The good news is that I'll be spending a week in Les Houches, just next to Chamonix.
The bad news is that the trip is in July! My first trip to the area, and all I can do is hike!
It's almost too painful to contemplate.
I only cycle to get to work. I'll be at Les Houches with a bunch of relatives (I'm from France originally) and we all like hiking, so that's what we'll be doing. It's fine, but as someone who's become obsessed about skiing it's hard to be on location at the "wrong" time.
I've been trying to convince my spouse to hike the Haute Route. I'd love to do that trip. Of course, I'd also love to do it by ski, but she doesn't ski, so one of these days, I may get her to do it by foot.
Nice--I did not know about this 10+ day hike. Now I want to do it as well, though I won't have time on this trip (and my children are too young). No need to convince my wife, because she also wanted to hike it as soon as I told her about it.
The guides run glacier excursions and the like for a lot less money than you might think (although it definitely helps to pretend the cost is in dollars, not euros.) If you've never been the scenery will knock your socks off. It's worth taking a bus through Mt Blanc to Courmayeur and hiking throught the Val Veny out to Lake Combal and beyond--the south side of Mt Blanc is even more amazing than the North. And if you're really serious about hiking some of the mountaineering huts can be reached by a Via Ferrata, if you have the gear.