If you're planning ski holidays Chamonix has some inconveniences that must be planned around to ensure undisrupted fun holidays.
1. There are no groomed pistes at the Aiguille du Midi lift
There's loads of apartments in Chamonix Sud available for holidays and they'll proudly advertise that they're located close to the Aiguille du Midi Cable Car Lift.
There are just lots and lots of apartments of the modern block style in this part of town, but it is no where near piste lifts.
The cable car terminal here takes sightseers to the top for the most impressive views over the Alps into Italy and skiers start their 22 km descent down the Vallee Blanche from the top of the Aiguille du Midi lift.
2. Commuting In Chamonix Is Unavoidable
don't want to waste time on ski holidays especially commuting, this is
an unavoidable necessity in this massive ski resort.
The ski resort of Chamonix France
is a commune of charming little villages along the Chamonix Valley and
the ski slopes are located in 5 separate regions. Each of the regions is
vast and you could ski all day and not explore it all.
The regions are not interconnected and are accessed via cable car lifts located at a nearby village. For example, to access the Les Grands Montets, you'd go to Argentiere; to ski Domaine de Blame you go to the village of Le Tour.
Chamonix Ski Transfers are efficient, but you must leave sufficient time for commuting. The queues can be bad during peak times.
Ideally, your accommodation will be located most conveniently to where you'd prefer to ski, or at least close to the village train station or bus stop.
3. Chamonix France is not a ski-in, ski-out type of resort
The villages are situated on the valley floor at an altitude of about 1200m, whilst the pistes are at high altitudes in excess of 2800m. The high altitude of the pistes virtually guarantees excellent snow coverage and good quality conditions.
All of Chamonix's accommodation is along the valley floor. There are chalets claiming ski-in ski-out and that would be dependent on snow levels, but that's not the norm for ski holidays in Chamonix.
4. The Valle Blanche is do-able for high intermediate skiers
Ahh...The Vallee Blanche Chamonix! It's on the bucket list of most expert skiers as there's no adventure quite like this anywhere in the world.
But, don't be intimidated by its reputation. You don't have to be an expert skier. A guide will know the routes suitable for good intermediate skiers.
5. This is where you'll see the beautiful people:
...Place Balmat, Chamonix Mont Blanc.
The Chamonix town centre is attractive with elegant olde-worlde style buildings, cobbled streets and a very charming pedestrian mall along the northern side of the river, L' Arve.
The happening area in town is in this central area around Rue du Docteur Paccard. You'll find great little clubs, outdoor bars, yummy bakeries, delectable coffee shops and some really excellent shopping in this area.
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Chamonix is unbeatable for the quality of the resort and pistes.