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Thinking of skiing in Chamonix? Chamonix is a pretty town situated just 15km from the Swiss border and known for its variety of shops and restaurants as well as being the off-piste capital of Europe.

Why Chamonix Ski Resort?

  • Excellent for challenging skiing
  • High-altitude skiing with a very good snow record
  • Lively après ski
  • Traditional village ambience in the town

Chamonix Mont Blanc Resort Information

The Chamonix Valley stretches from Servoz to Barberine on the Swiss border. The main towns within the Chamonix Valley include Les Houches, Les Bossons, Chamonix, Les Praz, Argentiere, Montroc / Le Tour and Vallorcine.

Chamonix became the world capital of mountaineering and developed into a world renowned ski resort after. It is actually formed of 5 ski resorts and one large famous off piste area (Vallee Blanche) with lift access via the Aiguille du Midi.

The main ski lift areas (working up the Valley) are:

  • In Les Houches - Les Houches,
  • In Chamonix - Le Brevent and the Aiguille du Midi (off piste only, the Vallee Blanche)
  • In Les Praz - La Flégère
  • In Argentiere - Les Grands Montets
  • In Le Tour/Vallorcine - Le Tour/Balme

Flégère is interconnected with Brévent. There are other smaller beginner lift areas including Les Planards in Chamonix. 

Chamonix and its valley are dominated by the Mont Blanc chain to the south and the Aiguilles Rouges (red peaks) to the north. Even if you’ve never been to Chamonix you’re bound to have heard of it - and seen photographs of the magnificent mountain it’s irrevocably linked with: the mighty massif of Mont Blanc – the highest peak in the Alps!

For strong skiers Chamonix Mont Blanc is the undisputed off-piste capital of Europe with some quite extraordinary experiences awaiting you on the Mont Blanc Massif.  

Chamonix is 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. The town centre is situated at an altitude of 1035 metres. The picturesque year-round town of Chamonix enjoys a wide 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.

CHAMONIX SKI AREA

The Chamonix Valley itself has many separate ski areas – the exhilarating Grand Montets (Argentière), the Domaine de Balme (Vallorcine), Les Houches and then Le Brévent and La Flégère (Flegere is 3km from the centre) in Chamonix itself. Generally, the Chamonix Valley is a Mecca for experts and off-piste enthusiasts but there are some great areas for intermediates and beginners too.

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

Even if you have no plans to ski the celebrated Vallée Blanche run, try to experience the famous Aiguille du Midi cable car ride up to 3842m in Chamonix, visit ice caves, and enjoy scenic mountain train rides. 

On either side of Chamonix, you’ll find the base stations of the Aiguille du Midi – the starting point for the Vallée Blanche - and the gondola to Le Brévent. La Flégère is reached by cable car from the nearby village of Les Praz (3km from Chamonix). The other ski areas are widely spread across the valley. In Chamonix itself, Le Brévent and La Flégère are the two south facing main ski areas. Down the road, Le Tour is an excellent all-around intermediate area with spectacular views down the valley: just right for a day’s family skiing.

The ‘Vallée Blanche’ descent should only be skied with a guide (bookable locally) and provides 22kms of unforgettable skiing in stunning scenery. The usual “classic” route is not that difficult but a guide will be alert to any crevasse dangers!

CHAMONIX SKIING

CHAMONIX BEGINNERS

The biggest secret in Chamonix's vast expanse of skiing is that it has great learner areas. There are a number of ski areas in Chamonix which provides easy slopes for quick progression to intermediate and more advanced terrain.

In the ski areas of Les Planards and Chamonix/Brevent there are beginner slopes for all ages. Les Planards is suitable for children/beginners/intermediates and only 5 mins from Chamonix with snack bar, restaurant and parking. 41 snow cannons guarantee conditions all winter long. Facilities include a conveyor belt and kindergarten drag lift (Chamonix ESF Ski School), two easy drag lifts servicing two green runs and a four-man chairlift up to 1249m which services a long blue and red run. Also discover the incredible non-skier ride: the Chamonix Alpine Coaster Luge - a real mountain coaster!

The Teleski de Savoy is an ideal learning area for children at foot of the Brevent with 2 ski lifts and travelator plus snack bar. It is also practically in the centre of Chamonix on the way up to the Brévent cable car.

There are two other ski areas for children, beginners and skiers who like an easy ride in Chamonix Valley:

- La Vormaine, Le Tour. 4 lifts, 2 green slopes, 1 blue slope, snack bar and parking.
- Les Chosalets, Argentiere. Situated near the Grands Montets Ski Resort with 2 drag lifts. Snack bar. Excellent for complete beginners.

