Ploughing the snow against the incredible backdrop that is Mont Blanc on steep and rugged terrain, Chamonix is not for the faint-hearted. It is however a mecca for boarders who crave adventure and freeriding. There are excellent glacial runs, steep tree-runs and couloirs, plus a half-pipe and loads of natural freestyle features. The downside of a resort as popular as Chamonix are the crowds so if you prefer your slopes less trampled go after the New Year.

Chamonix is an historic ski town with charming French features. The ski areas are fairly spread out along the valley but with such inspiring scenery it won’t seem like a bother. 

There are blue runs but these, more often than not, feel like reds. Intermediates should head towards Brevant, where the steep and varied runs also test experts. If you’re feeling really brave, head for Argentieres Grands Montets – you’ll be skiing alongside the experts.

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