Having hosted the first ever Winter Olympics in 1924, Chamonix is a Mecca for advanced skiers around the world (even James Bond was here in The World is Not Enough).
There really is an endless amount to discover, especially for the more capable.
For the ultimate in alpine adventure get a guide, clue up on avalanche safety and you’ll have an unforgettable experience.
Because of the superb advanced terrain, it’s often wrongly assumed that Cham’ serves novices poorly. There are 4 great beginner areas: one in the town centre, another nearby and two more at Grands Montets and Le Tour. With amazing views and extensive terrain, there’s no better motivation and under the expert instruction of the local schools you’ll be skiing in no time.
Balme has lots of wide, gentle slopes for confidence-building and 2000 and Savoy are two good greens in Brevent. Confident snowploughers and intermediates will also enjoy the Brevent/Flegre area which has slightly steeper, longer runs.
Anyone more advanced will love this town... On piste, there are long steeps such as the black Point de Vue in the Grand Montets area which provides lift access to some great off-piste too.
There are two absolute "must" trails that offer a dramatic experience with spectacular views. First is the legendary Kandahar run in Les Houches (where the annual race takes place) and second the famous Vallée Blanche offers a descent you’ll never forget. It’s the longest lift-served run in the world and has a vertical drop of 2700m, taking you 22km down the glacier. You’ll need to hire a guide but it’s definitely worth it.
Chamonix is a top freestyling destination with natural obstacles and 2 snowparks at Grands Montets and Les Houches. Both have a good range of rails, jumps, tables and banked turns to suit all abilities.