About Chamonix Ski Areas
If you like challenging steep runs that seem to go on forever then the Chamonix ski area has got plenty to keep your legs working hard.
Because the valley floor is low and the lifts rise to over 3000 metres, there are plenty of possible runs offering 2000 or more metres of vertical descent. The largest amount of vertical is offered from the Aiguille du Midi, however this is an off-piste area and you'll need to take a professional mountain guide to tackle it.
From the dramatic glaciers and peaks of the Aiguille du Midi and Grands Montets, to the gentle rolling slopes of the Domaine de Balme, each skiing area in Chamonix is unique and has something different to offer skiers and snowboarders.
In summary, the differences between the two main categories of Chamonix ski area are:
Low Mountain : typically gentle slopes along the bottom of the valley with easy access for beginners. These areas are suited to youngsters and the less adventurous beginner skiers/snowboarders. Once you've mastered the basics on these slopes you can progress to the higher and steeper areas. Snow cover is assured in most of these areas for most of the season by the use of snow cannons.
- La Vormaine (1480m) near Le Tour
- Les Chosalets (1230m) in Argentiere
- Le Poya (1120m) in Vallorcine / Le Buet
- Le Savoy (1049-1125m) in the centre of Chamonix by the Brevent
- Les Planards (1062-1242m) again near the town centre
High Mountain : these areas are accessed via the lift system and offer a much greater range of pistes for all abilities from confident beginners to expert skiers and snowboarders, as well as being the gateway to the incredible Chamonix backcountry terrain.
- Les Grands Montets (1235-3300m)
- Brevent/Flegere (1030-2525m)
- Le Tour/Vallorcine (1453-2270m)
- L'Aiguille du Midi/La Vallee Blanche (1030-3842m)
- Les Houches (950-1900m)
With a Mont Blanc Unlimited lift pass, you not only get to ski in the Chamonix Valley, but also neighbouring ski areas such as Courmayeur, the Evasion Mont Blanc and Verbier. Head to our Ski Areas Page for information on Chamonix, or read on below about skiing in Courmayeur (Italy) and Les Contamines, Megeve and St Gervais (Evasion Mont Blanc). You can read more about Verbier ski area on our dedicated Verbier website.
Location: Chamonix / Mont Blanc Valley