Chamonix town offers a range of restaurants and bars for every customer, from high-end clientele to locals looking for reasonable prices and good quality. Additionally, the central square holds many events open to the public, such as the Freeriding World Cup amongst others.
There are four main sections in the Chamonix ski area, each offering something unique. The largest of them, Brevent-Flegere, has wide intermediate friendly trails, with some more challenging off-piste sections and usually has the best snow conditions in the area. The Grand Montets ski area is the highest and least forgiving in the area, with few mountain restaurants and north-facing slopes that can become icy.
Domaine de Balme has the best snow park in Chamonix. Although much of the area is linked with drag lifts, this area has plenty of mountain restaurants and rolling terrain perfect for confident intermediate skiers. Les Houche, the lowest of all the ski areas, has a good range of pistes from long blue runs to the fast world cup downhill slope.
Summers in Chamonix attracts a vibrant mix of tourists from all over the globe due to the large selection of activities on offer and its simply stunning location. Several events take place in the town each year, including The Tour de and the Cosmo Jazz Festival. Outside seating and sun terraces mean that those not so keen on the range of extreme sports on offer can always find a pleasant spot for a coffee.