Chamonix

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc[lower-alpha 1] (Arpitan: Chamôni), more commonly known as Chamonix,[lower-alpha 2][lower-alpha 3] is a commune in the Haute-Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of Southeastern France. It was the site of the first Winter Olympics in 1924. In 2017, it had a population of 8,611.

Chamonix
Chamôni  (Arpitan)
The Chamonix Valley seen from La Flégère with the Mont Blanc in the background
Location of Chamonix
Chamonix
Chamonix
Coordinates: 45°55′23″N 6°52′11″E
CountryFrance
RegionAuvergne-Rhône-Alpes
DepartmentHaute-Savoie
ArrondissementBonneville
CantonLe Mont-Blanc
IntercommunalityCommunauté de communes de la vallée de Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Government
  Mayor (2020–2026) Éric Fournier
Area
1
245.46 km2 (94.77 sq mi)
Population
 (Jan. 2018)[1]
8,648
  Density35/km2 (91/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
74056 /74400
Elevation995–4,807 m (3,264–15,771 ft)
(avg. 1,035 m or 3,396 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Situated to the north of Mont Blanc, between the peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and the notable Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France. The Chamonix commune is popular with skiers and mountain enthusiasts; via the cable car lift to the Aiguille du Midi it is possible to access the off-piste (backcountry) ski run of the Vallée Blanche.