The eternal 'Glam of Cham'
Category: > Chamonix | 06th Dec, 2011
Why Chamonix has been drawing travellers since the 18th century Chamonix - it's always on someone's holiday hit list. But what is it about this alpine valley that keeps drawing people back year after year after year? What exactly do people do in the town of Chamonix? Well interest in Chamonix began all the way back in 1741, when two Englishmen (Windham and Pococke) discovered the 'Chamouny' valley. They were met by mountain farmers and a rural population. But they were so excited by the valley and its glaciers that they published articles and stories of their time there. As a result others travelled there to find out more. In 1770 a lady called Madame Coutterand decided to open the first official guest house. The summit of Mont Blanc was first reached in 1786. The first luxury hotel was built in 1816. The first big winter season was in 1906-07, and in 1924, Chamonix hosted the first ever Winter Olympic Games. The rest as they say, is well and truly history. The draw of Chamonix throughout the ages has remained the same. It continues to be considered the skiing and alpine capital of the world. As a destination it has a reputation for the extreme whether that be extreme mountain exploration; extreme winter sports or extremely breath taking natural beauty, Chamonix's assets are hard to quantify: The Views: The Mont Blanc draws in hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. At 4808 meters it is the highest mountain in Western Europe. The Aiguille du Midi cable car travels up from the Chamonix valley to 3842 meters offering tourists some spectacular views of it. As does the Montenvers train, that climbs up to the Mer de Glace glacier.