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Ski area: Chamonix Valley, France
Resort height: 1230m
Resort top height: 3300m

Chamonix Valley
(Cham Le Pass)
Km piste: 108
Lifts: 39
Snow parks: Various

No. of slopes: 69

Green slopes 8 Blue slopes 28
Red slopes 20 Black slopes 10

Beginners starstar
Intermediates starstarstar
Experts starstarstarstar
Boarders starstarstarstar

Driving distance from Calais: 563 miles (8hrs 10)

resort info

The old village is in a lovely setting towards the head of the Chamonix valley towards the village of Le Tour, beneath Les Grands Montets and surrounded by the most magnificent peaks and glaciers in the Alps. The picturesque mountain feel of the village is abundant, it has long been at the fore front of Alpine sports, welcoming tourists for 200 years and skiers since the early years of the century.

 

Built beside the Torrent de l’Arve, the village of Argentiere retains a large number of traditional wooden houses, as well as ancient farmhouses where the farmers still subsist on mountain agriculture. Argentiere provides an interesting base to explore the surrounding ski areas of the Chamonix valley. There is a newer side of Argentiere too with all the modern amenities and services, a variety of cosy bars and restaurants and a disco.

 

A shuttle bus runs from Argentiere into Chamonix every 15 minutes.

 

View here for a 360 degree view from the top of the Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix (hold down the left click of your mouse and drag left right up and down whilst still holding on the left click button to move 360 degree).

 

Voted one of the top resorts for Experts

 

Interested in buying an apartment at this residence? See our Buying in the Alps section

 

Why Argentière?

·          For the challenging skiing

·          Spectacular scenery

·          Traditional old villages

 

 


  • Opening Dates
  • Child Care
  • Activities
  • Apres Ski/Eating
  • Access
  • Resort News
  • Other Amenities
Opening Dates

 

Chamonix Valley is open from early December 2014 to early May 2015

 

Grand Montets (Argentiere) is open partial from 6th Dec - 19th Dec (access by Argentiere-Lognan only). Full opening from 20th December 2014 - 26th April 2015. Paetial opening from 27th April - 3rd May 2015. 

 

Lift closures 14/15:

 

Aiguille du Midi (Chamonix) has its annual closure from 3 November to 19 December 2014.

 

Step into the Void® timetables (Pas dans le vide®) - from September 15th 2014 La Compagnie du Mont-Blanc continues its investment program at the Aiguille du Midi. From September 15th 2014, the access to the summit terrace and to the “Step into the Void” will be closed for further renovation & refurbishment work. During more than 6 months, the team and SCHINDLER (Elevators) are going to work on the change of summit elevator. Next spring, visitors will have the possibility of access to the summit terrace via a double, latest generation SCHINDLER, elevator. Reopens 31st March 2015.

 

Child Care

 

CRECHE CHILDCARE WITHOUT SKIING (for childcare with skiing, see below):

Panda Club: 10 months - 12 year olds, telephone 0033 450 558 612 Chamonix Centre, or 0033 450 540 476 Argentiere

 

Childrens Ski Lessons in Argentiere

Children can ski from 3 years old in Argentiere with ESF.

CHILDCARE WITH SKIING

ESF Argentiere also arrange kids ski and garderie formulas which Peak Retreats can pre-book:

Teddy lunch - ski tuition, lunch and garderie for 4-12yrs

6 half days for 4-12yrs (09.15-14.00 inc lunch or 12.00-16.30 inc lunch): £217-235

6 full days for 4-12yrs (09.15-16.30/17.00 inc lunch): £283-291

Peak Retreats can pre-book this. See here for details.

