Mont Blanc Massif in May

Tuesday 10 March, 2020

Take a mini-tour du Mont Blanc in May 


Spring is coming and with it the May half-term holidays, which now feel as though they are just around the corner. For anyone looking for inspiration for a great way to spend the May holiday with family or friends, then this latest blog is for you.

Create an action-packed family trip to France this May half-term

May in the Mont Blanc Massif sits somewhere between Spring and Summer and promises long sunny days at a time when the Chamonix valley is arguably at its prettiest and its quietest.

For those who love wide-open spaces, fresh air and some great activities, then this is your moment. Make your base at BlackRock Ski Lodge – which sleeps up to 18 in comfort so great for a group trip – and take an alternative demi-tour of Mont Blanc. Discover the living spaces at the Lodge.

Les Contamines

Just 30 minutes from the lodge past the village of the Les Contamines you’ll find the Parc de Loisirs du Pontet. This leisure park has it all:

  • a swimming lake complete with pedalos and kayaks for hire
  • trampolines, mini-golf, electric quad bikes and inflatables
  • grown-up golf, a driving range and eight outdoor tennis courts
  • archery with instruction
  • donkey adventures and pony riding
It also has a year-round ski du fond/roller-ski track so you can ski even though its summer and even have a go at the famous Nordic sport of biathlon.  

St Gervais

This architecturally rich town sits on the Tramway du Mont Blanc with a bustling centre with lots of great restaurants and sun-filled terraces on which to enjoy a meal. It also has a great leisure centre with a 25m pool complete with underwater speakers, a large family-friendly leisure pool, and an outdoor pool, not to mention sauna, steam room, solarium and snack space.

Passy

Just 20 minutes from the lodge there are adventures galore to be had with everything from a sandy beach next to Lake Passy to a go-karting rink. With Mont Blanc as a backdrop, Lake Passy is a delightful place to spend time and offers:

  • a sandy beach and access to swim in this 1km lake
  • small electric boats and paddle boarding too
  • mini golf, walking and mountain biking routes as well as a keep fit route!
  • a modern, well-equipped children’s play area and treetop adventure installation too

If you want to try something faster, then, Karting du Mont Blanc is open year-round for high-speed adventures.

Chamonix

Meanwhile, in Chamonix, there’s beautiful Parc Merlet to explore. A wild space with a panoramic view of Mont Blanc, it is home to a host of wild animals that are native to this region of Europe.

The Accro Park in les Gaillands offers tree top adventures for all sizes as well as climbing tuition from members of Compagnie du Mont Blanc. Les Planards promises year-round fun with its luge circuit and an amusement park complete with rides, slides, minibikes and trampolines.

Chamonix’s most famous lift is also open. The Aiguille du Midi which gives access to breath-taking views of Mont Blanc and alpine ranges stretching into France, Switzerland, Italy and beyond and is not to be missed. The opportunity to Step Into The Void is another once in a lifetime experience – the chance to stand in a glass box at 3,800 metres with a 1,000-metre drop beneath your feet. 

You can also make your way to Italy from there too, thanks to the Panoramic lift which carries you across the famous Valley Blanche and the confluence of glaciers that surround Mont Blanc.

We also recommend taking a trip on the train. The Mont Blanc Express winds its way from Les Houches via Chamonix to the Swiss town of Martigny. Stops along the way include pretty villages like Finhaut as well as Les Marecottes Zoo.  You’ll also find the world-renowned art gallery and sculpture garden at the Foundation Pierre Gianadda in Martigny.

Back in Chamonix, you can also explore the rich history of this part of the world by taking the selfie tour of the town’s many and varied galleries and museums. And if all that’s just not enough, then there are, of course, all the wonderful Petit Balcons and river trail to be explored on foot and by bike!

Other links that you might find of interest. The Mont Blanc Massif in August and our luxury spa facilities where you can relax at the end of a busy day.


Tuesday 10 March, 2020