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Best Ski Areas in Chamonix

Discover the best of the Chamonix ski area


Chamonix's ski area is, unlike many other ski resorts, made up of five different ski areas, two of which are linked together with the rest separated along the length of the valley. Since the Chamonix valley is low and the ski lifts rise to over 3000m, there are plenty of opportunities to ski 2000 or more metres of vertical descent here.

The pisted ski terrain in Chamonix ranges in altitude from 950m to 3300m (see the piste maps), whilst the backcountry skiing offers much more in terms of altitude, vertical descent and of course, difficulty.

If you're coming here piste skiing, there are around 150km of pistes, accessed by a total of 65 ski lifts split between the main ski areas and the low mountain beginner zones. Chamonix has 6 green pistes, 30 blue pistes, 31 red pistes, 10 black pistes and two snowparks, distributed through the five mid-high mountain ski areas which you can read more about below. 

Low Mountain
You'll find lots of gentle slopes along the bottom of the Chamonix valley with easy access for beginners. These areas are suited to complete beginners or those looking to get their ski legs back before heading up onto the higher mountain. 

  • La Vormaine (1480m) in Le Tour 
  • Les Chosalets (1230m) in Argentiere
  • La Poya (1120m) in Vallorcine / Le Buet
  • Le Savoy (1049-1125m) in the centre of Chamonix by the bottom of the Brevent gondola
  • Les Planards (1062-1242m) near the town centre and Montenvers train
  • Le Tourchet (1000m) in Les Houches next to the outdoor ice rink

Mid-High Mountain
These areas are accessed via the ski lift system and offer a much greater range of pistes for all abilities from confident beginners to expert skiers and snowboarders, as well as being the gateway to the incredible Chamonix backcountry terrain.

If you'd like to ski in more than one of these areas per day, you can take one of the regular buses or the train, the cost of which is included with the price of your ski pass. 

With a Mont Blanc Unlimited lift pass, you not only get to ski in the Chamonix Valley, but also neighbouring ski areas such as Courmayeur in Italy, the Evasion Mont Blanc ski areas and Verbier. Find out more below about skiing in Courmayeur (Italy) and Les Contamines, Megeve and St Gervais (collectively known as the Evasion Mont Blanc area).

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More inspiration...

Take a look at this year's Ski Pass Prices or, if you're not sure which pass to buy, read Ski Pass Options for more information. Find your way around with Piste Maps for Chamonix.

Courmayeur Ski Area

The Italian side of Mont Blanc, included on MBU lift pass

Evasion Mont Blanc Ski Area

Multiple French ski resorts included on the MBU lift pass

Ski Lifts Guide

Vallee Blanche Ski Area

Brevent & Flegere Ski Area

Grands Montets Ski Area

Le Tour & Vallorcine Ski Area

Les Houches Ski Area

Best Pistes

Beginners Areas

Advanced Areas


Off-piste Areas

Ski Touring

Bad Weather Skiing

Cross-country Skiing

Disabled Skiing