About Les Grands Montets Ski Area
Les Grand Montets is situated above Argentière and with over 1800 hectares, is the largest of the pisted skiing areas in the Chamonix valley.
Most of the area is above the tree line with large expanses of open terrain. The upper skiing areas are located on a glacier, accessed by a second cable car. There is a marked piste from the top but you should be very aware of the presence of crevasses if you choose to venture off-piste.
Les Grands Montets can be very cold in the mornings and its shady northwesterly aspect can mean that in January and February it barely gets any sun until mid-afternoon. Later in the season Grands Montets starts to get sunnier but it is generally the least sunny of all the Chamonix ski areas. This can, however, be an advantage as it means that snow conditions will often be well preserved until the end of the season in May.
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Best pistes in Les Grands Montets
From the top lift station there are a number of pistes that offer not only fantastic skiing but stunning views of the Argentiere glacier and over towards Mont Dolent. The Bochard gondola and Herse chairlift take you to the top of a handful of long, winding, steepish runs where you can really pick up some speed on the wider sections. Natural bowls in between the pistes provide their own challenges and are lots of fun.
Read more in our guide to Best pistes in Grands Montets.
Also see: Best Pistes in Chamonix
Beginner ski areas in Les Grands Montets
For complete beginners, the Chosalets nursery area can be found at the lower end of Argentiere. With two drag lifts and some gentle terrain, this area is perfect for learning or warming up your legs. Further up the Grands Montets ski area you will find a selection of blue pistes that can be accessed by the gondola and chairlifts, offering a more advanced beginner area.
Read more in our guide to Beginner areas in Grands Montets.
Also see: Beginner Ski Areas in Chamonix
Advanced runs in Les Grands Montets
Grands Montets is the home of steep challenging pistes in Chamonix; with the highest point being 3275m at the top of the Grands Montets cable car, you can make your way all the way down to 1252m at Argentiere. In comparison to linked ski systems across the Alps, the Grand Montets area isn’t huge but the sheer number of combinations of possible descents both on and off piste, combined with the consistent steepness and difficulty of its slopes, is one of the reasons why Les Grands Montets is a favourite with many skiers and freeriders in the valley and across the globe.
Read more in our guide to Advanced runs in Grands Montets.
Also see: Advanced Ski Areas in Chamonix
Off-piste skiing in Les Grands Montets
The lifts in the Grands Montets area give access to endless exceptional steep and deep off-piste powder and glacial terrain. Because it is so easy to get to from the lifts it can tend to get tracked out very quickly on a powder day, but if you can get there early then you are in for a real treat!
Read more in our guide to Off-piste skiing in Grands Montets.
Also see: Off-piste Ski Areas in Chamonix
Backcountry routes in Les Grands Montets
There are a vast amount of ski tours available from the top of Les Grand Montets. With countless possibilities of varying degrees of difficulty, a good knowledge of glacier travel and route planning in the mountains is essential. Some of the best-known ski tours include the Col du Chardonnet, Col d'Argentiere, Col du Tour Noir and also some steeper variants such as the Col du Cristaux.
Read more in our guide to Backcountry routes in Grands Montets.
Also see: Backcountry Ski Areas in Chamonix
Location: Chamonix - Argentiere