Chamonix Valley Ski Holiday Resort

Overview

Chamonix is a year round alpine town with a long history of alpine sports. People come from all over the world to ski, board and climb in this iconic resort. During the summer, Chamonix is probably busier than during the ski season with tourists from all over the world, some merely to ride up the Aiguille Midi and gaze at the majestic Mont Blanc, some to actually climb it. Having visited during the summer it is interesting to travel up to the viewing platform with tourists in shorts and flip flops standing next to climbers with ropes crampons and all their various climbing paraphernalia.

For those choosing Chamonix as a ski destination it is as unlike the high altitude archetypal French resort as it could possibly be. All of these resorts have been designed to allow visitors to be as close to the skiing and the lifts as possible, Chamonix hasn't been designed at all!

In the village centre are two lifts, the Aiguille Midi which takes you to the Vallee Blanche glacier, and the Brevent gondola. At opposite ends of the Chamonix valley are the villages of Les Houches and Le Tour, with Vallorcine, Argentiere and Les Praz in between. All of these areas can be accessed by the regular bus service or the hourly train service. The full unlimited lift pass covers all of these areas plus Courmayeur in Italy and Verbier in Switzerland. To gain the full benefit of the unlimited pass, a car is a very good idea.

The skiing in Chamonix is ideal for confident intermediates with a lot of challenging slopes, for those wanting to venture off piste, (OFF PISTE SKIING SHOULD ALWAYS BE UNDERTAKEN WITH A QUALIFIED MOUNTAIN GUIDE) there is a large selection of excellent runs that would be a good introduction to off piste skiing. If conditions are good the famous Valle Blanche is within the reach of confident intermediates.

This is without doubt an experts resort with steep and deep terrain and some of the most famous off piste terrain anywhere in the world. Chamonix would be included as one of the resorts that brought to the publics attention the Extreme Skiing phenomenon and was featured in the 1980's film The Blizzard of AAhhs starring Scot Schmitt and Glen Plake. For the expert this is a must visit resort.

Beginners will find nursery slopes in Chamonix town at the Brevent and the Planards. For slopes suitable for progression, a bus ride to Le Tour is your best bet, but our opinion is that there are many places that are better suited to beginners.

For boarders, like skiers, the terrain suits experts the most, and for those wanting steep and deep will get the most from Chamonix. There are terrain parks at Grand Montets and Les Houches. 

Chamonix is very popular for short breaks, with a myriad of flights into Geneva and Chamonix being little over an hours drive. Hoteliers are willing to take reservations for less than 7 days which means that it is an ideal destination.  

Offslope/apres ski

For après ski this has to be one of the best with a large selection of bars and clubs. From the live music and dancing on the bars and tables of the Chambre Neuf next to the train station to the more upmarket lounge bar Le Privilege. There are many bars in Chamonix mainly due to the fact that it is a large town and has a year round clientele.

The resort also offers a huge amount for the non skier. With a large sports centre with swimming pool, ice skating and gym. For those who love their "contact sports", if you get a chance to see an ice hockey game whilst in Chamonix go......because you will not be disappointed.  Non skiers can buy the Cham Gourmand pass and go up to one of three mountain restaurants and meet friends (the cost of the pass is credited against your meal)

Overview

Great resort for expert and confident intermediate skiers. Superb for skiers looking for a buzzing nightlife. Really popular weekend destination.

At a glance

Pistes:
150km
Resort height:
1035m
Top station:
3842m

Suitability

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Positives

  • Some of the best off piste in the world
  • Easy access from Geneva airport
  • Great for non skiers
  • Good intermediate/expert areas
  • Lively apres ski 

Negatives

  • Disjointed ski area
  • Bad weather can shut the best runs
  • Not many good mountain restaurants
Hotels, Chalets and Apartments in Chamonix Valley, France
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Hotel Le Prieure REF: AIO594

The Hotel Prieuré is an exciting new addition to our programme for Winter 2019/20. Situated in the heart of Chamonix and recently refurbished, it provides the ideal base for exploring...

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Stephen`s Mazot REF: BC0012

Stephens' Mazot is a cosy wooden retreat, a small chalet set in a peaceful garden and yet an easy stroll into Chamonix.  Within walking distance of the Brevent lift and...

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Chalet Scerie REF: BC0010

Chalet Scierie is a beautifully renovated detached chalet in the hamlet of Les Tines, a quiet spot ideally situated for skiing in both Chamonix and Argentiere as it lies a...

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Brigitte`s Mazot REF: BC0011

Brigitte’s Mazot in Chamonix is a cosy little chalet, with a stunning view of Mont Blanc.  Situated in the area of Les Moussoux, it is an easy stroll in to...

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Just 5 minutes from the beating heart of Chamonix and a 100 metre stroll to the Aguille du Midi cable car station, the Chamois Blanc apartments sit in a great...

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The Loft at 272 REF: BFL0012

Brand new for the 2017/2018 winter season, The Loft at 272 is on top of the Hotel Gustavia in central Chamonix. You’ll be opposite the train station and have the...

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Hotel Rockypop REF: AI0515

Located in Les Houches This property oozes fun! This hotel will suit both couples, families and groups alike looking for something a little different with its fresh and relaxed atmosphere...

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The Cristal de Jade is an impressive residence with fantastic facilities which opened in December 2016. It offers the ultimate in luxury and relaxation for those keen to have the...

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Welcome to the “Refuge des Aiglons” in Chamonix, a 4-star hotel that extends the warmest of welcomes, inviting you to experience its new, cosy and inviting atmosphere!   Discover the...

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Grand Hotel des Alpes REF: ASHOT08

Situated in the centre of town on the main pedestrian street of Chamonix, Rue du Dr Paccard, the Grand Hotel des Alpes is in a perfect central location for skiers...

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