Chamonix piste
VItal Statistics

Chamonix Piste - The Vital Statistics

The above is an excellent overall summary of the Chamonix Piste Vital Statistics. In brief, Chamonix really is a world class experience for high intermediate and expert skiers with over 100 km of groomed terrain of red and black standards.  

Below are the Bios for the five major ski regions in the Chamonix Ski Resort.

The Official Winter Season:
20 December 2014 to 19 April 2015

Although the Les Grands Montets lifts are open a little longer, two weeks on either side.

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Les Grands Montets

Les Grands Montets Piste Map. CLICK HERE FOR A LARGER IMAGE

Lognan, mid level

  • Chamonix Piste Vital Statistics: 1972m at Lognan
  • Why go? : There's excellent intermediate skiing around Lognan with cafes and food outlets around the cable car terminal.  From here you can get the Bochard gondola (2765m) or the Herse chair (2595m). There's a freestyle park here where we've tested their tricks here. 

    Novices can find their ski legs on the wide Marmottons area, accessed from either the Tabé or Plan Roujon chairlifts. There really is no beginners area here other than a small area close to the car park at the bottom of the valley.
  • Ski Pass Access : Chamonix Le Pass to mid level at Lognan
  • From Chamonix: 15 minute bus ride
  • Closest Village:  Argentiere

To The Top:

  • Vital Statistics:  3295m Aiguille des Grands Montets
  • Piste Descent: 3295 m to 1235m
  • Overall: 28km of pistes; 6 black, 4 red, 5 blue, and 1 snowpark.
  • Les Grands Montets is justifiably World Class.
  • Why go? : Go to the top for some of the hardest black runs in the world, big deep mogul fields,  steep pistes and access to off piste skiing.
  • Ski Pass:  Unlimited Mont Blanc Pass for access to the top, or pay the extra fee if you're on the Le Pass.
  • Map: Click on the map for an enlarged piste map

Read more about Les Grands Montets

Le Tour/ Domaine de Balme

Domaine de Blame/ Le Tour Piste Map. CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO OPEN A LARGER ONE
  • Chamonix Piste Vital Statistics:  29 km of pistes; 8 red, 11 blue and 1 area for new snow sports.
  • Piste Descent: 2250m to 1473m
  • Ideal for beginners: Super flat areas at La Vormaine
  • For Intermediates: There large wide bowls, a number of drag lifts at Charamillon and explore treed pistes on the Switzerland side of the resort.
  • Challenge:  head for steeper off piste areas around the tree-lined Tete de Balme area
  • Ski Pass Access : Chamonix Le Pass
  • From Chamonix: 20 minute bus ride
  • Closest Village: Le Tour and Vallorcine
  • Map: Click on the map for a larger view

Click here to read more about Le Tour / Domaine de Balme

Brevent and Flegere

Brevent Flegere Piste Map. CLICK HERE FOR A LARGER IMAGE
  • Chamonix Piste Vital Statistics: 56 km of pistes; 7 black, 7 red, 13 blue and 1 green, and 1 freestyle park
  • Piste Descent: 2525m to 1030m
  • Excellent for Intermediates: Loads of wide cruizy blues and reds throughout these sunny south facing pistes including five newly installed rails at the Freestyle Park.
  • Novices:  Nice super flat green pistes to practice turns
  • Challenge: Head to the top for a steep black run, moguled at the top
  • Ski Pass Access: Chamonix Le Pass
  • From Chamonix: Either get the La Savoy Drag lift to the Brevent Telepherique, walk 10 minutes from the center of town, or catch the bus to Brevent
  • Closest Village: Chamonix Mont Blanc
  • Map:  Click on the map for a larger image

Click here to read more about the Brevent and Flegere Areas.

Vallee Blanche

Vallee Blanche Map of the off piste route. CLICK HERE FOR A LARGER IMAGE
  • Vital Statistics: Off Piste from the top of Aiguille du Midi (3842m)
  • Piste Descent: 3842m to Montenvers at 1913m, 20 km.
  • Challenge: The Vallee Blanche while enjoying a reputation for off piste adventuring for experts is also fine to be explored by intermediate skiers. Take a guide though, they'll know safe routes suitable for each person's ski ability. Take great care, while the route may seem snow covered, it may be an unstable snow bridge covering crevasses.
  • Time: Allow 4 to 6 hours
  • Must Do: Hire a Chamonix guide!
  • Ski Pass Access: Unlimited Mont Blanc Pass
  • From Chamonix: Walk 10 minutes from the center towards Chamonix Sud. The large cable car terminal dominates the end of the street.
  • Closest Village: Chamonix Sud
  • Map:  Click on the map for a larger image. The map was sourced from Chamonix Ski Guides

Click here to read more about the Vallee Blanche and the Aiguille du Midi

Les Houches

  • Vital Statistics:  55 km of pistes; 2 black, 12 red, 6 blue, and 2 green. Snow making facilities at this ski region.
  • Piste Descent: 1900 m to 950m
  • Best for Intermediates: Family friendly, gentle slopes with drag lifts,
  • Challenge: The Kandahar, home of the Downhill World Cup
  • Ski Pass Access: Unlimited Mont Blanc Pass
  • From Chamonix: 25 minutes by bus
  • Closest Village: Les Houches
  • Map: Click on the map for an enlarged piste map

Click here to read more about skiing at Les Houches

Nursery Slopes

Pass: Chamonix Le Pass for all the nursery slopes

Les Planards:

  • Where: Close to the Chamonix Mont Blanc Railway Station
  • Piste Descent: 1242m to 1062m
  • Mileage: 2.5 km of pistes.  1 red, 1 blue, 2 greens and 1 luge.
  • Excellent for beginners. Beginners classes are conducted here.

La Savoy:

  • Where: Right in the middle of town, get off at the Mummery bus stop
  • At: 1049m
  • Mileage: 2 drag lifts and a moving carpet. There's a large flat playing field where beginners can build their confidence
  • Excellent for beginners. The kindergarten is conducted here

La Vormaine:

  • Where: At the base of Charamillon, at Le Tour/Domaine de Balme
  • Descent: 1480m
  • Mileage: 2.6 km of slopes; 1 blue, 2 green and 1 freestyle and fun area.
  • Excellent for beginners on large, wide, gentle terrain. Beginners and kindergarten classes are conducted here.

Les Chosalets

  • Where: At Argentiere, close to the car park to the Les Grands Montets cable car terminal
  • At: 1230m
  • Excellent for beginners

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