POURQUOI: Oui, mes amis, Cham deserves the hype. The proving ground of the recently deceased big-mountain artist Andreas Fransson will scare the merde out of you. People ski alpine-climbing lines, like the famed Mallory route. Chamonix is a series of linked resorts: Grands Montets, L’Aiguille du Midi, La Brévent, Le Tour/Balme, and La Flégère.
QUE: At the very least, ride the Aiguille du Midi tram to the mountaineering museum. Then navigate the fixed line down the ridge and rip into the more doable runs of the Vallée Blanche, an unmaintained glacier with all the dangers pertaining thereto. Hire a guide to stay safe and find the goods.
OÙ: In a town where people come to live on the edge, you can expect to rage. Belly up to Elevation 1904 and do Fernet shots.
KEY PHRASE: Je bois comme un trou! I drink like a hole. Oh yes, you do.