Finding a ski chalet in Chamonix is easy, finding the right one for your holiday needs can be more of a challenge! There are literally hundreds of chalets in the Chamonix valley offering a range of services from high end, fully catered luxury holidays to self-catering accommodation for short ski breaks.
Our guide on where to find the best chalets in Chamonix valley should help you find the right kind of accommodation for your ideal ski holiday be it a ‘champagne and canapes’ or more of a ‘cheap and cheerful’ affair.
Luxury Chamonix Chalet Accommodation
If you’re looking for a base for a luxury catered chalet holiday then the area around Les Praz and Le Bois is an ideal choice. Les Praz is a beautiful, tranquil Alpine village just five minutes drive from the hustle and bustle of Chamonix town and only a short walk to the sunniest ski area in the valley: Brevent and Flegere. Beyond Les Praz is Le Bois, an incredibly charming and unspoiled village home to some of the most beautiful chalets in the whole Chamonix valley. Surrounded by trees and magnificent mountain views, this is the perfect area to wind down after a hard day’s skiing in a hot tub with a glass of something sparkly before enjoying an evening of fine dining in luxury surroundings.
Eco Ski Chalets
Just 6km from Chamonix itself, the village and Les Houches ski area has grown in popularity in recent years as a ski destination within its own right and eco-style accommodation has begun springing up everywhere. The combination of cheaper property prices, excellent intermediate tree lined pistes, and a more mellow apres ski vibe has led to significant property development and restoration in Les Houches of late and current trends are such that a significant number of these chalets have been developed with an eco-conscious slant. Lift accessed resort based ski holidays are not exactly the most environmentally friendly choice so if you are concerned about your impact, you will find numerous chalets here who are doing their best to be as green and sustainable as possible.
Corporate Ski Chalets in Chamonix
If you’re looking to make an impression on clients or employees, then you’ll need to find a ski chalet that is close to whatever type of action your group is looking for! Ideally you will be looking for a catered chalet in Argentiere (giving your group easy acces to the infamous Grands Montets ski area and a laidback apres vibe) or in the Les Praz/Le Bois area (just a short walk from the skiing at Brevent and Flegere and a short hop into Chamonix itself). Many ski chalet operators in Chamonix offer interlinked chalets that can accommodate large groups and put on dedicated transport to whisk you around. By staying in a luxury chalet your group will enjoy the privacy of a private chalet while still experiencing all the service and facilities normally offered in high end hotels.
Budget Chamonix Chalet Accommodation
If your ski holiday is budget driven then the chances are you will be looking for self-catering accommodation to keep costs down. There are hundreds of options when it comes to cheaper self-catering chalets so the main thing to bear in mind is that you keep costs down across the board - there is no point saving money on accommodation if you are miles out of town and end up forking out for taxis to transport you to the ski lifts, supermarkets and/or bars.With this in mind, those looking for a budget chalet ski holiday in Chamonix should try and source a chalet near the centre of town and close to a bus service providing access to all the local Chamonix pistes.
Ski-in Ski-out Chalet Accommodation in Chamonix
Finding ski-in ski-out chalet accommodation in Chamonix is rare, but not impossible. If you don’t like carrying your skis and prefer to put your gear on right at the door then the best option is to base yourself either in Les Houches or in one of the chalets at the bottom of the Brevent on the Savoy piste. It is worth remembering that if you want to make the most of all that Chamonix has to offer in terms of other skiing areas and the endless entertainment on offer, then you should either hire a car or choose a chalet near to a bus stop so that you can explore beyond your immediate confines!
Short Break Ski Chalet Accommodation in Chamonix
Chamonix is the perfect location for a short ski break with Geneva airport only 90 minutes away and plenty of airport transfer services available. Whether you are in town for a long ski weekend or a quick mid week break, you will want to make sure you maximise your time on the pistes so finding accommodation as close as possible to your ski area of choice is key. Whilst a large majority of chalets in the Chamonix valley are only available on a weekly basis, there are a fair number of chalet operators who do specialise in offering accommodation for short breaks - our tour operators page should help point you in the right direction.
Family Friendly Ski Chalets
Family ski holidays tend to have their own unique requirements, the most important of which is finding a large ski chalet preferably with a garden big enough to build snowmen! While Chamonix itself has an understandable reputation for all things adventure and extreme, the ski area of Les Houches is a great family ski resort. With lots of large chalets situated close to the ski lifts, Les Houches boasts good quality blue and red family ski runs, a snow garden, a separate nursery slope, and one of the best family friendly ski schools in the Chamonix valley. Numerous large ski chalets offer family focused accommodation in Les Houches with services ranging from inhouse nannies, games/play rooms, cinema rooms, hot tubs, and special needs childcare. Our dedicated family section has more information on helping to make your family holiday in Chamonix one to remember.
Seasonal Accommodation in Chamonix
Every year thousands of mountain lovers come to Chamonix to fulfill their dreams of spending a winter season in the heart of the European ski scene. Many employers offer accommodation as part of their package but if you are looking to be more independent during your ski season, finding seasonal accommodation can be a challenge. Whether you are looking for a large chalet for a family sabbatical or more compact central seasonnaire type accommodation, there are chalets and apartments available throughout the valley: visit our dedicated season lets page for more information.
For more information on the various areas that make up the valley, visit our guide on where to holiday in Chamonix.