Ski holidays in Chamonix

Challenging terrain & a vibrant resort make this many keen skiers' favourite

  • Ski to an altitude of 3,842m
  • 6 green, 30 blue, 31 red and 10 black runs
  • Around 150km of skiing or snowboarding

Set against truly spectacular scenery at the foot of the majestic Mont Blanc, the resort's setting is both unique and breath-taking. Chamonix offers an excellent range of sporting and leisure facilities with an unrivalled nightlife whilst Les Houches is quieter but full of Alpine charm. 

Chamonix has been awarded two Flocon Vert snowflakes, demonstrating the resort's commitment to environmental preservation and highlighting its dedication to sustainable development. Guests can benefit from a guest card included with your accommodation, this gives you free access to the trains and buses in the Chamonix valley. The main fleet has a range of electric buses and hybrid buses to transport you around the valley. Chamonix has also begun the process of requesting UNESCO recognition for the Mont Blanc massif.

Skiing and snowboarding in Chamonix

With 90% of the terrain above 2000m, Chamonix has for many years attracted skiers looking for good snow. The choice of skiing is amazing, from cruisy blues and fun reds at Le Brevent, Flegere and Le Tour to more challenging runs at Les Grands Montets. There's even the renowned Valle Blanche, a 23km descent, an unmarked, unmaintained and unpatrolled off-piste run down into Chamonix.

There's an efficient ski bus service which links the five main ski areas with our accommodation in Chamonix and the nearby village of Les Houches, so you can experience a new area almost every day.

Where to stay in Chamonix

We offer a range of accommodation in Chamonix. Whether you want to stay in a grand old traditional hotel, a luxury residence or an ultra modern hotel, there is plenty of accommodation types to choose from.

Bars and restaurants in Chamonix

There is no shortage of restaurants in Chamonix, there is something for all tastes and budgets. Enjoy regional classics, pizza, Asian fusion or fine dining in one of the many restaurants on or off the piste. 

What's included in an Inghams holiday to Chamonix

Flights, transfers and accommodation based on self catering, or half board. Optional add ons include equipment hire, lift pass and tuition, please see the 'Ski extras' tab below for more information on these.

Ski hotels in Chamonix

  • from£1009pp
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  • 71 rooms
Hotel Pointe Isabelle winter exterior 2

Located in the heart of Chamonix, this newly renovated half board hotel has plenty of history behind it. The hotel is named after a British lady, Isabella Straton, who broke boundaries exploring the Alps in the Victorian era with her husband who was a local guide. Her grandchildren opened this hotel and its name still survives.

  • from£1459pp
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  • 102 rooms
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We are delighted to feature this state-of-the-art, chic, yet comfortable hotel at the foot of the Aiguille du Midi cable-car. This hotel is available on a half board basis. 

  • from£1279pp
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  • 97 rooms
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Le Prieuré is a very comfortable hotel in an excellent location in the very centre of Chamonix. All twin bedrooms have a large balcony overlooking Mont Blanc and triple rooms face East and the Aiguilles de Chamonix. This hotel is offered on a half board basis.

  • from£929pp
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  • 250 rooms
Hotel La Folie Douce, Exterior (1)

Enjoy a stay unlike any other, as La Folie Douce brings its eclectic mix of hospitality and entertainment to their first hotel. Offered on a bed and breakfast board basis, this hotel has a lot to offer, from a great location to a bar, restaurants and a large spa area. 

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  • 138 rooms
Hotel Alpina Exterior

Alpina Eclectic Hotel is right in the centre of Chamonix, with panoramic views of both the Mont Blanc and Brevent mountain ranges. This hotel is offered on a bed and breakfast basis with meals taken in the hotel restaurant.

  • from£749pp
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Residence Cristal De Jade, 3D View

The Cristal de Jade is an impressive residence with fantastic facilities opened in December 2016. It offers the ultimate in luxury and relaxation for those keen to have the flexibility of a self-catered property.

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  • 52 rooms
Richemond hotel exterior

A grand old traditional hotel, the Richemond is run by the welcoming Sarraz family and has been popular with our guests for many years. Whilst enjoying an unbeatable central location, the hotel is nonetheless quiet, being set back from the main street.

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  • 107 rooms
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The Refuge des Aiglons is a newly refurbished, stylish and modern hotel with excellent facilities, superb levels of service and cuisine and a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

  • from£559pp
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  • 74 rooms
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These apartments are located in the area of Chamonix Sud which is built around pedestrian promenades and shopping arcades including a supermarket and bakery, bars and restaurants.

  • from£609pp
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Residence Elena, Swimming Pool

Residence Éléna is in an ideal location, close to the centre of Les Houches with easy access to the ski lifts and ski slopes. These attractive 4-star self catered apartments are perfect for families wanting a base that feels like home on their ski holiday, and the building also provides good communal facilities for families such as as children's play room and paddling pool. There is also a 1,000m² wellness centre for you to make the most of during your stay, with an indoor heated pool, hammam and sauna. 

