Winter activities in the Chamonix Valley
Skiing and Snowboarding
Set in the highest mountains in Europe, the skiing in Chamonix has a reputation for being among the best available. Regarded as the extreme skiing capital of the world, Chamonix's mountainous terrain is an enticement to adventurous skiers and boarders who are attracted to steep and long runs which provide some of the best high altitude skiing in Europe.
Chamonix Mont Blanc has the world's biggest skiable vertical drop that is served by lifts (2807m). It also boasts one of the world's longest runs - 22 km through the Vallée Blanche - and staged the World's first Winter Olympics in 1924. People have been skiing here since 1893 and one of the first cable cars in the world opened in 1907.
Don't be intimidated though, there are also plenty of pisted slopes to suit skiers of all levels. The skiing in the Chamonix Valley is spread over 5 separate areas which are linked by a regular and efficient bus service included in the lift pass (see Ski Passes). At the base of the Valley is Les Houches, with Brévent close to Chamonix centre, in turn linked to La Flégère. Up the Valley is Les Grands Montets at Argentière and finally La Domaine du Balme, otherwise known as Le Tour.
For those who somehow manage to exhaust the skiing in Chamonix itself, there are many other areas covered by the Mont Blanc ski pass including Courmayeur in Italy, Les Contamines, St Gervais, Megeve and Praz sur Arly. There are also a number of ski areas within an hour's drive including Verbier, Flaine, Les Carroz and Samoens.
There is more to Chamonix than snow sports; our in-resort team, Mountain Lifestyle, can organise one of the many other activities the Valley has to offer:You can contact Mountain Lifestyle here for further information and reservations.