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Chamonix Resort Reviews

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Chamonix Resort Reviews

Visitor reviews for Chamonix Ski Resort

Chamonix Ratings

Overall: 4.0. Based on 47 votes and 87 reviews. Vote

Access: 4.6

(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Chamonix.

Public Transport: 4.1

(1) There are no buses or taxis to Chamonix, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

Scenery: 4.7

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Accommodation: 4.6

(1) No places to stay in/near Chamonix, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

Cheap Rooms: 3.9

(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

Luxury Hotels: 4.6

(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Chamonix.

Ski in/Ski out: 3.1

(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

Childcare: 3.9

(1) There are no child care facilities at Chamonix, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

Snowsure: 4.0

(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Chamonix is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

Snowmaking: 3.3

(1) Chamonix relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

Snow Grooming: 3.7

(1) There are no snow groomers at Chamonix, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Chamonix are groomed daily.

Shelter: 3.2

(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Chamonix is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

Nearby options: 3.9

(1) If snow conditions are poor at Chamonix, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

Regional rating: 4.0

(1) Chamonix usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

Lift Staff: 3.8

(1) The staff at Chamonix are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Chamonix are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 3.2

(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

Ski Schools: 4.3

(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

Hire and Repairs: 4.7

(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

Variety of pistes: 4.5

(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Chamonix has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

Beginners: 3.1

(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

Intermediates: 4.0

(1) No intermediate terrain at Chamonix, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 4.7

(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

Snow Park: 3.4

(1) Not even a kicker at Chamonix, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

Off-piste: 4.8

(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

Cross-country: 3.8

(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Chamonix, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

Luge/Toboggan: 3.0

(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Chamonix has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

