Chamonix is a true mecca for advanced skiers and boarders. Les Grands Montets, or Argentiere, offers some of the longest runs in Europe with: powder bowls, couloirs, forests, mogul fields, glacial skiing and the type of vertical drop (2000m) normally only reached when heli-skiing.
All of this combines to make Les Grands Montets one of the world's most renowned ski areas. And, with the best northerly aspect, Les Grands Montets usually stays open well into May.
The linked areas of Brevent and La Flegere high above Chamonix town have some wonderful south facing slopes coupled with jaw dropping views across to Mont Blanc. This combined area offers everything from sunning opportunities at Brevent, to some excellent boarding terrain at La Flegere, and many a confidence boosting run in between.
The open bowls of Le Tour (La Domaine de Balme) sit at the top of the Chamonix valley and offer some excellent cruising opportunities as well as the chance to ski into Switzerland. Le Tour has some striking views down the valley and has enough varied terrain to suit everyone from beginner to expert.
Les Houches has the widest variety, and greatest number of runs in the Chamonix valley, offering everything from gentle greens and blues for practising your newly acquired turns on, to the world famous Kandahar - a regular feature on the men's world cup downhill circuit. Les Houches also enjoys fantastic 360° views, some great tree lined skiing (perfect for bad weather days) and two of the best restaurants in the valley.
Beginners are often put off by Chamonix's reputation as the ultimate resort for good skiers, they shouldn't be. Les Houches offers much to the beginner and intermediate skiers, indeed, many a week our guests venture no further than Les Houches; and when you can ski from your bedroom door who would?
The Aiguille du Midi is the starting point for one of the world's most famous off piste adventures, the Vallee Blanche - Chamonix's best known glacial itinerary - and one of the most renowned and stunning panoramic view points in the world. From the top of the Aiguille du Midi, and with the services of a guide, you can ski an uninterrupted 22km past blue ice formations, yawning crevasses and tumbling glaciers, before resting for your lunch on your way down at a mountain restaurant overlooking some of the most spectacular glacial scenery in the alps. A 2.8 km vertical descent through some of the most amazing alpine scenery, and all within the reach of an adventurous intermediate skier.
For a full overview of all the ski runs in Chamonix please take a look at our ski map. This map also shows the runs that can be accessed using the 'Chamski' and 'Mont Blanc Unlimited' ski passes.