This year, Chamonix gets an upgrade with the launch of its own iPhone application. The app is free and works on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

The Chamonix tourist office got together with the legendary Compagnie du Mont Blanc to create the application, which is available in both French and English. Clients can download the application through the tourism office's website www.chamonix.com, that of the Compagnie at www.compagniedumontblanc.Fr or directly through Apple Store. Just run a search for "Chamonix."

This free product gives users direct access to a wealth of information about the resort. Users can get real-time information on which lifts are operating, weather, and webcams. They can also find their exact position on the slopes thanks to the app's GPS system and even recharge their lift pass using their iPhone.

The application offers added security, as users will get direct access to snow conditions and emergency numbers, should they need to call for help.

Finally, the app comes in handy when it's time to find a place to eat or an evening activity. With information on altitude restaurants and the resort's programme of events, users will have the entire resort in their hands.

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