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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 46 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: 3.2

(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: 3.2

(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: 3.4

(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: 4.5

(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): 3.7

(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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January 26, 2007
Björn Hellkvist from Ski Sweden Sweden
I have been to Chamonix four times, and I must say it is, by far, the most complex ski resort there is in Europe. The different areas provides extremely good possibilities for the intermediate and advanced skier. However, Chamonix is not the place to go to if you are a beginner. In two weeks I will visit Chamonix for the fifth time and I am, needless to say, really looking forward to it...
January 23, 2007
Tony Wade from Ski France France
I dreamt of going to Chamonix as a child while growing up in Alaska. I've been there a few times now, once to do the Vallée Blanche, once to ski at Brevent and Flegere and a few times just to visit and sip cocktails on the terraces and look at Mt. Blanc - which would fit in nicely back home in AK. I found the Vallée Blanche to be very pretty and I'm happy to have ridden it, but wasn't amazed by the riding. The last few Km are very flat. The walk down the arete to get to the spot where we could put our boards on scared me and my drunken Irish colleague behind me teetering on the edge of 2000m of nothing wasn't helping. Got to be done once in your life. I will be going back, but to paraglide there. Brevent and Flegere are great spots to ski with Mt. Blanc looming in front of you the views are unstoppable. The only thing I could criticize are the antiquated and, frankly, scary lifts. The rusting hulks make groaning noises at the towers and I had bruises on my arm from where my girlfriend had a death-grip on me! Not what I expected from such a renowned and world class resort.
September 30, 2006
Lynn from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I visited Chamonix in March 2006. I have snowboarded in most major resorts worldwide and I can honestly say I had some of the best snowboarding I have ever experienced. The snow was around 1m deep at most of the nearby resorts and the off -piste experience was truly unbelievable. Whether you are on your own or with a group, to get the most out of your visit to Chamonix, hire a Chamonix Mountain Guide. A guide will take you away from the crowds and show you the best parts of the Chamonix valley. The guides will also show you how to improve your skiing/snowboarding and how to adapt to the different conditions - well worth the price! I would highly recommend www.chamonix-sport-aventure.com
March 13, 2006
Stevo from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Went there 8th March 2006 for four days - very little was open! Heavy snow meant they closed most of the runs and at most two lifts in each of the four main areas were open. We had to travel out to Les Houches and further to get skiing. Info in the resort was poor and we were directed to areas which we were told were open only to find them closed. "Communication is a problem" we were told by the less than helpful ticket offices. No, I will not be going back
January 30, 2006
Simon Heath from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Chamonix 15-22 Jan 2006. Awesome conditions following 80cm of snow on the Tuesday and Wednesday and then beautiful blue skies and sunshine. The resort is large with a range of apres-ski activities for all. Grand Montets is definitely the best mountain with challenging pistes and excellent off-piste. Stayed at a private chalet for 8 which was excellent and affordable. Visit their website for my recommendation www.chamonixchalet.net/Chalet3_Description.ink My only quibble with Chamonix is that it is far from a ski in - ski out resort. To reach any of the slopes it is a 20-30 minute bus ride which is frustrating both in the morning and after skiing. Overall, 8 out of 10 for the skiing and resort.
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 chamonixaccomodation.com 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.
January 02, 2006
Tom Travis from Ski United States United States
Chamonix is one of my favorite global ski areas and I have skied there ten times. The scenery is just awesome, the best in Europe, other perhaps than Zermatt. The town provides a taste of France, with some lovely architecture, squares and sculptures, split by a fast flowing river, and it has a wide variety of hotels and restaurants. The skiing is varied since there are five major ski stations along the valley. The best ski station by far is Le Grand Montet, with its 6,700 foot vertical drop, although most of the skiing is on vertical drops of 2100'-4200' from the mid-station. The runs, some of them over glaciers, are endlessly interesting and challenging. The pistes there are mainly advanced intermediate and expert. The Grand Montet is my single favorite ski station in the world. In a week, I ski there five days, and the other two at the interlinked La Flejere and Le Brevent. I particularly like La Flejere for its incredible views of the entire Mont Blanc range and romantic view right up the Mer de Glace, and for its great bowls. I find the skiing at Le Tour to be too easy, although the new runs down the north side are longer and more interesting. Of course, one should ski the Vallee Blanche, with its 9200' drop and 12 mile run. Later in the season or whenever the snow is plentiful, one can follow the obvious tracks down and not use a guide. The only drawback is the access to the ski stations. If you do not have a car, you have to take the bus to most of them (one can walk from town to Le Brevent), and I have waited as long as 25 minutes at times to get the bus.
December 18, 2005
Angus Roberts from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Ive been to Chamonix twice now, the first time was my very first time snowboarding and as a beginner I loved it. The runs aren't particularly easy but this means you progress much quicker, a definite bonus. There’s a massive variety of runs available if you use the free bus transfers around the valley (such as tree-lined Les Tours, a bit more relaxed than the others and the big-mountain pistes of Grand Montets) – I've always found the buses to be on time and efficient (and they’re included in the lift-pass). The off-piste is something else- be it a 10min jaunt from the top lift for something a bit different or putting in the hours to find an untracked bowl, it's just awesome. And the lifts? Same as anywhere else, when they’re busy they take longer- that’s never gonna change anywhere. Make the effort, get up early. As for the town, well it’s just that- a town not just a resort. I think this is a bonus as it has much more of a character and more amenities as well as all the big bars etc Give Chamonix a go, it’s a place that needs to be visited at least once- Im hooked. Where else can u ski or board in the shadow of Mont Blanc and get a trip up the very same mountain as part of your lift-pass? And when you’re ready, where else has the Vallee Blanche?
November 14, 2005
David Allen from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
A truly great resort, the runs (although more geared towards skiers than boarders like me) were challenging and some are very steep. Black means Black in Chamonix, and even some of the reds will give you a fright. Skiers will love Grand Montets, very steep very fast. There’s a vast array of off piste, for example, round the back of Montets from the top lift there is a glacier off piste run, roped off, which many people use, boarders beware however, some parts are difficult to traverse and there are flat sections to it with many hidden crevasses, some huge. Take a guide! The lifts were generally fast moving, and the buses between the stations frequent. The town is great with good food and drink. Go there, Chamonix will not disappoint.
November 11, 2005
Karlious from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Dont listen to any idiot that says chamo is rubbish! They only think its rubbish because they obviously can't ski or board (or maybe just trying to keep the numbers down by misleading those who don't know better? - ed.) - it is the best resort around! There is so much to do there and the apres ski is mint! Courmayeur is even included on the lift pass n its well worth a visit not only for the food and the hospitality but for the great runs (although it is quite limited) and a bit of advice don't ski in to the valley there because u end up in a constrction site with a long walk to get over the river on the only bridge around! When in chamo i well recomend taking a day off from skiing n head up aguil du midi for the amazin views! (thats if ur not skiing the vb run) just get to chamo u wont regret it!