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Chamonix Ski Resort, France

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Key Features

  • Good for self-drive
  • Traditional village
  • Large ski area
  • Good for après
  • Luxury accommodation
  • Groups

"Chamonix is only two hours from Geneva airport and is also a popular self-drive destination. Unlike many French resorts, it's a large, vibrant town with lots of shops selling the latest ski gear as well as a wide selection of restaurants and bars. Of course, the views are stunning as you are literally at the foot of Mont Blanc!"

Oscar, Sales

Resort Facts

  • Resort height: 1,035m
  • Highest lift: 3,842m
  • No. of lifts: 65
  • Guide lift pass price: £290
  • No. of slopes: 262
  • Total piste: 155km
  • Transfer times:

    Grenoble: 2hrs 20mins

    Geneva: 1hr 15mins

     


Overview of Chamonix

For skiers and mountaineers, Chamonix is a veritable Mecca. Well known for having enough steep and challenging terrain to last a lifetime, the ski areas also provide a balance to suit the more intermediate end of the spectrum. Grands Montets, Brévent-Flégère, Les Houches and the Domaine de Balme each have a variety of pistes, but the real boon is for the advanced or expert skiers. Skiing off the Aguille du Midi (with a guide) for example, is a bucket-list item. You'll also find some great accommodation. See top ski apartments in Chamonix for places to stay.

Chamonix has a permanent population and is a working town with schools, a library and the like. It’s just as busy in the summer as in the winter and this makes it feel homely and welcoming all year round, unlike some of the purpose-built resorts. You will need to hop on the valley buses to make the most of the huge ski area available on your lift pass, but it’s worth it. When you get back to town at the end of the day, the variety of food and après on offer will taste all the better when you know you’ve earnt it.

Keep reading to learn more about this resort and why to go on a Chamonix ski holiday.

3 Things We Love About Chamonix

  1. Almost unrivalled off-piste opportunities
  2. A vibrant town with a great variety of hotel accommodation, restaurants and bars
  3. The opportunity to cross the border to Italy and ski in Courmayeur

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    Ski hire in Chamonix

    Organising ski hire has never been easier. Select your preferred departure date and see what discounts we offer when you pre-book. (Please note helmets are not included. Please call if you'd like to hire one).

    Bronze Silver Gold Platinum
    Adult   (14+ yrs) Skis | Poles £99 £142 £176 £204
    Ski | Poles | Boots £120 £165 £204 £234
    Snowboard £142 £176
    Snowboard | Boots £165 £204
    Child   (4-13 yrs) Skis | Poles £96
    Ski | Poles | Boots £116
    Snowboard £96
    Snowboard | Boots £116

    Discounts are available with our Ski-All-In packages when booking your lift pass and ski hire at the same time. Please call our sales team for details or book via Manage My Booking.

      Hand-Picked Rental Shops - Every year, we hand-pick our rental shops based on location and service and negotiate great discounts to keep your holiday price low.

      Convenient Locations - We allocate all our ski accommodation with ski hire within easy access or will alternatively offer a pick-up and drop-off service for your convenience.

      Excellent Range & Service - All our rental shops offer an excellent range of equipment for all abilities and have a fully trained technician on-site to offer advice and guidance so you will be confident taking your equipment out onto the slopes.
       
      All changes are subject to availability
      Changes from skis to snowboard or vice versa is not counted as a model change and therefore an additional charge applies
      • A solid option for beginner skiers - designed as an value option for those just starting out
      • Ski equipment which is best suited to those staying on the pistes
      • Ideal for those on a budget
      • Ideal for beginner skiers and intermediates - designed for skiers looking for comfort and to develop their skills
      • Great performance ski equipment for all over the mountain and on any type of snow (mainly piste skiers)
      • Good for anyone on a budget
      • Ideal for intermediate skiers to advanced - designed for skiers looking for specific types of skis including carving, on piste, freeride, freestyle, race skis etc.
      • Greater choice of high performance ski equipment
      • Perfect for anyone looking to master technique or looking for a new challenge
      • Ideal for advanced / expert skiers with a wide range of types available including downhill race skis, fat off piste, etc.
      • The very ‘best of the best’ skis, boots and poles - best suited for skiers looking for the latest thrills on the latest technology
      • Our widest range of choice from this season’s latest ski models

      Find out more about our ski hire

      Lift passes in Chamonix

      A lift pass is a necessity for every ski holiday and often a sizeable chunk of your holiday budget. As a result, and using our 40 years of experience, we have sought great value prices for you.

