Chamrousse - Ski Area Guide
Ski Resort in French Alps - 77km of Piste (1,420m to 2,250m)
Family ski centre close to Grenoble with two bases offering sheltered slopes and doorstep skiing. Prominent in the 1968 Olympics this was the site for the downhill, special and giant slaloms fo both men and women.
Chamrousse Snow News
The next notable snow forecast for Chamrousse is 2cm, expected on 24 February, with around 17cm 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.
Who is Chamrousse good for?
Chamrousse Ski Area
|6||Black Pistes (4km)|
|15||Red Pistes (26km)|
|15||Blue Pistes (20km)|
|8||Green Pistes (25km)|
|40km||Cross Country Pistes|
Chamrousse Ski Area Height
|1700m||Resort Altitude (Chamrousse)|
The French Ski Resort of Chamrousse has direct access to 77km of downhill skiing, with 35 individual pistes, served by 26 ski lifts.
The ski resort itself is above 1500m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With skiing above 2000 metres, snow cover is generally reliable.
There are six Airports within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Chamrousse are perfectly feasible. Chambery Airport and Grenoble Airport are just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.
Skiing in Chamrousse
As the resort is in two parts, so indeed is the skiing, Beginners and intermediates will enjoy the many green and blue runs reached from the chairlifts at Chamrousse 1750, whilst the terrain above Chamrousse 1650, being steep and varied, offers a a choice for better skiers of seven black and seven red runs. It is in this latter area that the famous men's downhill lies - at four kilometres (two and a half miles) , the longest in the resort. Of the over 90km of piste, much is below the tree line so those who particularly like to ski through the pines will have fun and the off piste skiing is both plentiful and relatively hazard-free.
With its west to south westerly aspect, Chamrousse does get a lot sun but of course that can mean that the skiing can be hard in the morning and over-soft in the afternoons, particularly as the season progresses.
Around 18 lifts provide uplift of 30,000 skiers per hour but, because of its proximity to the city of Grenoble, things can get somewhat crowded at school holiday times and weekends.
The local French Ski School teaches all levels of skier from three years old as well as offering telemark hire and instruction.
Snowboarding in Chamrousse
Boarders are welcome all over the mountain and the area has much to offer - indeed the resort boasts that 25% of its visitors are boarders. There is a fun park called Sunset Park for free styler, the wide, easy runs above Chamrousse 1750 are ideal for cruising and carving and Chamrousse 1670 offers a mixture of steep trails and off-piste riding. Novices and boarders seeking instruction can go to the local ski school.
Chamrousse Aprés Ski
The nightlife is centred around the 25 bars and restaurants in the resort and is fairly low key. Despite the resort's disco, most people are tucked up in bed by midnight.
Chamrousse in brief
Chamrousse Ski Resort is:
Ok for Expert Skiers.
Ok for Intermediate Skiers.
Good for Beginners.
Good for Snowboarding.
Chamrousse Season Dates
Open (since December 3, 2016).
Closes : April 17, 2017.
Usual opening - Early Dec.
Usual closing - Mid April.
NOTE:- Opening subject to Snow Conditions in Chamrousse.
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Chamrousse Snow Making
Snowmaking :- Chamrousse is able to augment natural snow, on 5km of ski runs, with 36 Snow Cannons.
Chamrousse Ski Lift Capacity
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 26 Ski Lifts of Chamrousse are able to uplift 27,148 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
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