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Best Advanced Ski Areas in Chamonix

Discover the top Chamonix advanced skiing

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If you like challenging runs that seem to go on forever then Chamonix has got plenty to offer. Known for its steep slopes, it's a mecca for advanced skiers and snowboarders. Unique due to its low lying valley and high mountains, the lifts rise to over 3,000m, and there are runs offering 2,000m plus of vertical descent. The largest amount of which is offered from the Aiguille du Midi, however, the gradient on La Vallee Blanche is flat at times so won’t offer high-speed thrills. The steep runs and pistes of Grands Montets, Brévent, Flégère and Les Houches, however, will!

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Advanced areas at Les Grands Montets

The home of steep and challenging pistes, Grands Montets has some of the most testing runs in the Chamonix valley. With a choice of pisted and un-bashed runs you will be able to enjoy fast and icy pistes alongside steep mogulled runs.

It's highest point is at the top of the second Grands Montets cable car (3,275m), where you can find some truly stunning scenery as the top of the run takes you very close to the Argentière glacier, its seracs and crevasses, and you may even see ice climbers going up the vertical walls.  Another favourite is the Bochard gondola, giving access to reds and blacks that at times can be pretty deserted and well groomed. These runs can be steep and icy in parts, so keep your wits about you.

Read more in our guide to Advanced runs in Grands Montets.


Advanced areas at Brévent and Flégère

You can check off some long runs at both Brévent and Flégère, with a possible descent of nearly 1,500m...a real thigh burner. This large ski area offers you a whole host of steep and challenging runs and plenty of lifts so you can scoot up and down the pistes all day long.

The Charles Bozon black run from the top of the Brévent cable car takes you all the way to the valley floor if you link up the various runs.

In Flégère, the Lachenal is a superb red with a very steep upper section that eventually flattens out. The Floria is a black piste highly rated by the locals because of the vast amount of off-piste it delivers. It is however serviced by a clunky drag lift and is often closed in bad weather due to the high avalanche risk from the peaks above. But if it's open it's one not to be missed, especially on a powder day and / or if it's been closed for a while.

Read more in our guide to Advanced runs in Brevent & Flegere.


Advanced areas at Les Houches

The world famous Kandahar run on the Verte des Houches piste is a steep, hard-packed and sometimes icy skiing challenge for even the most advanced rider. With a vertical drop of 900m it's not for the faint-hearted!

Read more in our guide to Advanced runs in Les Houches.


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