First time skiers and snowboarders, or beginners looking to improve their technique will find plenty of good areas to practise in Chamonix.
There are 6 different nursery ski areas in Chamonix as well as 6 green pistes and 30 blues pistes for those who are looking to progress on the mountain. These pistes can be found in the different ski areas in the Chamonix Valley, which you can read more about below.
Beginner areas in Chamonix Town
Chamonix centre has two low altitude nursery ski areas which are easily accessible on foot or by bus, with bus stops right on the doorstep of each one. The Savoy slope offers complete beginners a magic carpet and two drag lifts, whilst the Planards slope has several drag lifts and a chairlift.
Read more in our guide to Beginner areas in Chamonix Town.
Beginner areas in Brevent & Flegere
Also accessible from the heart of Chamonix town the Brevent cable car will give you access to the two green and 8 blue pistes of Brevent and by taking the liaison cable car, two more green and three blue pistes in Flegere.
Read more in our guide to Beginner areas in Brevent & Flegere.
Beginner areas in Le Tour
Situated at the top of valley the Le Tour ski area offers plenty of variety for beginner skiers. From the nursery slopes of La Vormaine (1500m) to the green and blue runs higher up the mountain, the natural rolling terrain is the perfect place to learn and perfect your skills.
Read more in our guide to Beginner areas in Le Tour.
Beginner areas in Grands Montets
At Les Grands Montets ski area you can progress quickly from the gentle nursery slopes of Les Chosalets (1252m) to some of the most exciting steep skiing the valley has to offer. Luckily there are some blue and red runs to test your skills on before you hit the steep stuff.
Read more in our guide to Beginner areas in Grands Montets.
Beginner areas in Les Houches
A great family resort, the Les Houches ski area offers gentle undulating slopes for beginners. With the Le Tourchet (1000m) nursery slope in the centre of the town, you can be close to the bars, restaurants and public transport. If you fancy enjoying the views then 'Ecole', at the top of the Prarion gondola, allows beginners to enjoy gentle slopes at a higher altitude.
Read more in our guide to Beginner areas in Les Houches.
Beginner areas in Vallorcine
Beginner ski hire
Pre-booking your ski hire in advance allows the hire shop to prepare for your arrival and smooths the process. A key thing you should consider when booking your equipment is how close your accommodation is to the ski hire shop, or to the foot of the pistes for when lessons have finished. Even if there are several equipment options to choose from, we recommend you go for the most basic. Beginner skis are short, flexible skis that are easy to turn or, if you're snowboarding, you'll have a shorter stiffer snowboard that's easier to control and generally cheaper too. You won't need to know about the technical aspects of any of the equipment as ski hire shops will advise you to get the best model for your ability and size once you've booked.