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The Chamonix Valley
The Chamonix Valley is a stunning all-year round destination for tourists and adventurers alike. As a winter destination, Chamonix offers 5 ski areas to explore with nearly 70 lifts. An iconic ski destination, Chamonix is one of the longest serving ski destinations.
Chamonix is not much more than an hour from Geneva airport, with excellent transport options around the valley. With a vibrant town centre full of bars, Chamonix also is home to smaller villages that are perfect for après after a good day on the slopes.
Our owner Julie calls the Chamonix valley her home and has done so for the best part of a decade. If there's anything else you'd like to know about Chamonix as your next destination, make sure to drop us a message or give us a call today!
Argentiere is great for it’s transport links. With a handy, and very picturesque, train ride down to Chamonix and further up the valley, it’s also only 10 minutes on the bus up to another amazing ski area, Le Tour. You can also hop on one of the many buses for a 15 minute journey down to Les Praz, home to the Flegere ski area (You’re also only a 20-25 minutes from Chamonix centre itself).
Our beautiful chalet Falcon is in Argentiere. It is a stunning chalet with 5 bedrooms double or twin beds with 4 bathrooms with 3 being en-suite.
It enjoys breathtaking panoramic views and is located in a peaceful location but also only a short stroll to the Grand Montets ski lift, bars restaurants and shops of Argentiere.
Take your breakfast on the large terrace and enjoy every sunrise that ascent near the majestic Chardonnet mountain or relax in our 10 person hot tub with views of Mont Blanc.
Le Tour is a peaceful little village at the top end of the Chamonix valley. Home to the Télécabine Le Tour Col de Balme, a cable car that offers access to the Domaine de Balme ski area.
Vallorcine is the last village in Chamonix Valley before the Swiss border. It is made up of a series of delightful hamlets nestled at the foot of the Aiguilles Rouges, and is connected to the Balme ski area by a gondola ski lift. It is accessible via the Col des Montets, but in winter, the road is often closed due to the avalanche risk. The Mont-Blanc Express train is then the best way to get there.
Domaine de Balme
Domaine du Balme is one of the best ski areas in the valley for beginners and intermediates. The Vormaine area is at the base of the main ski area and is ideal for complete novices and children.
Off the back-side of Le Tour there is plenty of off-piste. The main ski area consists of 19 pistes in total - 1 black, 7 reds and 11 blue pistes.
Les Grand Montets
Les Grands Montets is the largest and most popular ski area in the Chamonix Valley. It overlooks the village of Argentière. The summit of Grands Montets reaches 3295m. Les Grands Montets has 2000m of skiable terrain. Skiing areas are both on and off the glacier.
Grands Montets is serviced by 8 main lifts (2 gondolas, 2 cable cars*, 4 chairlifts). The Plan Joran leaves from Argentière village and gives access to the Bochard gondola and Herse chairlift. The Tabé chairlift provides the access to the beginner trails below Plan Joran.
The Flégère ski area can be accessed from the picturesque village of Les Praz as well as a liaison cable car from the Brevent ski area. La Flégère caters to almost all abilities of skiers. There are numerous pistes as well some very accessible off-piste areas in close proximity to the piste. Flégère is south-facing so it benefits from sunshine until the end of the day.
Les Praz is charming picturesque village just 5 minutes drive or 20 minute walk from the centre of Chamonix. The Flégère gondola is situated in Les Praz. Le Petite Social is a lively bar venue for apres ski.
Chamonix is a vibrant town and is a world-class ski resort. The scenery is arguably the most spectacular in the French Alps. Chamonix has an international feel, with extreme sports enthusiasts coming from all over the world making it an extreme sports mecca, especially in winter.
Brevent is situated above Chamonix town meaning it's the closest to the centre. Offering a number of red and blue runs as well long blacks, Brevent is great for intermediate and advanced skiers. There's also a green slope here, in case any beginners want to follow the rest of the group here (otherwise there's definitely better options for new skiers/boarders).
