The answer is that Chamonix is still quite busy in the summertime. While the winter is the peak season for skiing and snowboarding, the warmer months also draw in plenty of visitors. Hikers, mountain bikers, and other outdoor enthusiasts flock to the area to take advantage of the stunning landscapes and fresh air. During the summer, the resort is home to a variety of activities, such as paragliding, rock climbing, and even canyoning.
The busiest time of year for Chamonix is August – more active even than New Year or half-term week.
Before the crowded peak season, June is the ideal month to visit Chamonix. More lodging options are available, and the elevators have started to open with reduced lines.
July is lively but less busy than August, and also an excellent time to visit.
All lifts are accessible to mountain bikers in July and August using the dedicated cross-country and downhill paths.
Due to the high number of day visitors throughout the summer, the town’s main street, Rue du Docteur Paccard, and the restaurants might become congested during lunch and dinner times.
Make reservations for the Aiguille du Midi lift. During the peak season, the mountain can become quite crowded, and making a reservation can be the difference between having a great time and long lines. You can avoid waiting in line and get to the top quickly by reserving your spot. Additionally, making a reservation can save you time and money by securing a discounted rate.
Use public transport. Forget about completing a 15-minute commute through the town throughout the day (10 am to 6 pm), and forget about obtaining a parking spot at the start of a popular trek after 10 am.
You’ll be alright if you begin your hikes before 9 am. There will always be people who start earlier than you. Still, the majority begin between 9 and 11 am and have their lunch at the top, making the area quite congested. Start your journey in the summertime, even at 8 am, to ascend in the shade and chill of the morning. When you reach the top treeline and the vistas begin to open up, you will still enjoy the lovely morning light.