Chamonix Ski Holidays
With its stunning scenery, buzzing atmosphere and short transfer time from Geneva, Chamonix is a fantastic ski holiday destination.
Chamonix has a strong alpine heritage and has long been a mecca for climbers, skiers and adventure enthusiasts. There's a real sense of history here with the early pioneers arriving 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 bottom 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 fine dining restaurants.
Skiing in Chamonix
***Please note that for Winter 19/20 the Grand Montets ski area will remain partially closed after the cable car was damaged in a fire. For more information on the skiing that will be accessible here, please contact our Ski Specialists on 0131 243 8097***
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 - Brévent, Flégère, Grands Montets, Balme Vallorcine & Les Houches. Each of the different ski areas is worth a visit with resort buses running regularly to ferry skiers between them.
Chamonix is renowned for its extensive steep, terrain and deep snow. At Brévent there's more to test experts than the piste map suggests with a number of variations on the runs down from the summit and further challenging slopes at Flégère.
For less confident intermediates and beginners, the Balme Vallorcine area is good for cruising and is usually free from crowds. However, intermediates should not be put off from trying out the other areas as there's a good mix of genuine blue and red runs and even the Grands Montets has an excellent area of blue runs mid-mountain.
Anyone who's at least an intermediate skier should consider skiing the Vallée Blanche. This is reached from the Aiguille du Midi cable car and can only be skied when accompanied by a qualified guide.
Snowboarding in Chamonix
Chamonix's steep and wide terrain makes it a very popular choice for advanced snowboarders, although there is plenty for beginner and intermediate snowboarders too. As well as several terrain parks in the Chamonix Valley, there's also a boardercross course.
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- Important information
Ski Area Chamonix: 118km Ski Range 1040-3842m Green Runs 16 Blue Runs 32 Red Runs 23 Black Runs 12 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 1hr30mins