skiing and snowboarding Chamonix France
Anyone can ski on the legendary Grands Montets, even beginners. Dangerously inaccurate!
Argentiere and Les Grands Montets
If you can ski most red trails and blue pistes are passé for you, then you must go explore the epic-mungus-ness** that is the Grands Montets. If not, then stick to the beginners area at the bottom called Les Chosalet or better still, take the bus up to Le Tour where slopes are more forgiving. The official gradation of ski slopes within the Chamonix valley is famously subjective, with the wildest variations being between Le Tour and the Grands Montets - it's widely accepted that many Le Tour "red" runs are easier than many Argentiere "blue" trails. Skiing Colorado these dangerous inaccuracies might lead to a post-injury lawsuit - skiing in France they lead only to a Gallic shrug of the shoulders and superbly efficient mountain rescue/ski patrol.
Argentiere is the real home of hardcore and permanent residents include the office of Chamonix Experience, owned and operated by legendary Everest mountaineer Russell Brice. It's also a great place to stay for a ski holiday with its rough and ready mountain man feel - if you can really ski and snowboard, you probably want to stay here to avoid taking the ski bus to the Grands Montets each day. It's also often better value than Chamonix ski holidays.
Les Houches is calmer, quieter and often considered the "Chamonix family ski holidays" locale. It used to be the cheaper option too but, since the long steady decline of the Cham Sud area, is no longer the cheapest place to stay in the valley. Les Houches is still recommended for families and those looking for a quieter ski holiday but it's a fair bit lower down the valley so don't expect reliable ski into resort early or late season - what it does offer is some lovely sheltered treeline skiing when its cold wild and exposed elsewhere mid-winter.
LeTour at the head of the Chamonix valley gets the most sun and has the most cruisey all-day-casual skiing in the area. It also has some of the best value chalet accommodation and so is ideal if you don't need night life or serious après ski facilities. Find a nice cosy chalet here and you've a great spot for a relaxed week of family skiing in Chamonix France.
"An independent Chamonix travel guide written by lovers of its ski chalets, Chamonix skiing, alpinism, Chamonix après ski bars and restaurants, weather, Chamonix holidays and generally all things Chamonix Mont Blanc...blah blah blah" What a load of tired old bull!
We've read this in a dozen "independent Chamonix guides" and frankly, it's insulting our intelligence - Chamonix mobi is the
completely biased and partisan guide to snowboarding and skiing holidays in Chamonix France.
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We'd also be really grateful if any of the incredible Chamonix photographers in town would allow us to use photographs of Chamonix in exchange for a write up and a link, so we can replace these generic ones which we already had kicking around royalty-free from iStock.
** A technical term first coined by Messrs Windham and Pocock to describe the degree of "spectacularity" to be found approx 1 semi-blimey above "life changing" and a half climax below "zen".