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There are 5 main ski areas that make up the Chamonix Valley Plus the nursery areas of Les Planards, Le Savoy, La Vormaine and Les Chosalets.

Le Tour:
Lies at the top of the Valley and has record snow falls.   To the right of the main Lift station is the beginners area of La Vormaine there are 2 drag lifts here, a good place to learn.

At the top of the Gondola is a wide open area with wide blues and red graded pistes.   There are 2 sites to this area with a 4 man chair connecting the area to the Swiss side of the valley and a lift down to the village of Vallorcine.   There are more challenging pistes on this side.

La Flégère and Le Brévent: are south facing and the only two linked areas in the Valley.   There is a new fast moving gondola to the Brevent and a cable car to the La Flérère.   In the last few years a lot of the old chair lifts have been replaced with new 6 man high speed chairs in both ski areas.   The Brevent area is just above the town centre with skiing at 2525m.

These two area are for everyone, easy to tough and some of the best piste ski ing in the Valley.

Les Grands Montets:
This is where the piste and off piste merge,with packed tracked out snow between marked runs to big open blows, testing mogul fields plus a variation of pistes.

The Top lift now included on the "Unlimited Ski Pass" is 3300 meters and leads onto glacier terrain with a vertical descent of 1260 meters.   There is a marked ungroomed black piste, and some interesting off-piste skiing on the Argentiere Glacier.   We recommend that you do take a guide to get the best out of this area as there is also crevasse and avalanche danger.   You also have the advantage of lift priority with a guide.

Les Houches: is a resort in its own right.   There are two main lift stations for this area.

The Bellevue telepherique ( cable-car ) which is in the middle of the village and a new fast moving gondolas at Prarion.   The skiing here is tree line for all level of skiers plus the Kandahar world cup down hill course   If the visibility is bad then this is the place to be.

Just through the Mont Blanc tunnel is the Italian resort of Courmayer.   Not challenging skiing but big wide open blows with a geat atmosphere and lunch.   Quite often when weather is bad in Chamonix, the other side of Mont Blanc, the sun can be shining.   (Courmayer is included on the Unlimited ski pass)

There may be a charge for the tunnel
Ski Facts & Ski Passes
Resort Heights
Les Houches1100m
Highest lift (Aiguille du Midi)3842m
Longest run Valley Blanche29 km
World cup down hill courseKandahar (Les Houches)
Heights of Larger Ski Areas
Le Brévent /La Flégère1095m - 2525m
Lognan/Les Grands Montets1230m - 3300m
Le Tour - Vallorcine1480m - 2230m
Les Houches1100m - 1900m
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