of the Alpine world. This yearly event in Chamonix and Courmayeur celebrates the greatest ascents and mountaineering achievements, awarding those with actual Piolets d'Or (Golden ice axes). Each year the event celebrates the triumphs of the toughest and most imaginative men and women mountaineers.
More than just the recognition of a performance, the Piolets d'Or celebrates passion, spirit and values.
Quechua Tour des Fiz
Ultra Trail Race 63 km / 5300m D+/- and Small Trail Race 30 km / 2300m D+
The Quechua Tour des Fiz consists of two trail runs, the ultra that covers 63 km / 5300m D+ & D- and the 'small' run which covers 30 km / 2300m D+.
Tour de France, Chamonix
Biggest cycle race in Europe, July
Every summer France is gripped by the biggest and best cycle race in Europe - Le Tour de France, the year Le Tour is celebrating it's 100th year so the event will be bigger than ever.
An epic six day enduro mountain bike race, August
An all-new point-to-point stage race 100% focused on technical riding ability and epic adventure, the Trans-Savoie joins the dots between skill, athletic fitness, mental determination, and strategic riding on some of the best mountain bike trails in the world.
Vertical KM, Chamonix
Vertical trail race up 1000 metres, June
The Vertical KM covers 1000 metres of vertical ascent over 3.8km's, a steep climb for the extremly fit.
World Climbing Championships, Chamonix
Speed & technical climbing competition, mid July
Every year, Chamonix hosts the World Climbing Championships (Coupe du Monde d’Escalade) during which the world’s finest speed and technical climbers descend on the resort for three days of astonishing articial climbing wall action.