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Chamonix

Chamonix

Chamonix - Mont-Blanc - Rhone Alps, France

Snowboard, Ski

Chamonix is a popular town located in the Haute-Savoie department of France’s Rhone Valley, high in the Alps at the foot of Mont Blanc. It’s a legendary resort which has more than 300 hectares of skiable terrain surrounded by beautiful landscapes. Chamonix has different areas within the resort. It offers excellent snow quality, plenty of verticals and brilliant off piste potential with unique skiing areas, each offering something different to skiers and boarders. From the highest area, Aiguille du Midi (1030-3842 m), you can join La Vallee Blanche and go off piste to enjoy the infamous kilometres of glacial steeps, fresh powder, and natural elements with spectacular scenery. These routes are unmarked, unmaintained and unpatrolled. The main dangers here are crevasse falls and avalanches and although guides are not compulsory in this zone, it’s recommended to contract one.

In Grand Montets (1235-3300 m), you can find a whole plethora of some of the most radical off piste routes but it isn't usually open until the end of January as it's quite a rocky area and requires more snow coverage. The steep slopes are diverted towards the Argentiere Glacier. There is also a snowpark in Grand Montets which includes all kinds of elements, and a boardercross course where they can film your session and post it on the website. The Brevent – Flegere area (1030-2525 m) provides superb panoramic views of the Alps. It’s south orientated and has a variety of pistes with 58 skiable kilometres. In Brevent there is a freestyle zone with five rails and big jumps. The off piste here is generally quieter on powder days meaning you can make fresh tracks all day, long after Grand Montets has been tracked out. Flegere has great free ride terrain with bowls, natural table tops, halfpipes and quarter pipes. Be careful though as there are some hidden cliff drops, so make sure you have good visibility and check where things go first.

Chamonix - Mont-Blanc Snowboard

The Domaine de Balme (1453-2270 m) consists of two main areas Le Tour and Vallorcine. Le Tour is less rocky so doesn’t need masses of snow coverage. This area is lower down and less steep but it contains some of the best off piste areas in the valley with interesting and wide runs. It’s often cold and windy at the top and on the backside so it’s recommended to take a guide as these slopes are prone to avalanche slabs. In Les Houches (950-1900m) you’ll find 55 kilometres of hiking trails through the trees. This is also a good place for beginner and intermediate skiers as the pistes are long and wide. The beginner areas are in Les Planards, Le Savoy, El Vormaine and Los Chosalets.
 

Conditions

The season starts at the end of November and if the conditions are good, the station stays open until the end of April. Without doubt, from late December to March the snow quality is at its best and the whole of the station will be open.
Characteristics
  • Vertical Drop
    7.326,1 ft
  • Terrain
    308 Ha
  • Longest Run
    11.806 Mi
  • Runs
    70
  • SnowPark
    2
  • Summit
    10.745 ft
  • Lifts
    65
  • Base
    3.418,6 ft

Difficulty level of the pistes

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