Snowboarding and Skiing Breaks in Chamonix, France
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Drive time : 62 miles or 1hr 10mins drive time from Geneva
Drive time : 137 miles or 2hrs 5mins drive time from Lyon
Drive time : 140 miles or 2hrs 15mins drive time from Grenoble
Everything about a skiing break in Chamonix is grand. With the impressive back drop of the Mont Blanc and one of the most famous cable cars in the world, it is hard not be impressed with the resort and we haven’t even begun to ski yet!
Getting to Chamonix couldn’t be easier too as it sits just an hour’s drive from Geneva Airport giving you enough time to appreciate the scenic surroundings of the Alps, whilst not delaying you from the snow for too long. Plus, it has a broad range of appeal for all levels of skiers – despite its reputation as an advanced skiers resort.
Skiing from the Summit of Mont Blanc
At 4810 metres high the summit of Mont Blanc is the highest in Western Europe and Chamonix can be found here. This, understandably, lends the resort to some excellent skiing opportunities. There is a generous blend of green, blue, red and black runs plus those looking for a challenge will find the off-piste and freeriding amongst the best in the world.
Access to these many slopes, all of which are clearly signposted, is easy due to a mixture of cable cars and lifts. In fact, the network of cable cars covers the entire Mont Blanc massif.
There is 157km of on-piste routes and countless off-piste access provided by five main areas for skiing in Chamonix, they are Le Brevent, La Flegere, Grands Montets, Le Tour and Les Houches.
Snowboarding and Skiing for all Levels of Ability
Le Brevent, which is closest to the centre of Chamonix is a run designed more for intermediate and advanced skiers; although it does have a green run. For a more rounded area on a ski break, try out La Flegere, this has access via a cable car. For complete beginners Le Tour is designated for them.
For some of the best snow and most challenging pistes, the highest point in Chamonix is Grands Montets which attracts a varied assortment of visitors on ski breaks to the area. This is also a great area for snowboarding whilst on a short skiing break. Finally there is Les Houches, which is considered a resort in its own right and it certainly has the beauty to meet this requirement.
More Than Just Skiing to Chamonix
Whilst most of the people visiting Chamonix in winter are there to tackle the slopes, the dramatic scenery and vast panoramic promised make it quite the visual spectacle. This has made other sports like mountaineering, rock-climbing and paragliding very popular.
However, on a less strenuous note, there is a fantastic network of restaurants and bars providing a lively après ski atmosphere and plenty of places to relax in and enjoy the scenery.
With cheap flights to Geneva, Grenoble and Lyon available from Jet2.com you can enjoy a ski break in Chamonix whenever you desire.