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Skiing and Snowboarding in Chamonix

Posted on 24 March 2012

Chamonix is a famous ski resort in France, and is part of the ski pass Mont Blanc area. This is a huge area with 490 individual pistes, while Chamonix has 152 km of ski runs. The pistes are above 2,500 m, so there’s a good chance of being assured of snow. Just in case Chamonix has access to 96 snow cannons, and is able to supplement natural snow on 23 km of ski runs.

The resort is well-known for being world-class, and as such attracts some of the very best skiers and snowboarders every season. Some of the skiing areas such as Grand Montets and L’Aguille du Midi are legendary, and have helped to build Chamonix’s reputation as a serious skiers resort.

But you don’t have to be an expert to enjoy a holiday in Chamonix, as there are pistes available for all standards. It’s a great destination for serious snowboarders, and the resort has produced numerous world champions and is famous for pushing the boundaries of this popular sport.

Not surprisingly the après ski is very lively, and there’s a huge range of nightclubs and bars which stay open till dawn. There’s also plenty to do off the slopes, including the only genuine tenpin bowling alley in the Alps, and a very popular casino.

It’s a great pick for a short break, as there are no less than six airports within two hours’ drive. Geneva and Sion airport are just an hour’s drive away, so there’s no need to waste valuable skiing time travelling. This resort is probably best for people who have some experience with skiing, and it certainly an excellent choice for expert and intermediate skiers and snowboarders.