Resort Guide: Chamonix
Resort Guide: Chamonix
Resort Guide: Chamonix
Resort Guide: Chamonix
Resort Guide: Chamonix
Resort Guide: Chamonix
Resort Guide: Chamonix
Resort Guide: Chamonix
Resort Guide: Chamonix

Resort Guide: Chamonix

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Chamonix has been a centre for alpine adventure since 1760, ever since a prize was offered to ascend its famous mountain – the 4,807 metres Mont Blanc. The first ever Winter Olympics where hosted here in 1924. The resort itself is extensive and feels more like a town than a ski resort, with a range of restaurants, galleries and other businesses.

 

Chamonix Valley is made up of a series of unconnected ski areas and allows you to explore a different resort each day of your luxury ski chalet holiday. Many of our luxury ski chalets have private driver services to take you to whichever area you choose within the Chamonix Valley.

 

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Getting There

 

The closest airport is Geneva, which is approximately 1h drive away.

 

Quick facts

 

Ski area: Chamonix Valley

Pistes: 173km

Lifts: 62

Altitude: 1035-3840m

 

Blue: 33%

Red: 44%

Black: 23%

 

 

The Skiing

 

Beginner

 

The Trappe zone at Flégère and the 2000 zone at Brévent are the best choices for absolute beginners. The gentle slopes immediately above Logan and the tree-lined slopes of Les Houches offer good progression after the nursery slopes.

 

Intermediate

 

Chamonix’s fragmented nature across five separate ski areas allows intermediate skiers to gain their confidence and learn on diverse terrain by skiing a different resort everyday on your luxury ski chalet holiday.

 

The Grands Montets offers some fantastic intermediate cruising pistes and Les Houches offers some fun practice weaving around trees off the side of its wooded slopes.

 

The Mont Blanc Unlimited lift pass also gives you access to St Gervais, Megève and Courmayeur on the Italian side, which are both well worth a day trip.

 

Expert

 

Chamonix Valley is home to some the world’s best lift serving off-piste descents. The renowned unmarked, off-piste Vallée Blanche runs through the glaciers down to Chamonix and presents some of the most fantastic scenery that the Mont Blanc range has to offer.

 

Even on piste, the resort clearly caters well for advanced skiers, with over half the routes on the Grands Montets being black.

 

 

The Resort

 

Surrounded by the dramatic and jagged mountain range and tumbling glaciers, Chamonix has an incredible setting. The town itself is busy all year round with 9,000 permanent residents. The traffic free centre offers pleasant strolling and browsing opportunities amongst the interesting shops, galleries and bookshops.

 

Cafes overhang the river Arve and bars are buzzing with skiers in the late afternoon enjoying a drink after a long day on the slopes. On your luxury ski chalet’s chef’s night off, head to the two Michelin starred restaurant, Albert Premier near Chamonix’s beautiful railway station.

 

 

Non-skiers

 

Chamonix is bursting with activities to entertain non-skiers options on a luxury ski chalet holiday. Try anything from husky sledding to ice climbing or enjoy a more relaxing day wine tasting or perusing one of Chamonix’s many galleries.

 

Take the cable car up to Aiguille de Midi at a towering 3842m where you can soak up the incredible views from every angle at the summit. Enjoy a spot of lunch at one of the world’s highest restaurants, Le 3842 Restaurant, and enjoy a local Savoyard fare.

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