Our guide to Chamonix-Mont-Blanc resort and best ski chalets to rent
Chamonix-Mont-Blanc ski resort video, ski areas, piste map, reviews & ratings, ski season & live snow forecast, après ski, restaurants, nightlife, and Luxury chalet in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Areas covering Chamonix Mont blanc – Grands Montets, Les Houches, Le Tour/Balme, La Flégère & Le Brévent.
If you are looking for a quintessential European ski vacation then we recommend Chamonix-Mont-Blanc resort for your next luxury chalet rental vacation in France. The great thing about Chamonix is that it is a traditional resort, yet a stunning vibrant alpine mountain town with centuries of mountaineering history behind it.
Nestled in the heart of the Alps (between the peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and the distinguished Aiguille du Midi), at the base of majestic Mont Blanc, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc offers some best views & skiing for winter sports enthusiasts, in the summer its equally full with climbers, hikers, and all sorts of summer activity enthusiasts, including shopping makes so Chamonix special. This glacially-carved valley, with more than average annual snowfall of 429 inches, the sunny terraces, international cuisines, and Michelin-star restaurants also say it is happily welcoming the high-spending ski travellers to the valley. Plenty of bars, live music, and international cuisines creates an exciting nightlife in Chamonix.
Chamonix-Mont-Blanc lies between Elevation 995–4,810 m (3,264–15,781 ft), it attracts world-renowned elite skiers and snowboarders. Chamonix is popular with the British snow seekers for ages: Chamonix’s Aiguille du Midi is the highest cable car in Europe, together with is Italian neighbour on the Courmayeur side, and is accessed right from the town. Take the ride for unique views over to Mont Blanc and across the Alps to Geneva and in the other direction across the valley into Italy.
Set beneath the soaring Mont Blanc, the Chamonix Valley holds status as one of the top winter sports destinations in the world. Visitors can choose to ski in Chamonix, Argentiere, and Les Houches, or upgrade to an unlimited ski pass which also covers Courmayeur in Italy and Verbier in Switzerland. Chamonix is a snow-sure resort, with almost 9/10 part is located over 2000 meters high.
History shows Chamonix was shared between the current 3 countries, Italy, France, and Switzerland. The Savoy family (Casa Savoia) is a royal reign that was well-known in 1003 in the historical Savoy region. It includes the area of the Western Alps between Lake Geneva in the north and Dauphiné in the south. The history here goes back to 1091 when it was approved by the Count of the Genevois to the great Benedictine house of St. Michel de la Cluse, near Turin, which by the early 13th century had established a priory there.
Our Luxury chalets in Chamonix Valley are world-class – yet somewhat different from the Alpine friends in the French Three Valleys – Courchevel and Meribel or even St Moritz & Verbier in Switzerland. Chalets in Chamonix are wallet friendlier than its alpine friends. Check below our collection chalets nearby and in Chamonix Mont-Blanc available for booking.
Chamonix-Mont-Blanc ski resort video
Where is Chamonix-Mont Blanc located?
How to get to Chamonix-Mont Blanc?
Chamonix Mont-Blanc (Cham or Chamonix) is in south-eastern France, below Lake Geneva. It is only about a one-hour car drive from Geneva international airport. As Chamonix borders both Switzerland and Italy, it is closer to resorts like Courmayeur (Italy) Megève (France), Verbier (Switzerland) – all great to ski and have a day trip from here.
Transfer times to Chamonix resorts will depend on where you will fly into. Though, most Alpine Holidaymakers to Chamonix fly to Geneva. If you wish to fly private with the jet charter by Victor, Geneva is the best option.
Nearest Airports to Chamonix are: Geneva Airport: 101 Km/1.15-hour, Chambery Airport: 145 Km/1.30-hour, Turin Airport: 175 Km/2 hours, Lyon Airport: 221 Km/2.08 mins, Malpensa Airport: 235 Km/2.35 hours.
Nearest Train station: If you are coming by train, the nearest train stop is in the centre of Chamonix. Only the Mont Blanc Express stops in this station.it links with the rest of France and Switzerland, to see the route and more information please click here. You can also get a Day Pass Mont-Blanc Express Martigny – Chamonix.