Mountain Dining: 3.3

(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

Eating: 4.5

(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

Apres-Ski: 4.5

(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

Other Sports: 4.6

(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

Entertainment: 4.5

(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

Winter Walks: 4.2

(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

Ski Pass Value: 3.6

(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

Value (National): 3.6

(1) Overall, Chamonix is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

Value (Global): 3.6

(1) Overall, Chamonix is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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January 28, 2009
AP from Ski Australia Australia
I can thoroughly recommend Chamonix to anyone who is contemplating a visit. I have been skiing for 30 odd years and this was my first trip to Cham (Chamonix) and loved it. If anyone goes and needs a good/excellent guide to ski the Vallee Blanche or anywhere else for that matter make sure you do yourself a favour and hook up with Kenton Cool, AKA Coolman, from Dream Guides based in Chamonix. He is passionate about climbing and the mountains, and his positive attitude to his job as a guide is infectious. He certainly knows the mountains; then again I suppose you would after climbing Everest 6 times. Get on board with him; you'll love it. Make sure you head to the the Neuf...Chambre Neuf for a good apres session at Chamonix. It is located opposite the bus station. Happy Crankin...AP
January 17, 2006
Richard from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
As a huge fan of Chamonix and frequent visitor I have now taken to organising my skiing independently - with Geneva only an hour away and flights from just £45 why pay package holiday prices! There is plenty of self-catering accommodation available online, but for the slightly more discerning I have found to be excellent. Their properties are better equipped and privately owned, and parking, TV/Video, radio/cd players are included in the price (unlike others). True, it is not ideal for beginners although I have taken children for their introduction to skiing and have no complaints. Chamonix remains our firm favourite destination for both winter and summer holidays.
November 17, 2008
mattg from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
"Public transport and availability of taxis in town is dreadful meaning you are forced to drink/drive all the time. " Who forced you to drink/drive? Stay at home please.
January 11, 2018
Rich from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
My nephew & I got invited on a 30th birthday long weekend at the end of Jan 2017. The 7 of us got into town just after 12pm. The hire shops were closed from 12-2pm . What's that all about? After an hour or so in a "steady" bar we headed back to the hire shop for gear, hoping to catch the last 2 hours on the slopes; the hire shop wouldn't allow us to leave our footwear there. Fair enough! Next morning we hiked up the road to the gondola from town, not impressed by the local mountain. Buses next day to the other mountains, no snow-making to top up through lack of snowfall. Les Houches was probably the best area. Nothing challenging but quieter than Argentiere. More nightlife at a whist drive, you can keep Chamonix. I'm struggling to find something good to say, it's back to good old Austria for me. I'd rather take up indoor bowls than be paid to come back here, not impressed.
April 04, 2015
Athan from Ski Belgium Belgium
The 'king is naked', and the management has to realize it.... Maybe 100 years ago, when alpinism was an unknown word, the area gathered thrilled pioneers of the mountains and the winter sports. But in the era of snow resorts like Tignes, Trois Vallees or Sankt Anton am Arlberg (AT) this resort seems like an old aristocrat in decadence. The extremely variable weather and the almost always poor snow quality are obvious reasons for not opting for this "famous" resort. Besides, the 50Euros day pass gives access to only one ski resort (of the size of Bansko in Bulgaria) and not to three as the management claims: it requires at least one hour from base-station to base-station to change a station; if you decide so in the middle of the day. All in all, the day pass is overpriced, unless you include in the evaluation the breathtaking scenery; if the weather allows it. The unusual "offer" to cross the tunnel and to ski in Italy requires not only a respectful amount of money and but usually some time spent on the long waiting queues of the tunnel. Local transportation is very poor and a personal car is more than essential. However, the use of public transportation is strongly recommended but never actualized by the local authorities. Above all, in sustainable developed ski resorts of Austria (and elsewhere) the reimbursement of the ski card is self evident. The obligatory possession of the ski card does not influence the will to return back to a ski resort with so many disadvantages.
February 02, 2009
dawn white from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Chamonix does not have such bad weather, crap buses and expensive restaurants. With regard to the snow quality, I could go on. Can anyone can tell me about a ski resort that has blue-bird powder days, a lift system which has no one on it and I can get a beer and a burger for under a fiver? It just doesn't happen. The ski areas at Chamonix are not linked and this was a bit of a shock, so do be prepared to spend a little time travelling and, to be fair, it isn't bad at all. The buses run all the time and if you do have a car you can park in a huge car park next to the base lifts in all ski areas. All the ski areas have some great wide runs with breathtaking scenery. I was lucky enough to have nearly a meter of fresh snow, so the off-piste was amazing and the pistes where simple perfect. One day we were limited to only 3 or 4 runs because of the heavy snow fall but were making fresh tracks over and over again; I didn't care one bit. Pros and cons: -need a car or be ready to use public transport -buses run all the time, wasn't busy at all when I went but that was January -loads of restaurants to suit all prices and cuisine -if you're a good skier/boarder and want different runs day in and day out go to the 3 valleys, unless you don't mind jumping to another ski area. This can be a bit of a pain though -if you want chilled relaxing days, lovely wide runs and some breathtaking scenery Chamonix is the place. -off-piste is amazing (depending on snow of course) -if you have none skiers in your party, Chamonix town is ideal.
January 05, 2005
John Ricketts from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Chamonix was so good last February (did the VB run!) that I am going back this February with wife and daughters (12 and 14). Will drive this time though as its a lot cheaper and opens up a lot more terrain (as if you'd need it though!) Nice thing about Cham is the variety....from high mountain to forest, and slopes N/S/E/W you can usually find a sunny spot out of the wind. My brother is heading back there the week after me for his 4th year in a row and he's never had bad conditions! If the apre-ski was cheaper it would be perfect.....
November 26, 2004
Ahmet Douas from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Chamonix, is a very interesting resort. Set at the foot of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the alps, it offers an endless amount of high altitude off piste skiing, and exploring. Although the lifts aren't at your doorstep, in Chamonix, the ski areas are known for their distinct variety. Each ski area, has their own unique character. Les Grands Montets, in Argentiere, allows endless exploring at a high altitude, with long pistes and off piste skiing. More suited for boarders, in Chamonix you will never get bored. Although not the largest ski areas in the world, the main word here is quantity not quality. Not extremely appealing for beginners, and an easy change of the weather at high altitudes, this resort, although extremely rewarding, is to be taken seriously..
October 26, 2004
danny from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Having lived in Chamonix for nearly five years I can say with my hand on my heart that I would never go there again. It one saving grace are a few wonderful people who call this arse-crack in the alps their home. The one thing I wish for is that Mont Blanc would become detatched and slide into the valley. Perhaps this would improve the 'resorts' piste systems and would certainly improve the view...
August 24, 2004
Dirty G from Ski South Africa South Africa
Chamonix and Argentiere are so extreme its sick. Not at all a boarder's resort, but I would reccommend everyone go at least once, if for nothing else but to humble yourself. Aside from the endless Scandanavians and British tourists, the resort is impressive and definatley a place that must be visited before death sets in. Skiers should live here, boarders should taste and move on.