Chamonix lifts right in the middle of the town of Chamonix Mont Blanc only add to the convenience of this very elegant olde worlde town. It's here you'll see the beautiful people, street parties, the charming tea shops, bustling coffee houses, fine restaurants and super high end shopping.
In short, the center of Chamoni Mont Blanc is classy with lovely restored street artifacts like this stone mill by the river right in town.
Chamonix's town planners must be congratulated for maintaining a particular elegance in its olde-world charm, with cobbled streets, and buildings in the style of French chateaus. The best part of town is around Rue du Docteur Paccard and the main town square, Place Balmat.
And best of all, skiers have close access to good skiing with Chamonix lifts right at the door steps of some apartments and chalets.
See in this photo - the town is sited in the valley wedged in between steep sided mountain slopes, The skiable area towards the top of the mountain is Brevent.
Chamonix Mont Blanc in the valley with Brevent ski region above
• Best for intermediates is Chamonix skiing at the extensive ski area of Brevent which is easily accessed from the northern area of town.
This is a lovely secluded and clearly expensive Chamonix suburb with spacious homes rather than apartment blocks, nearby parks, with the Brevent cable car lifts located at the northern part of this suburb. Being south facing this suburb enjoys more sunlight during the day.
Read more about skiing at Brevent-Flagere. It is quite wonderful for intermediates and beginners but a little limited in the steep and deep department.
• There’s a poma or drag lift on a wide, well groomed slope with a very gentle gradient at La Savoy near Rue Mummery, just behind Club Med
. This is located just behind the shops and is remarkably convenient to access. There are large apartment blocks overlooking this area and providing there is sufficient snow cover, would be ski-in, ski-out to the Chamonix lift, albeit it's a drag lift.
There's an excellent beginners area right next to a large snowy field where snowboarders start their beginners lessons. This area is perfect for beginners to build their confidence.
• At Les Planards are lifts in a terrain perfect for beginners, and ski school lessons take place here. These Chamonix lifts are located behind the main train station . As with any location in Chamonix, it's so easy to get here via the free shuttle.
Aiguille du Midi
• Now, you'll see loads of apartments close to the Aiguille du Midi lifts. The cable car is housed in a massive structure and you absolutely cannot miss it. Skiers take this lift to the top to start the ski adventure down the Vallee Blanche.
The views from the top of the Aiguille are completely amazing, an absolute must do with the cable car generally packed with non-skiing sightseers.
There are NO groomed pistes running down this mountain. You cannot ski down from the top of this cable car except via the Vallee Blanche.
Domaines du Nordique
• Cross country or Nordic sk trails start at Domaines du Nordique, close to the ice-skating rink. The free bus takes you directly there.
The trails are extensive and go for miles. They're well groomed and maintained throughout the day. Local folk walking their dogs and school children enjoy the trails and pathways through open fields and lightly forested areas. I recommend an afternoon on these trails if only to experience for an hour or so, how the local people enjoy their parklands.
For Expert Skiers:
• Expert skiers, I'm afraid, the Chamonix Lifts for you are at Les Grands Montets, Les Houches and in Italy at Courmayeur. Fortunately they are only an efficient bus ride away on the bus. These ski regions are so incredibly extensive we kept returning again and again to explore the variety and the very many different trails.
The closest rank of bus stops to access lifts in the valley outside of town, is just behind the row of shops at Rue Docteur Paccard. Just walk up the side street to go behind the shops and you're at the bus rank. There are heaps of buses that arrive frequently.
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