Winter activities

Skiing & snowboarding
Come to Chamonix and enter one of the most spectacular mountain valleys in the world. Every ski area offers you a different perspective of Mont Blanc, presiding over snow-capped peaks, turquoise glaciers and rocky “aiguilles”.

Whether you are pausing piste-side, sitting on a chairlift or relaxing on the terrace of a mountain restaurant, the surrounding views are quite literally breathtaking.

The skiing is a bit special too! Just two minutes from the back of the hotel past the ski hire shops is the Flegere cable car which gives access to the whole Flegere/Brevent ski area. Skiers and boarders alike will find a variety of cruising terrain of an intermediate standard on sunny, south-facing slopes. The Charles Bozon piste from the top of Le Brevent is a must for any self-respecting skier, while beginners and the less experienced will find a number of gentler slopes to tackle during or after ski school.

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Skiing

Le Tour/Col de Balme at the head of the valley, skirting the Swiss border provides an excellent area for beginners at La Vormaine. Its natural bowl is a snowboarders’ paradise, offering wide-open blue and red runs and some north-facing tree skiing down towards Vallorcine.

What can be added to what has already been said about Les Grands Montets, high above the nearby village of Argentiere. Set beneath the 4,000 metre Aiguille Verte, the top cable car takes you all the way to 3,275 metres (nearly 11,000 feet high) onto the Pointe de Vue piste, amid one of Europe’s most dramatic glaciers. Renowned for offering some of the most thrilling off-piste skiing anywhere in the Alps, the powder hounds will find bumps and jumps galore and the snow-park with half-pipe is heaven for boarders. In this sensational setting, perfectly groomed pistes with snow cannons all the way back down to the bottom at 1200 metres virtually guarantee you day after day of total hedonism.

Skiing

Les Houches, home to La Verte de Kandahar, the World Cup Downhill run, although only available on the “Unlimited” lift pass, offers great opportunities for tree skiing with good snow-making facilities.

Last but not least, the jewel in the crown! Book a guide to take you to the top of the Aiguille du Midi and from the awesome height of 3,842 metres (over 12,500 feet up), ski the legendary Vallee Blanche, some 23 kilometres of glacial skiing for confident intermediates all the way down to the valley floor when snow conditions permit.

Off piste
A pre-dinner meeting in our bar with your guide from the world renowned Compagnie des Guides marks the beginning of your mountain adventure. Whether you fancy carving the first tracks in fresh powder on the Pas de Chevre or exploring parts of the Mont Blanc Massif on both the French and Italian side, the camaraderie of the challenge will quickly bond your small group together. Take a picnic in your rucksack (the hotel will prepare these to order), and get ready to enjoy an unforgettable ski experience.

Cross country skiing

You may prefer to enroll on a ski mountaineering tour using special “skis de randonnee”, enabling you to discover high mountain solitude amid perfect snow conditions with a maximum emphasis on safety. Prices depend on the length of course, size of group and equipment required; whatever you choose, you are sure to want to come back for more. Snowshoeing, heli-skiing in Switzerland and paragliding can also be arranged.

Cross country skiing
The resort offers around 60 kilometres of ski de fond trails with an excellent cross-country circuit within easy reach of the hotel. We can make the necessary arrangements for you to join other groups of enthusiasts too.

Ice skating
There is an indoor ice rink for ice-skating nearby where ice hockey matches are regular features; Chamonix being one of the leading teams in the National League.

SnowboardingSki/snowboarding & equipment rental
Skis, boards, telemark, snow-blades or cross-country skis, all kinds of boots and snow shoes from beginner right through to technical equipment for advanced skiers and ski tourers are all available for hire from the local sports shops.

Ski pass
There is no need to provide a photo to obtain a pass, as the system is electronic. The "Chamonix le Pass" gives all beginners and intermediate skiers access to most areas they will require. The more expensive "Mont Blanc Unlimited" pass in addition provides access to the Grands Montets cable car, the Aiguille du Midi cable car and the neighbouring ski resorts of Les Houches, Courmayeur in Italy and Verbier in Switzerland (if purchased for one week).

Ski school
The ski school provides half-day classes on Sunday afternoons and weekday mornings with English-speaking instructors if required. Private lessons can be arranged, generally in the afternoons. There are groups to suit every level of ability, including children's ski school and crèche facilities on a full or half-day basis.