is a commune in the Haute-Savoie département in the Rhône-Alpes region
in south-eastern France. It was the site of the 1924 Winter Olympics,
the first Winter Olympics. The commune's population of around 9,800
ranks 865th within the country of France.
Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges, Chamonix shares the summit of Mont Blanc with its neighbouring commune of Courmayeur in Italy, and owns the title of highest commune in France. The commune is well known and loved by skiers and by mountain enthusiasts of all types. Mont Blanc, with a summit elevation of 4,810 m (15,781 ft) above sea level, is the third most visited natural site in the world. With an area of 245 km2 (95 sq mi), Chamonix is the fourth largest commune in mainland France.