Ski area & runs of Chamonix ski resort
Important ski resorts stats for Chamonix
- Piste Guide: Skiable area – 155 km of runs – There are 16 green runs, 27 blues runs, 25 reds run, and 12 blacks.
- Lifts: 69
- Pistes: offers over 150km piste
- Resort Altitude: 1,035m – Skiing Altitude: 1,035m – 3,842m, with Highest lift: Aiguille du Midi 3,842m,
- Region: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region
- Country: France
Ski areas, Ski runs and Off-piste – Who is Best for?
Chamonix for different levels: Beginners, Intermediates, Advanced/Experienced, Off-piste.
Is Chamonix a good ski resort?
Chamonix is renowned for its petite town which is situated at the foot of Mont-Blanc, Europe’s highest mountain at 4,810m. Without a doubt Chamonix is any skiers dream, from Beginners to experts, there is something for everyone. Beginner-friendly areas to World’s Best off-piste itineraries such as the spectacularly picturesque 20km Vallée Blanche is any skier and snowboarders challenge.
Guide to the slopes of Chamonix
With so many Ski areas to discover, You will probably need at least one week in Chamonix, so each day for a different ski area. Chamonix is comprised of 5 Ski areas, 69 lifts accessing over 150 km of pistes, and 15,000 acres of off-piste skiing, it offers terrain for every level. From beginners to experts’ skiers. Chamonix’s spread out into 5 ski areas; (from left to right on the Map) Le Brévent/La Flégère ((1030-2525m) (both linked), Domaine de Balme ((1453-2270m with 2 access points from the hamlets of Le Tour and Vallorcine), Les Grands Montets (1235-3300m), L’Aiguille du Midi/La Vallee Blanche (1030-3842m), and Les Houches (950-1900m) are fantastic playgrounds for the confident beginners to skilled skiers and snowboarders. For the Less confident, Try the lower part of the Mountain, you will find loads of gentle slopes in Chamonix valley great for beginners: in Argentiere, Les Chosalets (1230m; in Vallorcine, La Poya (1120m); and in Le Tour, La Vormaine (1480m) are very few to name.
For relaxed trouble-free Ski holiday, we recommend you get the Mont-Blanc unlimited lift pass rather than the limited Le Pass, which has access to Le Brévent/La Flégère ski area, as well as Balme, Les Grands Montets, Les Planards (1062-1242m) near the village, Les Chosalets, La Vormaine, and unlimited access to Aiguille du Midi cable car. It also covers the neighbouring ski areas such as Courmayeur in Italy, Megève in France, Verbier in Switzerland as already mentioned right above. If it is cloudy in Chamonix, the chances are high, it will be sunny in Courmayeur, where the ski area has 31 pistes.
Most of the runs in Chamonix are Blues and reds. With 36, Blue runs, and 40 Reds. There are only 15 green runs and 15 black runs in Chamonix, making it a good mix for all levels of skiers and snowboarders.
Is Chamonix good for beginners?
With flat, nice gentle slopes, Les Houches is perfectly suited for families with children and beginners. Intermediates also can benefit in Les Houches as it’s less challenging terrain, a great way to warm up yourself for the ski holiday in Chamonix. Also, beginner slopes are available in Argentiere, Les Planards, Le Tour, and Brevent. If you skiing with your family Teleski de Savoy is an ideal learning zone for kids.
Intermediate skiers – Which ski slopes are best in Chamonix for Intermediates?
Le Brevent & La Flegere is located on a sun-drenched south-facing slope of Chamonix. Tons of terrain for intermediate skiers. However, if you are looking for some challenging terrain it’s good to try Flegere, which has a good mix of Blue runs and red runs, in addition to some exciting black runs. Brevent-Flegere is linked, if you are travelling with a large group with different levels, Brevent-Flegere is a good choice for group skiing.
Chamonix for Experienced – Off Piste Skiing
If you are a confident intermediate or expert skier, must try the renowned La Vallee Blanche (with a Guide of course), a stunning off piste route through splendid glacial backdrop that starts from the top of the Aiguille du Midi all way down to town, its 12 and half mile 9000 vertical feet back to town.
