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Chamonix Ski Areas

Chamonix is the ideal playground for the intermediate or advanced skier; the valley’s steep sides are not the ideal place for beginners although if you learn to ski here you can probably ski anywhere! Chamonix is divided into 5 separate ski areas which run along the valley from Le Tour down to Les Houches. All the ski areas are easily accessible by bus from the town centre - the closest area (Brevent) is a 5 minute bus ride or a 15 minute walk while the furthest area (Le Tour) takes about 15-20 minutes to get to by bus. The bus service is very regular at the beginning and end of the day but can get a little sparse in the middle. Each ski area has its own character and aspect, the variety of areas ensures that good conditions can usually always be found somewhere in the valley!

 

Brevent 

Brevent is the closest area to town (walking distance) and offers a good variety of slopes for all abilities. It has a good beginner area and a selection of wide beginner and intermediate runs and well as some steep runs to keep the experts happy. Being south facing it is an excellent spot for sunny days although it can get a bit slushy in spring.

Flegere

Flegere is accesible from La Praz and is also linked to Brevent via a cable car. There is a nice selection of pistes for all levels including some wider runs. There is a good selection of off piste accessible from the index chair lift as well as some nice tree skiing, an excellent option in low visibility or bad weather. Flegere is south facing but reasonably high offering sunny skiing and good conditions throughout the day.

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Les Grand Montets 

Grand Montets is located just below the village of Argentiere. There are a number of very nice pistes at Grand Montets but they are somewhat overshadowed by the world class off piste. On powder days it’s not uncommon to find the pistes untouched at lunchtime while the crowds hunt down every last inch of fresh snow. There is a huge amount of accessible terrain including the Lavencher bowl and the Argentiere glacier (a guide is highly recommended). Grand Montets is also the place to go for mogul fans or park monkeys with a good selection of bump runs and an excellent snow park. There are a few nice blues hidden about but the area is generally better suited to intermediate or advanced skiers.

 

Le Tour

Le Tour is situated just above the scenic little village of Le Tour at the top of the valley. It offers a large ski area with lots for all abilities, there are a number of more open and gentle slopes for intermediates and beginners and there is also a great beginners area at the bottom of the slopes. For more advanced skiers there is a great selection of off piste which tends to be a bit quieter than other areas. Le Tour also links to Vallorcine which offers some of the best tree skiing in the valley, a great option for days with poor visibility.

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Les Houches

Les Houches is located in the village of the same name just down from the valley from Chamonix. It is a great area for beginners or intermediates with lots of green, blue and red slopes on which to hone your skills. Les Houches is also home to the Kandahar World Cup downhill race, you can try your hand on the same piste or though doing it as fast as the pros will require higher than average levels of skill and courage!

Chamonix Off Piste & Touring

The quality and quantity of backcountry terrain in Chamonix is world class and much of it is accessible by lift, for those willing to put in some work there is even more on offer. Good off piste is available at all the ski areas but a couple of locations stand out. Grand Montets is one big playground for the off piste skier, you can literally take your pick from hundreds of great lines. The top bin also offers access to the Argentiere glacier on one side or really advanced skiers can pick a line down to the Mer de Glace on the other. At the bottom of Grand Montets the magic Forest offers some nice tree skiing – be careful not to drop too low though or you could be in for quite a hike! 

For those looking to explore the world away from the ski areas, then ski touring is the way forward. Although this is more physical than just jumping on a lift, the opportunities that the mountain will present are worth the climb. Chamonix comes into its element when you escape the crowds and discover just how much more the valley offers!

Have a look at our off piste courses here >>

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CHAMONIX FACTS

Best For: Extreme Skiing
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Nearest Airport: Geneva (109km)
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  • The food offers great variety, choice (several options each night), quantity (as much as you want) and quality is decent (7/10). Cheese and yoghurts coming out of your ears, packed lunch option, afternoon...
    Anna R
  • No matter how hard you try, when you book everything separately (especially with the Euro and price of food at the moment), you will never beat UCPA.
    Anna R
  • Lunch and dinner were epic. Buffet style with delicious and varied options each day and night. Not cheap foods either - Full roast chickens, ribs, roast beef, etc. Unreal!
    Ron H
  • The food is PHENOMENAL at UCPA – brilliant for those with eyes bigger than their belly. 
    Asim A
  • UCPA is a unique and brilliant experience, I would not describe it as a hotel but also not hostel it is somewhere in-between. Its a place where meeting people and making friends...
    Peter E
  • There is always a range of ages, nationalities, mixtures of solo travellers, couples, groups etc. We have booked as a group of 6, a group of 36 (no joke) and even just me and my boyfriend – it works for all.
    Anna R
  • We all appreciate that we are inside one of those perfect moments, heightened by the expectation of another afternoon riding the perfect, untracked powder that our instructor...
    Matt J
    

SKI AREA FACTS

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Chamonix | Ski Full Time Instruction

I was impressed with the organisation accommodation and staff at UCPA Chamonix , the food was well done and the evening entertainment varied and enjoyable especially the cool jazz-funk band , there was a good atmosphere about the place and it is situated in the centre of Chamonix.