Activities

   

View here for 13/14 Chamonix Valley lift openings

View here for 13/14 Chamonix Valley train times 

 

Step into the Void (Pas dans le vide)

The latest addition to the ongoing improvements being made to the Aiguille du Midi, the Chamonix Skywalk is making steady progress and is due to open to the public in December. The new feature on the Aiguille du Midi, which already attracts millions of visits every year, is set to be a huge sensation at 3,842 metres. The Chamonix Skywalk is a glazed structure perched on the Aiguille du Midi, with a 1000 metre drop below, allowing visitors to truly step into the void. The structure is made entirely of glass to allow for maximum transparency, three glass plates of 12 mm each are binded with a transparent film of the five faces, all held together by mechanical fasteners. The unit is then fixed to a vertical support structure over the void. The bespoke design has taken years of planning, development and testing by French engineers and German laboratories. 

Step into the Void timetables (Pas dans le vide) - from September 15th 2014 La Compagnie du Mont-Blanc continues its investment program at the Aiguille du Midi. From September 15th 2014, the access to the summit terrace and to the Step into the Void will be closed for further renovation & refurbishment work. During more than 6 months, the team and SCHINDLER (Elevators) are going to work on the change of summit elevator. Next spring, visitors will have the possibility of access to the summit terrace via a double, latest generation SCHINDLER, elevator. Reopens 31st March 2015.

 

Natural outdoor ice rink in Argentiere

Located adjacent to the church in Argentiere. 

Open every day during the holidays (closed on Mondays outside holiday period) from 16:30h to 19h00 (according to ice conditions).

Free access to people having their own skates.

Free of charge
From 20/12/2014 to 28/02/215 between 4 PM and 8.30 PM.

 

Please see a list of activities on the CHAMONIX PAGE

                                                 

All the above information is for information only. For the most up-to-date information please visit the resort tourist office website. All prices for activities are in local currency (€ Euros) and are bookable and payable locally in resort.

 

Argentiere Tourist Office

Office de tourisme

www.chamonix.com
24, route du Village
Tél. +33 (0)4 50 54 02 14
fax +33 (0)4 50 54 06 39
argentiere.info@chamonix.com

 

December: 9h-12h and 15h-18h, closed Suns
Christmas holidays: everyday from 8h30-12h and 15h-19h
January and March: everyday from 8h30-12h and 15h-18h
April and May: everyday from 9h-12h and 15h-18h

Apres Ski/Eating

Bars, very reasonably priced restaurants, nightclub.

 

Restaurants in Argentiere

Les Ecuries de Charamillon  - Mountain restaurant - Chalet snack-bar

Argentière Restaurants - Les Ecuries de Charamillon

Domaine skiable du Tour - Charamillon
Le Tour
74400 Argentière

Tel: +33(0)4 50 54 17 07
Tel: +33(0)6 80 88 17 18
Email: lesecuries1900@gmail.com


" Les Ecuries de Charamillon" welcome you on slopes, in a new restaurant with an awesome view on the mont blanc range and the Chamonix Valley. Come and enjoy the local dishes.

Le Bistrot du Dahu  - Traditional savoyard dishes

Argentière Restaurants - Le Bistrot du Dahu

325 rue Charlet Straton
74400 Argentière

Tel: +33(0)4 50 55 59 96
Fax: +33(0)4 50 47 62 53
Email: ledahu@serac.biz
Web: www.restaurant-argentiere.com

 

Discover our quality traditional cuisine and our specialties in a typical mountain atmosphere.

The restaurant is located in the village of Argentière with a beautiful terrace for the pleasant view of the Argentière glacier and the of the Grands Montets area.

 

Bar restaurant Snack Le Passon  - Fast Food

188 place du tour

74400 Argentière

Tel: +33(0)4 50 54 33 04

 

Brasserie les Marmottons  - Brasserie - Traditional savoyard dishes

56 chemin de la Glacière

74400 Argentière

Tel: +33(0)4 50 54 10 67

 

Crèmerie Glacier d'Argentiere  - Traditional savoyard dishes

766 Chem de la Glacière

74400 Argentière

Tel: +33(0)4 50 54 07 52

 

La Remise  - Gastronomic

1124 rte d'Argentière

74400 Argentière

Tel: +33(0)4 50 34 06 96

 

Access

 

By Road: Driving distance from Calais to Argentiere 563miles (7hrs50)

From Calais, take A26 Motorway towards Reims and Troyes, then Dijon, Mâcon then ‘Autoroute Blanche’ Motorway (A40 Mâcon – Cluses) exit Chamonix. Follow signs to Argentière (4km from Chamonix) on the N506.

