Sitting under the majestic Mont Blanc mountain sits Chamonix ski resort at a height of 1035, and the highest village within the Mont Blanc Valley is La Tour sitting at a height of 1462m.
Chamonix is split up into different areas, Argentire, Brevents-Flegere, La tour and Les Houches. The valley has something to offer to all skiers and snowboarders, tree line runs, beginners slopes and for the serious skier/boarder some of the best off piste and back country, and not to forget the Valle Blanche
Chamonix has been a popular destination with the British market for many years, one of the easiest ski areas to get to by car from the Uk and with a very short transfer from Geneva Airport.
Ski passes are obtainable in two ways, Chamomix Le Pass and Mont Blanc Unlimited.
Below you find a little info on the areas within the Mont Blanc valley.
The Grands Montets (1235 m - 3300 m)
Amazing off piste
Spread over 3 mountain sides, the pistes of the Argentiere glacier, Logan and Pendant offer some of the best skiing in the valley. The off piste possibilities are endless. Skiing here generally lasts until early May.
At the mid station of Lognan you will find a snow park and boardercross.
The ski area can be accessed by a 10 minute drive from Chamonix.
Brévent / Flégère (1030 m - 2525 m)
Skiing with some of the best views in the world
The two areas have been linked by a very large cable car since 1997 and give you some of the best views in the world. The slopes here are south facing with a good selection of pistes with those amazing views of the Mont Blanc.
The ski area is great for those long lunches, soaking up the sun and the views. The area can accessed from the town centre
Le Domaine de Balme (1453 m - 2270 m)
Tree line runs
Domaine de Balme or La Tour as the locals would say is accessed from the villages of Le Tour or Vallorcine. A fantastic ski area for begineers , and for those seeking runs in between the trees.
From here you have views of the Chamonix Valley, La Tour is exposed to the sun more than the other areas so great place to catch some rays.
Les Houches (950 m - 1900m)
Les Houches is located around 6km from Chamonix centre. The village sits at 950m above sea level and its ski slopes reach a height of 1900 meters.
Here you will find long pistes through trees with amazing views of the Mont Blanc Massif and the Chamonix valley. Les Houches is proud to have the Kandahar run which is used the Mens downhill world cup championships.
Most of the pistes lie on pasture land, so do not require large amounts of snow to have a good base. A great area for mixed skiers and Snowboarders.
If you are looking for ski accommodation in the Chamonix valley please follow the link below
Ski chalets in the Chamonix valley
Looking for more information on Les Houches click the link below
Les Houches ski resort guide
Chamonix is adding more snow cannons for winter 2011/12