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Chamonix

Chamonix Ski Resort Guide

Chamonix, France

Rated: 5/5 (from 7 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForFreeriders, Expert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length152km94 miles
Highest Lift3,840m12,598ft
Resort Height1,040m3,412ft
 Nearest AirportsGeneva and Sion
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Chamonix

Nestled in the valley at the feet of Mont Blanc, Chamonix is one place that every skier must visit - with the world's largest lift-served vertical drop. Off the slopes there are many bars and restaurants, and the town is always lively.

Summary

The French ski resort of Chamonix is in the French Alps at an altitude of 1,040m3,412ft, with 152km94 miles of marked runs.

Chamonix is part of the Ski Pass Mont Blanc area with access to 952km592 miles of downhill skiing, with 507 marked pistes, served by a total of 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.

Skiing

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Snowboarding

Chamonix is very highly rated by Snowboarders and there are a variety of Snow and Terrain Parks in Chamonix.

Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Chamonix is 22km14 miles long and the most difficult run is the 'Grand Montets', which is 8km5 miles in length.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Chamonix?

The next notable snow forecast is 6cm2in, expected on 31 October, with around 39cm15in forecast over the next 7 days.

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Snow this week

Snow Forecast by day for Chamonix
TueWedThuFriSatSunMon
Snow
to
2,326m7,631ft
Snow
to
1,271m4,170ft

Ski Area Stats

Chamonix Ski Area

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

Ski Pass Mont Blanc Ski Area

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

Altitudes

Chamonix Ski Area Heights

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

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Chamonix
Freeriders
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

Ski Hire in Chamonix

Ski Hire Shops in Chamonix.

For more information, see our page about Chamonix Ski Hire.

Location and Map

Where is Chamonix?

This ski resort is in the French Alps in Ski Pass Mont Blanc, Haute-Savoie.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Chamonix is Sion, 60 minutes drive away.

Geneva, Annecy, Chambery, Lyon St-Exupéry, Turin Caselle, Grenoble, Berne, Lyon Bron and Milan Malpensa airports are all within three hours drive.

Annecy, Geneva and Sion are just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The 49 ski lifts are able to uplift 52,660 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 23km14 miles of ski runs, with 96 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Chamonix open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is early December, and usual closing is Late April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

Piste Map

Chamonix Piste Map
Chamonix

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Chamonix, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Chamonix Tourist Office for the latest.

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