 

By Rail: TGV to Saint-Gervais (35km transfer or regional train)

 

Airports:

Geneva Airport is 108km from Argentiere (1 ¼ hours)

www.gva.ch/en 

Chambery Airport is 146km from Argentiere (1 ¾ hours)

www.chambery-airport.com

Turin Airport is 181km from Argentiere (2 hours)

www.aeroportoditorino.it

Lyon Saint-Exupery Airport is 229km from Argentiere (2 ¼ hours)

www.lyonairport.com

Grenoble Airport is 236km from Argentiere (2 ¼ hours)

www.grenoble-airport.com

 

Getting around the Chamonix Valley area

(Argentiere, Le Tour, Chamonix, Les Houches, Vallorcine etc)

 

The Chamonix Valley has very good shuttle bus links throughout all its resorts so it’s easy to hop on the resort shuttle to whatever ski area you desire. Link up to Chamonix town, Les Houches, Vallorcine; buses run from early in the morning to late afternoon and the night bus runs between 10pm-12pm, returning latest 12.30am.

 

The Mont Blanc Express train also provides access between the Chamonix Valley resorts. 

 

There are a number of ski lockers underneath the restaurant at top of the Lognan cable car at Les Grands Montets in Argentière.

 

Airport Transfer

Pre-book your taxi transfer with Peak Retreats

From Geneva Airport to Argentiere – from £86 per person return based on 4 people sharing. 

For all other transfer prices please click here

Resort News

 

 

Events in Argentiere/Chamonix 14/15

 

Date(s)

 

 

 

 

Nordic Monster Test: Nordic skiing festival in Chamonix, opening of the nordic skiing area (depending on the snow conditions) Saturday 6th December 2014
Christmas festivities in Chamonix, Argentière, Les Houches Tuesday 23th and Wednesday 24th December 2014
Alpine Skiing European Cup: mens’ night slalom in Chamonix Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd January 2015
The FIS, international alpine skiing competition: 2 slalom races in Chamonix Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th January 2015
French Alpine skiing Championships: sprints and individual races in Chamonix Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th January 2015
Swatch Freeride World Tour in Chamonix (French leg) Saturday 24th January 2015
Night time Nordic skiing in Argentière Wednesday, February 11 2015
Grand Prix in Nordic skiing of the Chamonix Valley, in Chamonix Sunday 15th February 2015
Fête de la Glisse: snowboarding entertainment for the very young in the Chamonix town centre Sunday 22nd February 2015
Chamonix dressed in Red: French Ski Club (ESF) fair in Chamonix Friday, February 27th 2015
Carnival in Chamonix and Argentière Wednesday 4th March 2015
Nordic Skiing European Cup Final in Chamonix From Friday 13th to Sunday 15th March 2015
The Black Weekend: electronic music festival in Chamonix and Argentière From Friday 3rd to Monday 6th April 2015
Les Piolets d’Or: this event celebrates the best world expeditions of the year, and takes place in Chamonix. Friday 9th to Sunday 12th April 2015

Information provided by Chamonix Tourist Office – www.chamonix.com. Many more events throughout the season.

 Other

 

Other Amenities

Shops. And all the après-ski activities and night life of Chamonix, only 4km away.

www.chamonix.com


ski info

Argentière offers probably some of the most challenging skiing in the Alps, although it offers some beginners slopes too. Les Grand Montets is situated above Argentière and is the largest of the pisted skiing areas in the Chamonix valley. The area isnt huge but the sheer number of combinations of possible descents both on and off piste makes this a great place for expert and off-piste skiers.

 

From the village of Argentière, the Lognan cable car 1972 m and Grands Montets cablecar 3300 m, will transport you to the foot of the Aiguille Verte. An exceptionnal viewpoint point over the Argentière glacier, the Drus, the Aiguilles Rouges and the Mont Blanc.

