A Guide to Short Breaks In Chamonix

A short break to Chamonix is one of the best ski weekends you can book. If you have never visited Chamonix before, we encourage you to come and visit the home of Alpinism for your next short break.

Few arrivals to Chamonix are unimpressed by the majesty of the mountains in this valley, with Mont Blanc the highest peak in Europe, and glaciers of snow and ice contrasting with the the valley floor.

So is Chamonix, Mont Blanc worth the journey for a short break? To Ski or not to Ski, we look at what's on offer...

Where to ski Chamonix on short break?

The Chamonix valley is 14kms long, with four main ski areas to try:

Les Houches at the far end of the valley, has excellent family skiing with safe and picturesque skiing down through the trees and forest, to the two base access areas. The summit has an excellent beginners' area, where snow is all but guaranteed, with a very safe bowl and lifts adapted for first timers. 

For advanced skiers, there's the challenge of the famous "Le Verte” - the Kandahar Men’s Downhill race route, which regularly features a World Cup races.

The Brevent - Flegere ski areas above Chamonix town, are interlinked and have amazing views of the Mont Blanc Massif. The skiing starts from 1800m, and the highest point is 2500m, with a variety of excellent pistes to suit all abilities. A new gondola lift opened at Flegère for the 2019 winter season. 

La Flegere has fabulous green and blue runs, with a kids' forest area as well as snowshoe trails. For off-piste on big powder days there is great riding with backcountry access into the Aiguille Rouge National Park as well as ski touring in the secluded Berade Valley.

Argentière is for advanced skiers, with an great variety of steeper, off-piste options, both in open terrain and through the trees to the base station. The cable car was destroyed in a fire, but the new lift is due to open shortly and will be very impressive. 

At the eastern end of the Chamonix valley, the Le Tour ski area is also popular on short breaks. Combine wide open pistes for intermediates and beginners with off-piste runs down through the trees to Vallorcine. Work on the new Charamillon lift started in spring and it should open for winter 2022/23.

Short Break Accommodation Options in Chamonix

Ski Weekend are Chamonix specialists. For your short break here, we can offer a great choice of accommodation to choose from.

You can see some hotel options on our website, but some of the best options to look out for include: