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Ski area: Chamonix Valley, France
Resort height: 1035m
Resort top height: 3864m

Chamonix Valley
(Cham Le Pass)
Km piste: 110
Lifts: 39
Snow parks: Various

No. of slopes: 69

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

Beginners starstar
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Driving distance from Calais: 558 miles (7hrs 55)

resort info

Chamonix is situated in the north-westerly part of the Alps, just 15 km from the Swiss border via the Col des Montets and 15 km from Italy via the Mont-Blanc tunnel. Chamonix and its valley are dominated by the mont Blanc chain to the south and the Aiguilles Rouges (red peaks) to the north. The town centre is situated at an altitude of 1035 metres, the highest village at the top of the valley is Le Tour (1462 metres).


Chamonix Valley itself has many seperate ski areas - Grand Montets (Argentiere), Domaine de Balme (Vallorcine), Les Houches and then Le Brevent and La Flegere in Chamonix itself. Generally the Chamonix Valley is a mecca for experts and off-pisters but there are some great areas for intermediates and beginners too.


The picturesque year round Chamonix village offers a good range of attractions, shops, bars and restaurants as well as a large sports complex offering a variety of sporting activities, a swimming pool, and an ice rink. Argentiere lies 8kms further up the valley and is linked by an efficient bus service (free with your lift pass). The car free centre has cobbled streets, old buildings, a river and pavement cafes.


Experience the famous Aiguille du Midi cable car ride up to 3842m in Chamonix, visit ice caves, and enjoy scenic mountain train rides. View here for a 360 degree view from the top of the Aiguille du Midi (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).


Chamonix town is part of the international “Best of the Alps” network which groups together twelve resorts that are emblematic of the history of the Alps. They all share the same respect for tradition and an ongoing quest for quality.


Chamonix is a great place for ski weekends aswell.  


Interested in buying an apartment in Chamonix? See our Buying in the Alps section


Why Chamonix?

·          Excellent for challenging skiing

·          High altitude skiing with very good snow records

·          Very good après ski

·          Traditional village


  • 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


Brevent & Flegere

From December 13 to December 19, 2014 partial opening

December 20 to February to April 19, 2015


Aiguille du Midi

From December 20 to February to May 31, 2015


Step into the Void

From March 31 to May 31, 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


Chamonix has acquired the Top of the French Alps award. Please view here for more information on this label. 

A list of approved baby-sitters is available from the Chamonix Tourist Office


Cap Loisirs - Maison pour Tous

A weekly programme is established and adapted to children's ages. Different themes are developed each week and include: arts, sciences, sports and nature activities...
Daily inscriptions are possible subject to availability.

Please book at the welcome desk of the MJC from Monday to Friday from 9am to 12 noon and from 2pm to 6pm.


Craft workshops for children

Lepetitvip arts, crafts and face painting for children aged 3 years and over. New: Lepetit Diddi Dance is aimed at the under 4’s and is not only a great way of keeping fit and active, but it’s also great fun! Nursery rhymes and actions in both English & French, favourite songs and music to fill 45 minutes of jumping, singing, clapping, turning, galloping, moving & shaking!
Reservation is strongly advised. They are open 08:30 until 18:00 in the Winter.

109-111 Promenade Marie Paradis, Chamonix Sud. Call +33(0)6 78 22 59 35 or send an e-mail:

You can rent a number of baby products locally in Chamonix. is a Chamonix based company that has a whole host of baby items available for rent.  Pushchairs, high chairs, cots, bedding, warm clothing.....

Prices start from €10 per day for a pushchair or car seat (€50 for the week).


The company also has adult ski clothing for rent - €50 per week for a ski jacket and €30 per week for salopettes.


ESF Chamonix

Children can learn to ski from 3 years old in Chamonix with ESF Chamonix.


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

6 half days for 3-12yrs (08.30-13.30 inc lunch or 12.00-17.00 incl lunch): £241-278

6 full days for 3-12yrs (08.30-17.00 inc lunch): £320-386

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




Step in to the void

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. Step in to the Void 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.

Virtual view from Step in to the Void


Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix Mont Blanc

Tel: +33 (0)4 50 53 00 88 - Fax: +33 (0)4 50 53 48 04

Maison de la Montagne - 190, place de l’Église - 74400 Chamonix

Open every day from 08:30 to 12:00 noon & 15:30 to 19:30.  

From winter mountaineering to snowshoeing at medium altitudes, including paragliding and the Vallée Blanche (an absolute “must” for experts), our 200 guides welcome you every day in the “Maison de la Montagne”.


Chamonix Aiguille du Midi cable car

After a breathtaking two-stage ride in one of the world’s highest cable cars, you will reach the Aiguille du Midi (altitude 3,842 m). Surrounded by famous peaks you can admire the unique panoramic view of Mont Blanc and the Alps.


Chamonix Montenvers & Mer de Glace train

Discover the famous Mer de Glace in a winter setting. Above all, on arrival at the railway station, do not forget to visit the gallery of crystals, the exhibition on Alpine wildlife, and the ice cave.


View here for 13/14 Chamonix Valley lift openings

View here for 13/14 Chamonix Valley train times


Chamonix Mont-Blanc Helicopters
+33 (0)4 50 54 13 82


Chamonix Paragliding

Absolute Chamonix Parapenting & Speed-riding

Avenue de l'aiguille du midi
9 passage de la varlope
74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Tel: +33(0)6 08 23 92 65


The school is managed by Caroline Brille, the 5-time French Champion, World Cup winner and World team vice-champion. The instructors all have national certification in paragliding, speed riding and mountaineering. The paragliding and speed riding school has received the label of the French Hang Gliding and Paragliding Federation. First flights, both for discovery or high mountain flying, can be scheduled all year round.


Chamonix Centre Sportif Richard Bozon

Swimming Pool

25m swimming pool, amusement pool with waterfall, river rapids, water jets and massages, 130m covered toboggan, solarium, solarium, jacuzzi, hamman, sauna.

Centre Sportif Richard Bozon

214 av de la Plage

Tel: 00 33 450 532 370


Chamonix Climbing wall

Centre Sportif Richard Bozon  

10-14yr olds must be accompanied by someone over 18 who is also climbing

Under 10’s must be accompanied by a guide

Bring climbing shoes.


Chamonix Swimming pool, sauna, hammam

Centre Sportif Richard Bozon


Chamonix Ice Skating rink

Centre Sportif Richard Bozon

Outside skating rink from Dec-Feb depending on weather conditions.

Covered olympic rink - 60 x 30 m. Outside rink - 26 x 56 m.  


Chamonix Sled Dogs


74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Tel: +33(0)6 84 99 34 67



Adult: 63 €
Child: 40 €

Opening times from 01/12/13 to 30/04/14: open daily.


Chamonix Paintball

0033 6 07 36 01 51

Reservation necessary. From 12yrs. Around 2 hours of play (18 people max). Equipment provided (protective wear + clothing), cartridges and compressed air. NEW! For 6-10yr olds with special equipment (€10 per person).


Chamonix Market

Place du Mont-Blanc: Saturday Morning             


Chamonix Cinema

Cinema Vox – Cour du Bartavel.

Tarifs from €5.50 per person. See schedule for shows at:  


Chamonix Casino

Place de Saussure

English roulette, Black-Jack, Sud Poker from 9pm.

Restaurant open from 7.30pm till midnight

All you can eat buffet during the week - €9.90

Please note: ID required for entry


Chamonix Alpine Museum

89 av Michel Croz (pedestrian area)

Records of valleys history. Open everyday from 3pm-7pm and in morning during French school holidays from 10am-midday (approx).

Adult €5, 12-18yrs €1.50, under 12’s free.  


Parc de Loisirs, Chamonix

The Chamonix Luge, opened in 2011 is a fun attraction for the whole family. A roller coaster in the mountains! Rail track 1300m long with jumps, turns, spins at 540°Placed in the centre of Chamonix (800 parking spaces in the summer, 200 in the winter), this new activity in the region is now open all year. Additional activity ideal for skiing in winter, this track is fully lit at night to take advantage of early winter evenings! Several advantages for this fun new attraction in Chamonix: - Can be fitted to two adults per sled - Luge completely secure (seat belts for two passengers) operating in all weathers.


Luge Alpine Coaster & Amusment Park 2014:

April: daily from 2 p.m to 6 p.m 
May: from 1st to 11th: daily from 2 p.m to 6 p.m


1 descent - €5.50, double €7.50. From 8 years old (3-7 years with an adult)


If you prefer walking or snowshoeing to skiing, Chamonix has just what you need to enjoy high mountain scenery: discover the Mer de Glace with the picturesque cog railway of Montenvers, take Europe’s highest cable car to the top of the Aigulle du Midi, ride on the tramway du Mont-Blanc, Frances highest cog railway, fly over the Mont-Blanc with Chamonix Mont-Blanc Helicopters – or simply enjoy the 17km of footpaths which take you deep into the winter landscape.  


All the above information is for information only. For the most up-to-date information please visit the resort tourist office website


Chamonix Tourist Office

Chamonix Tourist Information

85 place du Triangle de l’Amitié – BP 25

Tel: +33 4 50 53 00 24

Christmas holidays to mid-April: 8.30am to 7pm non stop


Chamonix Meteo provides a 5 day weather forecast of the valley on the above site. The lift/slope info and weather forecast are displayed daily in the Tourist Office and the High Mountain Office in addition to info on snow conditions and avalanche risk (exclusively in the High Mountain Office).


You can find the latest forecasts for the whole of the alps, satellite pictures, info on mountain meteorological phenomena etc at the Espace Meteo Site located in the Maison de la Montagne.


The following brochures are available at the Tourist Office:

·          Chamonix Resort Map

·          Chamonix Valley Piste Map

·          List of restaurants in Chamonix

·          Guide for children (French only)

·          Getting around/accessibility (incl. Brochure for disabled)


Office de haute montagne – 00 33 450 53 22 08 (check before heading up the mountain)

Apres Ski/Eating

Chamonix hosts a wide selection of typical cafes and tempting pastry shops along with 14 bars, over 100 restaurants, 100 shops and 7 nightclubs (some open until 7am). The world class casino in the centre of town will tempt the gambler in you with black jack, roulette and slot machines of the purest tradition. The Vox cinema delights moviegoers with all the latest films. A free guide to the restaurants in the Chamonix Valley is available from the Chamonix Tourist Office.



Chamonix by Road: Driving distance from Calais to Chamonix 518miles (7hrs 45)

From Calais, take A26 Motorway towards Reims and Troyes, then Dijon, Mâcon then ‘Autoroute Blanche’ Motorway (A40 Mâcon – Cluses) exit Chamonix.


Chamonix by Rail: SNCF station in resort. St Gervais (TGV)/Le Fayet – Vallorcine line. Connections with the TGV at Annecy.


Airports near to Chamonix:

Geneva to Chamonix is 82km (1 hour)  

Chambery Airport is 132km from Chamonix (1 ½ hours) 

Grenoble Airport is 219km from Chamonix (2 hours) 

Lyon Saint-Exupery is 220km from Chamonix (2 ½ hours) 


Bus transfers from Geneva Airport

Buses run from 21/12/13 - 13/04/14. Tickets must be reserved (not pre-bookable with Peak Retreats). Transfer time 1.15hrs. Cost is €50 per adult return (cheaper prices for groups of 4 adults). Child is half adult rate (4-12yrs). Book at
Timetable and prices 13/14  


Getting around Chamonix and the Valley

Chamonix Town Centre

By FOOT: there are 4,000 parking spaces with 1 hour’s free parking. There are 3 covered car parks – Chamonix-Sud, Saint-Michel (behind church) and Place du Mont-Blanc.

By SHUTTLE BUS: free ‘Le Mulet’ shuttles circulate every 10 minutes in the town centre from 08.30am-6.30pm (every 20 mins in low season)


Chamonix Valley

Buses from Servoz to Vallorcine are free for holders of the guest card (Carte d’Hote) or a ski-pass. You can also travel by train (free of charge) between Servoz and Vallorcine with the Carte d’Hote.


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 SNCF line serves all the villages from St Gervais/Le Fayet to Martigny (Switzerland), passing through Chamonix, Argentiere and Vallorcine. Roughly one train every hour (see

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


Airport Transfer

Pre-book your Chamonix transfer with Peak Retreats

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

For all other transfer prices please click here


Resort News



Events in Chamonix








Christmas in the mountain fair

Jumble sale - fair - from 09:00 to 19:00
25 regional craftsmen and women who will present original creations such as poyas, salt dough modelling, wood and ceramic sculpture, water colours, glass jewellery, iron work...

Location: Le Majestic , Chamonix-Mont-Blanc


 28th December - 30th December 2013

Night Slalom FIS
The ski event in Chamonix where the French national team will compete against skiers from all over the world.

Location: Les Planards , Chamonix-Mont-Blanc


3rd January - 4th January 2014

Freeride World Tour
It’s On! The Best Riders on the Best Mountains in the Ultimate Freeride Competition.The 2013-14 FWT will take place at the same six stops as the previous season!

Each stop has a five to eight day weather window designed to provide optimal competition conditions. The tour will start at Revelstoke Mountain Resort, CAN (Dec. 18, 2013) and then cross the Atlantic to Courmayeur, ITA (Jan. 18, 2014) and Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, FRA (Jan. 25, 2014). From there, the tour will continue in Europe at Fieberbrunn PillerseeTal, AUT (Feb. 1, 2014) before returning to North America at Kirkwood Mountain Resort (March 1, 2014). After the Kirkwood stop an athlete cut will be made determining which riders will advance to the Swatch Xtreme Verbier by The North Face® (March 22, 2014) and compete to be the new Freeride world champions.

Location: Domaine skiable du Brévent , Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

25th January 2014

Chamonix in Red
Let's party... At home ! Reviving the tradition, all the instructors of the Chamonix French Ski School invite you the winter celebration.

On programme: live music, mulled wine, a giant tartiflette, a cauldron of hot chocolate... so meet us at the Place du Triangle de l'Amitié.
Join us for the party ! Children and parents of course. You can win many gifts and skis.

Location: Place du Triangle de l'Amitié , Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Rates: Free of charge

28th February 2014

Black Week-End

Wild skiing: off piste, test, tartiflette or a "hot dog" (a dual track of mogul skiing), organized by the brand, Black Crows skis. As for... music: three stages of which two at high altitude. Twenty live performances and dj sets.

Location: Domaine skiable de Chamonix , Chamonix-Mont-Blanc


6th March - 9th March 2014

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




New for 13/14! Chamonix Sky Walk

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. The Skywalk will be visible at the Aiguille du Midi this autumn as the installation progresses however will only be accessible to the public from the 21st of December, the opening date of the Aiguille du Midi after its annual closure on the 4th of November.

Other Amenities

Banks, Alpine museum, good range of shops, free car parks close to ski lifts.


ski info

Chamonix Valley itself has many seperate ski areas - Grand Montets (Argentiere), Domaine de Balme (Vallorcine), Les Houches and then Le Brevent and La Flegere in Chamonix itself. Generally the Chamonix Valley is a mecca for experts and off-pisters but there are some great areas for intermediates and beginners too.


The slopes in the valley are mostly above the tree-line.



On either side of Chamonix, are base stations of the Aiguille du Midi- starting point of Vallee Blanche and gondola to Le Brevent. La Flegere is reached by cable car from the nearby village of Les Praz. The other ski areas are widely spread across the valley. In Chamonix itself, Le Brevent and La Flegere are the 2 ski areas.


Down the road, Le Tour is an excellent all round intermediate area with spectacular views down the valley, good for a day’s family skiing.


The ‘Vallee Blanche’ descent, which is usually open all season, and is skied with a guide (bookable locally), provides 22kms of unforgettable skiing in stunning scenery.


Skiing in Chamonix is made easy as all five areas are linked by an efficient bus service (free with lift pass).



Beginners will enjoy a variety of gentle nursery slopes within easy reach of Chamonix, There are 4 ski areas for children, beginners and skiers who like an easy ride:

- La Vormaine

- Les Chosalets

- Le Savoy

- Les Planards

Brevent-Flegere, Le Domaine de Balme and La Telecabine du Prarion (Les Houches) also offer pistes of all levels ideal for the family.


For more information about the beginner areas in Chamonix view here



The Brevent-Flegere skiing area is excellent for those of intermediate ability. Le Brevent offers some steep skiing off the top and is perhaps a little tougher than Flegere terrain. Down the backside towards Flegere, the runs are steep, as is the off piste.

La Flegere is known to the locals as 'riders paradise'. Lots of fun runs, mostly fairly easy and big open off piste sections. Lachenal piste is a red run that’s almost black giving good intermediates a technical challenge with its physically demanding, consistently steep upper section. The Lachenal bowl offers exceptional off piste after fresh snowfall.

The Chavannes chairlift gives access to some easier blues runs and some gentler off piste for those trying it out for the first time.



Advanced to expert skiers will love the incomparable slopes and challenging range of skiing. Chamonix skiing is the undisputed off-piste capital of Europe with some quite extraordinary experiences awaiting you on the Mont Blanc Massiff. (N.B. the services of a local guide are essential, bookable locally). There is also the Vallee Blanche for confident, energic skiers. The Grands Montets pistes above Argentiere give access to exhilarating glacier runs. The large lift pass also covers the neighbouring sunny resort of Courmayeur. To get the best out of the area you really need a local guide.



Chamonix ski resort has long been known as the extreme free-riding capital of Europe. Vast areas of accessible off-piste, man made and natural half pipes, gullies galore, and plenty of varied terrain to suit any rider.


View here for a more in-depth look into Chamonix’s ski areas (including detailed information on Chamonix's various ski areas, piste maps, slope coverage, best areas for beginners and children, photos…)


  • Ski Hire
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  • Historical Snow
Ski Hire


Ski hire in Chamonix prices start from £35 for children (skis and boots) & £57 for adults (skis and boots) for 7 days. View here for Chamonix ski hire prices.


