1. Follow safety and hygiene guidelines
We keep repeating it but following safety and hygiene rules is the best way to stay safe on your holidays in Chamonix: keep a distance of 2 metres, wash your hands and wear a mask (or cover your nose and mouth). Try not to touch your face as well... we know, easier said than done!
2. Trust local businesses
Not only are businesses in Chamonix putting strict safety and hygiene measures in place but they've also made cancellations much more flexible. This means that, if for any reason you're forced to cancel your holiday, you'll probably be given a full refund.
Look out for our Covid-Proof Booking symbol when booking your accommodation, your ski lessons, your ski hire or your activities on our site. For example, Mountain Base, who have an extensive portfolio of apartments and chalets all around the Chamonix Valley, are offering the possibility of transferring your holiday to the same dates in 2021 if a government-imposed lockdown due to Covid-19 directly prevents your travel or the booked service being provided this summer (until 15th September). Other companies have adopted similar terms, including Mont Blanc Retreats, who offer stunning chalets in Chamonix or Chamonix Location, who also have a great selection of holiday rentals in the area.
3. Avoid the crowds
The easiest way to comply with social distancing is to avoid crowds altogether. We've got a few strategies to help you with that like, for example, booking a whole chalet or an entire apartment instead of a hotel room, that way you can prevent bumping into other guests during your stay.
After weeks of confinement, being outdoors, breathing fresh air and feeling the sun's warmth on our skin is just what we need. Scientists are actually testing whether heat and UV radiation in sunlight might affect the SARS-CoV-2 virus, two things which are plentiful in Chamonix both in the summer and the winter – just remember to lather up with sunscreen!
In Chamonix, you can easily enjoy the outdoors while avoiding the crowds. Just opt for private lessons and activities instead of group ones, such as booking a private ski or snowboard instructor just for you and your group of friends or family, or a private transfer to take you from Geneva airport to your accommodation. There are plenty of other things you can do in the area in small groups, from canyoning and whitewater rafting in the summer to snowshoeing and heliskiing in the winter.
4. Book early
Limitations regarding the amount of people that businesses can welcome or the crowds that events can gather are being enforced. That's why, now more than ever, we recommend you book early. This will ensure you get the best table in Chamonix's hottest apres-ski spot!
5. Get off the beaten path
Another great strategy to avoid the crowds and to discover Chamonix's hidden gems along the way is to visit the area's lesser-known places. The Mont-Blanc valley is full of charming secret spots and the best way to explore them is to book a local guide. You'll get to ski internationally famous off-piste routes like the Vallée Blanche, reach remote stashes of powder, hit challenging trails on a mountain bike (or an e-bike – perfect for the whole family!), hike the Alpine summits and try out new things like canyoning, paragliding or mountaineering. There's a world of choices away from the tourist crowds in Chamonix!
6. Entertain at yours
Celebrations aren't off the table this summer and winter in Chamonix. However, instead of booking a restaurant or a bar, why not ask a catering company to bring the party to you? Private chalets and apartments make for great venues and Chamonix has an excellent selection of catering companies ranging from private chefs to delivered ready-made meals providing the best street grub from your own garden.
7. Drive to Chamonix
Maintaining social distancing on planes and trains can be quite tricky, so why not drive to Chamonix? It takes around 8 hours to get from Calais to Chamonix town centre and tolls cost around €80 each way. We know that cars aren't great for the environment but their carbon footprint is much lower than that of planes with studies suggesting that flights emit around 133g of carbon dioxide per person while a diesel car carrying four passengers emits only 43gr per person. Once in Chamonix, leave your vehicle at one of the local car parks and move around on foot or using the great network of free shuttle buses that'll take you to the foot of the slopes in no time.