Brevent and Flegere have a whole host of steep and challenging runs between them, with a large ski area and plenty of lifts you can scoot up and down the steep pistes all day long.
In good snow conditions at Le Brevent it’s possible to combine the Charles Bozon run from the top of the Brevent cable car with the Nants run all the way back down to the valley floor to clock up nearly 1500m of vertical descent. At the start of the Charles Bozon run there are two variants; one that offers steep moguls for those on a mission to prove their skiing credentials, or one that’s slightly more sedate and zig-zags down the cat tracks for the more cautious skier amongst us.
Both of the variants lead to the Planpraz area where you can then select from a host of easy blue runs that lead to the bottom of the Parsa and Cornu chairlifts, where the Nants (home run) black coloured piste starts. Of all these blue runs our favourite is Blanchots to the furthest left, as it’s the least travelled, is slightly shadier and often has the best snow. The Nants piste is a zig-zag cat track that takes you all the way down to the bottom of the Plan Praz bubble lift and even down into the centre of Chamonix.
At La Flégère you can combine the Lachenal piste from the top of the Index chairlift with the Praz piste to have a descent of 1300m. Again it’s only possible to do the lower section when snow conditions allow; late in the season it won’t be covered.
Lachenal is a superb red piste with a really steep upper section (we think it is slightly harder then most reds). This run is often very well groomed so you’ll be unlucky to find moguls on it, you’ll generally find it smooth and fast. The lower section flattens out as it approaches the tree line where it joins Evettes; follow this blue run towards the Evettes chair then take a right onto Praz just before the chairlift. Again this is a zig-zagging black cat track through the trees, but halfway down it opens out into a wide chute where you can head straight down to Les Praz and the cable car at the bottom of the valley. Again it’s good to do when the snow is good and in the morning before the crowds start to make the return journey home at the end of the day.
The Floria black piste is at the top of the Floria drag lift (which is often closed in bad weather and poor snow conditions) is located at the top of the Index chairlift to skiers right. This long and challenging black piste will take you down to the Trappe chairlift. It is often un-pisted and can have some bumps and lumps along the way but it is a great piste for a challenge and in the right snow conditions can be a dream to ski or snowboard.
Location: Chamonix - Le Brevent