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At the foot of the majestic Mont Blanc is one the world's biggest names in skiing. With a traditional, alpine aesthetic, ski holidays in Chamonix are markedly different to the archetypal, purpose-built, French resorts.
The slopes here have a deserved reputation as one of the best places in the world for advanced skiing and snowboarding. Those of the highest standard can come to Chamonix and be tested to their limits. The vast slope area is spread along a 20 kilometre' valley and exploring it will require extensive use of the bus and lift systems. Off-piste skiing in Chamonix is some of the most exhilarating you will find and a guide is mandatory. Nearby Les Houches is linked by the Chamonix lift pass, offering further wonderful off-piste skiing opportunities and alternative accommodation. Chamonix offers wonderful French cuisine for a variety of budgets and some of the most vibrant nightlife in the Alps.
Chamonix is 82 km (approximately 1 hour 30 minutes transfer from Geneva airport.More information about Geneva
Chamonix 215 km (approximately 2 hours 20 minutes transfer) from Lyon airport.More information about Lyon
Chamonix certainly has enough terrain to keep beginner skiers and snowboarders occupied, however, Chamonix is not an ideal beginner ski resort. When good snow falls low in the valley, beginners can enjoy the nursery slopes of La Vormaine, Les Chosalets, Le Savoy and Les Planards, though the latter can suffer from a lack of sunshine at times. Tuition here is good - English-speaking instructors are plentiful - but Chamonix's strength is in teaching new, specialist skills to those who are already comfortable on the snow.
|Chamonix ski season||November - May|
|Piste area||150 km|
|Resort height||1035 m|
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