With the pearly white flanks of the Mont Blanc massif as a sensational backdrop, the Chamonix Valley is the Alps at their most dramatic. First ‘discovered’ as a tourist destination by Brits William Windham and Richard Pococke in 1741, it has become a wintertime playground of epic proportions, more than satisfying the most demanding skiers as well as the après-ski revelers who pack themselves into its boot-stompin’ bars. In summer, highland trails easily accessible by ski lift afford some of the Alps' most thrilling panoramas.
Snow business: 5 alternative winter sports and where to try them
Whether you’re a winter sport daredevil or only in it for the mulled wine, dust off your mittens for these alternative winter sports...