One of the great ancient alpine capitals with a huge variety of attractions and epic skiing to boot.
Synonymous with epic skiing and mountaineering, Chamonix is beloved by the best skiers in the world. However, there are pisted trails of all abilities, although it’s fair to say that there is more on offer for experienced skiers. The ski area as a whole provides skiers with a fabulous 952km of downhill skiing over 490 pistes. As the resort is so high, at 2,500 meters, skiers can rest assured that good snow cover will last all season long.
Chamonix is quite unlike any of the other major French ski resorts. For a start, it is not a ski-out/ski-in destination and has no slope-side accommodation to speak of. Secondly, it comprises several quite separate ski areas and you need to use a car or bus service to travel between them. However, don’t let this put you off, it is an excellent place for a ski holiday as it has a very lively town, fantastic skiing and not to mention the amazing views of the Mont Blanc.
Advanced skiers can head up to one of the most famous off piste ski areas in the world, the Vallee Blanche. It’s a long way down with 2,800m of vertical descent to ski with stunning glacial scenery to enjoy as you do. We advise you go with a guide and safety equipment as this off piste slice of heaven is not to be taken lightly.
The town of Chamonix, which lies in the shadow of Mont Blanc, came to prominence as an alpine capital well before skiing was invented. It has long been an important mountaineering centre and still today receives more visitors in summer than winter. A huge advantage of Chamonix is that it is just one hour’s motorway drive from Geneva airport, which makes it a popular choice for weekend skiers looking to make the most of a snowy long weekend.
Chamonix is also a convenient base from which to make day-trips through the Mont Blanc tunnel to the pretty little town and ski area of Courmayeur in Italy’s Aosta valley. Megeve is just one of several other day-trip destinations for those with a car.