Here is an overview of the Chamonix France 5 ski regions.
But Chamonix is also ideal for family skiing holidays as there's extensive terrain suitable for beginners and intermediates with delightful long red and blue pistes. You'll find Chamonix France to have the variety to suit all levels of skiers and ideally, if you're looking for even more adventure, you can also ski across the border at Courmayeur Italy and Verbier Switzerland.
Chamonix France 5 Ski Regions
Two of the Chamonix France 5 Ski Regions Are Accessible from town
These extensive ski regions are easily accessed from the town of Chamonix Mont Blanc:
Regions: Brevent and Flagere
This area is conveniently located in the northern part of the town of Chamonix Mont Blanc. You go past some lovely homes on the way up the hill to the gondola which takes passengers to Plan Praz and there is a smaller lift that goes up further to the peak at Le Brevent. There 's an excellent little bar at the top with terrific views.
The ski down from the top is best for those seeking a challenge - you may not want to start getting your ski legs up here.
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From the Le Brevent region, take a lateral lift that goes to another extensive ski area, La Flagere.
La Flagere can also be accessed from the bottom at the village of La Praz.
Like Brevent, Flagere is open and sunny and ideal for intermediates. There are nursery slopes here as well.
As you can imagine, as this area is so close to town, it is packed on weekends.
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The Vallee Blanche is a most unique skiing experience
The Vallee Blanche
This entire area of the glacier and the approach from the top of the Aiguille du Midi is off-piste and is a most unique ski adventure. Be sure to watch the weather forecast to plan ahead, book a guide and hire crampons, emergency beacons, shackles and ropes.
Do not for a minute imagine that skiing on a glacier is a smooth wide terrain. Far from that. The glacier's name describes it as a Sea of Ice. The ice floes look like frozen waves. There are chasms, crevases, towers of ice and it is dangerous skiing.
A guide will know where the safe snow bridges are located and will take you down routes suited to your party's skiing skills.
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Les Houches is the furthest south of Chamonix's ski regions and is well known for being family friendly. It also hosts the World Cup Downhill Piste, the Piste Verte, commonly known as the Kandahar.
Despite its name "Verte", there is nothing green about this run. This is seriously steep, long and fast. Time your visit to coincide just prior to the World Cup and you can ski alongside the champions while they're in training.
The village sits at the foot of Mont Blanc, so it is shaded and not a very sunny part of the resort. But this also means the snow is protected and is generally in better condition. The pistes are cut through the forest - so, in white out conditions this is an excellent place to visit as skiing through wooded glades is easier in poor visibility conditions as the trees make for better definition of the area.
This area is serviced by an extensive network of cross country trails.
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The World Cup at the Kandahar, 2011
Les Grand Montets
This is what skiing is really about - the steep and deep. Of Cham's ski regions, this is the most famous and so popular, the cable car lifts are invariably packed.
to the very best, most challenging skiing here is available only to those with the
more expensive Unlimited Ski Pass.
Argentiere, a village at the head of the Chamonix Valley close to the Swiss border, is the access village for this vast area.
Skiing for intermediates is at the mid and lower levels of the mountain.
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Region: Domaine de Balme/ Le Tour
This is a most wonderful open sunny bowl, perfect for beginners and intermediates. This is at head of the Chamonix Valley.
Also accessible from the village of Vallorcine.
The Chamonix France 5 ski regions, will keep all levels of skiers challenged and having fun.
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