Chamonix is the stuff of ski legend. So many legends, there’s not enough room to list them all. But from Sylvain Saudan, Patrick Vallencant, Anselme Baud, Jean-Marc Boivin, Stefano De Benedetti, to arguably the best haircuts and sound track to a ski movie ever (see Glen Plake’s mohawk and friends on their first Chamonix adventure in the 1988 ski classic the Blizzard of Aahhhs) – the valley’s history and iconic landscape is endlessly inspiring and tales of new skiing feats continue to echo from the mountainside.
Chamonix is known as the extreme ski capital of Europe for good reason, but scratch the ‘extreme’ surface and you’ll find there’s something for everyone – on, off and apres the piste…
Enjoy skiing and tartiflette with your family and friends in the picturesque ski area of Les Houches, try out cross-country skiing, become an off piste ninja, hire a mountain guide to take you ski touring, improve your knowledge of avalanche safety or venture down the Vallee Blanche, or just have a play in the freestyle parks or snow shoeing – there’s a lot to keep you occupied.
It’s also just one hours’ drive from Geneva making it one of the most accessible resorts in Europe.
There are a variety of ski areas in the valley- here are the highlights.
Enjoy wide open pistes in Le Tour and tree lined runs of Vallorcine. A special area, it’s also a popular starting off point for some great off piste adventures. La Vormaine beginners’ slope is also here.
The pistes are spread over three mountainsides, there’s a lot to choose from. There’s also a freestyle park by the Lognan mid station.
These two ski areas are linked by cable car. They’re south facing and offer some of the most stunning views in the valley. Le Savoy beginners’ slope is also near the Brévent lift.
Often referred to as the most family friendly of the ski areas, Les Houches offers great ski runs and alongside beautiful log cabin restaurants serving some of the best tartiflette in the valley!
Beginners slopes are also found at Les Planards and Les Chosolets.
Also don’t forget – Italy and the fantastic resort of Courmayeur is just a short drive through the Mont Blanc tunnel.
We hope to see you on (or off!) the Chamonix pistes soon!