Skiing and Snowboarding in Chamonix
The Chamonix valley is not your average ski area. And the skiing in Chamonix is not your average skiing. The valley is split into five main ski areas: Le Tour/Vallorcine, Grands Montets, Flegere, Brevent and Les Houches. These are linked together by bus and the pistes have everything from wide open blues at Le Tour to steep, thin black runs over at Brevent. Families and beginners have the interesting tree runs in Les Houches while the more experienced skiers can test their metal in Grands Montet.
But Chamonix has built its reputation on off piste, on freeriding and on ski touring so if you want to ski fresh powder snow away from the crowds in scenery that will blow you away, don't hesitate to hire a guide and practise your rooster tails. The most famous off piste run in the world – the Valle Blanche – makes for a superb day out as you ski your way down glacial terrain over the Mer de Glace. Snow conditions in the valley can be dangerously variable and a guide is essential for experiencing this route as safely as possible.