Chamonix's off-piste and backcountry skiing is legendary, offering some incredibly challenging and steep routes for skiers and ski-mountaineers, bringing people here from around the world.
Off-piste skiing in Chamonix isn't just reserved for incredibly advanced skiers though. You can take advantage of some easily accessible sections between the pistes and with just a short hike up or a small traverse across a piste you can enjoy some lovely powder and fun off-piste terrain at Grands Montets, Brevent & Flegere, Le Tour, Vallorcine and even at Les Houches.
Always make sure you are prepared before embarking on off-piste skiing or snowboarding, check out our Avalanche Safety page for tips on what to do before setting off. It is also always advisable to hire an off-piste guide who will have extensive knowledge of the area and the mountains.
Please note: you ignore safety warnings and barriers/ropes and undertake off-piste skiing/boarding at your own risk. We always recommend that you take a mountain guide when heading off-piste.
La Vallee Blanche off-piste route
The 'Vallee Blanche' is an unmarked, unmaintained and unpatrolled high mountain off-piste ski itinerary which offers some of the most spectacular scenery that the Mont Blanc range has to offer. Accessed from the top of the Aiguille du Midi cable car, this exceptional ski run should be undertaken with a qualified mountain guide.
Read more in our guide to skiing La Vallee Blanche 20km off-piste route.
Off-piste skiing in Brevent & Flegere
The locals favourite, the Brevent and Flegere ski area offers some great terrain for off-piste skiing, with steep couloirs and natural bowls that are surprisingly easy to access. As with all off-piste riding, you should be equipped and know what you're doing.
Read more in our guide to Off-piste skiing in Brevent & Flegere.
Off-piste skiing in Le Tour
The geology of Le Tour is very different from that of the rest of the valley. It is far less rocky, and in the summer there are meadows filled with grazing cows here. At the start of the winter season it doesn’t need masses of snow to make the off-piste good.
Read more in our guide to Off-piste skiing in Le Tour.
Off-piste skiing in Grands Montets
The lifts in the Grands Montets area give access to endless exceptional steep and deep off-piste powder and glacial terrain. It has earned itself a worldwide reputation and is somewhat of a freestyle skiing mecca.
Read more in our guide to Off-piste skiing Le Tour.