On the 7th August 1786 Jaques Balmat and Michel Gabriel Paccard were the 1st to succeed in climbing Mont Blanc. This led to real work for the first mountain guides. At this time the British aristocracy accompanied by local guides started to climb the Alpine peaks, between 1854 and 1865. In this period 180 major summits will be climbed; I took part in the first winter Olympic games in 1924, for this occasion I had the opportunity to have a beautiful tower built overlooking the town roofs.
Chamonix became well known internationally, thanks to the Olympic games, skiing became the new winter sport.