SWIMMING in Chamonix

If you’d like to go ūüŹä‚Äć‚ôÄÔłŹ¬†swimming in Chamonix, there are various options:

  • you might be lucky enough to be staying at a hotel or chalet with a pool;
  • otherwise you can head to the public swimming pools on offer at the¬†Centre Sportif Richard Bozon;
  • alternatively,¬†some hotels in the valley let you use their pool if you eat lunch at their restaurant or use their spa facilities¬†(see below for some of these options);

For more information about ephemeral summer waterslides, wibit inflatable zones on lakes, paddling pools and more not too far from Chamonix Valley, see separate post SUMMER SPLASH!

Centre Sportif Richard Bozon

Chamonix’s ūüí¶¬†public swimming pools in the Centre Sportif Richard Bozon¬†offer plenty of splashing fun for all ages throughout the year.

There are¬†both indoor and outdoor pools with lanes, as well as a great selection of children’s pools with slides and other features, and a relaxation area with sauna,¬†hammam and solarium. There are plenty of options to keep the whole family entertained, whatever the weather!

Chamonix’s swimming pool¬†¬© montblancfamilyfun

ūüí¶¬†Indoors there is a 25m indoor pool with lanes and a children’s pool with rapids, water jets and a really fun slide;

ūüí¶¬†Outdoors the outdoor area (renovated recently)¬†is large and comprises the 50m Olympic pool (swimming in an outdoor¬†pool with a view of Mont Blanc is a special experience!), a children’s pool,¬†slides¬†and a children’s paddling pool. ¬†There is also a small lake (not for swimming) and a refreshment hut;

ūüí¶¬†Babies and small children as well as the indoor children’s pool and the outdoor paddling pool and slides, the Centre Sportif Richard Bozon offers special classes for babies and toddlers. On a Saturday morning at 10h, the Jardin d’Eau offers plenty of fun for¬†babies and toddlers (from 6 months to 3 years)¬†with one or two adults accompanying. ¬†At 11h is the Petits Poissons option for children from 3 to 5 years. ¬†Lots of toys are put out and the pool is slightly warmed for these classes. ¬†See here for more details;

ūüí¶¬†Swimming classes group lessons can be arranged during the school holidays;

AQUAGYM Рsee here for more details;

price¬†– Adults:¬†6,50‚ā¨ /¬†Adults with carte d’h√īte: 5‚ā¨ /¬†Children (6-17 years):¬†4,70‚ā¨ /¬†Children with carte d’h√īte: 3,50‚ā¨ /¬†Entrance for swimming pool/sauna/hammam: 13,80‚ā¨;

*opening hours change with each season, so for up-to-date information, please check the official website*

Centre Sportif Richard Bozon
214, avenue de la Plage
74400, Chamonix
tel: +33 (0)4 50 53 23 70

parking: there is some free parking at the sports centre, depending on availability.  Otherwise there are paying car parks nearby.

Chamonix Hotel Pools and Spas

Several hotels in the Chamonix Valley allow non-hotel guests to access their ūüí¶¬†pool and spa (from 19‚ā¨ upwards), and this could be just what weary parents, grand-parents and child-minders need after days of family fun out in nature! See MBFF’s separate post on Chamonix Valley Spas & Massages.

NEW in Chamonix: the QC Termes Chamonix (spa, wellness & swimming pool complex, next to Centre Sportif Richard Bozon) is now OPEN and has great reviews / FB page;

Swimming further afield (lakes)

During the warmer months, if you’d rather splash about in one of the nearby lakes, then there are several options nearby:

ūüí¶¬†Lac de Passy – in Passy (20 mins drive from Chamonix) / see here for more details;

Lac de Passy © montblancfamilyfun
Lac de Passy Рnew amenities 2018 © montblancfamilyfun

ūüí¶¬†Lac des Ilettes in Sallanches (25 mins drive from Chamonix) / see here for more details;

ūüí¶¬†Lac Biotope (Plan d’Eau Biotope) ¬†in Combloux (30 mins drive from Chamonix) / see here for more details;

ūüí¶¬†Lac de Baignade in the Parc Patrice Dominguez (Parc du Pontet)¬†¬†lots of other family fun to be had in this park in the summer¬†in Les Contamines-Montjoie (40 mins drive from Chamonix) / see here for more details;

ūüí¶¬†Lac de l’Etape ¬†a small lake at altitude, also in Les Contamines-Montjoie (access either by the¬†T√©l√©cabine de la Gorge¬†/ this is located near the Parc Patrice Dominguez / check opening hours) or by foot (quite a hike!) / *good to know: if you book to have lunch at the restaurant here, then you ride the t√©l√©cabine for FREE!

Swimming even further afield (lakes)

If you would like to head a bit further away, to a larger lake for swimming and more watersports options . . .

