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Mountains rule in Chamonix. Some of the world's best expert skiing can be found on Chamonix’s jagged peaks and glaciers that rise 12,500 feet above the valley. A proving ground for alpinists, mountaineers and skiers from all over the world, Chamonix, or “Cham” as the locals and core skiers call it, has more of an authentic alpine flair than resort glitz and glamour. Chamonix is renowned as an avid mountaineer destination, so you can expect to see a lot of advanced skiers and boarders schlepping climbing equipment around. Tucked beneath the shadow of 15,767-foot Mont Blanc—France’s treasure—the power and beauty of this area are unmatched.

This “bucket list” destination is the oldest ski resort in France, and is popular as both a destination and weekend trip. Chamonix’s village is brimming with tons of stores, from jewelry stores and designer boutiques to high performance outdoor gear shops. Outdoor enthusiasts can also enjoy an extensive Nordic trail, ski touring and winter paragliding. The casino and a variety of nightlife hot spots will fill your evenings. The Mont Blanc ski pass also includes Courmayeur, Italy, and Megeve and Les Contamines, France.

Chamonix Ski Resort

Chamonix offers five main ski areas, accessed via the area’s mini base villages; 50 lifts transport skiers of all abilities to the resort's famed slopes. Le Brevent cable car begins just above the town and climbs to over 8,000 feet. Les Houches, Le Tour and sunny La Flegere are where beginners and intermediates will find many trails to ski. Les Grands Montets is the most popular area for the intermediate and the more advanced skiers. Strong intermediate and above skiers will want to challenge themselves in the area off of the Aiguille du Midi, reached by a two-stage cable car. This 7,000-foot descent on and along the glacier of Vallee Blanche includes spectacular mountain scenery dominated by Mont Blanc, Europe's highest mountain.

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Customer Reviews (6)

Overall Customer Experience*

*based on the average of all Overall Experience ratings given in Traveler reviews.
Alicia Nisberg

We Are Chamonix!

We had a great week in Chamonix. Our hotel was a great location to town, and to the bus station - which was most important to getting to all the ski areas. Its important to have a guide as soon as you arrive to ski the Vallee Blanche and some other cool parts of Chamonix. While it isn't a beginner mountain, any intermediate and above can enjoy all aspects of Chamonix! The food is delicious, and no need to order special bottles, the house wine is always delish! Stop into Payard for some smoked saussicons! The only negative is it takes effort in Chamonix to get on the mountain, we didn't really have any ski on ski off options. Its a city, and you walk or bus to the mountains.
Guy in New york

Memories that will last a lifetime

I have been skiing since I was a teeanger but had always dreamed of skiing the alps. Finally got it together and hooked up with a friend of mine that was living in Zurich. Flew into Geneva from JFK and took a 2 hour bus into Chamonix.

The town is lovely but what really struck me were how truly awe inspiring were the mountains. Jagged peaks of sheer rock, massive walls of snow that surrounded the village on both sides. I have skied alot in the Rockies and thought I would be prepared for how majestic these mountains were, but I was wrong. You can see why these mountains inspired generations of romantic writers and poets.

There are 4 ski areas there for all levels. I am an advanced but not expert skier. Therefore, I skied several days at Les Grand Montets. Unlike US skiing, there are huge wide open areas, similar to bowls in places like Vail, with no trees. Some is groomed, some is ungroomed and you can ski the ungroomed and when you're tired get back on the groomed. Many of the runs were massive and the lines were never bad.

We got lucky with the weather because we got dumped on. Huge amounts of powder. I did not ski La Vallee Blanche but you can see many glaciers from the expert runs.

On the last day, just for a change of pace, we took the tunnel into Italy and skiied Courceval. Besides lots of great terrainm, the food there on the slopes was even better than France. You have not eaten pasta until you've had a warm bowl of carbonara after skiing hard all morning.

As you would expect, the area is very international with people from all over the world. IF the snow is good, I guarantee it will be a ski vacation you will never forget.

Louis in Santa ana

Greatest Experience

I have never skiied Europe, but have been to Europe several times. The Hotel Mont Blanc is the best place to stay. Close to the Ski School, the tour office and the bus stop. It has some of the best food I have ever had in Europe and the staff is the best. The terrain is challenging and beautiful.
The Ski Instructors are very friendly and personable
I will return again soon.
carolyn in Voorhees


Taking two children on an escorted trip was great. We loved the quaint village, eating and skiing with new (and old) friends. The kids loved skiing France, Switzerland, and Italy. Having ski guides and escorts enabled us to not having to read the trail map or bus schedules once. Now that's a vacation!
Linda in Sherborn

Chamonix - A skier's delight

Chamonix offers happiness for just about every type of skier. The terrain is abundant and diverse, the village provides post-ski entertainment and the food is very good. I went with an escorted group which facilitated the arrangements for guides (required for certain areas) and decisions about where to ski, but anyone with a sense of adventure will find the effort worthwhile.
Shelly in Rifle

Great experience

The terrain is challenging, diverse and beautiful! Great location for more than just skiing.