Chamonix, France: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Chamonix, France? If you're planning to go to Chamonix, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Chamonix, France

Based on the climate and weather in Chamonix, the best time to go is July. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Chamonix, France by month

January

January in Chamonix is unbearably cold. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 10s F (10+ below zero C), with most days below 0 F (10+ below zero C). There is frost nearly every day this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Very heavy socks
  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • Umbrella
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Fleeces
  • Gloves
  • Waterproof coat
  • Waterproof boots
  • Insulated boots
  • Scarf
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Sweaters

February

Traveling to Chamonix in February, you will notice that it is unbearably cold. Expect it to rain or snow about half of the time.

Daytime temperatures are in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C). There is frost almost every day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • Very heavy socks
  • Gloves
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Insulated boots
  • Waterproof coat
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Scarf
  • Waterproof boots
  • Fleeces
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Umbrella
  • Sweaters

March

March in Chamonix can be bitter cold. The snow can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 20s F (single digits below 0 C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof boots
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Umbrella
  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • Sweaters
  • Gloves
  • Very heavy socks
  • Waterproof coat
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Scarf
  • Fleeces
  • Insulated boots
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment

April

April in Chamonix is freezing. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 10s F (single digits below 0 C), with more than half days below 0 F (10+ below zero C).

There is frost almost every day of the month.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof coat
  • Sweaters
  • Scarf
  • Insulated boots
  • Very heavy socks
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • Umbrella
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Fleeces
  • Waterproof boots
  • Gloves
  • Thermal undergarments

May

In May, Chamonix is frosty. Temperatures routinely are in the high 30s F (single digits C) range. At night, lows are in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C).

This is also a rainy time for Chamonix, with more than half of the days of the month having rain. There is frost most days.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Waterproof boots
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Sweaters
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Heavy socks
  • Waterproof coat
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Heavy jacket

June

If you vacation in Chamonix during June, you are likely to find that it can be brisk. Temperatures tend to hover around the 40s F (single digits C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 30s F (single digits C).

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain or snow/sleet about half of the time. There is frost a bit less than half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Standard footwear
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Waterproof coat
  • Socks
  • Fleeces
  • Jacket or coat
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof boots
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Light gloves or mittens

July

If you vacation in Chamonix during July, you are likely to find that it is brisk. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 50s F (low 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 30s F (single digits C).

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain 5-10 days this month. There is frost sometimes.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Standard footwear
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Umbrella
  • Fleeces
  • Socks
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Jacket or coat

August

If you visit Chamonix during August, you are likely to find that it is pretty cool. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 50s F (low 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 30s F (single digits C).

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time. There is frost occasionally.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Fleeces
  • Standard footwear
  • Jacket or coat
  • Rain coat
  • Socks
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella

September

If you vacation in Chamonix during September, you are likely to find that it is cold. Temperatures tend to hover around the 40s F (single digits C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 30s F (single digits C).

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain 5-10 days this month. There is frost about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Fleeces
  • Socks
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Umbrella
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Jacket or coat
  • Standard footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Rain coat

October

If you go to Chamonix in October, you will notice that it is cold. Expect it to rain or snow regularly. Daytime temperatures are in the high 30s F (single digits C). There is frost about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Heavy jacket
  • Waterproof boots
  • Sweaters
  • Umbrella
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Heavy socks
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Waterproof coat

November

In November, Chamonix is frosty. Temperatures routinely are in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C) range. At night, lows are in the low 10s F (single digits below 0 C).

This is also a rainy time for Chamonix, with several of the days of the month having rain. There is frost almost every day of the month.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Insulated boots
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Scarf
  • Fleeces
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Umbrella
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • Gloves
  • Very heavy socks
  • Waterproof coat
  • Sweaters
  • Waterproof boots

December

If you go to Chamonix in December, you will notice that it is beyond freezing. Expect it to rain or snow about half of the time.

Daytime temperatures are in the 20s F (single digits below 0 C). There is frost most days.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof coat
  • Fleeces
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Sweaters
  • Umbrella
  • Insulated boots
  • Very heavy socks
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Scarf
  • Gloves
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Waterproof boots
  • Pajamas, such as sweats

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Chamonix, France

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Chamonix, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there. Chamonix is at a somewhat high altitude, and could cause problems for some.

For that reason, you will want to be constantly hydrated and pack altitude sickness remedies.

  • Ibuprofen
  • Ginko biloba or other supplements (ask your doctor)
  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types C and E
  • A SIM card that works in Chamonix
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • Appropriate museum wear

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