Chamonix is set at the foot of Europe’s highest mountain, the awesome Mont Blanc at 4807m. A fascinating and traditional ski resort, the cosmopolitan town centre offers a good range of shops, bars and restaurants. Argentière lies just 8kms further up the valley from Chamonix and is linked by an efficient free bus service (with your lift pass). Chamonix is a picturesque village with a bustling atmosphere and a good selection of bars and restaurants.
Les Planards and the Savoy area at the foot of the Brevent area, are popular for gentle nursery slopes within easy reach of Chamonix. In Argentière, beginners usually start on the Chosalets nursery slopes progressing to the gentle slopes at Vormaine.
The Chamonix valley offers an amazing 150kms of pistes available divided into 4 areas, all linked by an efficient bus service, (free with your lift pass) with an excellent range of testing high altitude blue and red runs, and the Grands Montets glacier with unbeatable snow. The Vallée Blanche descent, usually open all season, is skied with a guide, provides 24kms of unforgettable skiing in stunning scenery.
The advanced skier will just love the incomparable slopes and challenging range of skiing. Chamonix is the undisputed off-piste capital of Europe with some quite extraordinary experiences awaiting you on the Mont Blanc Massif. (NB: Services of a local guide are essential).
Chamonix has long been known as the extreme freeriding capital of Europe. It has so much accessible off-piste that you could be there for years and not do all of it. There is also plenty of varied terrain to suit any rider. Powder is abundant in Argentière and there are also the gullies in La Tour to have a bash at some jumps.
Approx Transfer Time
Geneva 1 hrs30 mins (Chamonix), 2 hrs (Argentière) Chamonix also offers easy motorway access for self-drive guests.
Chamonix: 1,035m (3,395ft); Argentière: 1,250m (4,107ft)
Chamonix has plenty going on throughout the night, while Argentière is more relaxed more informal. • Jekyll, Wild Wallabies, Dicks T-Bar, The Pub, Casino (Chamonix). The Office for its après ski snacks and Stones Bar (Argentière).
A bustling, lively town, Chamonix is also ideal for non-skiing activities
Sports centre in Chamonix with tennis and squash courts, indoor heated pool with waterslides
New fitness centre with sunbeds, sauna, Turkish bath
Ice skating rink
Over 100 superb restaurants in Chamonix to suit all tastes and pockets from French cuisine to international dishes. Argentière also offers a number of reasonably priced French restaurants
• Fondues approx. €14 including wine and dessert
• Pizzas from €5
• 3-course meals from around €15.
• Impossible, Le Petit Moulin, Atmosphère (Chamonix); Le Dahu, Chez Luigi (Argentière).
Cinema and casino in Chamonix
Local day trips to Mégève and Geneva