Chamonix | Ski Full Time

After flying into Geneva, I found the desk for my transfer and waited for the mini bus driver and the rest of the transfer passengers. I was a bit nervous as I was travelling solo and I had never been on a solo skiing holiday before; I was unsure what to expect. The transfer company were very friendly and the rep chatted to me as the other passengers started to arrive. I noticed that some of them were also travelling solo and this made me feel more at ease.

Chamonix | Ski Full Time Beginner

Chamonix… The atmosphere was sparkling! Being there I got the best weather as well. So two most important factors were on top level.

Chamonix | Ski Full Time

Well, I didn't know what to expect when booking my Action Outdoors holiday. I had been debating a ski trip for a while, weighing up the pro's and con's, should I shouldn't I? However, I took the plunge and booked my holiday and left that evening - somewhat last minute! However, the help that Chris in the office gave when booking set the tone for what was a great trip and I wasn't disappointed.

Chamonix | Ski Full Time

This year was the second year that i have snowboarded with UCPA / Action Outdoors and I'm already planning next years trip. Like many young people I'm on a budget and so UCPA is the obvious choice with everything included except for evening drinks, which are cheap anyway at the hostel bar. The holiday cost me about half of my previous holiday with another company and was twice the fun, with a great mix of international skiers in my group, all of a similar standard. It was a pretty cloudy week, and cold but with lots of snow, and the lessons focused on technique with a bit of side piste skiing thrown in. The food was excellent and eat as much as you like, or can. I went by myself so the social activities in the evening were great for meeting people as well as a lot of fun, including live bands, karaoke, ping pong competition and a mix of other activities. I stayed in an all male dormitory with 3 other guys and ended up socialising with them in the evenings as well as with a mix of other people from our groups and people we had all met over the week. Many of the people who holiday with UCPA travel alone so meeting people is never a problem. My only regret is that the holiday didn't last longer.

Chamonix | Ski Off Piste

I love love love UCPA holidays. Having been to Flaine and Serre Chevalier in the past couple of years this year we went to Chamonix over New Year. The Chamonix centre is a little dated in places but the rooms are clean and comfy and the centre is right in the middle of Cham with a massive ski area to enjoy. We had a great time on and off the slopes (try the square in Cham on NYE for partying and fire crackers) and got a dump of snow mid week - yay! As ever everyone was really friendly and welcoming. We'll be back next year to the newly refurbished Argentiere centre for more skiing and apres!

Chamonix | Ski Off Piste

Voila! What a great adventure. I was taken back by the fantastic deal. I could not believe you got so so much for a amazing price. Quality equipment and expert French instructors. The accommodation was fine with shared accommodation with bar stories of snoring room mates. Secret is to stay out late and drink more. The Apres ski involves the Swedish bar where dancing on tables to a rocky band was the thing. Then the terrace bar for cheap shots and another band. Everybody is really friendly and meeting new people is so easy. The food was good and varied with plenty of it. If you are a veggie remember it is France and if it doesn't move they're not interested.but hey eating is cheating. Don't forget the snow and the off piste. Awesome and we only saw 10% of it in our week. I have recommended this trip to everybody I know and planning my next trip. A must do adventure!

Chamonix | Snowboarding Full Time

Literally the best snow holiday I have even been on. As it was my first time booking with the UCPA I was quite skeptical since it was far cheaper than any other snow holiday and that the UCPA is a non-profit organisation, I didn't really know what to expect since I was solo traveler. I had booked a coach ride to Chamonix which was much better than I expected.

Chamonix | Ski Half Time

Amazing ski trip to Chamonix - it's great that everything is in one place at the UCPA - from the equipment and accommodation to lift passes and instructors. The food's really good too so we saved loads of money from not having to eating out - more euros to spend on the fab après ski! Great selection of bars and nightlife just a short walk down the road. If you're going with a group - it's really easy to book through Action Outdoors - you set up the trip and then people book onto it an pay separately meaning there's no hassle of one person paying for it all! Much better than a chalet - I'll be booking again next season!

Chamonix | Ski Off Piste

Hats off to Action Outdoors and UCPA for organising such a fantastic weeks skiing for us, especially for ordering a couple of massive powder dumps whilst we there there! We had a great time from start to finish, the skiing instruction was very good and our instructor Olivier took us a lot of untracked secret powder stashes, every day we skied until our legs gave out! His English was a bit lacking at times, but he was able to get the message across. Our technique and confidence in the deep stuff has really improved. The accommodation is good but basic, the location is pretty much in the centre of town, and the food is excellent, Eric the head chef is brilliant and worth his weight for comedy value alone. The in-house ski rental was great, I have a very pointy ankle and they help find me the best boots to suit me. The atmosphere was very welcoming and the French and Swedes made us all feel very much part of the UCPA family, and we made some good friends we will see again over the week. The only negatives were the student party on the coach who kept us up all night long on the way over, but apart from that we were happy with the coach from London and it is definitely convenient.

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