  • from£1099pp
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  • 56 rooms
Hotel Le Morgane, Exterior

The boutique Hotel Le Morgane is a new property to Inghams and offered on a bed and breakfast board basis. The hotel is located in the centre of Chamonix at the foot of Mont Blanc with panoramic mountain views. Relax after a day skiing in the hotel's spa facilities including indoor heated swimming pool, sauna or steam room. 

  • from£639pp
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  • 40 rooms
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These spacious and stylish self catered apartments are located in Les Houches, providing a peaceful sanctuary after a hard days skiing.

  • from£1189pp
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Hotel Lykke Exterior[1]

Hotel Lykke beneifts from a fantastic location in the centre of Chamonix resort. Lykke means happiness in Danish, and joyful well-being is this hotel's top priority. Enjoy great food and local dishes on a half board basis in the hotels onsite restaurant. Find the perfect balance between work and play with easy access to the ski area as well as some fantastic spa facilities included - all whilst having unbeatable views of Mont Blanc.

Ski and Snowboard Information
Skiing levels
Beginner
Intermediates
Advanced
Snowboard
Cross country

Beginner skiing in Chamonix

There are six nursery areas in Chamonix, as well as a number of green and blues to progress on. Les Planards in the centre of Chamonix has two drag lifts and a gentle green run to practise. Once you have gained your confidence, head up the two seater chairlift to access a slightly steeper blue and red run for further progression. 

For the beginners and those who need to get their ski legs back, Le Tour is a great area as you have easy green slopes at the bottom of the gondola. Once you feel more comfortable take the gondola to some easy blue and red slopes which aren't to steep. This area is perfectly south facing so you can enjoy the winter sun and enjoy the beautiful surrounding scenery. 

Brevent is also a nice area to start in and with a lovely view of the Mont Blanc and south facing. From the Brevent area it is easy to link up to the Flegere area too. 

Intermediate skiing in Chamonix

Intermediate skiers can enjoy the sunny slopes of Le Tour, where there is a mix of blue and red runs. Make sure to have your camera ready as there are beautiful views of the valley. Les Houches has a number of tree-lined runs with gentle slopes and plenty of Alpine restaurants. 

Les Grands Montets area has mainly red and black slopes, the highest skiable mountain in the valley and is best for confident intermediates with some of the most steep and challenging pistes in the area.

Advanced skiing in Chamonix

Chamonix is known for its long, steep and challenging slopes, particularly in the Grands Montets area. You have the choice of steep pisted runs, marked but un-pisted black runs and endless moguls. If your legs aren't burning, there is also some fantastic routes in Les Houches including the famous Kanadahar run, a challenging World Cup run. 

The renowened Vallée Blanche is a must do for advanced skiers, with 23km of varying snow conditions, this off piste run really does test your skills. This course is for people who are comfortable on the slopes and want to experience off piste skiing. An instructor will discuss techniques to adapt your skills to all kinds of snow conditions (13 years + only).

Snowboarding in Chamonix

There are quite a lot of drag lifts in the beginner areas around Chamonix which isn't the easiest for first time snowboarders to navigate. If you are not a complete beginner, there are some lovely blue runs in Flégère which are served by chairlifts instead.

For the intermediates and experts, enjoy carving the blue and red pistes in Le Tour or the steeper terrain in the Brévent-Flégère area. 

Advanced snowboarders should head to the Vallée Blanche on a good snow day for 23km of varying snow conditions. Take the Petit Envers du Plan route to avoid the flat sections at the top. This course is for people who are comfortable on the slopes and want to experience off piste skiing. An instructor will discuss techniques to adapt your skills to all kinds of snow conditions (13 years + only).

If theres fresh snow, head to La Flégère for some easily accessible off piste, take the Index chairlift to access Combe Lachenal.


Mountain facts
Area 150 km
Resort Altitude 1035m
Ski Alt. From 1035m
Ski Alt. To 3842m
Runs 6 30 31 10
Lifts Lifts 65
Lift Ski LockersNo
Night Skiing IncludedNo
Snow Cannons86
Off-piste OptionsYes
Snowpark Info

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Things To Do

Restaurants, food and drink

There are plenty of restaurants in Chamonix to chose from morning, noon and night. Do as the Europeans do and have a pastry and coffee for breakfast at one of the cafes dotted around the resort or head to the Bluebird café to fuel up for the day, and enjoy the vast breakfast offering including breakfast sandwiches or English breakfast.

Stop for lunch at one of the many on piste restaurants often serving traditional Savoyard dishes such as fondue or raclette. Make sure to keep an eye out for the 'plat du jour' (plate of the day) which is usually made up of local produce and is reasonably priced. You can also find a number of snack shacks and take away spots on the mountain too, if you are in a hurry to explore the slopes.

