Les Houches : closest to Mont Blanc with mostly tree-lined wide slopes - especially good for beginners and intermediates. Long descents and some of the best mountain restaurants in the valley.
Brévent-Flégère : facing south towards Mont Blanc. Access by cable car from Les Praz de Chamonix (Hotel Labrador & Hotel Excelsior are closest) or gondola from Chamonix. Longer, more challenging runs for confident intermediates and advanced skiers and boarders.
Argentière : Higher up the valley with most runs over 2000 metres, a glacier and stunning scenery. Long challenging runs for confident intermediates, advanced and experts.
La Balme-Le Tour : Top of the valley, with panoramic views and gentler slopes. Good for intermediate skiers and off-piste runs to Switzerland for experts hiring a guide.
The Mont Blanc Unlimited lift pass gives access to each domain mentioned above and the shuttle buses which link them. They are regular and frequent, but a car can be useful on a short break for making the most of limited time.
Courmayeur in Italy, a short drive through the Mont Blanc tunnel from the Chamonix Valley, is also included on this lift pass.
Chamonix Unique As an off-piste taster, accompanied by a guide, good intermediates and above can ski the Vallée Blanche - an unforgettable 22km descent on the side of Mont Blanc.
X-country skiers have 40km of prepared trails, running from Chamonix along the valley to Les Praz de Chamonix , then rising up to the forested trails around Argentière. Marked winter foot paths follow a similar scenic route for walkers.
Each domain tends towards a specific level of ability, so the Chamonix Valley is best suited to skiers and boarders of similar ability and confidence, so that they can enjoy the same slopes together, rather than having to ski/board in different areas.
Overall, the more confident and experienced you are the more you'll enjoy the variety and challenges in the resorts of the Chamonix Valley.
Day and the night, activities and attractions off the slopes, are amongst the best of any resort in Europe.
Cable cars, shuttle buses and a mountain railway serving the whole of the Chamonix Valley, allow non-skiers to enjoy the amazing sights and landscape surrounding Mont Blanc.
Chamonix and Les Houches have Alpine Museums, there are art galleries & exhibitions in Chamonix and Argentière and Chamonix is a vibrant, cosmopolitan town, interesting and lively all day.
The sports centre has a large indoor pool, with a flume, saunas and turkish bath and an indoor ice rink for skating & ice hockey There's indoor tennis & squash, a climbing wall, 10 pin bowling, Billiards & Pool, an electronic games centre and 3 cinemas, often showing English language films. Various hotels offer full spa, beauty and massage therapies.
After dark Chamonix has après-ski bars & restaurants to suit almost every taste.
For eating out there's fast food, Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Italian, Scandinavian, and of course French; traditional Savoyard and finest modern French cuisine at L'Atmosphère, L'Impossible, and Le Bistrot & Albert 1er where the chefs have been awarded Michelin stars.
The choice of bars and clubs is equally varied, with live music and/or dj's, video sports bars, Irish, traditional cafe= bars, über chic cocktail bars. There's everything on offer from wild nights on tequila shots to high stakes in the Casino, by way of late night clubbing to the sounds of pumping of House, Electro or R'n'B and even table dancing!
T many to name them all, but Terrasse, Choucas, Cantina, Privilege, Garage, and No Escape , are top of most of most list for a lively late night out.
resort 1035-3275 metres
47 lifts & 150km of marked runs easy 54% | red 33% | black 13%
cross country 42km | winter footpaths 15km | Argentière - snowpark & boardercross | Les Houches snowpark with tables, rails and box | Vallée Blanche off-piste descent of 22km with a guide, from the Aiguille du Midi at 3874 metres, on the side of Mont Blanc
extras indoor ice rink for skating, curling & ice hockey |
iswimming pool, sauna & Turkish bath | hotel spas open to public | sleigh rides | squash | tennis| snowshoeing | dog sledding | bowling | casino | alpine museums & art galleries | Panda ski school from 3 years
The Chamonix Valley, comprising the resorts of Les Houches, Chamonix and Argentière is one of the most exciting ski & board destinations in the Alps.
Nightlife and après-ski is excellent and for anyone not skiing or boarding there are plenty of alternative indoor & outdoor activities.
A high proportion of runs above 2000 metres, lifts up to 3275 metres and the permanent snow of the Argentière glacier ensure a long season, from early December until early May, giving Chamonix Valley a worldwide reputation for outstanding high altitude skiing.
With nearly 100 miles of prepared runs and almost limitless off-piste, this area has some of the most challenging and varied terrain to be found anywhere in the world. in a dramatically beautiful setting crowned by the majestic Mont Blanc.