bet you didn’t know that Chamonix, the great
tourist resort surrounded by Mont Blanc, the
highest mountain in Europe was the site of the
world’s first Olympics.
Yep, it’s true, and the
year was 1924. Anyway you should look at it now.
Vive la France and all that. Chamonix has
morphed into one of the finest year ‘round’
resorts in the world. Yes you know all about the
winter possibilities, what with the skiing and
all; but are you aware of the sporting
possibilities in summer?ber of hiking and mountain
biking trails at a relatively low altitude.
These run along the valley floor or flanks and
present nothing less than a center of discovery.
These trails run along delightful villages,
chapels, oratories, ancient bread ovens and much
more. There are trails that follow river banks;
the Arve, the 'Petits Balcons', the Bois du
Bouchet, the Argentière morraine, are just a few
worthy of mention.
Naturally at higher
altitudes, access to trails depends upon snow
conditions. It is preferable to contact the'Office
de Haute Montagne', opposite the Saint
Michel Church. There you will be advised on the
best and safest itineraries for this time of
year. This service also provides weather
forecasts, maps, guide books, cassettes, but
above all, invaluable first-hand information.