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Main Events in Chamonix 2017

Discover the main Chamonix events in the year

About Main 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 seeing. In this section we bring you information about the major annual Chamonix events in resort and don't forget to check out our Events Calendar for the latest updates.

January Events

Freeride World Tour

Watch some of the World's best freeride skiers and snowboarders pick their best line & pull some tricks to impress the judges. If you can't make it to Chamonix you can watch on line, live through RedBull TV.

February Events

Kandahar World Downhill Ski Championships

Watch the best downhill ski racers compete on the Verte piste in Les Houches. This event takes place every couple of years and will be back next in 2016. 

March Events

Chamonix Adventure Festival

A series of workshops for budding film makers and photographers, as well as a series of film screenings, this 4 day festival brings together International adventurers from around the world.

April Events

Jour Blanc (formerly the Black Weekend)

Chamonix comes alive with 4 days of parties on and off the mountain to celebrate winter sports and fresh new music artists. 

Les Piolets d'Or

Each year this 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. Each year one individual is honoured with the 'Walter Bonatti' Lifetime Achievement Award.

May Events

Freeride Days

Celebrating the end of another winter season in Chamonix, Freeride Days is held at Grands Montets ski area in early May, just before the lifts close. Expect wingsuiters to jump out of helicopters, ski joering, DJ's, dancing and the infamous waterslide to ski over.

June Events

Arc'Teryx Alpine Academy

Alpine enthusiasts from around the world meet in Chamonix to hone their technical skills and learn from Europe’s top mountain guides. The event takes places over a weekend and it's possible to sign up for more than 1 course. Registration to take part happens in mid March, and is definitely one worth keeping a note of in your diary!

Mont Blanc Marathon

This is actually a series of races that attract International level and amateur trail runners from around the world. Races take place at the end of June each year and include the 42km Marathon, the 23km Cross, the 80km Ultra Marathon, the Vertical Kilometre, the 10km and the mini cross (one for the kids). 

Fete de la Musique

This is a French national celebration of all things music, taking place on the same date every year. The bars and streets of Chamonix hold various parties and the whole valley comes to life. Normal licensing laws are softened and if you've got the stamina you can party til the wee small hours. 

July Events

Climbing World Cup

Watch some of the world's fastest and most agile climbers compete in technical and speed climbing. Teams from around the world descend on Chamonix's place du mont blanc and battle it out, to the delight of the crowds. 

Cosmo Jazz Festival

This 9 day Jazz & International music festival starts at the end of July and rolls over into August. You'll find music being played in various mountain top locations around the Chamonix Valley, and then back down on the valley floor in bars, restaurants and on the streets. 

Tour des Fiz

This trail running competition attracts around 1000 people every year with three different courses to choose from, of different lengths and vertical gain. Set just down the Chamonix valley it passes through the heights of Servoz and circuits the Rocher des Fiz mountain.

August Events

Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc

The biggest trail running event of the Chamonix calendar brings trail runners from around the world to the valley to compete in one of the toughest running races there is. Taking place at the end of August each year around 2300 competitors sign up to take part and run through the night!

Fete des Guides

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. It's a chance to raise funds for fallen professionals and their families and is always a big get together, with food, drinks and a light show or fireworks to end the night. 

September Events

Classic Car Tour of Mont Blanc

A two day event showcasing some stunning classic cars as they tour round the area and then come to a rest in the Place du Mont Blanc. Expext to see highly polished, much loved motors and their enthusastic owners, lined up showing off their vintage wheels. 

Location: Chamonix / Mont Blanc Valley

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