Chamonix Self-Guided Day Tour

Published on 1st Nov 2018

Welcome to our Chamonix Ski Guide - our brief overview of the mecca of European big mountain skiing.

The Mont Blanc Unlimited Pass gives you access to 4 mountains including Chamonix Mont Blanc, also covering the Megeve Evasion region, and Courmayeur over the Italian border. Chamonix is well known for the seemingly endless amounts of off-piste descents and world-renowned touring itineraries, but there are certainly more friendly routes down the mountain to cater for all abilities.

All areas are linked by the free bus which runs up and down the Chamonix Valley. Here we focus on a great way to spend a day exploring the ski areas most local to Chamonix itself, Grands Montets, Brévent-Flégère and Les Praz.

For advice on venturing further afield in the Chamonix Valley, why not try taking one of our experienced guides. They can help find the best routes for your interests and abilities, from playing around the pistes, to the many awe-inspiring touring itineraries of this infamous free-skiing Mecca.

  • Start: Argentière
  • End: Les Praz
  • Lift Pass: Mont Blanc Unlimited

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Morning - Grands Montets down to Argentière

Taking the bus out of Chamonix Village to Argentière is a good way to start a ski day, but beware others may have the same idea, so allow time for a queue at the bus stop. The Grands Montets Mountain at 3275 metres offers a good variety of skiing on its long face back down into Argentière. Take the Lognan cable car and then the Marmottons chairlift, for a relatively gentle start to your ski day on the Marmottons blue runs. Take any of these back to the Bochard bubble, or for those who like to kick-start the adrenaline first thing in the morning, the Grands Montets snow park is here, offering a few smaller jumps and rollers and a boardercross course, with boxes and rails to practise on.

The Bochard gondola arrives at 2765m, and the 800 metre vertical Bochard red, which is your first chance of the day to really open the taps and get some fast turns out. Blast down to the Grands Montets cable car, ride right to the top and enjoy the view.

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Increasing the difficulty again, you can now take the long, remote and very black run Pointe de Vue right back to the Lognan station. This is your first taste of the really demanding terrain which Chamonix Valley can throw at you. When you reach Lognan the black run turns into red Pierre à Ric, which in this cathedral of high peaks a relatively rare indulgence of lower tree skiing.

Lunch - Chamonix

After this full morning, take the bus back into Chamonix - this would be a great time to take a lunch break in one of the town's many restaurants. If you are willing to take the leap of ordering seafood in a mountain resort, the Cap Horn is next to the river, and is as safe a bet as you will find for a nautical themed restaurant in a ski resort. For a more traditional option Maison Carrier is a rustic chalet serving regional specialities with a gourmet flourish on the Route de Bouchet near Chamonix station.

Afternoon - Brévent-Flégère

Time to clip back in for another explore. Well not quite yet, first we need to hop on the Plan Praz Télécabine up to 2000m - then take the traversing blue down to the Cornu chairlift. Look out for some of Chamonix's many parapente fanatics launching from here and hovering out over the valley and enhancing an already stunning view.

From the top of the chair take the red Charlanon to skiers left, and enjoy a descent down to Liaison cable car which bridges the valley gap over to Flégère. A bit more lift time is necessary after this before one of days biggest skis, firstly on the Evettes chair, then the Index, but once scaled you now have some of the resorts most interesting and eminently lap-able piste skiing at your feet. Many of the reds up here would pass for black in other more family orientated resorts, so don't let the map fool you - there is skiing here on which all abilities can push themselves.

Ski over to the far side of Flégère to try one of the best of these, the 4.5km red Crochues which is usually fantastically free of other skiers. An afternoon lapping this amazing ski area can go on as long as you like (probably until your legs give out as you may be reluctant to leave). To return down to the base of the mountain you need to take black Les Praz down through the trees. This can be arduous at the best of times, so with end-of-the-day snow and others skiers also returning home, make sure you have left enough in the tank to slug it out.

There is an unbelievable amount to discover on the Mont Blanc Unlimited pass, so be sure to check out our Chamonix instructors and guides who can show you all the amazing areas at your disposal.

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