About the surrounding area
Situated just after Argentiere on the way to the Swiss border, Le Tour is one of the quieter of the Chamonix resorts. Surrounded by pine forests it sits in a clearing with the Domaine de Balme ski area separating it from its neighbouring village of Vallorcine. Used as a pasture in the summer by local farmers, you are more likely to be woken by the clanging of cow bells than the sound of revellers on their way home from a night out!
Le Tour is a tiny little village at the foot of the Domaine de Balme ski area; there is no village centre as such, more a cluster of pretty stone chalets surrounded by pastures and ancient farmhouses. If you're looking for the quiet life, then you're in the right place! It is a great base for hiking and mountain biking or cycling in the summer, and if you want super-easy access to an intermediate ski/snowboard area then it couldn't be better.
The best of Le Tour's restaurants are actually on the mountain, so lunch is a better option than dinner. Underneath the Autannes chairlift is a fantastic little place called Les Ecuries that serves what has to be one of the best croutes in the valley (another variation on hot cheese); it gets busy, so book your table as soon as you arrive. Just across the way at the bottom of the Possettes draglift is the Alpages des Balmes, a wonderfully rustic old barn that serves tasty local dishes and a great vin chaud.
Also see: Restaurants in Chamonix - Le Tour, France
Le Tour is just a short hop on the train from the Swiss border, ideally placed for sightseeing in both France and Switzerland. Just a few stops on the train and you can catch the incredibly steep funicular up to the Emosson Dam, a huge hydroelectric dam surrounded by hiking trails and the famous dinosaur footprints. If you continue your train journey to Martigny you can also visit the Fondation Pierre Gianadda art gallery and the Roman amphitheatre. In the other direction, you can be in Chamonix within about 20 minutes where you'll find shops, bars, sports centre, Aiguille du Midi and plenty of other attractions.
Also see: Sights in Chamonix - Le Tour, France
The nearest golf course to Le Tour is the Golf Club de Chamonix, an 18 hole course in Chamonix Les Praz, near to the Flegere lift station. It has a driving range, club house and pro-shop where you can stock up on all the essentials. They hold regular competitions throughout the summer, the course is closed in winter.
Also see: Golf Courses in Chamonix - Le Tour, France
Le Tour is linked to Vallorcine by the Domaine de Balme ski area; a gentle rolling terrain featuring lots of blue and red runs as well as a large beginners slope at its base. If this all sounds a bit tame then you can have a go at the timed slalom course beside the Autannes piste. Le Tour is also renowned for being one of the best places to head on a powder day, but don't tell everybody or they'll all be there...
Also see: Ski Areas in Chamonix, France
Apres-ski hasn't quite took hold in Le Tour, you have to make your own entertainment here! There is a large bar-restaurant at the foot of the Charamillon gondola that has a sunny terrace where you can enjoy a beer or two in the afternoon, and a smaller café in the carpark that has a nice ambience. Other than that you can hop on the bus to Argentiere or Chamonix, be aware of the bus timetable though as the last return is not very late!
Also see: Bars in Chamonix - Le Tour, France