Best beginner areas
Les Chosalets nursery ski area (1252m) is at the lower end of Argentiere just up from the turning for the Grands Montets car park. Served by two drag lifts (one very short and slow, one much longer and slightly faster), this is a nice area to learn for skiers or snowboarders. The two slopes are very different; one is very short and flat with its own drag lift. The adjacent slope is much longer and wider, also with its own drag lift and just as gentle lower down. It gets steeper nearer the top making it a good slope for progressing on.
You can also access Les Chosalets from the snowshoe and cross-country ski trails that loop around the valley floor. To get there on foot from the Chosalets bus stop, walk uphill on the narrow lane through the houses to get to the slope. It’s surrounded by trees and has a small snack hut at the bottom of the lifts. You can also access it from the snowshoe and cross-country ski trails that loop around the valley floor. To get there on foot from the Chosalets bus stop, walk uphill on the narrow lane through the houses to get to the slope. It’s surrounded by trees and has a small snack hut at the bottom of the lifts.
If you are feeling more confident and would like to head up higher at Grand Montets then we recommend you take the Plan Joran gondola up followed by the Tabé chairlift. You will then have access to two blue pistes that take you down to the Retour pendant and Tabe chairlifts. These blue pistes are the most gentle runs to be found in the Grand Montets area, although they can be steeper in parts, so you must make sure you are ready before heading up here. The Marmottons blue piste is the third and last of the blues in this ski area, taking you across to Lognan mid station where you can pick up the 2 seater chairlift of the same name to take you back to the top of the piste again or to do another lap of the two blues near the forest.
The home run at Grands Montets is a red piste - the Pierre à Ric. It's quite a long piste and can be icy and bumpy in parts, so we recommend that if you're a beginner you should take the cable car or the Plan Joran gondola back down at the end of the day.
Also see: Ski Areas in Chamonix, France