 Winter activities
 - Exceptional vertical drops, famous pistes and tremendous glacier skiing have given the Grands-Montets its prestigeous reputation. A resort of international renown due to the extent and variety of its itineraries. 
 - Artificial snow and the geographical situation allow the opening of the ski domain until the beginning of May.
 - New snowpark available for snowboarders!

 

New 14/15:

In Plan Joran, a new detachable gondola lift has replaced the 4-seater chairlift!

Two brand new cabins have been fitted on the Argentière-Lognan aerial tramway!
The intermediate Lognan station has a brand new high-tech design!

 

ARGENTIERE SKI AREA

Argentière pistes benefit from wide open spaces. The pistes are spread over 3 mountainsides (the Argentière glacier, Lognan and the Pendant) and offer excellent on and off-piste possibilities. Ski adjacent to the glacier and take advantage of excellent snow conditions right up until early May. Grands Montets area is made up of various high altitude and north-facing bowls that make for good-quality snow from early December through to May. Access is mainly by the Lognan cable car which departs from the main car park at Argentiere or by slow chairlift. This chairlift is due to be replaced at some point in 2012 for faster access. The Lognan area is where you need to be for access to the highest runs. The Marmottons area is accessed by taking either the Tabé or Plan Roujon chairlifts. This is the centre of the Grand Montet ski area and from here beginners can perfect those wide carving turns. The more adventurous can go into the board park which is situated just to the left at the top of the Tabe chairlift.

 

Grand Montets

1 snowpark

Km

 28

Lifts

  9

No. of slopes - 17

 

  2

 

  5

 

  4

 

  6

 

ARGENTIERE EXPERT SKIERS

Expert skiers throng to what is undoubtedly the mecca of off-piste skiing and boarding. The world famous couloirs and steep gullies of the Grand Montets provide the best challenges. The vertical drop of 2000 metres from the summit to Argentière is not for the faint hearted. Whilst the run down the glacier is not too difficult the Rectiligne gully is something else, with the Vallee Blanche stretching from the Aiguille du Midi at 3790m down to Chamonix 24kms later.

 

Then there are the Point de Vue and Pylones, steep slopes where the piste bashers never venture. Grand Montets has at least 30 off piste runs from the top like the formidable Pas de Chèvre with 1000m drop to the Mer de la Glace.

 

ARGENTIERE BEGINNERS

Les Chosalets beginners’ slope (1252m) on the valley floor can be found at the lower end of Argentiere just up from the turning for the Grands Montets car park. It’s surrounded by trees and has a small snack hut at the bottom of the lifts. It is served by two draglifts. This north-facing shady area normally has good snow on these 2 slopes. One is very short and flat with its own draglift for first timers. The adjacent slope is much longer and wider and steeper in some parts.

 

ARGENTIERE OFF-PISTE

La Pendant is a powder bowl par excellence and is both a good place to learn about off-piste skiing and a favourite with the regulars. Les Grands Montets is always the first ski area in the valley to open and the last to close. The lifts in the Grands Montets give access to miles of exceptional steep and deep off piste powder and glacial terrain, but it can get tracked out very quickly on a powder day.

 

By far the best and highly recommended way to explore the limitless off piste is with one of the many local experienced guides, who run group sessions or private days. Off-piste skiing can be very dangerous if you don’t have the right equipment or take a guide with you.

 

View here for more details on the different areas of the Chamonix Valley ski area

 

 


  • Ski Hire
  • Ski Passes
  • Ski School
  • Activities
  • Historical Snow
Ski Hire

 

Ski hire in Argentiere - prices start from £35 for children (skis and boots) & £48 for adults (skis and boots) for 7 days. View here for Argentiere ski hire prices.

