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Chamonix or Annecy for non skiers in January

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Chamonix or Annecy for non skiers in January

Trying to decide if we would be better to stay in Chamonix and do a day trip to Annecy or the other way around? Which would provide more things to do for non skiers at that time of year?

Thank you in advance

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1. Re: Chamonix or Annecy for non skiers in January

Annecy has more shopping and will be easier to walk around but if you want to see some amazing sights then stay in Chamonix. You won't be able to see everything in one day.

Useful blog post here: chaletlaforet.com/winter-in-chamonix/chamoni…

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2. Re: Chamonix or Annecy for non skiers in January

A long time away , firstly, as what you will be able to do in Chamonix will depend upon the weather.

Eg. This January we had loads of snow, so much that somedays the whole transport system in th valley was stopped. This is an exceptional occurance but it does happen.

However, on the few sunny days it was spectacular !!

Back to your question

Assuming good weather there are loads of things to do

Dog sledding

Snow shoeing

Take the high lifts to see the best views in the Alps.

Great food and wine (well it is France)

Annecy will not be affected too much by the weather and as Biarritz says loads of shops. A really pretty "old town" and a nice market scattered amonst the streets. Not sure which day it takes place on.

Trips around the lake, no swimming though as it will be too cold. (Well some strange people will do it but I wouldn't dream of swimming outdorrs in winter).

It all depends on what you really want or prefer to do.

3. Re: Chamonix or Annecy for non skiers in January

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