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5 Snow Sure recommendations in Chamonix

20 Sep 2017

Booking a ski holiday can sometimes feel like playing a game of roulette. You just don’t know whether you are going to strike it rich. As there is no way to predict snowfall it’s important to research which European ski resorts are snow sure, which is when ski resorts like Chamonix come into their own.

Why is Chamonix snow sure?


Chamonix offers 11 different ski areas to choose from. That is 11 different microclimates, 11 different altitudes, 11 different piste aspects and 11 different types of terrains for snow to fall on.

All 11 ski resorts in Chamonix are covered on its lift pass. Which means you are always going to find the kind of skiing you are looking for somewhere in the Chamonix Valley.

 

 

5 Snow Sure Recommendations



1. Argentière


Argentière is the only ski resort within 90 minutes of Geneva that offers pistes over 3000m. You can find it at the snowier, north-eastern end of the Chamonix valley, and it offers some of the most reliable conditions in the Alps.

 

2. Les Grands Montets, Argentière


The glacier of Les Grands Montets offers reliable snow conditions. The terrain here is best suited to experts, with long 1300m vertical blacks from the top of the cable car. There is also incredible and unlimited off-piste but always take a guide though!

 

3. Le Tour, Chamonix


Le Tour (1450m) is only four kilometers up the road at the head of the valley and it has been labeled the snowiest village (opposed to ski resort) in France. The slopes here are gentler than at Les Grands Montets, with some excellent tree skiing off the back of the area towards Vallorcine. The more gentle Le Tour is historically reliable offering you something less high-octane but certainly as much fun!

4. The Vallée Blanche


Accessed by the 3,840m Aiguille du Midi, the off-piste Vallée Blanche is world famous. Even in what are deemed ‘snow poor’ conditions, you can enjoy an incredible ski challenge and you can usually get down as low as the train.

5. Les Houches


Winter is winter, and it can bring stormy weather, which is where Les Houches comes into its own. This woody alpine area is perfect for wooded piste and tree skiing keeping you perfectly protected from the weather.

 

OFF MOUNTAIN

Chamonix also offers so many off-mountain activities because you had to stop skiing at some point in the day! From visits to the Aiguille de Midi to see the Mont Blanc, to the red train taking you to the Mer de Glace. There is a bustling cosmopolitan town, with spas, wellness centres, excellent shopping and boutiques and an array of restaurants and nightlife.

Did you know the most snow-sure ski resorts in Europe are not always the high altitude ones? The Portes du Soleil has a better snow record than high altitude Zermatt! Find out more…[read on]

 

Get in touch to find out more about our luxury private ski chalets in Chamonix. 

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Author: Claire Garber



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