Ski Passes

 

LIFT PASS ARGENTIERE 14/15

Adult (16-64)

Child (4-15) / Senior (65-74)*

Senior (75+)*

Family**

7 days Cham le Pass (1)

£232

£198

£118

£663

7 days MBU (2)

£269

£229

£136

£768

6 days Cham le Pass (1)

£205

£175

£104

£585

6 days MBU (2)

£242

£206

£122

£690

5 days Cham le Pass (1)

£187

£160

£95

£534

5 days MBU (2)

£223

£190

£113

£635

*CHILD/SENIOR: Proof of age is compulsory; please bring ID ** FAMILY PASS: 2 adults + 1 child (4-15yrs); extra children (4-15yrs) free (people with same name, living at same address) / Photos are only necessary for passes +10 days)

MBU FIRST SNOW (29/11 to 19/12) & Spring (11/4-3/5) OFFER:

6 days lift pass MBU (2) - OFFER

£194

£165

£98

£554

MBU Early booking OFFER (from Sat 10/1 to Fri 6/2 + from Sat 7/3 to Fri 10/4)**: on 6 days lift passes

***Bookings have to be done before 20/11/14

6 days lift pass MBU (2) - OFFER

£182

£155

£92

£520

NEW: Your hands-free lift pass cards will be sent to you in your voucher pack, so you won’t have to queue at the lift pass office with a voucher on arrival.

NOTE: €3/pass for hands-free pass is included in the price (reuseable annually)

 

(1) Chamonix Le Pass: Brevent/Flegère (Chamonix), Lognan (Argentière, except Lognan - Grands Montets cable car), Balme (Tour/Vallorcine) + Les Planards, Le Savoy, Les Chosalets, La Vormaine (family area, bottom of the valley) + resort shuttle bus

 

(2) Mont-Blanc Unlimited (MBU): Chamonix Le Pass + Les Houches + Verbier/4 Vallées - Suisse (valid for lift passes 6 days+) + Les Grands Montets (Argentière) & Courmayeur (Italy) + unlimited access to lifts, mountain trains & excursion sites of Aiguille du Midi & Panoramic Mt-Blanc, Montenvers gondola, train & ice grotto visit, Tramway du Mt Blanc & Funivie Monte-Bianco (Italy) + resort shuttle bus  

 

Other lift pass on offer (to buy locally in resort in Euros):

 

Cham Le Pass ski pass – ½ day and daily rates 14/15:

½ day - €36.10 children, €42.50 adults

Day - €40.80 children, €48 adults

 

Mont Blanc Unlimited - ½ day and daily rates 14/15:

Day - €49.70 children, €58.50 adults

Ski School

 

SKI SCHOOL 14/15 Argentiere

ESF - Group Lessons only (lift passes not included)

Ski or Snowboard (Snowboard from 8yrs+)

All other dates

28/12-2/1 + 8/2-6/3

Adult

Child 3-15

Adult

Child 3-15

6 mornings

£126

£122

£126

£139

6 days AM + PM (no Lunch)

n/a

£193

n/a

£202

Sunday-Friday Children/Adults: AM: 09.15-11.45 or PM 14.00-16.30 until 6/2, then 14.30-17.00 from 8/2. Piou Piou/Ourson (3-5yrs) : AM only 9.45-11.45 for children aged 3; full days only available for 4-5yrs.

TEDDY LUNCH

Ski tuition + lunch + garderie (4-12yrs)

6 half-days (9.15-14.00 or 12.00-16.30/17.00)

£210

£229 (am)

£215 (pm)

6 full days (9.15-16.30/17.00)

£273

£282

Ski School: Please note that: Lesson times are subject to change right until the last minute. Outside French school holidays the ski school reserves the right to cancel group lessons should numbers be insufficient. For peak periods (20/12-3/1, 07/2-07/3 & 11/4-25/4) we strongly recommend that you book as early as possible and in any case at least 6 weeks prior to the required dates. AM lessons tend to get booked up first and therefore we may only be able to offer PM classes within 6 weeks of departure. In some resorts English speaking instructors may not always be available, particularly at peak times.