Brevent is also connected via cable to Flegere, meaning you can get back and forth from the two ski areas to mix things up. It's worth noting that the black run down from the very top to Plan Praz (the mid-section) is challenging for a good skier but worth it for the views.
Aguille du Midi
The Aguile Du Midi is a staggering 3842m (12,605 ft) tall mountain in the Mont Blanc Massif. Offering panoramic views, visitors can take a gondola up to a mid-station, the another up to a spectacular viewing area. Fitted with a cafe, gift shop, "le tube" (a walkway around the summit) and the ominously named "step into the void" (a glass-floored viewing platform that allows you to look 1000m directly below), Aguille du Midi makes for a popular tourist attraction.
At 4,807m tall, Mont Blanc is the tallest mountain in Western Europe. 40 square miles of this mountain are covered by Glaciers (hence the name "White Mountain"). It's an iconic mountain for skiing and attracts global visitors all year round.
To access it from the Chamonix Valley, you'll need to visit the Grand Montets ski area. Whilst the summit is in France, Mont Blanc is in both Italy and France, as well as extending into Switzerland. Unfortunately, the summit is quite difficult to access currently due to a fire a couple of years ago (works to remedy this are ongoing), but is still accessible via ski touring is you're really keen
Les Houches is a commune at the foot of the valley and offers access to the lowest altitude ski area you'll find in the Chamonix Valley. Due to its relatively low setting, snow cannons are required to create and sculpt many of the runs here - but that doesn't mean it's any worse for skiing. Les Houches in fact hosts some international skiing events, 22 ski runs (majority of which are red) as well as some of the best ski touring trails around.
Les Houches also makes a good place for beginner skiers, with 4 green and 5 blue slopes. It's also home to 2 ski parks - ideal for those looking to practice their tricks and jumps.
Les Houches is easy enough access to the Chamonix centre itself, with buses running frequently throughout the year. It's also got great train links to other parts of the valley, including St Gervais.
The Prarion can refer both the cable car you take and the plateau you arrive at. After taking the gondola up from just outside Les Houches, you'll find yourself with panoramic views some 1900m above sea level. From here, you'll find a number of blue and red runs, as well as the option to ski across and join a long runs down to the foot of Bellevue.
This part of Les Houches is ideal for beginners and families, so make sure to travel down here to this part of the valley if you're looking for some slopes to get you started.
Bellevue, similar to Prarion, refers to a cable car and plateau in Les Houches. One of the two main cable cars in Les Houches, Bellevue is also home to the longer of the two beginner slopes in the area. The Bellevue gondola starts in the centre of Les Houches, making any parking quite tricky. The buses that operate across the valley stop both here and further out towards Prarion, so definitely keep that in mind when planning your travel!
Tramway du Montenvers
Leaving from the centre of Chamonix, this red train takes you on a beautiful 20-minute journey up to France’s largest glacier, the famous Mer de Glace – “Sea of Ice. At the top, leave the station and the vista opens up to an extraordinary view of the glacier, frozen like a sea in motion. From the station, take the bubble lift down and enter the ice cave – carved into the glacier anew every year. You’ll be amazed to see the markers indicating how the glacier has retreated since the train line was completed in 1909.
Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, plus habituellement appelée Chamonix (anciennement orthographiée Chamounix), est une commune du département de la Haute-Savoie dans la région Auvergne- Rhône-Alpes dans le sud-est de la France. C'était le site des premiers Jeux olympiques d'hiver en 1924.
Située au nord du Mont-Blanc, et à proximité des sommets massifs des Aiguilles Rouges et notamment de l'Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix est l'une des plus anciennes stations de ski de France. La commune de Chamonix est appréciée des skieurs et des amateurs de montagne, et via le téléphérique de l'Aiguille du Midi, il est possible d'accéder à la piste de ski hors piste de la Vallée Blanche.