      Six Day Full Area Pass
      Senior   (65-79 yrs) £297
      Adult   (15-64 yrs) £350
      Child   (5-14 yrs) £297

      Discounts are available with our Ski-All-In packages when booking your lift pass and ski hire at the same time. Please call our sales team for details or book via Manage My Booking.

        Local Area Lift Pass – 
        Unlimited access to: Brévent- Flégère, Domaine de Balme, Lognan-Les Grands Montets (does not include access to the second section of the Lognan-Les Grands Montets cablecar line), as well as access to ski areas for beginners in the low valley of Le Savoy, Les Planards and La Vormaine. It also includes access to the Chamonix Bus which serves the whole Chamonix area. The price includes a 3€ non-refundable keycard deposit. 
         
        Full Area Lift Pass – 
        Unlimited access to: Brévent- Flégère, Domaine de Balme, Lognan-Les Grands Montets, as well as access to ski areas for beginners in the low valley of Le Savoy, Les Planards and La Vormaine plus unlimited access to the l’Aiguille du Midi cablecar, Train du Montenvers – Mer de Glace + cablecar and visits to Grotte de Glace, Galerie des Cristaux and Glaciorium plus unlimited access to the Mont-Blanc tramway (Le Fayet – Bellevue). It also gives access to Les Houches, the whole Evasion Mont Blanc area (upon presentation of the skipass at the ticket offices of Megève or Saint Gervais) and to the Courmayeur skiresort (Italy). It also includes access to the Chamonix Bus inter-station Vallée de Chamonix (Les Houches au Tour). The price includes a 3€ non-refundable keycard deposit.
        Chamonix is considered by many as the birth place of alpine skiing, and hosted the first ever winter Olympics in 1924. As well as the world famous off-piste terrain, there are plenty of intermediate level pistes to cater for all abilities.
         
        The 5 main zones of the ski area are accessed via free resort shuttle. The best area for novice skiers is the Teleski de Savoy, an ideal learning area for children, practically located in the centre of Chamonix on the way up to the Brevent cable car.
         
        Be sure to visit the Grand Montets in Argentiere for some more challenging runs, and for advanced to expert skiers, The Vallee Blanche is one of the longest and most demanding off piste itineraries in the world, and should be attempted with a guide.

        Find out more about lift pass options we offer

        Ski lessons in Chamonix

          What level do you need?

          • Beginner – Never skied before or just a little dry slope experience.
          • Intermediate – Has completed the beginner ski level lessons or can control own speed, change direction on blue/gradual slopes and can bring skis together when turning.
          • Advanced – Has completed intermediate ski lessons or can finish turns with confidence, has good control of speed on red runs and is looking to attempt and master blacks.
          • Kids Club – A safe and secure environment for young ones to gain their first experience on snow and skiing. Kids club is the best place for children to get used to the equipment and slopes whilst having fun.

          Find Out More About Ski Lessons and Guiding

          We pride ourselves on working with top-rated and endorsed ski schools in all resorts.

          • Quality - Working with English-speaking ski schools which maintain good group sizes and can cater for all abilities
          • Convenience - You can select the ski schools which are most conveniently located to your accommodation
          • Satisfaction - We only choose to work with the best ski schools in resort and ask for your feedback to ensure the highest standards are being maintained
          • Less hassle - Visit Manage My Booking once you've booked your holiday and save yourself the time and effort of shopping around.
          • Better value - By pre-booking your lessons we can ensure that you get the best possible price, locking in the cost

          Find Out More About Ski Lessons and Guiding

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          Report last updated at: Thu 29th Feb 2024