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Chamonix Ski Resort Guide

Chamonix, France

Rated: 5/5 (from 7 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForFreeriders, Expert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length94 miles
Highest Lift12,598ft
Resort Height3,412ft
 Nearest AirportsGeneva and Sion
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Nestled in the valley at the feet of Mont Blanc, Chamonix is one place that every skier must visit - with the world's largest lift-served vertical drop. Off the slopes there are many bars and restaurants, and the town is always lively.


The ski area of Chamonix is in the French Alps at an altitude of 3,412ft, with 94 miles of marked runs.

Chamonix is part of the Ski Pass Mont Blanc area with access to 592 miles of downhill skiing, with 507 marked pistes, served by a total of 248 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Chamonix itself (94 miles of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Ski Pass Mont Blanc ski resorts of Argentière, Combloux, Cordon, Le Tour, Les Contamines, Les Houches, Megève, Passy Plaine Joux and St Gervais Mont-Blanc.

Chamonix comprises the villages of Chamonix Sud and La Flégère.


There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.


Chamonix is very highly rated by Snowboarders and there are a variety of Snow and Terrain Parks in Chamonix.

Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Chamonix is 14 miles long and the most difficult run is the 'Grand Montets', which is 5 miles in length.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Chamonix?

The next notable snow forecast is 2in, expected on 24 June, with around 12in forecast over the next 7 days.

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Snow this week

Snow Forecast by day for Chamonix

Ski Area Stats

Chamonix Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
1221 miles
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
2543 miles
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
2729 miles
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
163 miles
Total Length
94 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
27 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts

Ski Pass Mont Blanc Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
Total Length
592 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts

Altitudes & Slopes

Chamonix Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift12,598ft
Lowest Trail3,412ft
Resort Altitude (Chamonix)3,412ft
Max Vertical9,186ft

Ski Slope Aspects

N, E, S, W

Chamonix has ski slopes facing north, south, as well as west and east, offering both sunny and sheltered skiing.

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Chamonix
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

Ski Rental in Chamonix

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Ski Lessons in Chamonix

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To choose a Ski School, and book Group Ski Lessons or a Private Instructor, see Chamonix Ski Schools and Chamonix Ski Instructors.

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Location and Map

Where is Chamonix?

This ski resort is in the French Alps in Bonneville, Haute-Savoie.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Chamonix is Geneva, 60 minutes drive away.

Sion, Annecy, Chambery, Lyon St-Exupéry, Turin Caselle, Grenoble, Berne, Lyon Bron and Milan Malpensa airports are all within three hours drive.

Annecy, Geneva and Sion are just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 49 ski lifts are able to uplift 52,660 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 14 miles of ski runs, with 96 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Chamonix open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is early December, and usual closing is Late April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

Trail Map

Chamonix Trail Map

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