The slopes

  • Extent 3 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 3 out of 5
  • Snow 4 out of 5
  • Queues 2 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 3 out of 5
  • Expert 5 out of 5
  • Intermediate 3 out of 5
  • Beginner 2 out of 5
  • Boarder 3 out of 5
  • X-country 3 out of 5
  • Restaurants 2 out of 5
  • Schools 5 out of 5
  • Families 2 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 3 out of 5
  • Convenience 1 out of 5
  • Scenery 5 out of 5
  • Eating out 3 out of 5
  • Apres ski 4 out of 5
  • Off-slope 5 out of 5

Gallery

  • The Chamonix Valley

Key facts covers:

  • Chamonix area

Key facts

Resort1240 m
Slopes1035-3840 m
Lifts42
Pistes115 km
Price index105

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Argentière

France

The Chamonix Valley

The upside

  • Stunning views wherever you are
  • A lot of very tough terrain, especially off-piste
  • Other resorts covered on extended lift pass
  • Easy access by road, rail and air; the valley is an excellent short break destination

The downside

  • Several separate mountains in Chamonix valley: mixed ability groups are likely to have to split up
  • Bad weather can shut the best runs
  • Still some old lifts, and queues in key spots
  • Few good mountain restaurants

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News – 2016/17

Over on the Le Brévent sector of Chamonix, the slow Parsa quad chair, which serves easy blue and green runs at mid-mountain on Le Brévent, is being replaced by a fast six-pack. This will have a capacity of nearly 3,000 people per hour compared with the 1,800 an hour of the old lift. The two drag lifts serving the same area will be replaced by one modern draglift.

Summary

Argentière is an old village in a splendid setting at the head of the Chamonix valley – below the Grands Montets. The Glacier d’Argentière pokes down towards it and the Aiguille du Midi and Mont Blanc dominate the scene down the valley. There’s a lot of modern development, but the village retains a certain rustic appeal.  The couloirs, gullies and abundant off-piste of the Grand Montets appeal mainly to experts, but confident intermediates can tackle the steep black and red pistes. This is a handy base for reaching the easier slopes at Balme too. Regular buses serve all the main ski areas, but they can get crowded and aren’t always reliable. 

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The slopes

  • Extent 3 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 3 out of 5
  • Snow 4 out of 5
  • Queues 2 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 3 out of 5
  • Expert 5 out of 5
  • Intermediate 3 out of 5
  • Beginner 2 out of 5
  • Boarder 3 out of 5
  • X-country 3 out of 5
  • Restaurants 2 out of 5
  • Schools 5 out of 5
  • Families 2 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 3 out of 5
  • Convenience 1 out of 5
  • Scenery 5 out of 5
  • Eating out 3 out of 5
  • Apres ski 4 out of 5
  • Off-slope 5 out of 5

Gallery

  • The Chamonix Valley

Key facts covers:

  • Chamonix area

Key facts

Resort1240 m
Slopes1035-3840 m
Lifts42
Pistes115 km
Price index105

Linked resorts