Ski Passes



Adult (16-64)

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

Senior (75+)*


7 days Cham le Pass (1)





7 days MBU (2)





6 days Cham le Pass (1)





6 days MBU (2)





5 days Cham le Pass (1)





5 days MBU (2)





*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





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





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 adults

Day - €40.80 children, €48 adults


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

Day - €49.70 children, €58 adults

Ski School



Group lessons only (lift pass not included)





3-4 yrs

6 half days 2hrs30 lessons (AM or PM)1




6 full days 2 x 2hrs30 lessons (AM + PM)1




6 half days 2hrs30 (AM or PM) + nursery2




6 full days 2hrs30 (AM + PM) + nursery3




1 Adult: Sun 12.15-16.30, then Mon-Fri 8.45-13.00
Children & Piou Piou 21/12-6/2: 9.15-11.45 or 14.00-16.30 - From 16/2: 9.15-11.45 or 14.30-17.00 –

2 Mornings: 8.30-13.30 (incl lunch), Afternoons: 12.00-17.00 (incl lunch) 3 Full day 8.30-17.00 (incl lunch)


Children (8-12yrs)*


(13 yrs+)**

6 half-days



5 half-days



* 5 sessions Monday-Friday 13.30-16.45, only during school holidays 21/12-2/1, 8/2-6/3, 11/4-24/4)

**Sunday 12.15-16.30, then Monday-Friday 8.15-13.00


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.  


Chamonix Individual Tuitions

(13/14 prices, NOT pre-bookable)

Number:  1 to 4 persons
Duration:  2 hours
Schedule: 10h-12h; 13h30-15h30; 14h-16h
Meeting:  pistes or ESF
No course in the morning during February holidays
Ski area:  all domains.


Rates: 2 hours Instructor

1 to 2 persons 122 €
3 to 4 persons 133 €


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


ESF Chamonix contact for private lessons +33 450 54 00 12




Mountain restaurants in Chamonix

Montenvers/Mer de Glace: on finishing La Vallee Blanche:

Le Grand Hotel du Montenvers

Buffet de la gare du Montenvers



Cafeteria de la Flegere

Restaurant La Chavanne


Domaine de Balme

Restaurant de Charamillon

Chalet de la Jeanne

Refufe du Col de Balme



La Bergerie de Planpraz

Le Panoramic


Lognan/Les Grands Montets

Cafeteria de Lognan

Restaurant de Plan Joran

Chalet Refuge de Lognan


Aiguille du Midi

Cafeteria de l’Aiguille  


Cross-country in Chamonix area

Chamonix has two distinct cross country skiing areas and offers an excellent choice of varied and picturesque circuits. There are gentle pistes linking Chamonix with the village of Les Bois or further up the valley the quietude of Argentière with skiing through pine forests. Snow conditions permitting, these 2 areas are linked via the village of Le Lavancher. If you're trying cross country skiing for the first time, begin on the easy trails and beware, you might get hooked forever!

1.There is a charge to use the trails which are regularly patrolled. The passes and tickets are on sale at the cross-country ski lodges of Chamonix and at the tourist office of Argentière.

2.Give access to the swimming pool or ice-rink of Chamonix the same day.


View here for Chamonix Valley cross country map 13-14


Snowshoeing in Chamonix

A showshoeing area has been developed on Balme, at the top of the Vallorcine cable car line towards Les Posettes. In addition to the 17km of maintained and waymarked footpaths in the bottom of the valley, circuits reserved for walkers have been been provided in the ski areas: a route of around 2 hours at Grands Montets, and a 45 minute walk along the Libellules slope on La Flegere.

Historical Snow


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


Chamonix 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 Chamonix. 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.












































Upper Slopes (cm)





















Lower Slopes (cm)






















Other Accommodation In: Chamonix

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La Ginabelle
4* MGM Apartments. Sleeps 2-6
Indoor pool
La Ginabelle in Chamonix is located right in the centre of the town.

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Les Balcons du Savoy
Apartments. Sleeps 2-7
Indoor pool
Les Balcons du Savoy residence is perfect for families, being uniquely located just an easy 300m walk from the centre of Chamonix & right next to the Savoy beginner area which is itself linked to the Brevent-Fléger

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La Taniere
Luxury Chalet
Sleeps 12. Bedrooms: 4 + alcove
Situated in the pretty Chamonix Valley, with outstanding views towards the surrounding majestic peaks, Chalet La Tanière is set in the quiet ‘Bossons’ area.

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Hotel Gustavia
Hotel. Sleeps up to 3
It enjoys an ideal central location, very practical for local transport (ski bus stop outside), shops, bars and restaurants.
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