The Mountains are Calling and You Must Go: Mont Blanc, Chamonix

July 14, 2017

It’s been a couple months since we visited Mont Blanc Resort in Chamonix, but going through the pictures really got me missin’ it. I’m telling you, babe, those mountains are calling… and you gotta go!

First of all, I’ll admit: I’m kind of different. After all, I moved to Vail, Colorado for its beautiful summer, not the winter that ski bums normally move there for. And I visited Chamonix Mont Blanc to sightsee during the spring, not to ski. So, you don’t have to be a winter-lovin’ adventure junkie to add Chamonix to your bucket list.

So yeah, I’m not a skiier or a snowboarder. But I have an affinity beautiful mountain towns. After all, I live and work in Vail, a stunning European-chic Colorado ski resort that popped up in the 1960s. Oh, and I’m already planning my next trip to the small mountain town of Ouray, Colorado.

Call me naive, but little did I know, the world has so much more to offer than the charming Colorado mountain towns I’ve grown to love. Like Chamonix, surrounded by the dramatic French Alps.

The French Alps are gorgeous from near and far away. We did the totally un-European thing and drove from Annecy to Chamonix. FYI: we met a lot of tolls. Still, I was in awe the entire time, pointing out little mountain towns nestled in the valleys and alongside hills. 

And once we got to Chamonix, we knew the drive was worth it. We could feel the sunshine and springtime warmth walking around town. But the snow still covered Mont Blanc. So we had to go up. First stop: taking a cable car up to Aiguille du Midi.

Only a short drive away from Annecy, you have to visit the mountain town of Chamonix, France and see the French Alps at its finest. Visit the glacial ice caves, Step into the Void. When you travel to this part of the world, you'll know it is a European destination you can't miss.

Mont Blanc Chamonix: Aiguille du Midi

To travel up Aiguille du Midi, you get into an old-fashioned, standing room only cable car. You pack into cable cars like canned sardines and climb 12,605 ft in elevation. Yeah, you get really freaking high.

Only a short drive away from Annecy, you have to visit the mountain town of Chamonix, France and see the French Alps at its finest. Visit the glacial ice caves, Step into the Void. When you travel to this part of the world, you'll know it is a European destination you can't miss.

I’ve ridden on some slow-paced gondolas, but these cable cars climb the mountain fast.

Your ride starts with a view of the town, but you’re quickly taken above and beyond the town. We gained so much elevation in so little time.

Only a short drive away from Annecy, you have to visit the mountain town of Chamonix, France and see the French Alps at its finest. Visit the glacial ice caves, Step into the Void. When you travel to this part of the world, you'll know it is a European destination you can't miss.

Oh, and I’m totally scared of heights. But like any other millennial, I wanted some photos of the prime views. This is a photo of me using my selfie stick to take a photo of Chamonix Valley. You probably can’t tell, but I’m standing like two feet away from the totally-safe ledge. I am really, really afraid of heights, haha!

Only a short drive away from Annecy, you have to visit the mountain town of Chamonix, France and see the French Alps at its finest. Visit the glacial ice caves, Step into the Void. When you travel to this part of the world, you'll know it is a European destination you can't miss.

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Seriously, though. The view of Chamonix Valley from the top is absolutely breathtaking.

Only a short drive away from Annecy, you have to visit the mountain town of Chamonix, France and see the French Alps at its finest. Visit the glacial ice caves, Step into the Void. When you travel to this part of the world, you'll know it is a European destination you can't miss.

Despite my fear of heights, while we were at the top, we had to visit one of the attractions Chamonix is known for: we had to step into the void.

Step into the Void

Only a short drive away from Annecy, you have to visit the mountain town of Chamonix, France and see the French Alps at its finest. Visit the glacial ice caves, Step into the Void. When you travel to this part of the world, you'll know it is a European destination you can't miss.

You might be asking, is it worth it to visit the top of Aiguille du Midi and Step into the Void? My answer: YES!

(Oh, and if you couldn’t tell from the picture, Chamonix is a perfect town to visit even if you do not speak French! Everyone we spoke to was very fluent in English.)

Only a short drive away from Annecy, you have to visit the mountain town of Chamonix, France and see the French Alps at its finest. Visit the glacial ice caves, Step into the Void. When you travel to this part of the world, you'll know it is a European destination you can't miss.

I felt like I was stepping off a cliff. But instead, we stepped onto glass and into the glass box. I kept my knees bent in an attempt to feel grounded. You can probably see the fear in my eyes in the photo taken by the staff:

Only a short drive away from Annecy, you have to visit the mountain town of Chamonix, France and see the French Alps at its finest. Visit the glacial ice caves, Step into the Void. When you travel to this part of the world, you'll know it is a European destination you can't miss.

#SAVEME.

Actually, even with my immense fear of heights, this is the attraction I #1 had-to-do when we visited Chamonix. (I did something similar at Skydeck Chicago last fall, so I guess I love giving myself that rush of being thousands of feet above the ground.)

Train Ride to the Glacier

After giving myself a quick blood rush from all the heights at the top of Aiguille du Midi, we hopped on the charming and old-fashioned Montenvers train which took us to another part of the mountain with caves and glaciers.

We traveled to France during off-season (it’s one of my money-saving travel tips… if you like the sound of traveling on a budget, you can read more here). Sooo that resulted in a few of the areas undergoing construction while there were less crowds. So, unfortunately, we didn’t get to go into the ice caves. Although we didn’t go down to the stunning glacial ice caves, the 20-minute ride on Montvers train itself waa jam-packed with beautiful views.

Only a short drive away from Annecy, you have to visit the mountain town of Chamonix, France and see the French Alps at its finest. Visit the glacial ice caves, Step into the Void. When you travel to this part of the world, you'll know it is a European destination you can't miss.

And at the train station by the ice caves, there is a restaurant where you can sit outside on the patio and enjoy a nice glass of wine, or some lunch.

Only a short drive away from Annecy, you have to visit the mountain town of Chamonix, France and see the French Alps at its finest. Visit the glacial ice caves, Step into the Void. When you travel to this part of the world, you'll know it is a European destination you can't miss.

Start Planning Your Trip to Mont Blanc, Chamonix 

Only a short drive away from Annecy, you have to visit the mountain town of Chamonix, France and see the French Alps at its finest. Visit the glacial ice caves, Step into the Void. When you travel to this part of the world, you'll know it is a European destination you can't miss.Touring France threw me into some kind of storybook or fairytale. My experience in Chamonix was no different.

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Although I felt like being at the top of the mountain at freakin’ 12,605 feet really tested my limits, at the top is really where you need to be in order to see how vast a place can be, and how small you kinda are.

Just like how my idea was that Vail was this big, huge mountain town (and really, its mountains are huge!). But visiting Chamonix definitely humbled me to the idea that there are so so many incredible mountainscapes… and they can be found all around the world.

Like in all my other travel posts, I’m really itching to hear from you! If you’ve visited Chamonix, leave a comment below and tell me what I missed (so I can hit that up next time I visit). Or, tell me a travel story that really humbled you and expanded your mind. I know travel can really affect all of us.

P.S. I love documenting my travels and micro-trips. Did you know you can leverage your blog and work with companies while you travel? Follow this guide to get started on your very own blog so you can work with companies on your next trip!

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