  • TNA Cable Park (Arenthon) – with wibit inflatable structures and cable wakeboarding and waterskiing / see here for more details;
  • Lac d‚ÄôAnnecy (Annecy itself, Talloires, St Jorioz, S√©vrier, Doussard . . . );
  • Lac du Bourget¬†– see here for some recommended beaches;
  • Lac L√©man (with beaches in both France and in Switzerland / Excenevex, for example, near Yvoire);
Lac du Bourget © montblancfamilyfun.com

Swimming further afield (swimming pools au Pays du Mont-Blanc)

Au Pays du Mont-Blanc, there are also ūüí¶¬†public swimming pools in:

  • Saint-Gervais-les-Bains¬†– see here;
  • Le Parc Thermal in Le Fayet – see here¬†/ *NB – currently shut for renovation*
  • Meg√®ve (in Le Palais)¬†– see here;
  • Marlioz (Passy)¬†– see here;
  • Sallanches¬†– see here / *good to know – and a huge new pool is planned for the future here, at La Braconne (very near to Lac de Passy)!

The swimming pools most adapted to babies and toddlers, with paddling pools/children’s pool¬†are:¬†Saint-Gervais-les-Bains and¬†Meg√®ve;

Swimming even further afield (swimming pools)

Even further afield, there are some large swimming pool complexes:

ūüí¶¬†Vitam¬†in Neydens (near Saint-Juli√©n-en-G√©n√©vois) – the indoor pools at this huge¬†parc aquatique¬†are a great option for a rainy day! ¬†Vitam is ideally situated within a shopping centre and also has an indoor play centre, Vitam Ludic / also during the school holidays on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings, from¬†9h to 9h45, there is a baby swimming class,¬†Aquab√©b√©s,¬†for children 6 months to 5 years¬†/ holiday schedule – with¬†Wibit softplay and more, see FB page / address: 500 route des Envignes,¬†74160, Neydens / tel: +33 (0)4 50 84 66 66¬†/ about 1 hour drive from Chamonix /¬†website;

ūüí¶¬†Aquariaz¬†in¬†Avoriaz – the tropical indoor water park, with water at 30¬į! / opening hours: 14h to 20h (please check, variable according to season / price: 3‚ā¨ to¬†11‚ā¨ (3+/adults) /¬†address: 142 route des Rennes,¬†74110 Avoriaz / tel: 04 50 74 24 42 / about 1h30 hour drive from Chamonix /¬†website;

ūüí¶¬†Aquaparc¬†in Le Bouveret, Switzerland – with its pirate boat, waves, lazy river and more, this is the perfect family water park! . . . / opening hours¬†/ address: route de la plage, 122,¬†1897, Le Bouveret, Switzerland /¬†tel: +41 24 482 00 00 /¬†about 1h30 drive from Chamonix /¬†website;

And spa complexes (with swimming pools) across the border in ūüá®ūüá≠¬†Switzerland¬†/¬†Italy ūüáģūüáĻ¬†:

ūüí߬†Les Bains de Saillon¬†(Valais, Switerland)¬†– set among terraced vineyards, with a view of the little castle atop the medieval bourg, this spa/aquatic centre has both indoor and outdoor attractions . . . three thermal pools¬†(32 to 34¬įC), a semi-Olympic pool¬†(28¬įC), a thermal river (120m long) and more . . . / some of the outdoor attractions will only open during the summer months / six restaurants on-site! / price: adults CHF24 to 28, children (4 to 16 years) CHF13 and FREE for under 4s! / address:¬†route du Centre Thermal 16,¬†1913, Saillon, Switzerland / tel: +41 (0)27 602 11 11 / about 1h drive from Chamonix / website;

ūüí߬†Les Bains de Lavey (Vaud, Switerland)¬†– for children 4+ years / address:¬†route des Bains 48,¬†Lavey-Morcles, Switerland¬†/ about 1h drive from Chamonix /¬†FB page¬†/ website;

ūüí߬†Leukerbad (Switzerland) – a beautiful setting, amidst the snowy mountain peaks, this spa is a real escape . . . 10 pools (between¬†28¬įC and 43¬įC!), and a new bassin aventure! / two dedicated pools for children / price:¬†adults CHF 25 to 30, children (8 to 16 years) CHF 14 and free for under 8s and open to all children from birth! / massages for children & parents available / there are lots of different hotel complexes here, so you can have a proper family spa getaway! /¬†address: Lo√®che-les-Bains /¬†about 1h45 drive from Chamonix / website;

ūüí߬†Pr√© St Didier QC Termes (Italy) –¬†located a short drive from Courmayeur, the¬†spa of Pr√© St Didier¬†QC Termes is a favourite destinations for Chamonix locals and tourists to go and relax / *good to know:¬†reserved for adults and children 14+ years!*/ see¬†here for more details /¬†address: Terme di Pr√©-Saint-Didier, Pr√©-Saint-Didier, Val d‚ÄôAoste, Italy / tel: +39 (0)165867272;

River rapids at Les Bains de Saillon © montblancfamilyfun.com

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