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Skiing Chamonix

 

The world-famous resort of Chamonix sits in the Haute-Savoie region of the French Alps within the beautiful Mont Blanc mountain range at an altitude of 1,035m with Italy and Switzerland at its borders. All you need to do from any location is stand still and look up at the 4,810m of snow rock and ice! The Chamonix valley stretches over 28km and is made up of several charming villages including Servoz (816m), Les Houches (1,000m), Les Bossons (1010m), Les Praz (1,050m), Les Tines, Argentière (1,250m), Montroc and Le Tour.

You will find lively streets with numerous outdoor pursuits’ shops, designer fashion boutiques, souvenir shops, grocery stores. There are several lively late night bars and nightclubs, cafés, restaurants and fast food outlets. For non ski activities the Centre Sportif Richard Bozon where you will find swimming pools, climbing wall, gym, health spa, and ice rink which has its own restaurant and bar. The bowling alley located in Chamonix south has 8 lanes, pool and snooker tables and air hockey.

 

 

Skiing in the Chamonix Valley

 

Chamonix, well known for its extreme skiing is unlike some of the major ski in-ski out resorts and is made up various ski areas which are linked by bus and trains. You will find some of the steepest, most challenging, yet scenic skiing in the world here all within its 5 main ski areas and numerous off-piste runs.

Brévent-Flégère at 2525m on the south side of Chamonix valley is the closest skiing to the town centre. A vast array of moderate, challenging and difficult runs.

Les Grands Montets at 3300m is above Argentière and is the largest of the pisted ski areas with a huge choice of runs on and off the piste. That combined with the consistent difficulty and steepness of its slopes make it a favourite with many skiers and boarders alike. For freestyle enthusiasts, a snowpark and a boardercross are open in the Lognan area. You can ski back to the resort on the Pierre à Ric piste.

Domaine de Balme (Le Tour & Vallorcine) at 2270m is ideal for beginners. The area offers multiple skiing on 2 distinct slopes. In the Charamillon sector, you can enjoy wide, gentle pistes facing the Chamonix Valley, while the Vallorcine sector enables you to ski through the pine trees near the Swiss border.

Les Houches at 1900m is located 6km further along the valley from Chamonix. You will find long descents through tree-lined slopes. Les Houches has a lot to offer from alpine skiing, cross-country, freestyle, telemark, speed-riding

La Vallée Blanche (Aiguille du Midi) at 3842m is the famous off-piste run that drops 20km from the Aiguille du Midi to the Montenvers with amazing glacial scenery. This is not a pisted run and it has a steep descent down the arête with sheer drops to each side. Hiring a local guide is a serious consideration if you are in any doubt about your ability to ski on a glacier or if you do not have the knowledge of the appropriate safety equipment you are expected to carry or even how to use it – from ARVA, crampons, rope, probe, shovel, harness etc. Access to La Vallée Blanche is from the Aiguille du Midi or Funivie cable cars and only the  ‘Mont Blanc Unlimited’ ski pass.

 

 

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