CHAMONIX INTERMEDIATES

The Brévent-Flégère skiing area is excellent for intermediates. Le Brévent offers some steep skiing from the top of the area and is perhaps a little tougher than Flégère’s terrain. Down the backside towards Flégère, the runs are steep, as is the off-piste.

La Flégère is known to the locals as 'rider’s paradise', with lots of fun runs, mostly fairly easy and big open off-piste sections. The 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.

CHAMONIX EXPERTS

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

CHAMONIX SNOWBOARDING

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

Chamonix Ski Hire

Pre-book your Chamonix ski hire with Peak Retreats.

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Special offers: *7 days for the price of 6.  Free Skis/snowboard & boots (Blue/Red) for party leaders of groups of 10 or more all taking equipment. 1 Free helmet per child aged 6 and under for every adult booking skis or snowboards & boots (must be under same booking reference and requested on form above). Other duration prices on request - Cross Country ski prices on request.

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Chamonix Ski Passes

Pre-book your Chamonix lift passes with Peak Retreats. Find out more about Peak Retreats ski passes

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

Cham Le Pass ski pass – ½ day and daily rates 2017/18:

½ day - €39.10 children, €46 adults
Day - €43.80 children, €51.50 adults

Mont Blanc Unlimited - ½ day and daily rates 2017/18:

Day - €54.00 children, €63.50 adults

Chamonix Ski School

Pre-book your Chamonix ski school with Peak Retreats. Find out more about Peak Retreats ski school

Ski school for children is available to book from 3 years to 12 years, in Chamonix, with Peak Retreats. 3-4 year olds will go into the Piou Piou lessons.

View here for pre-bookable ski extra prices in £ for Chamonix 2018/19

Please note, these Pound Sterling prices are for indication only. They will fluctuate based on Euro/£ exchange rate. Please call us for the latest prices.

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 (22/12-4/1, 9/2-8/3 & 6/4-26/4) we strongly recommend that you book as early as possible and in any case at least 6 weeks prior to the required dates. Morning lessons tend to get booked up first and therefore we may only be able to offer afternoon classes within 6 weeks of departure. In some resorts English speaking instructors may not always be available, particularly at peak times.

We cannot always guarantee that prices will be cheaper than in resort. When ski packs prices are calculated, the currency is bought at the exchange rates that apply at the time. You can be assured that once you have booked your extras, if the pound depreciates, you will not be charged more for your ski packs, enabling you to budget for your holiday in advance.

Chamonix Individual Tuitions (17/18 prices, NOT pre-bookable)

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

From €45 per hour for 1-2 people.

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

Ski school Chamonix contact number for private lessons: 

ESF Chamonix +33 (0)4 50 53 22 57


Chamonix 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.
Tel: +33(0)6 78 22 59 35 - info@lepetitvip.com 

Baby equipment rental

You can rent a number of baby products locally in Chamonix.  Baby Cham 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).

ESF Chamonix

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

CHILDCARE WITH SKIING

ESF Chamonix also arrange kids half day or full day ski and garderie formulas which Peak Retreats can pre-book. See ski school tab.

Chamonix Resort Activities

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 open to the public. 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. 

Virtual view from Step in to the Void

Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix Mont Blanc

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”.

Maison de la Montagne - 190, place de l’Église - 74400 Chamonix
Tel. +33 (0)4 50 53 00 88 - info@chamonix-guides.com - www.chamonix-guides.com  

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.

Chamonix Mont-Blanc Helicopters

Tel. +33 (0)4 50 54 13 82 - www.chamonix-helico.fr

Chamonix Paragliding

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.

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 - info@absolute-chamonix.com - www.absolute-chamonix.com

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 and a sauna.

Centre Sportif Richard Bozon
214 av de la Plage
Tel. +33 (0)4 50 53 23 70

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 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 Sled Dogs

Huskydalen
74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Tel. +33 (0)6 84 99 34 67 - eguillaud@huskydalen.com
www.huskydalen.com

Chamonix Market

Place du Mont-Blanc are on Saturday Mornings.              

Chamonix Cinema

Cinema Vox – Cour du Bartavel.
www.cinemavox-chamonix.com  

Chamonix Casino

Place de Saussure: All you can eat buffet during the week, with English roulette, Black-Jack, Sud Poker from 9pm. Restaurant open from 7.30pm till midnight. Please note: ID required for entry.

Chamonix Alpine Museum

89 av Michel Croz (pedestrian area)
Records of valleys history. 

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.

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.

Planards Ski Area & Chamonix Luge Alpine Coaster

4 x nocturnal sessions on Luge Alpine Coaster. Discover a fun and entertaining activity after a skiing day!
Lit track open to all (from 3 years old)!

Please note: 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.

