When it comes to picking a travel destination, weather can often be a deciding factor. But what if we told you there was somewhere you could enjoy yourself even if it’s raining?
Chamonix offers a whole host of activities for everyone to enjoy in the rain. Whether you’re looking to try out a new sport, relax at the spa or indulge in the local food scene – you’ll find a way to enjoy yourself no matter what the weather.
Read on to find out the top rainy-day activities in Chamonix Mont Blanc…
Rainy days in Chamonix
When planning your trip, it’s good to know what the weather is like throughout the year. And as you can see from the graph above, rainfall varies significantly from one month to the next in Chamonix Mont Blanc.
During the winter season, precipitation will likely be in the form of snow, creating excellent skiing conditions. And, if you plan on visiting Chamonix in the summer, you can expect to experience warm and sunny days that gradually become cooler as autumn approaches.
However, weather can be extreme in the Alps, and conditions can change in an instant, with rain storms occurring at any time of year. Therefore, it’s good to have a bank of rainy-day activities to turn to if the weather isn’t so good…
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Things to do in Chamonix in the rain
1. Ride the Montenvers Train
If you are looking for a fun activity to do in Chamonix, even on a rainy day, we highly recommend taking a ride on the Montenvers Train. Not only does this train take you to one of the most stunning spots in the area, but the ride itself is enjoyable. You’ll wind your way up the mountain, passing by beautiful scenery and taking in the fresh, crisp air.
Once you arrive at the top, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the “Mer de Glace” glacier. There’s even a gondola which will take you to an ice cave while you’re there, as well as a museum and restaurants.
2. Explore the local culture
Rainy days are the perfect opportunity to visit a museum or art gallery to learn all about local culture and traditions. In and around Chamonix, there are a few different sites that you can explore whilst you wait for the rain showers to pass, including:
- Maison de l’Alpage, Servoz – learn all about local agriculture, landscapes and the evolution of the surrounding nature;
- Maison de la Mémoire et du Patrimoine Janny Couttet, Chamonix – a heritage centre which brings you collections of documents, historical photos and oral archives dedicated to “memories of the city”;
- Musée des Cristaux, Chamonix – discover the world of mineralogy through varied collections of precious stones from across the region;
- The Mountain Museum, Les Houches – step into history at this historical house which emulates rural domestic life in the mountains.
There is also a wide range of chapels and churches to visit in the area. Click here to discover more.
3. Pamper yourself at a spa
When the weather isn’t great, there’s nothing quite like a spa day to lift your spirits and help you relax. Luckily, Chamonix Mont Blanc is home to a number of spas to choose from, each offering its own unique atmosphere and range of treatments.
Whether you prefer relaxing massages, facials, swimming or simply soaking in a hot tub, there’s a spa that will cater to your needs. So why not treat yourself to a day of self-care the next time the rain starts pouring?
Here are the top spas in and around Chamonix:
QC Terme, Chamonix Mont Blanc
QC Terme is one of the most renowned spas in Chamonix. With breathtaking mountain views, first-class facilities (including an interior garden!) and luxurious treatments, it’s not hard to see why. Find out more about the spa, including opening times and how to book by visiting the website.
Spa d’altitude Ô des Cimes, Les Houches
Book one of the bespoke wellness treatments at Spa d’altitude Ô des Cimes in Les Houches and access the sauna and jacuzzi as part of the price. Make sure to book ahead to avoid disappointment and secure a slot for your treatment.
This spacious spa spans 250m² and boasts three treatment rooms, a hammam, a sauna, a Norwegian shower, a fitness room and a relaxation area.
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These are only a handful of the fantastic wellness centres located in Chamonix and its surrounding areas. If you want to discover more, head over to the tourist office website.
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4. Try indoor climbing
The Chamonix Mont Blanc region is renowned worldwide for climbing, mountaineering and outdoor pursuits. But, when the weather isn’t cooperating, it’s a little more challenging to try these activities outside in nature. However, this doesn’t mean you need to miss out! There are multiple indoor climbing sites in and around Chamonix where climbers of all different levels from beginner to advanced can have a go.
5. Go ice skating
Indoor ice skating is a great way to get some exercise and have fun, all while staying dry on a rainy day.
The rink in Chamonix provides a fun and exciting experience for people of all ages and skill levels. Not only is it well-maintained, but it also offers plenty of space to skate around without feeling crowded.
Do make sure to check the opening times in advance, as the complex closes during certain times of the year, and occasionally for maintenance work.
6. Go swimming
The Richard Bozon Chamonix Sports Centre is home to a 25m pool, as well as a separate children’s pool with bubble jets and a water slide. Visitors can also use the sauna, hammam and sports hall if they wish. Opening times vary depending on the season, so be sure to check the latest information before planning your trip.
7. Play a game of tennis
There are also four covered tennis courts at the Richard Bozon Chamonix Sports Centre, where you can enjoy a game and get some exercise, no matter what the weather.
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8. See a film at the cinema
Going to the cinema isn’t always the first thing that springs to mind when staying in a ski resort. However, it’s a great go-to activity for a rainy day.
Conveniently located in the centre, of town, Cinema VOX is home to three big screens showcasing the latest films in both French and English.
Make sure to look out for VO or VOST showings for English films – these will be shown in the original language. If you’re not sure, ask at the tourist office or at the cinema itself.
9. Join an arts & crafts course
All abilities are welcome at Chamonix Art’s School, which is open to adults and teens in winter and younger artists in summer and autumn. Workshops based around painting and drawing techniques typically run for half a day and are a great way to shelter from the rain and try something different! Contact the founder Cat Kartal for more details.
10. Sample the local cuisine
Eating and drinking are activities that can be enjoyed in all weather! And no matter which Alpine resort you stay in, you’re sure to be treated to a plethora of culinary delights. Chamonix boasts a multitude of options, from traditional Savoyard eateries to modern ‘fusion’ restaurants.
Here are some more useful links for restaurants and bars to try in and around Chamonix:
- Restaurants to try in Chamonix
- Bars and nightlife in Chamonix
- Michelin-starred restaurants in Haute Savoie
11. Explore the region’s events and entertainment
The Chamonix Tourist Office and its surrounding partners also plan a great deal of events and entertainment for all ages and interests, throughout the whole year. In rainy weather, you may find workshops or fitness events that you can take part in, so make sure to take a look at their calendar before you visit.
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