Chamonix Ski Resort

One of the great ancient Alpine capitals Chamonix ski resort boasts some of the best skiing and scenery in the Alps, with a large variety of runs and wonderful views of Mont Blanc. It is a popular destination for international skiers and is consistently rated as one of the top ten in the world thanks to its reputation as a truly bustling and exciting town.

Set at the foot of Mont Blanc, Chamonix ski resort is filled with an excellent array of shops, restaurants, bars and other activities to keep you occupied whilst you’re not skiing. Chamonix is a beautiful town and extremely appealing to the eye; you can look forward to a nice mix of cobbled streets, medieval church towers and traditional chalets.

Chamonix has a brilliant skiing area that is well suited to intermediate and advanced skiers. It should be noted that Chamonix is not a ski-in ski-out destination offering slopeside accommodation. The ski resort is comprised of six separate ski areas, which means that a bus service is required to travel between them. However, this is a small price to pay for the huge range of skiing which is then provided to explore, making the resort such a coveted destination for discerning skiers.

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Chamonix Transfer Time
Map Marker 1h 30m

Best For...

  • Short breaks
  • Short transfers
  • Traditional Alpine charm

Resort Statistics

  • Resort Altitude 1,035m
  • Skiing Altitude 3,840m
  • Total Ski Area 150km
  • Lifts 65
  • Green Runs 7km
  • Blue Runs 42km
  • Red Runs 55km
  • Black Runs 41km
  • Cross Country 40 km

Ski Accommodation in Chamonix, France

Our collection of Chamonix ski accommodation has been hand-picked by our ski experts. Whether you’re looking for a luxury escape, a boutique hotel or something suitable for the whole family, our experts would be delighted to help you find the perfect accommodation for your ski holiday.

Ski accommodation
Ski Areas in Chamonix

Ski Areas in Chamonix

The ski area provides a fabulous 150km of downhill skiing accessed by 65 lifts. Chamonix ski resort is located at 1,035m, and with skiing going as high as almost 3,840m, skiers can relax knowing that good snow cover will last all season long. Two of Chamonix’s ski areas are linked together from the slopes, whilst the rest are separated along the length of the valley and are conveniently connected by an efficient bus service.

Skiing in Chamonix

Skiing in Chamonix

Being such a vast ski resort you’ll find the right difficulty of slopes to suit all levels of skiing in Chamonix. Col de Balme, Le Tour and Vallorcine are gentle ski areas offering cruisey blues which are perfect for beginners. Les Houches is good for intermediates with long blue runs and a few steeper more challenging runs including Chamonix’s world cup downhill course. Advanced skiers and confident intermediates will want to check out the 20km of freeride skiing along the Vallée Blanche and the off-piste on the Grands Montets glacier.

Chamonix Ski Weekends
Snowboarding in Chamonix

Snowboarding in Chamonix

Chamonix is a place of pilgrimage for the advanced snowboarder, with endless off-piste possibilities and on-piste runs which will push even the best boarders. Head to the Grands Montets glacier for a slice of the action where you will find an impressive fun park and half-pipe which hold regular competitions.

Top Runs

Vallée Blanche
An unmarked, unmaintained, unpatrolled off-piste route that runs down through the glaciers to Chamonix. It is recommended to hire a guide

Le Tour/Vallorcine
A delightful sector, with gentle open slopes and reliable snow

Ski Schools in Chamonix

Ski Schools in Chamonix

With many ski schools and instructors to choose between, there really is something for everybody.

We’ve partnered with New Generation and Oxygène and highly recommend their services. All of our partners offer fantastic lessons for all ability levels.

Book your ski lessons with our recommended suppliers. If you’re travelling during a peak week be sure to book these well in advance.

A small child on a magic carpet lift

Crèches in Chamonix

The main Chamonix nurseries are called the Panda Club and the Piou-Piou Club, both run by the ESF ski school. There are also several private nanny services in Chamonix ski resort that can offer additional services such as evening babysitting for families.

Restaurants in Chamonix

Restaurants in Chamonix

Les Vielles Luges – this rustic 18th century barn can be found near the bottom of the Maisonneuve chairlift and is a great spot for lunch.

Restaurant Albert 1er – with a Michelin star, this is one of the world’s best ski resort restaurants.

Cap Horn – a nautically-themed chalet restaurant that (unsurprisingly) specialises in seafood.

Après Ski in Chamonix

Après Ski in Chamonix

Le Vert – equipped with a pool table, UK Sky TV and a projector to watch your day’s ski footage.

L’Amnesia – for those who like to burn the candle at both ends, this is Chamonix’s biggest club and is open from 1am until dawn. Featuring international DJ’s and themed parties.

Les Caves – right in the centre of town, this is a great wine and cocktail bar.

Best Après Ski in Chamonix
Non-Skiers in Chamonix


Chamonix is a bustling, lively town that offers plenty of varied options to entertain non-skiers. Alternative winter sport activities such as ice skating, curling, indoor tennis and squash are available in the town. Those with a car can make day excursions to pretty nearby villages such as Megève which has plenty of designer boutiques and fine eateries to enjoy. It is also possible to take the cable car up the mountain for a lunchtime rendezvous with skiers.

Top Things to Do in Chamonix

Map of Chamonix

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