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Chamonix, Summer

The bustling alpine town of Chamonix, France is steeped in history with a reputation as the extreme sports capital of Europe. The mountains and hills surrounding the town are the ideal playground for a number of adventure sports such as mountaineering, hiking, canyoning, climbing and mountain biking.


Best for

Easy access to high mountains on summer lifts

Fun Fact

Chamonix has Europe's highest cable car, going up to 3,842m

Nearest airport

Geneva (100km)

Centre charm

Resort charm

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Once again Chamonix boasts huge variety with regards to the town centre. You have both relaxed, informal bars, all the way up to glamorous expensive restaurants. There are good value outdoors shops for buying equipment and gear, up to high fashion shops and fancy jewellers. It is a town that covers the full spectrum, where everyone is in a happy equilibrium.

Chamonix is a very typical alpine town, with an arctic blue river running through the centre, wooden clad buildings lining the streets and pine trees frozen in time.  

Of course everything you need is at UCPA, but if you forget something or fancy eating out in a Michelin star restaurant, everything is on your doorstep. 

 

The ethos at UCPA is about meeting others through sport. The centres have a relaxed, international atmosphere where the sharing concept facilitates a dual benefit of keeping trips affordable and meeting others. 

UCPA Chamonix is located ideally in the town centre, just a 4 minute walk to the main high street, 10 minutes to the central bus stop, and 10 minutes to the train station. All the buses and trains are free in the valley with a card we provide you with at the centre. 

Rooms

- 4, 5, 6 person rooms

- Twin rooms available

- Showers and sink in the bedroom

- Toilets shared on each floor

Facilities

- Well priced bar 

- Buffet style restaurant 

- WiFi in bar area. Please note the WiFi is not good enough for working on data intensive activities

All UCPA meals are buffet style and with multiple servings the norm; you won't go hungry.

Breakfast is normally yogurts, cereals, fruit juice, coffee and bread - don't be surprised to see that the coffee and tea is taken in a bowl!

It is possible to return to the centre for lunch everyday where you will find 1 or 2 hot options available. As with all meals there will be a salad bar, plenty of bread, cheese, meat and of course desert. If you prefer you can make a packed lunch at breakfast time and eat on the mountain. Either way you will save a fortune avoiding the piste side restaurants.

Dinner is a 3/4 course buffet - typically a salad bar style starter, a choice of 3 hot main courses, a cheese and cold meat platter and ice cream/dessert.

Due to the cost focussed nature of UCPA and the wide range of dietary requirements, it is impossible to accommodate everyone as standard. If you have any severe dietary requirements please contact the centre two weeks before to let them know. Generally speaking vegetarians will find plenty of options, with vegan options being a little more scarce but improving year on year.

By Air

Geneva airport is the nearest airport and the only airport with regular transfers to Chamonix. You would need to arrange onward transport from Geneva Airport to Chamonix. For most trips we can provide transfers, just select the option at checkout.

Airport Transfers

We offer a variety of shared transfers which go directly to Chamonix. The journey is 100km and takes around 1h30. Passengers are grouped together based on their flight times, generally speaking you won't be waiting for more than an hour. 

Dates Latest arrival Earliest departure
18/06/22 - 18/09/22 (if demand is there they will run until end of September)  21:00 09:30

Our transfer partner Mountain Drop Offs provide a regular shared transfer option directly from Geneva airport to Chamonix. 

There is no timetable, passengers are grouped together based on flight times. This means it is an economical solution, but you may have to wait for other passengers. Typical waiting time is 1h30, often much less. 

The transfer takes 1h30 and is usually in a 9 seater minibus.

By Train

It is possible to get to Chamonix via train, please checkout Trainline, SNCF or another train booking website for information on possible options. Chamonix train station is less than a 5 minutes walk away from the centre.

By Car

Chamonix is an easy drive, with no particularly difficult mountain roads as long as you aren't arriving from the east. There is no parking at UCPA, but there are some paid options available in the town. Expect to pay around 100eur for a week, unless you are able to find free on street parking. Please also bear in mind that winter driving may require snow tires and chains.

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