For fresh mountain air, dramatic scenery and an array of outdoor activities, look no further than Chamonix. First "discovered" by the British in the 1700s, this alpine valley at the base of Mont Blanc hosted the very first Winter Olympics in 1924, and is now considered one of the best ski resorts in Europe.
Chamonix is worth visiting no matter where your interests lie, whether you're a foodie, a nature lover or a thrill-seeking sports junkie. Pistes range from gentle slopes to challenging glacier runs that are sure to get your adrenaline pumping. Even outside of ski season, there are still plenty of things to do in Chamonix, from white water rafting and cycling to riding the Aiguille du Midi cable car up to the peak and taking in the sensational panoramic views.
Almost as important as skiing is the culture of après ski in Chamonix. There's no better way to wind down after a long day than with a pint of beer or a glass of vin chaud (mulled wine). Whether you want to sit quietly by an open fire, enjoy a gourmet meal or dance on a tabletop in your ski boots, consider Chamonix your playground.