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View from the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix photo


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Latest Snow Report

Issued: 23 Apr

  • Last Snowfall: 21 April 2014
  • Snow Depth (upper): 205 cm
  • Snow Depth (lower): 65 cm
  • Piste: Good
  • Off-piste: Varied

Today’s Weather (2440 m)

0 NE0
1 °C F-Level
rain showers
5 SSW5
3 °C F-Level
snow showers
10 SSE10
3 °C F-Level

Chamonix is a winter wonderland! The Chamonix Valley is consistently rated as one of the top ten ski resorts in the world, catering for every taste and ability. Chamonix, site of the first Winter Olympics in 1924, is a city of 10,000 residents and the main resort in a valley dominated by Mont Blanc, western Europe's highest mountain (15,770 feet). Chamonix valley can boast of some of the best skiing and scenery in the Alps and a hard-to-beat list of winter sports activities. One of the world's greatest runs is the 13-mile journey down the Valle Blanche glacier and the Sea of Ice, a drop of 9,200 feet; highest lift-served vertical descent in the world. Chamonix has six separate ski areas in the valley. They have a total of more than 90 miles of prepared slopes and trails and 49 lifts. Particularly popular with powder skiers and snowboarders is Les Grands Montets, which rises above the village of Argentiere which is near Chamonix. Noted for its tough terrain, the area's 20 miles of groomed runs are 50 percent, serious, black and only 10 percent easy. The vertical is just short of 6,800 feet. No one gets bored.

Resorts close to Chamonix include: Les Houches (7 km), Argentiere (8 km), Le Tour (11 km), Saint Gervais (12 km), Courmayeur (14 km),

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Piste info

  • Trails (Pistes): 69
  • Beginner: 52%
  • Intermediate: 35%
  • Advanced: 13%
  • Cross-country: 42 km
  • Snowmaking: Yes
  • Acres of ski: -
  • Terrain Parks: 1
  • Halfpipes: 0


  • Restaurants: 80
  • Bars: 20+
  • Slopeside accommodation: Y

Mountain info

  • Vertical Drop: 2805 m


  • Draglifts: 19
  • Chairlifts: 16
  • Gondolas / Cable Cars: 14
  • Toplift: m


  • Season opens: 10 Feb 2013
  • Season closes: 5 May 2013

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Visitor Reviews of Chamonix

Exseason from United Kingdom writes:

Spent a season in Chamonix. It is a great place but only if you love mountains; it is not a resort. There is something about it; some quality, it just has "it". I have skied in quite a few other places, but the ski mountaineering here is incredible. A car is great, yes, but of little use when your departure is miles from your exit unless you have two. The train system (and bus) is absolutely spot on. Just plan accordingly with the timetables. Or hitch a lift!

The pistes are pretty poor compared to Verbier, Zermatt etc. But it isn't about that! Consider yourself warned.

As for rude people etc. Utter garbage. Everyone is here to celebrate the mountains. If you want some Disney resort with service, go to North America.

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City Forecasts
Closest to Chamonix

city forecasts
Aosta, Italy 40 km
Sion, Switzerland 51 km
Annecy, France 58 km
Annemasse, France 58 km
Thonon-les-Bains, France 58 km

Surf Breaks
Closest to Chamonix

surf forecast
Acque-Calde (Savona), Italy 220 km
Cogoleto, Italy 220 km
Varazze, Italy 220 km
Voltri, Italy 222 km
Multido (Genoa), Italy 226 km

Resorts and Mountain Peaks Surrounding Chamonix

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Mountain Peaks
Closest to Chamonix

mountain forecasts
Le Brevent, France 3 km
Mont Blanc, France 4 km
Aiguille de Blaitiere, France 4 km
Aiguille des Grands Charmoz, France 4 km
Aiguille du Plan, France 4 km