Down in the town there is a selection of restaurants and takeaways to choose from. La Calèche is a cosy Savoyard restaurant in the centre of Chamonix, with its cosy warm ambiance and antiques from days past you can enjoy specialities from the region in this magnificent restaurant. Being a short distance from the Italian border, naturally there is some incredible Italian spots, head to Casa Valerio for authentic Italian dishes popular with locals and tourists alike.

Apres, bars, clubs and nightlife 

A French ski resort is never short of apres options, and Chamonix is no different. Head to La Folie Douce for live DJ sets, dancing on the tables and an afternoon of entertainment. Down in the town you have the choice of sophisticated cocktail spots, chic wine bars, pubs with a choice of beers and bars open until late. The Fubar at the bottom of the Grands Montets in Argentiere has a rodeo bull, live music and an excellent choice of drinks. Chambre Neuf is the loudest après bar in Chamonix, a favourite place for locals, seasonnaires and tourists, with live music and DJs regularly playing throughout the winter season.

Spas and relaxation 

If you have achy ski legs after exploring the slopes, head to one of one the fabulous spas for a couple of hours of relaxation. The QC Terme Spa is not to be missed, with the perfect mix of saunas, steam rooms, solariums, whirlpools and an incredible infinity pool looking onto the Bossons glacier. 

Many of the hotels we work with also have wellness facilities available for guest use. Unwind after a day of skiing at the Hotel Heliopic's spa featuring a heated pool and ice grotto or fully relax at the renowned spa facilities at the Refuge des Aiglons. 

Shopping 

As Chamonix is a large ski town there is a variety of different shops from sporting goods, high end luxury to quaint shops selling souvenirs.

For those staying on a self catering basis there is also a number of supermarkets throughout the resort to stock up on the essentials.

Events

During the first week of February you can watch the world famous Kandahar World Cup skiing events in Les Houches. It is free to watch and there are other stalls at the event as well.

If watching skiers speed down the slope isn't your thing, there are regular ice hockey matches throughout the season. 

Things to do in Chamonix

Parapenting

Take to the skies and admire Chamonix from above. Parapenting is a popular excursion in the Alpine regions as it is a unique and thrilling experience and you can see the mountains from a different point of view. Payable locally.

Planards Park

The Planards park has a range of unique mountain activities for the whole family to enjoy. 'SNOCC' is a French innovation which combines skiing and sledding, and allows the non skiers to have a go at gliding downhill. Open throughout the winter season, pay locally. 

Alternatively the luge coaster allows two people to speed down the 1.3km track which is filled with twists and turns.  The ride is open to all over three years old, and operates in all weather conditions. Payable locally.

Sport Centre

With an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, indoor climbing and indoor tennis and a gym, there is something to keep you occupied at the Richard Bozon Sports Centre. 

Ice rink

Swap your skis or board for some skates and fly around the ice at the indoor Olympic sized rink at the Richard Bozon Sports Centre.  There is also an outdoor rink is also open throughout the winter season.

Support the Pioneers, Chamonix's local team when they play home matches which are generally on Saturday evenings. 

Bowling

The Bowling Alley is open in the evening throughout the winter season. With eight lanes, an arcade, billiards room and mini golf,  it is a great evening out for the whole family. Drinks and snacks are available as well. Pay locally.

Sledging

Chamonix has a number of designated sledging areas across the resort which are regularly maintained. Enjoy sledding in the Savoy beginners area in the centre of Chamonix. Located next to the magic carpet lift you will see a mound of snow that is heaped up and is generally enjoyed by those sledging. 

Snow shoeing

If you are not on skis, snowshoeing is an excellent way too enjoying the snowy scenery. With a range of trails suitable for all skill levels, Chamonix is one of the greatest locations in the region for snowshoeing.

L'Aguille du Midi viewpoint

The Aiguille du Midi is the highest cable car in Chamonix taking you up to 3842m, the closet you can get to the summit of Mont Blanc without climbing or hiking.  On a clear day, you can see the surrounding peaks of the Matterhorn, the Monte Rosa and the Grand Combin.

Montenvers - La Mer de Glace 

Departing from Chamonix’s central train station, take the little red train up to Montenvers to take in the impressive view of the Mer de Glace glacier. Take a trip into the very heart of the glacier with a walk through the ice cave, which is re-sculpted every year.

Lift Pass

6 days

Season

Child
5 - 14 years

Adult 
15 - 64 years

Senior
65 - 74 years

Mont Blanc Unlimited Pass

Low

£210

£248

£210

High

£322

£380

£322

Chamonix Local Pass

Low

£261

£307

£261

High

£271

£316

£271

Lift pass information

Mont Blanc Pass includes Les Houches, Lognan-Grands Montets, Aiguille du Midi & Montenvers, plus Megeve, Crans Montana & Courmayeur and then a 50% discount in Verbier (transport extra).