Chamonix for Snowboarding / Freestyle Skiing
While Chamonix offers some remarkable freeriding, Snowboarding is not necessarily for experienced boarders, for the beginner, the terrain park at Grands Montets above Argentiere is worth giving it a go. The easier option is the terrain at Le Brevent which can be reached by cable cars and chairlifts. If you wish to Board the Vallee Blanche its always recommended to hire a guide.
Here are our ratings for Chamonix
- For beginners: 4
- For intermediate:6
- For advanced:10
- For snowboarders:9
- For freestylers: 9
- For free riders:9
- For Nightlife:9
- Après Ski:9
- Resort Charm: 10
Ski seasons: What is the best time to ski in Chamonix?
The best time to ski in Chamonix is from mid-December to the end of April, and at times even first week of May has good amount of snow, this varies with the snowfall. depending on snowfall.
What are the snow conditions in the ski season?
Chamonix Ski Resort for Early Season Skiing – Pre Christmas – Chalet ski deals
We can assure Chamonix is breath-taking in December. you will not be disappointed with excellent snow conditions from mid-December until the seasons come to an end. If you a looking for Cheap Luxury ski holidays with fresh snow, such as cheap lift passes with slopes all to yourself, Prior to Christmas rush, then Pre-Christmas ski break in Chamonix is worth every penny.
Christmas / New Year Ski season
If you’re looking to spend Christmas and New year ski holidays in a big, buzzy town, Chamonix is an ideal winter paradise to be, with the best snow conditions. Stay in a Luxurious Ski chalet in Chamonix. Peak/High-season comes with Christmas & New Year week, though, in the alpine mountains it can be crowded and exclusive – For those families who don’t mind this, it’s a great Ski vacation on the magical Alpine setting that can make a memorable ski chalet holiday in the Chamonix. It’s all about celebration festivities, gathering, firecrackers, lots of wine and champagne in front of a private Fireplace inside your chalet. Enjoy this special charming winter Ski Holiday with family or friends.
January Ski season
January is always a cold month in the Alps, yet the powder is dry and light, and you are sure to see many Russian skiers here to party during their Christmas holidays on the 7th of January, it can be noisy and crazy, so be prepared to expect some noise until the middle of January. Afterward, it’s Less busy ski slopes and with still excellent snow conditions, you can still enjoy your Ski chalet holiday in Chamonix.
February / Half terms
With half-term holidays it’s one of the best times to go skiing for the British. Hit the slopes, the Air is cold, the sun is out and the skiing is good makes February hugely popular. February half-term is the peak date of the holiday season with families.
March has so much to offer, Aiguille du Midi gets over 370cm of snow, best to be over 2000 meters where there’s a good depth of snow. Then if you want to party or if you like a vibrant apres-ski scene march is the best time to be in Chamonix.
Chamonix is also good for Easter, particularly if you’re on a ski holiday with the family. It will be fun to experience the Easter Carnival, with other Easter activities combined. While it can be warmer you, the high altitude runs as Grand Montets in Chamonix are still great for skiing.
However, before making plans for ski holidays in Chamonix we advise you to see the snow condition of Chamonix.
Live Snow forecast in Chamonix
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Après Ski in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Cafes, bars, food, drinks, and Nightlife
Chamonix is surrounded by bars and restaurants. After day of skiing, Many enjoy the après ski scene and nightlife, If you are looking for some serious clubbing, then Chamonix is not the place. If you are in the mood for Live Music & Dance party Moneky Bar (Wheelchair Accessible, tasty food and good for the wallet), Le Vert, and The Jekyll (British cuisines, tasty food! Some good beers and great music!) are some good choices.
Chambre Neuf has a live band at 5 p.m., and get crowded, Probably the best Apres Ski Scene in Meribel. Its at Hotel Langley Gustavia. If you are looking for a good apres-ski scene (Music, beers, pizzas, sport on TV) maybe it’s best to head to Office in Argentiere, a good active entertainment bar If staying in Argentière as it closer to Grand Montets experiences. If you are more in the Centre of town, La Folie Douce hotel Chamonix has an Apres ski party with Musicians, DJ’s & Dancers which ends by 8 pm. And last but not least, Amnesia is worth mentioning, it is the biggest club in Chamonix, Located in town near the Aiguille du Midi cable car.
