While the Chamonix Ski Regions are extensive and truly vast, the down side is that the 5 major ski regions are well separated and accessible only by road or train.
Have a look at my orientation map. See how the resort of Chamonix is a collection of villages and charming hamlets running along the valley from Switzerland into France.
It takes about an hour by road from the Domaine de Balme close to the Swiss border, to Les Houches, the home of the Downhill World Cup Slalom, at the other end of the valley.
5 Massive Ski Regions
There are 5 Chamonix Ski Regions; each one is seriously massive and you could spend a whole day exploring each and not experience it all. ...trouble is...you have to get there.
Learn to Get Around Chamonix France
Visit this page to help you get around the Chamonix Ski Resort.
help you prepare for a fun filled vacation, it's best to figure out
where you'd most like to spend your skiing time and book your
accommodation to fit your budget, time commitments and what you'd like
to do after skiing as well.
How To Get To Each Region By FREE Public Transport
Here's how you'd get to the ski regions by free public transport.
Getting to Domaine de Balme
From Vallorcine, take the cable car to access Domaine de Balme. Most skiers would get the Chamonix Ski Bus to the village of Le Tour to ski the broad, open bowl at Domaine de Balme.
Else, get the free bus that drops skiers off directly at the base of the cable car terminal.
Getting to Flagere
There is a train and bus service the village of Les Praz, from where you'd then walk to the cable car terminal to the wonderful open groomed pistes at Flagere.
This is Chamonix Skiing at its best for intermediates. The slopes here are sun blessed, being south facing. There's the horizontal or lateral lift that links Flagere to the ski region of Brevent.
The closest ski area is the large nursery slope at Les Plannards, behind the train station.
The main bus stop is right outside
the train station and you can then get the Chamonix Ski Bus, or alternatively the little "Le Mulet", to head across town to the Brevent lifts or to the other very gentle nursery slope at La Savoy.
Getting to Brevent
To get to the Brevent ski region, in the northern part of town (Chamonix Mont Blanc), from the train station, take the Chamonix Ski Bus. The very efficient buses will take you to the cable car building on the other side of town. It's too far to walk from the train station.
Getting to La Savoy
There's also the very gentle nursery slope, La Savoy, very close to the Ski School Booking office, on the northern side of town.
From the train station, get the Le Mulet to the Mummery.
Getting to Valle Blanche
Now, the Vallee Blanch is an off-piste adventure on the glacier that will take all day. Access starts from the top of the Aiguille du Midi, so you'll have to find your way to the Aiguille du Midi cable car terminal in Chamonix Sud.
The easiest way from the station is by bus or the Le Mulet. It is a little too far to walk from the main station, especially while in boots and lugging all the gear.
Have a look at my orientation map, to set your bearings and head to this part of town.
Les Houches, is worth the effort just to experience the famous World Cup Slalom Piste, the Kandahar.
It is the most southern of the Chamonix Ski Regions. The train services this town, as does the free bus. It takes about 20 minutes on the bus from the main town of Chamonix Mont Blanc.
The Chamonix Ski Regions in this world class resort are vast.
A winter vacation here is more than top grade skiing, it's also about the exotic European charm of France.