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About To Ski Chamonix
What's It Really Like? Skiers Paradise?

Chamonix!  Think glamorous, world class winter resort... Think... beautiful people! Think...miles and miles of high altitude groomed pistes just below the highest mountain in Europe, Mont Blanc. 

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The number one biggie - The extensive terrain and huge amount of variety. Bored? Go to Italy! Want even more - go to Verbier!...and it's all on one pass! Simply awesome!

The worst thing - the regions are not ski interconnected and that means commuting.

Ski Chamonix: Most Popular Pages

Few hotels in Chamonix are close to the ski lifts
This is the special train that only services the Chamonix Valley
The Amazing LHC is only an hour's drive from Chamonix.


So, Why Would We Ski Chamonix?

Top Three Reasons

The top three reasons why skiers return repeatedly to ski Chamonix:

  1. The Mont Blanc Unlimited Pass gives full access to 3 resorts in Chamonix France; Courmayeur in Italy and Verbier in Switzerland.  The value for access to the extent of terrain is unsurpassed.
  2. There is nothing like the 17km 2000m descent down the iconic off-piste Vallee Blanche. This truly is a bucket list experience.
  3. The Steep Deeps! Skiing the famous Les Grands Montets all the way down to the village at Argentiere, is so fantastic, you'll do return again and again.  Grand Montets is what keeps dedicated skiers returning to Cham.




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Furthermore, this exciting ski resort is so vast, there's more than enough terrain to also cater for intermediates with wide open bowls, sun-blessed south facing slopes, wonderfully wide corduroy pistes for graceful wide turns.

It's a terrific resort for families or groups with varying ski abilities.


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Crevasses like this are typical while skiing the Vallee Blanche. But hugely exciting! Read about the 17km 2000m descent.


Chamonix: Must Knows


First things first...The ski resort is enormous. It's not a town. It's the entire valley.

So before you do anything else, get your bearings of the main town, hamlets and location of lifts and pistes, so you're able to book accommodation with some understanding of the amount of commuting required.


Chamonix: Orientation


For first time visitors, these two pages will help you with your research before you book your accommodation:

Get your bearings with this orientation map of the main town of Chamonix Mont Blanc
Orientation map of the villages in the valley - Chamonix France


Chamonix Accommodation
Sleep Low, Ski High


The resort is about skiing high and sleeping low. Because the pistes are at high altitude, cover is mostly excellent and the skiing experience superb. 

The nursery areas are at the base of the valley where the gradient is very gentle. The downside is there's limited accommodation adjacent to lifts.

Since all accommodation here is situated along the valley floor, hotels that advertise proximity to lifts may well be located next to drag lifts at nursery slopes. 

Chamonix Holidays - The Main Square Is Best Location For Accommodation

This is the main square in town and where all the action happens.
Ideally you'd stay close to here.


You'll need to understand that despite hotels advertising a location in Chamonix, that can mean anywhere along the valley, and it generally takes about an hour by road or train from one end of the valley to the other. 

If convenience and good location matters to you, be sure to book at the main town of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. And even then, there are desirable premium locations as well as seedy areas which even locals describe as "Mordor".


The Aiguille du Midi Cable Car Terminal is located in Chamonix Sud. There are loads of apartments in this south part of town.

This is the cable car terminal for the Aiguille du Midi at Chamonix Sud. There's masses of apartments closeby all of which advertise closeness to the lift.

But... it's a tourist cable car for sightseers and the access lift for those adventurers skiing the Valle Blanche, and there's no groomed piste access via this lift.  This locality, however, is terrific if you're after a budget location.


Accommodation Tips

Check out the page on Hotels which has tips on central locations. Proximity to bus stops will make for less of a drudge at the end of a great day skiing. Find our page on the Chamonix Ski Bus to check that your hotel is close to bus stops.


Getting Around The Valley


Okay, the good news is that the buses and trains are free around the valley, but the bad news is access to the ski buses.

I guarantee you, even 500m is a huge long way when you're in ski boots lugging your gear after a long day's skiing. Just as bad are hotels just on the outskirts of town - it's a common complaint that the buses are full to brimming by the time they leave the center of town.  The buses don't stop when they're already packed to the gunnels.


There are different types of free transport available but access is conditional.
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This Is A Resort For Non-Skiers Too!

You know about the usual suspects in the Valley

  • Head to the top of the Aiguille du Midi for amazing views across the Alps to Italy. The engineering, done at the turn of the twentieth century is mind-blowingly amazing.
  • Get on the historic rack and pinion train to Montenvers to check out the ice caves drilled into the glacier, the Mer de Glace.


There are loads of activities for non-skiers too.

Not Skiing?
Chamonix Valley Fun

Annecy France Market Day

Annecy
Market Day

View of Montreux Switzerland across to Lake Geneva

Montreux On
Lake Geneva


My favorites are the day trips from ski resort:

  • The Large Hadron Collider at CERN, is only an hour's drive away. Now, this is where the frontiers of space are being discovered.
  • Go visit Annecy, the little Venice of France on market day. It's a faithfully restored medieval city. Absolutely worth the effort!
  • Montreux, the Rivieria of Switzerland is under an hour and a half's drive away.


It's Beautiful here, But...Not Perfect

Chamonix France, a typical trompiel or 3 D painting on a building at the main square

We Tell You What
The Official Sites Won't

You simply cannot help but feel beautiful here amongst all the glamorous folk and uber fit climbers and skiers. 

But, to make for a trouble-free vacation, do a little research before making bookings.  This small investment in time will go a long way to ensure you get the best value and for a smooth worry-free time abroad.


Vallee Blanche

This is what it's like skiing the Vallee Blanche - totally natural, complete with crevasses and ice towers. It's sensational!


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