Chamonix enjoys undisputed status as one of the world’s toughest mountain sports destinations with plenty of challenging on and off piste runs and glacial skiing. There are also plenty of ski areas suitable for beginners and intermediate skiers, with wide slopes and tree-lined runs.
A favourite with locals, Les Houches is often overlooked by holidaymakers despite hosting the popular Kandahar World Cup Downhill race every January. One of the biggest single ski areas, it offers tree-lined skiing, wide open pistes as well as challenging runs. It’s also home to two of the best mountain top restaurants in the valley, Les Vieilles Luges and La Ferme.
A great place for beginners to practise on the wide, west-facing slopes and for intermediate skiers to gain confidence. On the back side of Le Tour there are tree-lined runs down towards Vallorcine.
LE BREVENT & LA FLEGERE
These linked ski areas offer some of the most scenic skiing in the valley with views of Mont Blanc. Le Brevent is easily accessed from Chamonix town centre and offers a good range of mixed ability skiing and boarding. There is a run and a cable car linking it to La Flegere which offers excellent terrain for picking up speed whilst skiing in the sunshine of its south facing slopes.
LES GRANDS MONTETS
Situated above the village of Argentiere, Grand Montets is an exhilarating ski area with steep, wide runs which are fantastic in powder. It offers a complete range of skiing for confident intermediate skiers to the more advanced with mogul fields, glaciers, couloirs and bowls.
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