Chamonix Ski Holidays
With its stunning scenery, buzzing atmosphere and short transfer time from Geneva, Chamonix is a fantastic ski holiday destination.
Chamonix has the stongest sense of alpine heritage in the Alps and has long been a mecca for climbers, skiers and adventure enthusiasts. There's a real sense of history here and it's easy to compare the area as it is now to how it must have been to the early pioneers in the 19th century.
Chamonix itself is packed with great shops, restaurants and bars and has a lively après-ski scene that starts on the sun terraces at the foot of the slopes and ends in town in the early hours!
If you're looking for a bite to eat, there is no shortage of restaurants in Chamonix, ranging from take away pizza to Michelin starred restaurants.
Skiing in Chamonix
Chamonix's extensive ski area is renowned for its high altitude skiing with terrain ranging from extreme off-piste to gentle green runs and is dominated by the view of the majestic Mont Blanc standing 4800m above sea level.
There are 5 main areas in the Chamonix Valley - Le Brévent, La Flégère, Les Grands Montets, Le Tour & Les Houches. Each of the different ski areas is worth a visit (please note that access to Les Houches is not included in the local Chamonix lift pass) with resort buses running regularly to ferry skiers between them (resort buses are free with a valid lift pass subject to the ski pass area restrictions).
Chamonix is renowned for its extensive steep, terrain & deep snow. At Brévent there's more to test experts than the piste map suggests - there are a number of variations on the runs down from the summit. At Flégère there are further challenging slopes.
For less confident intermediates, the Balme area above Le Tour is good for cruising and is usually free from crowds. However, intermediates should not be put off the other areas as there's a good mix of genuine blue & red runs and even the Grands Montets has an excellent area of blue runs at mid-mountain.
La Vormaine, at Le Tour, is an excellent choice for beginners with extensive runs which are often sunny and well connected to the slopes of the Balme sector.
The Mont Blanc Unlimited (MBU) lift pass gives access to all of the Chamonix ski areas mentioned above and to the Chamonix-Les Houches bus service, with passes of 2 days+ also giving access to: the Courmayeur ski area and the Funivie Monte Bianco (in Italy); the Evasion Mont Blanc area from Megève or Saint Gervais (includes access to a free bus service from Chamonix to Megève which must be reserved online by 16:00 the day before); a 50% reduction on a 4 Valleys day pass in Verbier (passes of 6 days or more); and access to various local attractions including the scenic Aiguille du Midi cable car. Local Chamonix passes are also available.
Snowboarding in Chamonix
Chamonix's steep and wide terrain makes it a very popular choice for advanced snowboarders, although there is plenty of terrain available for beginner and intermediate snowboarders too.
As well as several terrain parks in the Chamonix Valley, there's also a boardercross course, which following inclusion in the Winter Olympics, is becoming more popular. It's also worth noting that the usual route for the Vallée Blanche is flat in places, so it's worth seeking advice from a local guide if you're thinking of doing this.
Image credit: Patrice Labarbe
- Important information
Ski Area Chamonix: 118km Ski Range 1040-3842m Green Runs 14 Blue Runs 29 Red Runs 22 Black Runs 14 Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Off-season Off-season Off-season Off-season Off-season Off-season On-season On-season On-season On-season On-season Off-season
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- Distance from airports
Geneva 1hr10mins Chambery 1hr35mins Calais (ski drive) 558 miles