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Best Advanced Ski Areas in Chamonix

Discover the top Chamonix advanced skiing


If you like challenging steep runs that seem to go on forever then Chamonix has got plenty to keep your legs working hard. The Chamonix valley is known for its steep pistes and challenging slopes making it a mecca for advanced skiers and snowboarders.

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Chamonix is unique due to its low lying valley and high mountains. Because the valley floor is low (1000m) and the lifts rise to over 3000 metres, there are runs offering 2000 or more metres of vertical descent.

The largest amount of vertical is offered from the Aiguille du Midi, however, the gradient on La Vallee Blanche is flat at times so it won’t offer you the high-speed thrills that you might be looking for. The following steep runs and pistes in Grands Montets, Brevent & Flegere and Les Houches, however, will!

Advanced pistes at Les Grands Montets

The home of steep and challenging pistes, the Grands Montets ski area 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 moguled runs.

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

Advanced pistes at Brevent & Flegere

You can check off some long runs at both Brevent and Flegere, with a possible descent of nearly 1500m...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.

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

Advanced pistes 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. Not for the faint-hearted!

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

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Advanced Runs Brevent & Flegere

Long vertical descents & plenty of steep skiing close to town

Advanced Runs in Les Grands Montets

The home of steep & deep skiing in Chamonix, from 3275m to 1252m

Advanced Runs in Les Houches

World famous Kandahar piste & steep runs through the trees

La Vallee Blanche 20km off-piste route

Infamous glaciated, unpatrolled ski itinerary in Chamonix

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