Year of 2017

Sea of clouds over Chamonix Valley, France

This glowing haze over the Chamonix Valley in France looks like the stuff of fantasies, but it’s really a product of weird weather. An inversion like this occurs when cold air is trapped under a layer of warmer air. If there is enough moisture in the cooler air, condensation creates what looks like a sea of clouds. Below this particular cloud cover is a playground for winter sports enthusiasts. Chamonix is home to one of the oldest ski resorts in France.

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, more commonly known as Chamonix, is a commune in the Haute-Savoie département in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. It was the site of the first Winter Olympics in 1924. The commune’s population of around 8,900 ranks 1,089th within the country of France.
Travel tip: As host of the first Winter Olympics in 1924, Chamonix will always have a place in the history books. Its main attractions are Mont-Blanc (Western Europe’s tallest mountain) and the many ski areas that face the Chamonix Valley. Steep slopes and extreme weather conditions suit advanced skiers best, but there are also runs for … @tripadvisor
Host of: 1924 Winter Olympics
Mayor: Éric Fournier
Chamonix panorama Aiguille du Midi
Panorama of the Chamonix valley