Le Tour is arguably the best area for beginners - there are three lifts, a couple of green runs, and a longer blue for building confidence. Les Planards and the Savoy area, at the foot of the Brévent area, are popular for gentle nursery slopes within easy reach of Chamonix.
Chamonix has an excellent range of high altitude blue and red runs to test any intermediate, as well as the Grands Montets glacier with unbeatable snow. The Vallée Blanche descent, usually open all season, is done with a guide and provides 24km of unforgettable skiing in stunning scenery.
Expert skiers will just love the incomparable slopes and challenging range of skiing. Chamonix is the undisputed off-piste capital of Europe with some quite extraordinary experiences awaiting you on the Mont Blanc Massif. Remember though, it's essential to have a guide.
From Chamonix you can access two glaciers, the Glacier d'Argentiere, located at 3,275m altitude on the Grands Montets, or the Glacier du Geant on the Aiguille du Midi, at a fantastic 3,842m. The Glacier d'Argentiere is known for its off-piste slopes that are satisfyingly steep and have some of the best snow in the valley. The Glacier du Geant, however, is famous for its 20km Vallée Blanche run - it's not too steep but it's incredibly long, so you'll need to be quite fit.
Rack up your mileage with a Ski Away-day to Courmayeur. Just a 30-minute bus ride across the border from Chamonix, you’ll get to experience skiing in Italy for a day, savour some gorgeous authentic pizza for lunch and even enjoy stunning views from inside the new revolving glass gondola. With your Mont Blanc Unlimited lift pass, you get 1 free day to let loose on the fabulous Italian terrain to slide, carve or freestyle to your heart’s content. Speak to your rep for more details.
Chamonix's sheer beauty, combined with the longest off-piste runs in Europe, make it the place to go for off-piste skiing. It's perhaps the most famous ski resort in the Alps for off-piste opportunities as there is something for all abilities - from the most experienced mountaineers to those who just want to dabble off the side of the piste. The Vallée Blanche is the most famous backcountry areas, with 20km of routes starting from the Aiguille du Midi and ending - if the snow is good - all the way back in Chamonix's town centre. Le Tour is a bit closer to home, and from here you can enjoy some riding between the trees.
Chamonix has long been the extreme freeriding capital of Europe - it has so much off-piste that you could be here for years and not see it all. It's not for the faint-hearted though. If you crave wild glacial runs, steep tree runs, freestyling parks and half pipes, then Chamonix is the place to be. Intermediates may find the blue runs a little challenging, so head to Brevent or Les Houches for some gentler slopes. The Summit Park, on Grands Montets, incorporates features for every ability and even hosts competitions throughout the season, including the Freeride World Tour. And, if you like catching air, then Brevent has a cool airbag jump - you're even filmed doing it and can view it online afterwards.
Prices given below for lift passes, equipment hire, ski school and packages are for information purposes only and may fluctuate during the season. Current prices can be found by proceeding with your booking.
|6 days ||Adult |
|Local (Chamonix) ||£232 |
|Area (Mont Blanc) ||£274 |
Reduced prices for children under 15 years and seniors over 65 years.
Lift pass coverage: Local -
|6 days ||Family pass |
|Local 2 Adults and 1 Child ||£709 |
|Area 2 Adults and 1 Child ||£840 |
Balme, Les Grand Montets (exl. Lognan-Grands Montets cable car), Brévent-Flégère and beginners' areas in Chamonix valley.
also includes Les Houches, the Lognan-Grands Montets cable car, unlimited access to the Aiguille du Midi and Montenvers railway, and skiing in Courmayeur and St Gervais.
Deposit required for lift pass:
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|6 days ||Adult |
|Standard skis ||£106 |
|Intermediate skis ||£117 |
|Advanced skis ||£152 |
|Ski/board boots ||£43 |
|Standard skis and boots ||£142 |
|Intermediate skis and boots ||£159 |
|Advance skis and boots ||£189 |
|Snowboard ||£106 |
|Superior snowboard ||£117 |
|Helmet ||£34 |
Reduced prices for children under 11 years. Children must be over 8 years to snowboard.
|6 days ||Adult |
|Local lift pass + Standard skis ||£305 |
|Local lift pass + Snowboard ||£305 |
|Area lift pass + Intermediate skis ||£351 |
|Area lift pass + Superior snowboard ||£352 |
|Local lift pass + Ski carriage ||£245 |
|Area lift pass + Ski carriage ||£283 |
Lift pass bundles do not include boots.
| ||Days ||Adult |
|Board school - mornings (2.5 hours) ||4 ||£159 |
|Ski school - mornings (2.5 hours) ||4 ||£159 |
Reduced prices for children under 14 years. Helmets are compulsory for all child tuition.
Other lesson durations available.
We recommend booking in advance for lessons during peak season (December, February and Easter) in order to avoid disappointment.