Skier & Snowboarder-Submitted Reviews for Chamonix
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Skier & Snowboarder-Submitted Reviews for Chamonix
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Chamonix trades on a name, under a big mountain, but is overpriced (10-15 euro more per day than some others close by), outdated, with old infrastructure and unless you have your own transport is simply awkward. Not worth the hype. Better ski areas are only an hour away.... Full Review
Chamonix town is great, but relies on bus service to get you to the slopes. Nowhere near enough buses. Waited over an hour for a bus from Chamonix to Brevant. In the end had to order a taxi. Not friendly for beginners or families with children. Would never return... Full Review
I am an intermediate snowboarder who likes off-piste and piste boarding. I have visited Chamonix on two occasions in 2018 and 2019. It is no doubt one of the best places to visit if you are looking for big mountain skiing/boarding with incredible off piste descents with huge vertical drops. If you are a beginner or are visiting with children/beginners then I would recommend a ski in/out resort where you can easily take beginners to ski school. Cham is for intermediate groups and above unless you are planing to stay at Les Houches which is more of a typical ski resort at one end of the Chamonix valley.
You won't find bars in Chamonix each trying to offer the cheapest apres deals but you will find a huge amount of variety, due to the size of the town. This is the same for evening choices. Price of the average beer is 5-6 euros, fairly typical of anywhere else I have been in France. Argentiere and Les Houches have some good bars if you want a few apres drinks before bussing back into the main town. The town draws all types of extreme sports enthusiasts and is a honeypot location year round due to being at the foot on Mont Blanc meaning it has a different feel than being a dedicated ski resort.
Don't allow the talk of bussing to each ski area put you off, it is worth it and the bus system is fairly efficient. top tip (do not ignore!): Stay somewhere in town as near to a bus station/stop as possible, it makes things so much smoother.
Brevent/Flegere - accessed from the town, cable car is walking distance from the high street, amazing views down into town and of Mont Blanc, predominantly red runs with some blues lower down. Some varied blacks descending from the peaks with great off piste accessible from the lifts. All south facing slopes, sun all day, which makes for good visibility right to the end of the afternoon. I'd spend my first day here if it was my first visit, quick stroll into town at the end of the day for a few drinks. An airbag, boarder cross and small snow park here too.
Argentiere (Grands Montets) - accessed by free bus, 19 minutes from Chamonix. Highest lift accessed peak is 3,300 metres with a vertical descent down to 1200 metres (lift currently out of action due to burning down summer '18).
Le Tour (Domaine De Balme) - accessed on the same free bus as Grands Montets, five minutes further up the valley. I've never visited this area.
Les Houches - 19 minutes from Chamonix in the opposite direction. Great beginner area and tree lined. Pretty resort with some great views of Mont Blanc. The area is generally more popular with families.
Vallee Blanche - one of the world longest off piste descents, accessed via aiguille du midi cable car straight from town. Look it up!
Hope this is helpful.
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not as big or as nice as other locations. apart from the town itself it was a big dissapointment.... Full Review
Went there with a family of 4 (2 adults / 2 children)
Pricy ski pass = 160 EUR for 4 hours but Chamonix is Chamonix...What did you expect ?
All car park were full. After 15 minutes truning around, we did park as many along a road, 2 wheels on the pavement. No problem with circulation at all.
Guess what : when we all retrieve our car 4 hours later, the city kindly gave a 135 EUR fine for parking ! Cool, I love Cham.
Bottom line : Chamonix is today overrated. Swiss and Austrian resorts offer much more to ski fans and some more skiers-friendly attitudes.... Full Review
Great town with lots of bars and restaurants and best of all a train station! ... Full Review
There are lots of pros with Chamonix but also a lot of cons
For the pro-there is a great town centre, good shopping (albeit very expensive) and it is near to Geneva airport. The result of Gran Montes is really interesting-this is essentially one big salute playground on a mountain. The red one is amazing as you can do off and on the piste with relative ease. I followed a intermediate group down and they went off and around the back on to the pi is really interesting-this is essentially one big salute playground on a mountain. The red one is amazing as you can do off and on the piste with relative ease. I followed a intermediate group down and they went off and around the back on to the red run.
Now for the code now for the cons - went as a group of three families and you need to drop your kids off at the ski school office for them to be picked up. The lessons take place at La Plante note is i The lessons take place at Les Planards.
This brings me to my main point about Charmonix - you may have heard of ski in ski out but Chamonix is ski and commute! It is not unheard-of to spend 40 to 50 minutes getting to another ski area. As they are all separate and only have a few runs each you will spend time getting about and for the skier to spend all the time skiing it can feel a bit of a drag
For families it is really difficult as you will be in the position of having to walk with your ski boots on and carry your children's skis with them moaning as they will have been at school for a whole day (If they choose not to take the ski coach)... Full Review
Chamonix is epic in winter and summer. I learned to ski here, but it's not an ideal beginner's resort. Accessing any three of the four major areas will involve a bus-ride, wherever you're staying, and there's very rarely enough snow lower down to ski back to the resort. But, the terrain, the views and the off-piste opportunities are to die for. (And some do, every year.) If you're an intermediate skier, do the Vallee Blanche itinerary at least once in your life, (guide very strongly recommended).
Best area for me - Le Tour, particularly if pistes are no longer enough for you.... Full Review
the best mountain/valley combination in the world. ... Full Review
Chamonix is so beautiful and the slopes are excellent. We stayed in Chalet Rimaye which was nice but really far away from the main resort of Chamonix and the customer service from High Mountain Holidays is really not good - Inaccurate information about ski school, no information about local amenities etc. Even when this was relayed to them no refund was given and no apology! Apart from the annoyance of that - I would return in a heart beat to Chamonix - what an idyllic place!
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