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Resort Information  CHAMONIX

Set at the foot of Europe's highest mountain, Mont Blanc with its summit at 16,000ft, is Chamonix; one of skiing and climbings spiritual homes. The skiing is impressive and so are the opportunities for après ski. There are over 200 shops, numerous bars and restaurants, four nightclubs and an international casino, as well as activities such as skating, curling, indoor tennis, squash, swimming, bowling, fitness centre, saunas, snowshoeing, ice climbing, paragliding and 17km of Alpine walks. The area provides good skiing for all levels and includes some of the most challenging terrain in the Alps. Argentiere lies just 8kms further up the valley from Chamonix and provides great access to the pistes of the Grands Montets with exhilarating runs on the glacier. Less advanced skiers will enjoy the gentler slopes in Les Chosalets.The Mont Blanc lift pass covers eight ski areas within the Chamonix valley, from the gentle tree-lined slopes of Les Houches to the glaciers of Grand Montets above Argentière, and boasts over 700km of terrain. The price to pay for this wealth of choice is the fragmented layout. Nearest to town is Le Brévent, its mainly reds and blues accessed by a six-person gondola. La Flégère is also mainly intermediate and there’s a lift now linking it with Brévent. The views across the valley to Mont Blanc are jaw-dropping and not to be missed. Le Tour and Les Houches are at opposite ends of the valley and excellent for beginners and intermediates, while Grands Montets in the middle is where the experts head. Snow cover on the north-facing higher slopes is good while lower, south-facing areas such as Brévent and Flégère suffer in warmer weather. Chamonix is not the place to choose if you’ are a beginner as in a mixed group you’ll be learning in a completely separate area.

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Grade12 - 29 - 25 - 14

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Nearest Airports?

Geneva 105Km

Chambéry 150Km

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