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Finest Michelin star restaurants and Fine dining in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc – Where to eat?
Albert Premier Restaurant in Chamonix is a Michelin star restaurant in the 5 * Relais & Châteaux hotel in Hameau Albert 1er – Check their website for reservations and Bookings. This two Michelin starred restaurant Uses fresh local ingredients, Pierre Carrier and his team are always on the look to creating exquisite new gastronomic experiences for the seasons. For groups and Romantics, alike Atmosphere restaurant in the heart of Chamonix Mont-Blanc is an excellent choice. If you are looking for a Michelin star restaurant for a reasonable budget, it’s worth checking this out! Call to make a reservation – +33 4 50 55 97 97. If you have special needs such as anyone in your group that requires Vegetarian-Friendly meals, Vegan Options or Gluten Free Options they should be happy yo cater to such needs, The menu mainly is French Local cuisine and European meals.
Another place to try is Restaurant impossible; Italian & French cuisine, European, Vegetarian Friendly, and Vegan Options are available. While it is not a Michelin star restaurant, it’s an option to consider for fine dining. check out the 2020 Menu Prices here.
If you are looking for traditional French cuisines and French wines, Panier des 4 Saisons, the Price for a mina dish is somewhere between £22-£32 per person, and usually with wines and extras may work around £40 – £60 pp.
If you wondering where is the best place to eat at the highest altitude in Chamonix? Aiguille du Midi – Le 3842, Things naturally don’t come cheap at this height, Expect to pay somewhere between £45 – £85 pp. The restaurant opens from 11.30 am to 3 pm. So better call and check if they could have you (+33 4 50 55 82 23). Ask if they can reserve those tables with spectacular views.
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Guide to Chamonix Luxury chalet accommodation & Private apartments
Insider’s guide to exclusive standalone ski chalets in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France
Our Luxury chalets in Chamonix Valley are world-class – yet somewhat different from the Alpine friends in the French Three Valleys – Courchevel and Meribel or even St Moritz & Verbier in Switzerland. Chalets in Chamonix are more wallet friendlier than these alpine friends. Check below our collection chalets nearby and in Chamonix Mont blanc available for booking.
Where to Stay in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc?
You can view our collection of First-class Apartments & Luxury ski chalets in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, at the bottom of this page. They are among the Best of the best in Europe. Our chalets in Europe can be chosen simply by the amenities you wish. Like all our chalets in the Alps, they Include family Friendly Options with amenities like Hot tub, Sauna, steam room & Hammam, Swimming pool, Gym, Indoor Fireplace chalets, Cinema, with complimentary breakfast or Self-catering chalets. For those who wish to spend more time skiing and less time in the kitchen, they can pick the fully catered chalets with Private chefs, and to add to this you can even book a Luxury Ski-in/Ski-out chalet or check into a VIP Chalet in any part of the Alps.
Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Chalets sleep two adults to Large groups. And If you are planning to have a Special event Birthday Celebration, White wedding, VIP Luxury Corporate Ski Chalet for Business, and Incentive Trips, we are a Ski company that can arrange all these with you not having to lift one finger. Our In-house concierge is at hand to assist you with anything you wish for during your stay Luxury ski holiday in Chamonix.
These handpicked traditional Alpine Luxury chalets and Modern apartments in Val d’Isère & Tignes offer a wider selection of options to pick from. The combination of a stay with the charming chalets and some of the finest skiing in Europe makes Chamonix-Mont-Blanc one of our Top-selling ski resorts.
If you are looking for Ski lodges specifically with certain amenities, it is best you get in touch with us, so we can tailor-make your search. We can suggest or even contact the owners to discuss certain features such as Disabled Friendly Chalets or Pet-Friendly chalets.
Top 3 Luxurious ski chalets in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
How much does it cost to rent a luxury chalet in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc?
8-10 Guests – Available as a fully serviced or self-catered chalet – *WEEKLY PRICES From EURO – €8,800 – €14,500
Close to both Chamonix and Argentiere – just over 5 minutes’ drive from either, Nearest Piste: La Flegere (2 km) – Amenities include hot tub, Working Fireplace, wifi/internet & Cable TV.
