The Chamonix valley stretches from Servoz to Vallorcine near the Swiss border. The main places (working up the valley from Servoz) include Les Houches, Les Bossons, Chamonix, Les Praz, Argentiere, Montroc / Le Tour and Vallorcine.
Ski areas: Chamonix is not a ski in - ski out purpose built resort, but rather a town which became the world capital of mountaineering and developed into a world renowned ski resort. It is actually 5 ski resorts and one famous off piste lift access (the Aiguille du Midi).
The main ski lift areas are:
- In Les Houches = Les Houches,
- In Chamonix = Le Brevent and the Aiguille du Midi (off piste only, the Vallee Blanche)
- In Les Praz = La Flégère
- In Argentiere = Les Grands Montets
- In Le Tour/Vallorcine = Le Tour/Balme
Flégère is interconnected with Brévent. Le Tour/Balme is connected by lift to Vallorcine. The snowpark is in Les Grands Montets. There are other smaller beginner lift areas including La Vormaine in Le Tour and Les Planards in Chamonix.
Our Self Catering chalet apartment
There is so much to discover. The self catering property is located on a private road in the village of Le Tour. It is about 300 metres to La Vormaine nursery slopes and about 400 metres to the domaine de Balme cable cars, ski school (ESF), and ski hire shop (Loc-à-Pic). There is a hotel (L’Olympique) with restaurant, bar, and terrace, and a bar/restaurant and snack-bar (Le Passon) by the cable cars.
The nearest shops are in Argentière, 2.5 kms down the road and it offers all the shopping facilities you will need to survive day-to-day and some great restaurants.
There are several mountain restaurants nearby and Vallorcine can be reached from the slopes by skiing down a path or by cable car.
Martigny in Switzerland is 20 minutes away with Verbier a further 20 minutes.
More information about the local area can be discovered on the Chamonix web site, along with the latest snow reports, 3 day forecast, ski pass information, chair lift time tables, and forthcoming events.
Actvities to Discover
Skiing and Snowboarding
Le Tour has good pistes for diffferent levels of snow-sports. Ideal for beginners and medium skiers, with 1 black run for the advanced skier. There are some lovely runs through the trees and above the tree lines.
Argentière has some of the best on-piste and off-piste skiing. The Chamonix valley is known as the free-riding capital of Europe and has 2 terrain parks and 2 half-pipes. A lift connects Vallorcine to the Balme slopes. From Charamillon there is a chair lift which goes to the Col de Balme. A full ski-pass allows you to ski the whole of the Mount Blanc region including Courmayeur.
- Trekking and Hiking
- Mountaineering and climbing
- Mountain Biking
- Trail Running
- Rock Climbing
- Easy Walks
- Road Cycling
- Water sports including canyoning, rafting, kayaking, and hydrospeed
- Via Ferrata - Iron Road from Montenvers
- Nature Reserve
And for the children
- The Ice Cave at Montenvers
- Chamonix Adventure Parks with giant swings, toboggans, and zip lines
- St Bernard Breeding Centre at Servoz
Top Sightseeing Locations
- At the foot of Mont Blanc (4808m or 15,770ft), the highest mountain in Western Europe, Chamonix's alpine town atmosphere and spectacular scenery attract people from all over the globe. It boasts one of the highest cable cars in the world, the must for any visit.
- Montenvers train - funicular railway to the Mer de Glace glacier
- Aiguille du Midi
- Step into the Void - the highest attraction in Europe
- Mount Blanc tramway from Le Fayet
- Brévent view cable car
- Annecy - known as the Venice of the Alps
- Alpine Museum
More details of the local area can be foundhere.