Please note that a booking fee of £9 per party will apply

 

Ski School: Please note that: Lesson times are subject to change right until the last minute. Outside French school holidays the ski school reserves the right to cancel group lessons should numbers be insufficient. For peak periods (20/12-3/1, 07/2-07/3 & 11/4-25/4) we strongly recommend that you book as early as possible and in any case at least 6 weeks prior to the required dates. AM lessons tend to get booked up first and therefore we may only be able to offer PM classes within 6 weeks of departure. In some resorts English speaking instructors may not always be available, particularly at peak times.

   

Argentiere Individual Tuitions

(13/14 prices, NOT pre-bookable)

 

Please note that prices are an indication only and are subject to change

 

Private lessons

period 1

period 2

1 H (1 to 2 pers.) 12h - 14h

55 €

55 €

1 H (3 to 5 pers.) 12h - 14h

70 €

70 €

2 H (1 to 2 pers.)

90 €

90 €

2 H (3 to 5 pers.)

115 €

115 €

2 H (1 to 2 pers.) 14h30 / 16h30*

   -

120 €  

2 H (3 to 5 pers.) 14h30 / 16h30*

   -

135 € 

3 H (1 to 3 pers.)  14h / 17h*

   -

170 € 

 

PERIOD 1
22nd December > 28th December 2013 & 5th January > 15th February 2014 & 16th March > 5th May 2014

PERIOD 2
29th December > 4th January 2014 & 16th February > 15th March 2014

 

Individual tuitions can only be purchased directly from the ski school. Peak Retreats cannot pre-book these.

 

Ski school ESF Argentiere contact numbers for private lessons:

e-mail info@esf-argentiere.com or telephone +33.4.50.54.00.12

 

Activities

Mountain restaurants 
3

 

Argentiere Cross-country  
42km of marked tracks

View here for Chamonix Valley cross country map 13-14

 

Argentiere Snowpark

At the top of the Tabé chair-lift. A MUST ranked in the top 15 French parks!

•The Boardercross (Blue line) comprises 8 woops, 4 elevated turns and 3 Blue tables
•For figure enthusiasts, the Red line has 4 jumps, 1 step-up, 1 butter table and a "bong" table
•The Black line for the more adventurous comprises 3 jumps, 1 butter table and 2 hips
•Not forgetting the 2 Black pipe lines and box for confirmed riders, our 3 Red boxes and XL Mail box for amateur riders and our cushioned box for those new to rails...


Free access at the top of the Tabé chairlift.

Historical Snow

 

Argentiere Snow Report – 2004-2014 (10 season average)

Argentiere and more generally the Chamonix Valley has always benefited from a superb snow record thanks to the microclimate resulting from the very close proximity of Mont Blanc. Snow cover on at least parts of the ski area is pretty much guaranteed from early-December until late April. Here is the snow record data for Argentiere. The first row shows the week for which the measurement applies eg. February 3 is the 3rd week in February. Top slopes shows the average snow cover in cm at the top of the ski area. Bottom Slopes shows the average snow cover in cm at the bottom of the ski area (this is generally where the nursery pistes are located). About 10 cm is generally enough to ski but it very much depends on what’s below ie. grass or more rocky surface.

 

See also snow reports for CHAMONIX, which is 7km from Argentiere.


Month

Nov

Dec

Dec

Dec

Dec

Jan

Jan

Jan

Jan

Feb

Feb

Feb

Feb

Mar

Mar

Mar

Mar

Apr

Apr

Apr

Week

4

1

2

3

4

1

2

3

4

1

2

3

4

1

2

3

4

1

2

3

Upper Slopes (cm)

44

84

109

134

169

202

222

253

275

276

281

287

299

309

311

310

332

342

336

321

Lower Slopes (cm)

17

19

24

27

48

61

60

66

69

63

67

66

65

62

52

46

45

34

31

27


Other Accommodation In: Argentière

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Le Cristal
MGM apartments. Sleeps 2-7
Indoor Pool
Le Cristal d’Argentière is located right in the centre of the resort, 50m from the tiny train station and the shuttle bus stop to the ski lifts and Chamonix.
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