Why not ski Chamonix this year? With skiing and snowboarding in France of the highest quality, this French ski resort has earned a name as the capital of Alpine sport, sitting in the shadow of Mont Blanc.
If you ski Chamonix you'll be skiing or boarding on the French side of Mont Blanc, Europe's highest peak. This French ski resort has awesome scenery, a beautiful town, and some of the toughest skiing and snowboarding to be found anywhere. It's just over an hour from Geneva airport, and if you ski Chamonix then you also get a great nightlife. But it can be crowded, expensive, and you'll need a car to get around the four key slope areas.
On the slopes
You'll enjoy ski holidays in Chamonix if you're a good skier. There are glaciers and permanent snow fields, 2,000m ski runs, and the "Vallée Blanche", the most famous (and crowded) off-piste run in the world. This is heaven for experts, lots of steep terrain and deep snow. The ungroomed black pistes of Point de Vue and Pylones are long and exhilarating. Intermediates who like a challenge and going off piste will be fine but if you are looking for miles of cruisy intermediate pistes this is not the resort for you. Beware also the classifications, many of the blue runs here would be reds elsewhere.
Beginners can really struggle here - it is not an ideal place to learn to ski (go to Le Tour or Argentiere about 6km away). Or head to Balme ski area for more gentle runs. In short, this is a place to go if you want to push your limits, and experience some of the best skiing and boarding around.
The old town centre of the Chamonix ski resort is attractive, but much of the accommodation is in the villages which surround it - if you are on a budget, you'll have to look out of town. In town you'll find plenty of cafés, restaurants and bars at all price points, and a bustling atmosphere. There are plenty of other activities, including mountaineering, ice climbing, and cross country skiing, plus indoor and outdoor ice rinks, a bowling alley, a swimming pool and a casino. We would also recommend going on the Aiguille du midi cable car for sheer awesome scenery!