Chamonix Tourist Office

Chamonix Tourist Information. 85 place du Triangle de l’Amitié – BP 25
Tel. +33 (0)4 50 53 00 24
Christmas holidays to mid-April: 8.30am to 7pm
www.chamonix.com

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.

Office de Haute Montagne – +33 (0)4 50 53 22 08
www.ohm-chamonix.com (check before heading up the mountain)


Chamonix Ski Activities

Mountain restaurants in Chamonix

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

Le Grand Hotel du Montenvers
Buffet de la gare du Montenvers

Flegere

Cafeteria de la Flegere
Restaurant La Chavanne

Domaine de Balme

Restaurant de Charamillon
Chalet de la Jeanne
Refufe du Col de Balme

Brevent

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.

Chamonix Valley Resort News and Events 2018/19

Resort news:

  • On the 11th September 2018 a fire, unfortunately, broke out during work to repair the roofing of the upper station of the 1st cable-car between Argentière & Lognan (Les Grands Montets ski area. The fire spread almost instantaneously throughout all the buildings of the arrival station, creating severe damage to the infrastructures of the two cable-cars. Thankfully, there were no victims.  Reconstruction work will begin as soon as practical but it will take a number of months to complete. 
    "Despite being deprived of its two cable-cars, the Grands Montets ski area will be open for the winter season with access via the Plan Joran gondola, ski on the Lognan plateau with the new chair-lift giving access to the new beginners’ zone as well as all the trails accessible from the Bochard gondola & the Herse & Retour Pendant chair-lifts’’. Compagnie du Mont-Blanc told us at the end of September
  • New lifts - the Compagnie du Mont-Blanc which operates the ski lifts and runs around Chamonix as well as many other leading French resorts has announced a €10m investment over the summer in upgrading the Plateau de Lognan at the resort’s Grands Montets ski area.  The old Marmottons and Tabé chairlifts have been removed and replaced by a fast, comfortable Leitner-built 6-seater chair, also named Tabé after its predecessor, which has the capacity to transport over 3000 persons per hour. At the mid station of Lognan (1900m) a dedicated beginner’s area has been developed to include two drag–lifts and additional snow canons

Further information can be found on the tourist office website: www.chamonix.com

Chamonix Après-ski, Bars & Restaurants

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 Amenities

Chamonix is served by a wide range of amenities including banks, Alpine museum, good range of shops and a free car parks close to ski lifts.

Getting to Chamonix, France

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)
www.gva.ch 

Chambery Airport is 132km from Chamonix (1 ½ hours)
www.chambery-airport.com 

Grenoble Airport is 219km from Chamonix (2 hours)
www.grenoble-airport.com 

Lyon Saint-Exupery is 220km from Chamonix (2 ½ hours)
www.lyonairport.com 

Public shuttle bus transfers from airport

Geneva Airport - Chamonix (www.coach-station.com)

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 www.sncf.com).

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

Chamonix Airport Transfer

For pre-bookable private transfer rates with Peak Retreats, view here


Chamonix Opening Dates

View here for PDF of Winter 2016/17 opening dates for Chamonix Valley

 

Special Offers
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Accommodation in Chamonix

Le Cristal de Jade

Self Catered Apartments Sleeps 1 - 8 Luxury

Perfectly located next to the Aiguille du Midi cable car and just 200m from the centre of Chamonix, Le Cristal de Jade enjoys one of the most convenient positions in the resort.

Luxury

Isatis

Self Catered Apartments Sleeps 1 - 7 Superior

Brand new for 2017, the 3* Superior résidence Isatis enjoys a peaceful location in the residential hamlet of les Tines near the golf course, and yet is less than 5kms from the centre of the bustling resort of Chamonix, with easy access by road (10 minutes) and rail (9 minutes direct from the local station of les Tines).

Superior

Refuge des Aiglons

Hotel Sleeps 1 - 4

Refuge des Aiglons 4* hotel is conveniently situated in Chamonix Sud, within 200m of the Aiguille du Midi cable car. It is directly opposite the bus stops serving all the ski areas and 400m from the pedestrian town centre.m the pedestrian town centre.

Hotel Gustavia

Hotel Sleeps 1 - 3

This very popular, historical 3* hotel was built in 1895 and totally refurbished in 2005 (and two floors in 2017). It enjoys an ideal central location, very practical for local transport (ski bus stop 500m from hotel), shops, bars and restaurants, providing a good standard of accommodation and food, based on a varied, international cuisine.

Terminal Neige Refuge du Montenvers

Hotel Sleeps 1 - 7 New to programme

Enjoying an exceptional, breathtaking location right by the Mer de Glace, at a height of 6725 feet, opposite the Aiguille des Drus, at the top of the Montenvers cog railway, the historic old Grand Hotel du Montenvers, has been completely refurbished.

New to programme
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