13 Guests – Available as a fully catered chalet – *WEEKLY PRICES From EURO – €7500- €23,000
Part of a group of chalets – Chalet number 1 sleeps 10 to 12 people, Chalet number 3 sleeps 14 people, Chalet number 4 sleeps 10 to 12 people and all interconnected chalets sleep in total 50 guests. comes with a Heated Pool and Shared Poolswimming pool, Hot tub, Wi-Fi, Satellite TV, DVD,
12 Guests – 06 bedrooms – Available as a fully catered chalet – *WEEKLY PRICES From EURO – €12,700 – €20,284
FAMILIES: Ideal for kids, teens, family, and friends.
Chamonix-Mont blanc Ski Chalets FAQ’s
What is a ski chalet holiday in Chamonix?
Basically, a ski chalet holiday is booking your own private home – most times with staff, housekeepers and chef included and at other times as a self-catered option. Ski chalets are freestanding properties, which in most cases are made out of Stone and/or Wood and has homelier look from outside, the interior however is very luxurious with Alpine charm. However please check at the time of booking, as things have changed and not all chalets stand alone, so it may be called a ‘chalet’ as there could more than 2 ‘chalet apartment’ style properties in large building construction.
What is a Fully serviced or catered chalet? And how does it work?
Catered luxury ski chalets are a great choice for those who wish to spend less time in the kitchen and more time on the slopes.
In Chamonix, Catered can mean either part of your meals or all your meals is included catered price. However, you should not have this confused with some chalets that say Accommodation only or included Breakfast. It’s Wise to check this at the time of enquiry or prior to your booking.
When you book a ski chalet in Chamonix on a catered basis, upon arrival the chalet host will welcome you and make sure to take full charge of your accommodation, this means from keeping the chalet neat to arranging your meals. Catered ski chalets usually if not always have a chef to prepare meals, a chalet host who will provide housekeeping services and who will serve your meals. These meals will usually include breakfast, afternoon tea, pre-dinner canapés, and a 4-course dinner, as well as unlimited wine, you will find in each property chalet page all these inclusions.
Depending on the chalet. Either a day or two the host may not be in the chalet, as a day off. During this period, you can help yourself with *breakfast and dine outside, trying the local cuisine available around. From budget to Michelin star restaurants are easy to be found. It is good to take a note, that some chalets may share the dining area with others. When booking a catered ski chalet holiday, you can book the chalet just for your group. Nevertheless, some chalets are available to book by the room during less busy times, this can be great for those seeking a holiday for a smaller group or a couple. Remember to always book ahead of your restaurant table, best when you arrive to book this (especially if you are a larger group), during the season restaurants are usually full. The Chalet staff is always available to lend you a hand during your ski holiday stay in Chamonix; it is always wise to get first-hand information of the town.
Usually, chalet menus have Menus for Children and you can also have early dinner arranged for children, please check at the time of booking.
for Adults Breakfast Served between 8-9 am. Croissants & pain Chocolat, traditional French bread, cereals, fresh fruit, yoghurts. A cooked option (except staff day off) and Fresh coffee & tea, fruit juices.
* Staff day off service- your chalet hosts will leave breakfast and afternoon tea for you to help yourselves to. Fresh bread & croissants will be delivered to your chalet in the morning. Please check if your chalet includes this service.
Hosts Day/s Off afternoon tea and dinner won’t be served, giving you the chance to explore the local restaurants
Afternoon Tea: depending on the chalet 5 or 6 days of a seven-night stay, afternoon tea is provided when you come in from the slopes (often things like cake, cookies, toast, soup, and hot drinks like Hot chocolate, tea & coffee).
Pre-dinner & Dinner: Home-made canapes served with pre-dinner drinks ( See each chalet page for more information). For Dinner with Selected red & white wines to complement the meal or champagne: Meals are served in the evenings, usually many courses and, in most catered chalets, free-flowing wine/champagne, pudding and then coffee is served. The ‘free wine/champagne’ component is not universal, so check before you book if this is a significant part of your holiday.
We have more than 50 Top Notch catered luxury ski chalets and apartments in European ski resorts.