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Chamonix - Ski Area Guide

Chamonix, France

Ski Resort in Ski Pass Mont Blanc, French Alps - 152km94 miles of Piste (1,040m3,412ft to 3,840m12,598ft). Rated: 4/5 (from 6 ratings)

An historic ski and climbing town on the picturesque side of Mont Blanc, by the entrance to the Mont Blanc tunnel. Chamonix offers the world's greatest lift-served vertical drop. Away from the slopes it is very lively all year round with numerous bars and restaurants.

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The next notable snow forecast for Chamonix is 1cm-, expected on 15 December, with around 55cm22in forecast over the next 7 days. There is significant snow currently indicated by the long-range (7 days+) forecast; but too far ahead to be relied upon.

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Ratings for Chamonix

Chamonix Ski Area

Black Pistes
Expert Trails
1234km21 miles
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
2570km43 miles
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
2746km29 miles
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
165km3 miles
Pistes
Number of runs
69
Downhill
Total Length
152km94 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
43km27 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
49
Piste and Lift Stats for Chamonix

Ski Pass Mont Blanc Ski Area

Black Pistes
Expert Trails
66
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
206
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
155
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
54
Pistes
Number of runs
507
Downhill
Total Length
952km592 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
248
Piste and Lift Stats for Ski Pass Mont Blanc

Chamonix Ski Area Height

Max Vertical2,800m9,186ft
Highest Lift3,840m12,598ft
Lowest Piste1,040m3,412ft
Resort Altitude (Chamonix)1,040m3,412ft
Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Chamonix
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Chamonix

The French Ski Resort of Chamonix is part of the Ski Pass Mont Blanc area with access to 952km592 miles of downhill skiing, with 507 individual pistes, served by 248 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Chamonix itself (152km94 miles of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Ski Pass Mont Blanc ski resorts of Argentière, Combloux, Cordon, Le Tour, Les Contamines, Les Houches, Megève, Passy Plaine Joux and St Gervais Mont-Blanc.

With ski lifts as high as 3,840m12,598ft, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

There are five Airports within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Chamonix are perfectly feasible. Geneva Airport and Sion Airport are just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.

Skiing in Chamonix

Chamonix is a name synonymous with the best and most challenging in mountain sports world-wide and attracts the best practitioners of skiing, snowboarding, climbing and other disciplines each season. It attracts an even greater number of 'wannabes'. However, the resort is keen to point out that you don't have to 'live for skiing' to enjoy what Chamonix has to offer: there are pisted trails for all standards.

Until 1996 Chamonix was one of the few remaining resorts to offer separate passes for different sectors of its skiing, but no whole-resort pass, unless you purchased the huge Skipass Mont-Blanc covering well over 230 lifts in a dozen or so neighbouring ski areas. This changed with the introduction of a range of 'Chamski' passes carefully tailored after extensive research to meet the needs of the diverse winter sports market. The basic 6 day pass includes a day over in Courmayeur, normally subject to a supplement, and two trips on the high Grands Montets lifts, again usually charged at an additional fee.

The Grand Montets is a major part of Chamonix's reputation as a serious skier's resort, and thankfully all the lift installations in the area are currently being drastically improved, with capacity on the Bochard gondola, for example, increased from 1200 to 3000 skiers per hours, dramatically reducing and often eliminating lift lines. The skiable descent possible is from 3275 metres to 1230 metres and the world's record vertical in one day was set here by Canadian Mark Jones, clocking up 51 descents - a vertical of 64,000 metres (210,000 feet).

Of the other famous sectors, L'Aiguille du Midi is perhaps the most legendary, with the famous 22km off-piste descent through La Vallée Blanche (take a guide!). Finally mention must be made of historic Le Brévent, where Chamonix's and one of the Alps' first real ski lifts was installed. The descent there is around 1500m.

Snowboarding in Chamonix

As with skiing, Chamonix is the world capital for serious boarders and, after introducing the world's first monoski in 1977, it was fitting that Europe's first 'board carved its way down the slopes of Chamonix in 1981 beneath the feet of Australian Paul Loxton. Rapidly finding favour, boards were soon descending slopes previously rated 'impossible' including 60 degree gullies.

Bruno Gouvy 'boarded the famous Alpine trilogy of Matterhorn-Eiger-Grandes Jorasses in 1988 before taking on the north face of the Aiguille du Midi, the Aiguille Verte and the north face of Les Drus.

Today France continues to push the boundaries of the sport, producing world champions like Jean-Baptiste Charlet (1994) and Karine Ruby (winner of a snowboarding gold medal at the 1998 Nagano Olympics), as well as Arno Adam ( ski extreme world champion).

Chamonix's Snow Park, sponsored by Salomon and staging numerous competitions, is situated on Les Grands Montets.

Chamonix Aprés Ski

Chamonix is a very lively town, thanks largely to the international mix of mountain sports enthusiasts and the attitude of the local population. Snowboarding and skiing videos keep the white stuff coming well into the night for those who can't cope with leaving it up the mountain when the lifts close, then there is a range of bars, night clubs and discothèques open until dawn's light. Popular choices include the Ice Rock Caf‚ where someone parked most of a lorry in the basement, and Wild Wallabies, the Chamonix answer to St Anton's legendary Krazy Kangaruh hedonistic haven.

Other night time possibilities include the only genuine 10 pin bowling alley in the Alps (8 computer checked lanes), a three screen cinema in the recently renovated Vox complex, a Bridge club at Le Majestic and a casino attracting regular Italian, Swiss and international clientelle to the roulette and black jack tables. There are also one armed bandits and video poker as well as the famous Napoleon III room.

Chamonix in brief

Chamonix Ski Resort is:
Excellent for Expert Skiers.
Excellent for Intermediate Skiers.
Good for Beginners.
Excellent for Snowboarding.

Chamonix Season Dates

We have no confirmed season dates for Chamonix.

Usual opening - Early Dec.

Usual closing - Late April.

NOTE:- Opening subject to Snow Conditions in Chamonix.

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Chamonix Snow Making

Snowmaking :- Chamonix is able to augment natural snow, on 23km14 miles of ski runs, with 96 Snow Cannons.

Chamonix Ski Lift Capacity

Ski Lift Capacity :- The 49 Ski Lifts of Chamonix are able to uplift 52,660 skiers / snowboarders per hour.

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