The Chamonix Valley is considered by many to be the Mecca for off piste skiing. However, as a novice or intermediate you shouldn't be put off as there are plenty of blues to keep you busy. Chamonix is a challenge for everyone and will progress your skiing no-end.
There are five main areas making up the 'ski area' which are accessed by free resort shuttles. Les Houches, La Flégère, Le Brevent, Les Grands Montets and of course Chamonix itself, home of the Aiguille du Midi (off piste only via the famous Vallee Blanche). Interconnecting resorts such as Brévent, Vallorcine and Courmayeur in Italy can also be accessed on the full area lift pass. Locally there are about 50 ways to get up the mountain to access the 150km of pistes via a combination of cable cars, gondolas, chairlifts and drag lifts.
The best area for novice skiers is the Teleski de Savoy. It's an is an ideal learning area for children, plus being located practically in the centre of Chamonix on the way up to the Brévent cable car, it's convenient too. For the more challenging runs, the Grands Montets in Argentière should be on your check-list. Finally, for advanced skiers the choice has to be the Aiguille du Midi cable car up to the Valle Blanche. An off piste itinerary, the longest in Europe; 22 hair-raising kilometres! A mountain guide is strongly recommended.