With much of the terrain above 2000m, the skiing in Chamonix valley has for many years attracted skiers looking for good snow and who also want to ski the famous Vallée Blanche - or tackle the rest of the extensive off-piste skiing. But there is a lot more to skiing Chamonix than just challenging slopes, and skiers and snowboarders of all levels should find runs to the suit them. And you certainly don’t need to be an expert to enjoy the truly spectacular scenery. There’s an efficient ski bus which links the five main ski areas. At the foot of the majestic Mont Blanc massif, the resort’s setting is both unique and breathtaking. The town of Chamonix offers an excellent range of sporting and leisure facilities, and the nightlife, complete with an excellent choice of restaurants, is unrivalled, The choice of skiing is remarkable, with testing slopes for ambitious skiers at Argentière, cruisy blues and fun reds at Brévent-Flégère and Le Tour and skiing for beginners in Chamonix and at the pretty nearby village of Les Houches.
|Off Piste||Best up high|
Beginners skiing in Chamonix
There is a beginners’ area just opposite the Chalet Hotel La Sapinière or at Les Plannards and the renowned ski school will get any debutant skiing with enthusiasm.
Intermediates skiing in Chamonix
Great for intermediates wishing to ski the long runs at Le Tour or to progress to off-piste and narrow reds and blacks. Most will be able to tackle the famous Vallée Blanche (with a guide) and will enjoy discovering the many and varied runs at Flégère.
Advanced skiing in Chamonix
A classic resort: the Grands Montets in Argentière offers the most difficult terrain, although Brévent, Flégère and le Tour all also offer some unforgettable itineraries. For powder hounds, all Chamonix’s areas offer some of the best off-piste available anywhere in the world.
Snowboarding in Chamonix
Not the best resort to learn, as the main beginners' areas are covered mostly by drag lifts. For intermediate and advanced boarders, Chamonix provides outstanding terrain, both on and off-piste at Brévent, whilst Flégère and le Tour offer great opportunities for jumps and gullies.
53km of trails
A guide is recommended for the Vallée Blanche and other off-piste skiing.
Arguably the best located hotel in Chamonix. The Savoy nursery slopes are literally just over the road from the hotel, from where the Savoy téléski lift whisks you up to the Brévent gondola, to access one of the best intermediate areas in the resort.
The Hotel Excelsior has is a traditional, yet stylish hotel with great facilities. Now a 4* hotel, it boasts a fantastic spa with sauna, steam room and jacuzzi. It is located in the picturesque hamlet of Les Tines, half way between the fantastic ski areas of Les Grands Montets and Flégère.
Located in the heart of Chamonix, this informal, friendly hotel is perfect for enjoying the bustling resort. Its central position opposite the train station and bus stop provide easy access to the ski lifts along the valley and the extensive skiing on offer.
Located in the heart of Chamonix, this newly renovated 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.
These spacious and stylish apartments are located in Les Houches, providing a peaceful santuary after a hard days skiing.
|Mont Blanc Unlimited Pass††
|Chamonix Local Pass†||
L (15-21 Dec & 6-13 Apr), H (All other dates).
†Local Chamonix pass includes Brevent-Flegere, Balme, Grands Montets (except Lognan).
††Mont Blanc Area Pass also includes Les Houches, Lognan-Grands Montets, Aiguille du Midi & Montenvers, plus Verbier, Megeve and Courmayeur (transport extra).
|Skis & Boots||£101||£116||£135|
|Snowboard & boots||-||£116||£135|
|Child (6-12yrs)*||Skis & Boots||-||£58||-|
|Snowboard & boots||-||£58||-|
Equipment Hire (6 days) - Please see here for description of hire categories.
*Child snowboard & boots from 8yrs. White category skis & boots available for children 3-5yrs: £45.
|Days||Hours||Adult 12yrs+||Child 5-11yrs|
Book adult beginner snowboard lessons locally. Child tuition is at Grands Montets in Argentiere. *Transport to and from the sessions is provided by the ski school. If transport is not needed, the price is £256. (If adults are also in ski school, meeting arrangements can be made locally).
|Days||Hours||Adult 12yrs+||Child 5-11yrs|
|Ski||6||2 1/2 hrs||£145|
|Snowboard||3||2 1/2 hrs||£156|
Ski lessons are 9-11.30am except Christmas, New Year and 9 Feb - 8 Mar when they are 2.30-5pm. Snowboard lessons only available 09 Feb - 8 Mar and are midday-2.30pm.
Prices and supplements are correct at time of publishing but may vary up or down; correct prices will be advised at the time of booking.
Resort Code: FRCH
Languages spoken: French
Time difference: GMT+1
Flights depart Saturday
Isle of Man
Transfer by coach 1¼ hours
Flight supplements may apply.
*Only private transfers at a supplement available on these flights
Private transfers and Self drive are available.
Car hire available: Yes
Evening resort bus service: No
Local bus services:
Parking available: No
Resort Ski bus available: Yes
Ski bus info: