The Chamonix Valley spands along the Swiss border from Servoz to Berberine. Some of the most well known towns which are along this valley include: Les Bossons, Les Praz, Les Houches, Chamonix, Vallorcine, Mont Roc / Le Tour and Argentiere. This valley has developed into a world class ski resort town, rather than simply being known as a ski-in and ski-out resort built for that purpose only. These are some of the best ski resorts in the world and can offer an exceptional ski holiday. Chamonix's most popular ski runs expand over many kilometers, above glaciers, and navigating over and around crevasses with inspiring mountains surrounding them in the breathtaking Alps. There are a total of five resorts, along with one off piste lift to access the Aiguille du Midi which is famous.
Are you looking for accommodation? You have several places to choose from…
If you are looking for accommodation, most are not the classic ski in and ski out style, but there is something for every taste to be found here. There is accommodation available near to the Grands Montets ski resort; here you can arrive on ski from the Pierre à Ric piste. There are also some apartments and chalets that could be considered as ski in types at the bottom of Le Tour, Les Houches and Vallorcine. You may enter into the Brévent Ski area from Chamonix centre by taking a black track and the pistes of Savoy Nursey. However, it will only be possible to do this if there is good snow cover lower down the slopes. There is also similar accommodation closer to the lifts at Le Praz. The more popular night life après-ski areas are the towns of Argentiere and Chamonix.
Knowing your way around Chamonix and how to get there
From theGeneva-Cointrin (GVA) International airport, Chamonix Mont-Blanc is 88km away. From Lyon-St-Exupery International airport it is 220 km away, and from Turin-Caselle International airport it is 171 km away. The bus and train system that runs up and down the Chamonix valley is useful, except there is no public transportation after the midnight hour. If you have a Chamonix host card, the public transportation is free.
Chamonix offers skiing for all levels of skiers
Among the 5 primary ski areas in the Chamonix Valley, the ones that are better for beginners include Les Houches and Le Tour. You can access ski instructors and classes for any level of skiing you are at. If you know you are a competent skier, Grands Montets may suit you well. There are shops to rent equipment if need be for skiers and snow boarders along with any other desired equipment. You will also of course want to check out the ski shops for sportswear, technical clothes and other specialized sporting equipment. Chamonix also has specialized boot fitting shops.
|Resort Name||Low Altitude||High Altitude||Vertical Drop||Longest Run|
|Argentière||1250 m||3842 m||2592 m||4.0 km|
|Chamonix||1035 m||3842 m||2807 m||24.0 km|
|Le Tour||1462 m||2270 m||808 m||3.0 km|
|Les Houches||1000 m||1900 m||900 m||3.0 km|
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