Chamonix

If you've not been before, then ski in Chamonix this year to access some world famous slopes beneath Mont Blanc. Thanks to our comprehensive resort guide, whether you are a family, a first-timer or in need of your annual off piste fix, you can see the skiing and snowboarding on offer in this superb ski resort. France has much to offer the skier and boarder and this is one of the very best ski resorts in the world.

Where?

To access this ski resort, Geneva airport is the most convenient gateway for sheer number of flights and ease. Chamonix ski resort is on the French side of Mont Blanc, which is Europe's highest peak. This resort has awesome scenery, a beautiful town, and some of the toughest skiing and snowboarding to be found anywhere in Europe or beyond. At just over an hour from Geneva Cointrin airport by car or airport transfer, accessibility is another winning factor in skiers and boarders coming back year after year.

Bear in mind, that if you want to access all four key slope areas, you may want to hire a car rather than rely on the ski buses. In addition beware of school holiday times as this can cause the slopes to become crowded especially towards Argentiere.

resort ESSENTIALS

3842 m

2807 m

1035 m

RESORT ALTITUDE : 1035 m
TOTAL PISTE : 108 km
LONGEST RUN : 24.0 km
SEASON : November - May

SLOPES

Beginner
8
Easy
28
Intermediate
20
Advanced/Expert
10

WE LIKE

  • A lot of very tough terrain, especially off-piste, excellent for expert skiers and boarders
  • Stunning views of peaks and glaciers, only a short transfer from Geneva
  • Town steeped in Alpine traditions - good après-ski and nightlife. Lots for non skiers to do.

WE DON'T LIKE

  • Several separate mountains: mixed ability groups are likely to have to split up, and the bus service gets mixed reviews.
  • Bad weather can shut the best runs - once you've already driven to the car park!
  • Crowds on and off the piste and lots of road traffic in the centre of Chamonix

SUITABILITY RATINGS 1-5

SKIING
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BOARDING
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BEGINNERS
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INTERMEDIATE
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ADVANCED
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FAMILIES
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On the Slopes

If you are a good skier or boarder, then you will definitely enjoy your ski holiday here. With a bias towards advanced and expert skiers in most areas of the ski region, you have access to the Glacier, 2km ski runs and of course use the cable car 'Aiguille du Midi' to access the "Vallée Blanche", the most famous (and crowded) off-piste run in the world.

Chamonix is heaven for experts with lots of steep terrain and deep snow. The ungroomed black pistes of Point de Vue and Pylones are long and exhilarating. Intermediates who like a challenge and going off piste will also find lots to keep you smiling at the end of each day.

If you are looking for miles of cruisy intermediate pistes then Chamonix may not the ideal ski resort for you. Beware also the classifications, many of the blue runs here would be reds elsewhere. Beginners can struggle a bit here - it is not an ideal place to learn to ski (go to Le Tour or Argentiere about 6km away that are still included in your ski pass). You can head to Balme ski area for more gentle runs. In short, this is a place to go if you want to push your limits, and experience some of the best skiing and boarding around.

Ski Area

If you ski Chamonix you are in the ski region of Chamonix Valley which covers a number of ski resorts.

Off the Slopes

The old town centre of the Chamonix ski resort is attractive with cobbled streets and numerous squares. Good shopping includes lots of 'outdoor' and 'ski' shops and of course fashion. You also get loads of good restaurants and cafés to enjoy post skiing and before you hit the bars.

Chamonix is lucky in that also has plenty of other activities, making this a good resort if you won't want to ski. This includes mountaineering, ice climbing and cross country skiing, plus indoor and outdoor ice rinks. Away from the colder sports you also have a bowling alley, a great swimming pool (although remember your swimming trunks as no shorts allowed here!) and a casino. We would also recommend going on the Aiguille du midi cable car for sheer awesome scenery!

TOURIST OFFICE

85 Place du Triangle de L'Amitie

Phone: 33 450 530024
Fax: +33 450 53 58 90
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