Les Contamines Ski Area
Often overlooked due to its proximity to Chamonix and Megeve, Les Contamines is a small, friendly resort that offers a surprising amount of skiable area – it is definitely a hidden gem and a perfect location for those who are not after a manic nightlife. It experiences an exceptional amount of sunny weather too!
The ski area is outside of the main village but both UCPA and the town provide a regular bus service to link skiers to the main lift station. Once there, the lifts take you as high as the Aiguille Croche at 2500m with pistes covering a vast area of 120km and a vertical drop of 1336m. On the other side of the Contamines ridgeline, you can ski down to Hauteluce les Contamines with its fine selection of friendly blue and red runs.
Les Contamines Pistes
The ski area provides a fantastic range of runs especially for beginners and intermediate skiers. There are 2 designated beginner areas high up on the mountain so those new to the sport will still enjoy the fantastic high mountain views that are often only available for the more experienced. The pistes are long, open and wide with a more rolling and relaxed landscape than Chamonix with a huge variety of terrain available for people that are competent on blues and reds. The ski slopes meander down through each of the valleys passing ancient forests, alpine farms and numerous small restaurants. Those who have skied for many weeks should possibly look to enjoy some fresh tracks on one of UCPA’s off piste courses.
Snowboarders have a fantastic selection of runs. The style of pistes are perfect for boarders at all levels.
Les Contamines Off Piste
Although the ski area does offer some black runs, what is more enjoyable for those competent on harder terrain is to break off the side of the piste and explore the couloirs and tree lines that surround the ski area.
Les Comtamines Snowparks
Les Contamines offers four excellent snowparks, a specific snowboard mogul piste as well as a half pipe equipped with a rope tow.