Chamonix pass includes Brévent-Flégère, Balme, Grand Montets (extra Lognan).

Free lift passes for children under 5 years are issued locally, photo ID is required. Please bring a passport sized photo.

Season dates

  • Low Season: 29 Mar - 30 Apr 25
  • High Season: 14 Dec 24- 28 Mar 25

 

Prices and supplements are correct at time of publishing. Up-to-date prices are confirmed at time of booking.

Equipment Hire
6 days Category

Child

6 - 12 years

Adults

13 years +

Skis Red - £99
Black - £118
Skis & boots Blue - £115
Red £95 £133
Black - £158

White category skis, boots and helmet are available for children aged 3 – 5 years: £52

6 days Category

Child

7 - 12 years

Adults

13 years +

Snowboard Red - £99
Black - £118
Snowboard & boots Red £95 £133
Black - £158

 

Equipment information

A helmet is included for children.

Please see here for description of hire categories.

 

Prices and supplements are correct at time of publishing. Up-to-date prices are confirmed at time of booking.

Tuition for Chamonix

 

Adults Ski Tuition Season Adult
13 - 64 years
4 Days Low £223
High £245
Vallee Blanche 1 full day Low £140
High £160

 

Children's Ski Tuition Season Child
5 - 12 years
6 Days AM Low £288
High £379
6 Days 5hrs30 Low £511
High £605

 

Tuition information

Child AM tuition is in Argentière, every morning there will be a pick up from or near their accommodation. Children will need to be picked up at the end of their lesson in Argentière. If adults have booked tuition too the children can stay at the Panda for pick up after the adults lessons. Lessons are 9 - 11.30am. 

Child full day tuition is in Argentière and there is return transport from or near their accommodation each day. Lessons are 9 - 11.30am and 2 - 4.30pm. So, 5 hours per day.

Adult tuition is at the Savoy Meadows on Sunday and is from 2 - 4.30pm, there is no pick up from accommodation on this day. From Monday the lessons are 9am - 11.30am in Le Tour with pick up from (or near) accommodation, making own way back to Chamonix (there is a public bus).

Levels of tuition

  • Beginner: never skied before
  • Level 1: advanced beginner; can control speed, snowplough and change direction on gentle slopes 
  • Level 2: low intermediate; snowplough turns and start to ski parallel
  • Level 3: good intermediate; parallel turns 
  • Advanced: fully confident on all slopes and looking to improve technique

Please ensure you pre-book tuition for high season dates to avoid the ski schools being fully booked.

 

Prices and supplements are correct at time of publishing. Up-to-date prices are confirmed at time of booking.

Tuition for Les Houches

Ski tuition

Season

Child

6 - 12 years

Adult

13 years +

6 days AM

Mid

£168

£168

High

£181

£181

 

Snowboard tuition

Season

Child

8 - 12 years

Adult

13 years +

6 days AM

Mid

£168

£168

High

£181

£181

 

Tuition information

  • Ski and snowboard 6 days AM timings: 9am - 11:30am, except Christmas & New Year is 2 - 4:30pm & Feb is 2:30 - 5pm
  • Les Houches tuition is only available to guests staying at the Hameau de la Pierre Blanche Apartments. 

Levels of tuition

  • Beginner: never skied before
  • Level 1: advanced beginner; can control speed, snowplough and change direction on gentle slopes 
  • Level 2: low intermediate; snowplough turns and start to ski parallel
  • Level 3: good intermediate; parallel turns 
  • Advanced: fully confident on all slopes and looking to improve technique

Season dates

Mid season: 01 Nov - 23 Dec 23, 07 Jan - 10 Feb 24 and 10 Mar - 30 Apr 24.

High season: 24 Dec 23 - 06 Jan 24 and 11 Feb - 09 Mar 24.

Please ensure you pre-book tuition for high season dates to avoid the ski schools being fully booked.

 

Prices and supplements are correct at time of publishing. Up-to-date prices are confirmed at time of booking.

Travel Information

Flights depart Saturdays.

  • Transfer time: approx. 1 hours 30 mins by coach from Geneva airport.

Your transfer to Chamonix will stop as chose as possible to your chosen accommodation. In some cases there may be a couple of minutes' walk due to regulations on where coaches can stop.

Transfers may be longer during bad weather conditions or French school holidays. French school holidays span 21 Dec 24 - 06 Jan 25, 08 Feb - 10 Mar 25 and 05 Apr - 05 May 25.

Private transfers and self drive are available. Please call to book.

Good to know

  • Mont Blanc scenery & the Vallée Blanche
  • Free ski bus service in resort
  • Short transfers from Geneva Airport
  • Inghams rep based in resort
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