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Resort:Chamonix
Country: France
Ski Region: Close to Geneva for max slope time
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Resort facts
 
Ski area:  Ski Pass Mont Blanc
Resort height:  1040 m
Highest lift:   3840 m
Total Kms pistes:  152 kms
Nearest airport:  Geneva
Transfer time:   1hr
Driving Time :  8 hours (Calais – Chamonix)
Pistes/Lift info Local Area Whole Area
Top Lift 3840m 38400m
Piste length 152km 952km
Black runs 12 65
Red runs 25 183
Blue runs 27 154
Green runs 16 88
Total runs 69 248
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Snowbeds says
 
Chamonix has the Marmite factor You either love it or hate it!
Chamonix Town has a reputation for lively and varied nightlife and sits at 1000m surrounded by spectacular peaks.
The skiing, including the off piste Vallee Blanche, is equally spectacular being strung up and down the valley and is accessed by an efficient and free local bus service.
Stay local and ski the linked resorts of Le Brevent and Flegere, or take a 'ChamPass' for the whole of the valley to include Argentiere and Le Tour. Or take the massive 'Skipass Mont Blanc' which covers the valley plus Les Contamines ,St Gervais, Megeve and Les Houches (own transport recommended to obtain maximum value from this ski pass).
The scenery is spectacular,the variety of skiing is amazing.It has enough nightlife for the most die hard apres.
It has an atmosphere unlike anywhere else,but you have to work harder than in the average resort to get to skiing.
Chamonix does reward the hard work however and provides an unforgetable experience.
Quality of accommodation is generally pretty good.
Maybe not the best choice for an easy relaxed family holiday.
And the local skiing can be offputting for the lower intermediate.
Good for
 
  • Skiers
  • Snowboarders
  • Weekends
  • Off Piste
  • Nightlife
  • Scenery
  • Short transfers
Where is it?
 
Apres ski
 
Huge choice from pubs and nightclubs to live music venues.
Try-
Chambre 9: One of the places to après ski in Chamonix is Chambre 9. They know exactly what the après crowd is looking for and have a reputation for booking the best apres-bands each winter.
Munster Bar: Offers a great atmosphere with live music throughout the season, with sports on the big screens,
Micro Brasserie de Chamonix (MBC) A real ale venue with great burgers.
Monkey Bar: Monkey Bar, in Chamonix Sud, is a popular spot with both locals and tourists alike. Live music from 5:00pm every day.
The Bunker (previously the White Hub): Chamonix's latest late-night hotspot opened in the summer of 2012 - tucked underneath the arches at the far end of Rue des Moulins, just past Bar'd Up, It is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11pm to 7am
 
What others say
 
Chamonix expert Adam Ruck: "In Janaury 1981, I bought a £99 chalet holiday to a low resort I had never heard of, with an unimpressive tally of seven lifts - Argentière. The slopes were a revelation, and I learned the difference between quality and quantity. Since then no season has passed without a few trips to the top, to confront 2,000 vertical metres of rough and tumble. Never a dull moment in Cham'."
Top Chamonix tips

  • Take a guide and experience the Vallee Blanche,The famous Vallée Blanche in Chamonix is an off-piste ski route, 20km long with a vertical descent of 2700m. The views are stunning and the high mountain environment provides a real sensation of wilderness. This is one of those memorable life experiences that you'll never forget.
  • In bad weather head for the tree lined slopes of Les Houches
  • For the best views all the way down the valley try Le Tour at the top of the valley.
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