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Mont Buet ⇑

running Mont Buet

Mont Buet   ⇑A journey through different zones, huge vertical, a ridgeline traverse and a summit with some of the Alps’ best views→ 25km↑ 2200mΔ 3096M ♦ DifficultCCWI knew Mont Buet from skiing. It’s a classic that feels remote and has a massive view of the Alps, not just of the Chamonix region, but as far as the Matterhorn. The word …

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Tête Rousse Hut ⇑

Tête Rousse Hut   ⇑Big up and big down, not to a summit, but to a hut. Lots of running down Mont Blanc.→ 23km↑ 2110mΔ 3150M ♦ DifficultΘ Out & BackThis run is a bit unusual for us. Normally, we’d always go to a summit and not use a hut as the objective. But, being Mont Blanc, with all the many complications …

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Pèclerey

PèclereyWhen you need an easy run that still has all the Chamonix goodness→ 10km↑ 800mΔ 2005M ♦ EasyΘ CWStarting from Argentière, you’re in for some of the smoothest running in the valley when you hit the Petit Balcon Nord. As this is Chamonix valley the vert is inevitable, but at least this one starts out with warm up grade singletrack. Then, …

Sentier des Gardes

The Sentier des GardesTight, runnable, forest singletrack perfect for an easier day→ 17km↑ ~1200mΔ 1685M ♦ MediumΘ CCWSome days you just want to go for a trail run that skips the grueling up and body beating down. Unless you cruise along the river, “easy” isn’t so easy in Chamonix. The nature of Chamonix’s trail running is steep. Which is probably exactly …

The Chamonix Vertical Kilometer

The Chamonix Vertical KilometerTest yourself on the Chamonix VK→ 8km↑ 1050mΔ 2050M ♦ MediumΘ CCWStarting right at the launch point for so many grand adventures, Chamonix’s church, is the Chamonix vertical kilometer, or VK. The trail zigs and zags directly beneath the Brevent Tramline to it’s mid-station at Planpraz for almost exactly 1000 meters in just about 3.8km. Math reveals that …

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Chamonix Grand Balcon Nord

Chamonix Grand Balcon NordAccessed right from town, this is the Chamonix classic that lets you get up and close to the Aiguilles.→ 18km↑ 1400mΔ 2200M ♦ MediumΘ CWChamonix’s two Grand Balcons are the classic playgrounds for runners and hikers. The names are confusing as the Nord is actually on the south side of the valley, but as it faces north, it …

Tour of the Aiguilles

Chamonix Tour of the AiguillesOne for the lovers of mountain terrain; steep, slow, rocky, and a huge landscape→ 24km↑ 2650mΔ 2650M ♦ DifficultΘ CCWIf you wake up feeling like you need a big mountain run, where it’s not possible to do that much running, then this is the run for you. Not only will it let you do a lot of …

Gare des Glaciers

Chamonix Gare des GlaciersA steeper trail to the Plan de l’Aiguille with more vertical and clean views of Mont Blanc→ 16km↑ 1700mΔ 2589M ♦ MediumΘ CCWThe Gare des Glaciers Trail is one of the steeper, longer trails to the Grand Balcon Nord Traverse Trail. Like the Grand Balcon Nord, the route is accessed from Chamonix’s town center. A quick traverse south gains …

Albert Premier

Trail running Le Tour trails, Chamonix, France

Albert Premier: Quick access to the alpine above Le TourA steep moraine to a flowing descent in a stunning landscape→ 17km↑ 1600mΔ 2702M ♦ MediumΘ CCWA perfectly defined, steep moraine trail sits like a beacon above the tiny ski village of Le Tour, just up the valley from Chamonix, the end stop for one of the bus lines. In the same way …

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La Jonction

La Jonction: One of the Chamonix Mega-ClassicsOut and backs aren’t always ideal, but in this case, you get twice the viewing time→ 16km↑ 1700mΔ 2589M ♦ MediumΘ Out & BackLa Jonction is one of the Chamonix runs you send people to if they have limited time in the valley, want heaps of vertical, and hope to see the big mountains up close. …