Ski Weekends in Chamonix

At only a 60 minute drive from Geneva Airport, Chamonix is perfect for a short trip to the mountains. Its long history and dramatic setting mean that the range of mountain activities in and around the valley can't be matched anywhere in the Alps.

Our team of ski event managers are based in Chamonix and can host you, your clients, executives or teams such diverse activities as, ski touring, paragliding, scenic tours of the high alps, skidoo, husky & sleigh riding, glacier travelling and of course masses of skiing or snowboarding. It is as easy to organise a civilised client entertaining ski weekend as it is to manage a team incentive, motivational programme or simply a jolly fun weekend.

The Resort

Strikingly beautiful glacial scenery and rugged off-piste beneath the soaring peaks of the Mont Blanc massif. This is a high Alpine area best suited to strong intermediate and expert skiers and riders looking for new challenges. Beginners and nervous skiers may find the resort a little too challenging

Chamonix is the spiritual home of winter sports. The highest peak in Europe, Mont Blanc was first conquered in 1786 by local crystal collector Jacques Balmat. Since then it has become the climbing – and more recently – skiing capital of the world.

The town itself has plenty of Alpine charm. With grand hotels and late 18thCeentury villas, it has a very distinct feel of being an old town when compared to many purpose-built French resorts.

The Mountain

The 3842m Aiguille du Midi, reached by cable-car from the southern side of town, dominates the town. It is the starting point for the famous Vallée Blanche, a glorious 22km descent past yawning crevasses and house-sized ice boulders all the way back to Chamonix.

At the start you have to negotiate the ice steps cut into the spine of the ridge leading down from the cable-car station. They are not difficult, but the 2000m sheer drop to your left can have an unsettling psychological effect. The return to Chamonix is by rack-and-pinion railway from Montenvers or via a short climb and a long descent down a narrow path and piste to a cowbell factory on the outskirts of Chamonix.

The town's main skiing is on the other side of the valley, reached either from the outskirts of the resort or from a lift station at Les Praz higher up the valley. Linked Le Brévent and La Flégère provide plenty of scope for intermediate and strong skiers.

At the head of the valley, Le Tour offers some good novice terrain as well as rewarding runs on the Col de Balme and a long descent to Vallorcine. The Grands Montets and Le Tour both have terrain parks but the majority of snowboarders here are usually busy elsewhere, climbing up or riding down a vertiginous couloir.

Chamonix Mountain Information

Resort height 1035m
Ski & Snowboard Suitability
Beginner poor
Intermediate good
Advanced excellent
Top station 3842m
Pisted runs 160km
Longest run 19km
Direction of slopes N, S, E, W
Max vertical drop 2807m
Off-piste skiing excellent
Cross country 40km
Nursery slopes 15
Mountain restaurants 8
Glacier yes
Snow making yes
Drags 18
Chairs 15
Gondolas 6
Cable cars 6
Chamonix Piste Map