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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 45 votes and 86 reviews. Vote

Access: 4.5

(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: 3.8

(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: 3.3

(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: 3.9

(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: 3.1

(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: 3.3

(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: 3.7

(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: 3.4

(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: 4.4

(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): 3.7

(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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December 22, 2009
dusan from Ski United States United States
"if you want to ski then go elsewhere. No ski areas are linked and you spend most of the day doing the same runs. " Tim, UK. If you want to ski "groomers" go elsewhere. Chamonix is by far THE BEST free-ski resort in the world. Nothing could compare to it aside from heliski in Alaska. Even Whistler B.C. doesn't compare to it. In the same day you could ski a Rectiligne or Poubelle or Pas de Chevre to a Cosmic and a Rond. That's 7000 vertical meters of insane untracked terrain. All lift accessible . No other resort can give that. That's without counting the Brevant ensa and all the couloirs next to it. + all the short hikes you can do to even more insane lines an infinity of them. The 3 valley is great for piste skiing and posing. VERY VERY flat otherwise. Chamonix IS the free-ski capital of the world....
February 14, 2010
dgz from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Having spent a season here at Chamonix, I think: The valley ski pass is about EUR 260 for 6 days: given the price, you would expect something pretty amazing. Well, the lifts are mainly old and slow. The pistes are pretty limited in their scope. The valley ski bus is ok, but not amazing. You have to remember that Chamonix pistes are all on the same aspect - no multi valley skiing here. Bottom line. Don't waste your money coming to Chamonix if you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced piste skier. There are far better resorts for your requirements out there. However, if you are an experienced off-piste skier with ski mountaineering experience, then this place is amazing! A good guide is recommended for a couple of days to really get the most out of a week here. The lines are stunning. I would like to point out that even if you like off-piste, unless you don't mind exposed routes/ski touring, all the easy access off-piste is tracked out within a day or two in Chamonix. You are far better going to the quieter Portes du Soleil resorts for off-piste that is easy to access and is not trashed. Some people comment that the weather is poor. Possibly true, but it is at the bottom of the Mont Blanc Massif!!! What do you expect? Of course, it will probably have worse weather.
November 20, 2012
Migrated crow from Ski Australia Australia
After reading lots of reviews from "piste heroes" and tourists with bad attitude I felt compelled to share my opinion of this unique place. Please don't try to compare Chamonix to any other "resort." Chamonix is a real town that operates all year round. It happens to be surrounded by skiable mountains one of which, L'Aguille du Midi (3842m)is open all year round. This peak is strictly for mountaineer skiers of which there is an abundance in Chamonix. The ski areas are not linked but they each offer a great day of skiing piste & off-piste if you are an accomplished skier. The Chamonix area beats every other "resort" in the world for vertical drop. Try the top of Les Grand Montets down to Argentiere a couple of times for a morning warm-up! Chamonix is in France so please at least try to speak French. Chamonix has no more "rude" French than any other resort I have been to. One can be unlucky with snow in any resort, however, Chamonix has an incredible record for number of lifts open and snow cover. There is a huge amount of skiing above 2000m so even when many other European resorts are struggling for snow, Chamonix runs will often remain open as there are mid station lifts on almost every mountain at 2000m. This also makes it a fabulous place to ski in springtime too. Skiing is a fabulous sport which can be practised anywhere there is snow. I don't really care where I ski as long as I ski. I don't manage to get to Chamonix much these days, but without doubt all my best skiing has been done in Chamonix : powder, steeps, touring, bumps, jumps, speed, most vertical in a day, and the list goes on. Simply an amazing and incomparable place full of amazing people. Do yourself a favour before you go there. Learn a little French but more importantly, learn how to ski. You can practice at one of the lower, flatter, more Anglo resorts.
January 20, 2010
oliver from Ski Ireland Ireland
I have been to Chamonix 4 times and I love it. The off-piste in Grand Montet is excellent. Loads of powder bowls to ski in and out of very near the piste. Brevent also has some good runs. The views from everywhere are spectacular. The buses are awkward (just get early and you'll be fine). The nightlife is ok but has anybody else noticed it's mostly blokes who go skiing.
February 08, 2007
Sally Barnett from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Snowboarding in Chamonix again was awesome. The tree runs on the backside of Le Tour are perfect after a dump. Stayed at 'The White Place' run by a guy from the UK by the name of Alex. The best placed I've ever stayed, and that's saying something because this was my fifth trip to Chamonix and I've been to Canada and Australia. Check them out www.thewhiteplace.com I love it so much I'm planning my next trip out there for the spring conditions and get a little sun with my boarding.
March 05, 2011
Peter from Ski Canada Canada
Chamonix is for real skiers, not for showing off. As far as having to speak French once in a while... well, what do you expect? Chinese? One of the best places I have ever been for expert skiing and scenery. Les Grands Montets is a must.
January 26, 2008
jon Hick from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Chamonix certainly ranks as one of the best ski destinations in the world! To get the best out of your visit, book a local French, English speaking, Mountain Guide through Franck Chapon at Chamonix Sport Adventure and experience the Vallee Blanche (longest run in the world), Heli-ski, Ice Climbing, Paragliding, Ski Touring, Ski/Snowboard Lessons. A great all year destination!
January 19, 2009
Sandra from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just returned from a week's skiing in Chamonix on 17th Jan. There has not been any fresh snow since before Christmas, but the skiing was fantastic & the pistes appeared in superb condition. They were expecting a "large dump of snow in the next few days", which I believe will only be of benefit to those lower slopes. 2 things of note: Skiing in January is highly recommended - not only does it help to get over those post Christmas, winter blues but one does benefit from the empty slopes. On questioning the lift attendant about "tres tranquil" the reply was simply, "mais oui, le deuxieme semaine de janvier" - so the 2nd week of January can be highly recommended. The very poor exchange rate with the euro & the GBP is a problem. It was most certainly noticeable this year compared to last year. The prices are £6 per bottle of beer, £5-6 for a glass of house wine (bear in mind they are very small servings), so I would recommend the bottle of wine at a minimum of £20, because this invariably means you get far better value for money. In our hotel, the price for a J&B rare was £9. The food prices in the mountain restaurants vary according to where you are skiing - approx £8-£10 for tea/coffee with a baguette. I would recommend purchasing your sandwich from one of the numerous cafe/snack bars in the town centre prior to venturing up the mountains. Despite this, bite the bullet & go for it. We did and had the most fantastic holiday & will be returning there in the near future.
January 26, 2008
Larry from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Just returned from a trip to Chamonix! Superb skiing and snowboarding!! Fantastic snow, great off-piste runs, friendly people and a great atmosphere for both singles and families. Choose a hotel in the centre of Chamonix to experience the great restaurants and nightlife. Local buses are available to take you to the resorts. Definitely agree with other reviews that it is best to book a guide - he will take you away from the crowds and find the best ski areas according to the conditions. We too tried Franck Chapon and I would highly recommend him. Will definitely be going back!
November 05, 2009
JK from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Chamonix has the best off-piste in Europe and the town has got real character with the best views around up in the mountains. Only downside is the resort link up. If you are just interested in groomers or posing then you should look elsewhere. When there is lots of snow it's unbelievable.