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Ski Resorts In France
What's The Big Deal about Chamonix?

Of the Ski Resorts in France, the one we consider best value is Chamonix France mostly because of the co-partnering with the Italian and Swiss ski resorts.

Chamonix Ski Pass - the best value skiing in France

Best Value Pass

Chamonix Travel Tips For the Advanced Skier

Cham
Travel Tips

The Steep
Deeps




ski slope freshly groomed as image for 10 Mont Blanc Ski Tips for Chamonix

10 Mont Blanc
Ski
Tips

Courmayeur Italy - the valley

Courmayeur
Italy

Chamonix has 5 massive ski regions

The Low Down




Ski Racer as image for Skiing in Chamonix For Just a week.

Skiing in Chamonix
For Just A Week?

The Les Grands Montets Cable Car

Les Grands
Montets

Chamonix lifts

Chamonix Lifts
In Town




A typical crevasse at Vallee Blanche

Bucket List
Vallee Blanche

Standing next to a crevasse at Vallee Blanche

The Off-Piste
Valle Blanche

The ski terrain at valle Blanche

The Adrenalin Fueled
Vallee Blanche




Telepherique du Brevent

Telepherique
du Brevent

Ski Les Houches, The Kandahar at the world cup

Les Houches

The Last Uphill on the adventure in Chamonix

Ski Adventure
In Chamonix




Flegere

Flegere

Domain de Blame has wide, open bowls like this

Domaine
de Balme

chamonix Skiing for the best red and blue runs.

Best Reds
Best Blues




The Les Grands Montets Cable Car


Les Grands Montets

Now, this is a legendary ski region!

We returned to this very black, very long, vast and very steep ski region again and again.

Long!


Exhausting!


Awesome!



For Intermediates and Beginners

About France informs that together with Megeve (which is just down the road), the skiable area is one fifth of all the ski resorts in France.  While Cham has been termed the "Death Sports Capital of the World" for its reputation for adrenalin fueled mountain sport, the vast groomed terrain means there's choice for beginners and intermediates.  The south-facing sun blessed slopes at Brevent-Flegere and the open bowl at Le Tour make for a delightful experience for those who have no desire to experiment on the steep deeps..

The resort is so vast and the terrain of each ski region is extensive that you could ski a different piste each time and not repeat it for the entire week. Explore:




Tethered Descending A Particularly Tricky Part Of Vallee Blanche

Tethered while going down a dangerous section on the Vallee Blanche Chamonix


Vallee Blanche

In your research for ski resorts in France, you'll find there's the amazingly unique and iconic off-piste Vallee Blanche. This is the famous 22 km, 2800 descent, down the glacier, the Mer de Glace. It is an awesome ancient tongue of ice and rock carving its way from the tops of the Alps into France.

This is not just exciting, it really is an adventure. Skiing on the glacier is not like going down a smooth slope. You ski through forests of ice towers, moraine fields of massive boulders, across snow platforms that have accumulated sufficient snow to form bridges over the deep crevasses.

The Valle Blanche is an absolute must for any skier.

Now, you’ll hear skiers talk up the adventure. But if you’re not an advanced skier, don’t worry. Your ski guide will take you down routes that are suitable. Your ski guide will ask what sort of skiing experience you’d like – easy, medium or difficult and he’ll then choose the route to give you the experience you want.

But… be sure to take a guide. He’ll have with him the ropes, ice picks, avalanche locators. All you have to do, is bring lunch, hire crampons and enjoy a most unique experience.



The World Cup at The Kandahar, Les Houches

The World Cup Piste
Ski Les Houches!


The home of the World Cup Downhill Competition is in France, at Les Houches, the southern most ski region in the Valley. When you’re here to ski Les Houches, it’s really all about the Kandahar. (That’s the name of this competition piste). It’s fantastically long, steep and fast.

This is world class stuff at its best. We thoroughly recommend the Kandahar.

Incidentally, the 1924 first winter Olympics was hosted here at Les Houches.


Best Value Ski Pass

We’ve found the best value ski pass is the Mont Blanc Unlimited Ski Pass. The cost is more than the Le Pass but the increase in accessible ski terrain in Cham alone was more than worth it. Additionally, skiers, for no additional cost, have full access to the whole resort of Courmayeur, Italy and to all the 4 valleys of Verbier, Switzerland.

Read More: Resorts Ski Passes


Courmayeur Italy

Transport between the resorts on the ski bus, previously free now costs. It’s incredibly popular as the skiing in this northern Italian resort is FAN-TAS-TIC.

Travel time between resorts is about 20 minutes through the Mont Blanc Tunnel and the buses are filled days in advance.

We found the co-ticketing between resorts seamless. When you get to Courmayeur, the ticket office validates your Cham proximity pass for the duration of its validity, so you can ski here as many times as you choose.


Verbier Switzerland

You’ll know of Verbier as the elite Swiss resort favoured by the European Royals and celebrities. The resort is vast, spread over 4 valleys and is sufficiently small to be interconnected by lifts.

Verbier is about one and a half hours drive away. There's a bus on Thursdays to Verbier, subject to a minimum number of passengers.

Link To: Bus Excursions

There was a bit of hassling around at the Verbier ticket office, so it would seem they don’t see many co-ticketed skiers from resorts in France.

Of the winter resorts in France, the unique and best value feature is its ticketing, with access to the extended ski territory  to include not just France but also Italy and Switzerland.


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This is one of the ski resorts in France where there’s so much skiing to do and so many off-piste excursions  to enjoy in France and Switzerland, that you’ll have to plan ahead so as to maximize the experiences on offer.

Plan ahead...buses and guides are booked out early!


Our Vote

We’ve been to many terrific ski resorts all over the world, so we know a great one when we come across them.

We consider this the best of the ski resorts in France for the extensive skiing in 3 major resorts, in France as well as Italy and Switzerland and there's loads of interesting activities for non-skiers.

Enjoy!




Read more about orientation in the Valley:

Chamonix France  - orientation map of the villages

Chamonix Valley
Orientation

The steeple at Argentiere

Argentiere

Orientation map of Chamonix Mont Blanc

Town
Orientation





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