Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France

When two young English aristocrats, William Windham and Richard Pocock, discovered the Priory of Chamouni in 1741, they had no idea that their expedition would ultimately create the renowned tourism destination of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France. Chamonix’s first inn opened in 1770. In 1816, the first luxury hotel was built and the hotel industry continued to thrive through the 1800's, crowned by three splendid palaces. In 1866, under the reign of Napoleon III, the first horse-drawn coaches arrived in the village square, and, in 1901, the railway line between St Gervais Le Fayet and Chamonix opened. Then, in 1924, the first Winter Olympic games were hosted by Chamonix, officially consecrating the valley as a winter Mecca.

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january
  • Freeride World Tour
  • New Year's Day

april
  • Festival La Corse a Cham
  • Winter Sessions Weekender

may
  • Chamonix's Festival de Science
  • Victory in Europe Day

june
  • Fête de la Musique
  • Mont Blanc Marathon

july
  • Bastille Day
  • Cosmo Jazz Festival
  • Coupe de Monde D’Escalade
  • Heures d'Orgue Music Festival (through August)
  • Les Heures d'Orgue (through August)

august
  • Festival Musicaltitude
  • The Guides Festival
  • World Climbing Championship

november
  • All Saints' Day
  • Armistice Day
  • Remembrance Day
  • Veterans Day

december
  • Christmas Day
  • FIS Men's Alpine Skiing: Chamonix
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