Lessons from Chamonix: Jeremy Benson Learns European Steeps
The bad news: Accidents can and do happen. Take into account the massive scale and daunting pitch of everything in Chamonix. The good news: The Chamonix Valley has the best rescue service in the world. In France, national rescue insurance (called Carte Neige) is available to all for a reasonable fee. It can be purchased in Chamonix at the tourist office, and covers helicopter rescue in the Alps.