Chamonix Ski Resorts less than 15 minutes
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One of the most beautiful mountainous regions in the world, Chamonix has some of the longest ski runs and fabulous glaciers giving us the Vallée Blanche within the Mont Blanc range. It is also inconvenient, it's rarely possible to ski from your door. Due to its savage character it's advisable to hire a Mountain Guide to make the most of what's available.
Aiguille du Midi
Exposure: S to N
Off-piste: Vallee Blanche [off-piste on the glacier] with many variants.
Touring: crossing the Geant glacier to ski in Italy, the Periades glacier, by the Jorasses.
View: the Matterhorn, Jorasses, Mont Blanc, waterfalls, seracs and crevasses.
Mountaineering: Mont Blanc, Geant glacier crossing, Cosmiques arête, Pyramide du Tacul.
Comments: A must do, often weather conditions change the difficulty of these routes
Restaurant: Hôtel du Montenvers at the top train station 04 50 53 87 70
Les 2 gares at the bottom of the train station 04 50 53 16 62
Le Tour / Balme
Ski runs: Family area, green, blue, red.
Off-piste: One of the best spots: north and south couloirs of the posets and vormaine, forest skiing in les Jeurs, runs into Switzerland.
Touring: col des Autannes.
View: Mont Blanc massif.
Mountaineering: Aiguilles du Tour.
Comments: One of the best resorts suitable for all levels on and off-piste.
Restaurant le Pcheu 04 50 54 33 04
Exposure: N E W
Ski runs: 2 black runs from the top, mostly reds.
Off-piste: On a glacier:
Pas de Chèvre, Argentiére glacier.
Touring: Col du Passon, col du Tour Noir.
View: Aiguilles de Chamonix, Mont Blanc, North faces of Argentiere.
Mountaineering: Petite Verte, Glacier Travel
Comments: Very popular area, sometimes overcrowded.
Restaurant les Marmottons 04 50 54 10 67 50 meters from the bottom station
Crémerie du Glacier 04 50 54 07 52 you turn to the right just before the last flat of the red bottom slope
Ski runs: Family resort, green, blue, red, black.
Off-piste: Forest skiing and long downhills from Arp Veil.
Touring: Not really.
View: South face of the Mont Blanc.
Mountaineering: Good hiking.
Comments: Friendly Italians, pasta and untracked off-piste. Heliskiing.
Restaurant Le Christiana at Plan Chécrouit 00 39 0165 84 35 72
Exposure: S and N
Ski runs: high mountain area.
Off-piste: Toule glacier, Marbrees couloir, Italian Vallée Blanche down to Chamonix.
Touring: col d'Entreves.
View: Cervin, Mont Blanc, Gran Paradiso.
Mountaineering: Tour Ronde, Dent du Geant, Aiguilles d Entreves.
Comments: One of the most beautiful areas, seldom busy.
Restaurant Pavillon at the middle station you reserv before the Toula glacier descent
Cappucini and Panini chez Luisa, the bar close to the cable car
Ski runs: Blue and Red
Touring: Aiguilles Rouges accessed at 30 mins from piste.
View: Impressiveâ¦. opposite Mont Blanc and the Jorasses.
Mountaineering: climbing in the aiguilles Rouges
Comments: Paradise for ski touring.
Ski runs: Blue, red and black from the very top.
Off-piste: Good off-piste and in the forest.
Touring: Aiguillette des Houches.
View: The Bossons Glacier and Mont Blanc.
Mountaineering: Some climbing routes.
Comments: leave from the centre of Chamonix.
Exposure: N and S
Ski runs: Family resort, green, blue and red.
Off-piste: In the forest after heavy snowfall.
Touring: Snow shoeing walks.
View: Megeve and Mont Blanc.
Mountaineering: Normal departure point for the Mont Blanc
Comments: included in Cham ski pass.