Open: 17 Dec 2016 – 23 April 2017
If you ski or snowboard, Chamonix France should definitely be on your bucket list. Chamonix has an allure for the hard core and adventurous in particular, with world renowned off-piste skiing and riding. Some of the lines are so challenging that you might need to wear a diaper.
The area is dominated by the 4,810 metre Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Western Europe, which serves as a playground for extreme sports enthusiasts. Between ice climbing, paragliding and extreme skiing, it’s not surprising that Chamonix has been described as the “the death-sport capital of the world”!
The Chamonix Valley is nestled between the towering Mont Blanc range to the south and the Aiguilles Rouges Mountains to the north.
It’s the place where the first Winter Olympic Games were ever held (1924) and worth visiting. It also offers the longest cable railway in the world. Chamonix is in a close distance to the highest peak in Europe – Mont Blanc (4810 m).
Where to stay in Chamonix
The skiing area offers you about 150 km of ski slopes, with 30 km for advanced skiers, 70 km for intermediates, and 46 km for beginners. You will find the most difficult ride on Piste des Pylones.
The ski areas in Chamonix Valley are not lift-linked (Le Brevent and La Flégère are the exception), so it’s necessary to use the free buses to get around the valley to the various ski resorts.
There’s also the efficient shuttle bus “Le Mulets” that loops around the town at very regular intervals.
Mont-Blanc Unlimited Lift Pass
At Top Snow Travel, we only sell the best ski pass options: the Mont-Blanc Unlimited Lift Pass!
– Brevent-Flégère area
– Grands Montets area
– Balme Tour Vallorcine area
– Aiguille du Midi
– Montenvers Mer de Glace train
– Tramway du Mont-Blanc
– Les Houches area
– Courmayeur area
– Verbier 4 Vallées area
– Evasion Mont-Blanc – St Gervais or Megève
Only one visit to the ticket office
Unlimited access to the Chamonix swimming pool, skating rink, museums (3 to 21 day passes)
One Luge Alpine Coaster descent per day, per person at les Planards ski area (3 to 21 day passes)
Free and unlimited access to the Funivie Monte-Bianco from 1 day pass of current validity (including 5-day Pack).
Free and unlimited access to Courmayeur ski area (all passes including 5-day pack).
Access to the Cinema Vox in Chamonix. The place cost 3,50 € (skipass of 3 days to 21 days)
Access to the Evasion Mont-Blanc (St Gervais or Megève) ski area with 3 to 21 day pass, one visit per stay only.
Chamonix bus : free access to the bus station with the Pass and Chamonix Mont-Blanc Unlimited.
Chamonix – Les Houches : free access to the bus station with the Chamonix Mont-Blanc Unlimited.
Chamonix – Courmayeur : SAT bus 15€ return trip.
Mont-Blanc Tunnel : 13,50 € the one trip with a MBU card.
Chamonix – Verbier 4 Vallées : departure every thursday, price 23€ return trip, with a MBU 6 days card from January 2016 (reservation recommanded).
Chamonix Hotels & Accommodation
Accommodation for the Chamonix area is either in the historic town of Chamonix or one of the many nearby villages. There is no ski-in ski-out accommodation and no one area is the perfect accommodation location for skiing. As most of the ski areas are not interconnected you’ll need to catch a bus to get most ski resorts anyhow.
If you want to stay near the nightlife downtown, choose a hotel in Chamonix itself. If you prefer a peaceful and quiet place, the villages of Argentière or La Flégère are very nice.
Megeve Ski Resort Overview
Open: 23 Dec 2017 – 07 Apr 2018
Located right in the heart of the Mont-Blanc massif, Megève’s skiing area benefits from a quality snow cover and an exceptional setting so that you can fully appreciate the 445 km of the Evasion Mont-Blanc skiing area.
Skiers can take advantage of the different valleys that give the feeling of making a journey into the heart of respected mountains.
When skiing in Megève, one contemplates old historical farmhouses dotted along the slopes, one tastes local products in one of the many quality high altitude restaurants, of which only Megève holds the secret, and one appreciates the Mont-Blanc under all its angles through fir tree-covered peaks.
Skiing in Megève is an intimate and unique experience that starts in the heart of our village to culminate on the summits where the glaciers of the Mont-Blanc enlighten our senses.
The skiing area is particularly suitable for family skiing, and your children won’t forget to remind you that several snow parks await them where they can do freestyle skiing. And Freeride enthusiasts have not been forgotten, as there are a number of off-piste areas just waiting to be explored. Happy skiing in Megève….
Where to stay in Megeve
Megève, authentic, unique and timeless.
Developed around a medieval market town dating from the XIVth century, the village of Megève has preserved all its authenticity with the passing years and has forged itself a unique reputation in the French Alps.
The cobblestone pedestrian streets that encircle the church of St John the Baptist and the main square give a unique atmosphere to this mountain village that is quite unlike any other.
Heritage, farming and tourism have linked their destinies in Megève so that the village has quite naturally become the ambassador of the art of living in the mountains.
Megeve offers its visitors a wide range of comfort and price:
- 9 Hotels with 2 stars
- 11 Hotels with 3 stars
- 4 Hotels with 4 stars
- 7 Hotels with 5 stars, of which 2 are “Relais & Chateaux”
Behind each door, each hotel unveils a unique identity: traditional atmosphere, modern design, atypical decoration or family ambiance… Each client is welcomed as a privileged guest.
Nature & Adventures
In Megève, the countryside is just five minutes from the heart of the village, so it’s really easy to take advantage of a walk on the snow-covered slopes! Fancy snowshoeing on a trail above the Mont d’Arbois? A mini-trek with sleigh dogs facing the Mont-Blanc? A peaceful walk at nightfall at the foot of fir trees dressed in white? …
With three Michelin star restaurants and many other excellent restaurants besides, gastronomy has reached the summits in Megève! Emmanuel Renaut, the 3 star chef of the “Flocons de Sel” and the two chefs recently star crowned by the 2014 Michelin Guide, Julien Gatillon of the “1920” and Christophe Schuffenecker of the “Table de l’Alpaga”.
With three Michelin star restaurants and a number of restaurants that pay homage to Alpine and French gastronomy with great panache, we have no doubt that you will enjoy many delicious gourmet moments during your stay in Megève. Seasonal and regional products, often prepared with great simplicity… but with much audacity!
To discover the local products, don’t miss the market on Friday mornings on the Sports Centre Esplanade or in the village streets, or the local producers’ market some Sundays on the village square. And should gastronomy be your passion, why not have a cookery lesson, themed on local savours… giving you the opportunity to astound and impress your dinner guests at a later date!
It is also to be noted that the village has a multitude of excellent venues to go out for a drink, see one of the latest box-office films or go out dancing…
With its Family Plus label guaranteeing a 5* welcome to children and their parents, Megève has several solutions for looking after your children, snow activities and original and exciting activities and entertainment.
Pampered and in safe hands at either the Piou-Piou club (ESF ski instructor supervision), the P’tites Frimousses nursery or the Leisure Centre, children discover the snow and try out different sports, artistic or manual activities while Mum and Dad enjoy a romantic day skiing together!
On the sports side, youngsters can choose between sledging, the adventure park, paintball, the ice rink or the aquatic centre at the Sports Centre. Whilst, on the cultural side, the museums, the media library, language lessons…, invite them to vary the pleasures.
During winter season, Megève always holds many sporting events such as the Moguls Wolrd Cup, the BMW Winter Golf Cup and this year, the BMW Polo Masters Tour’s 20th anniversary.
The moment the christmas tree lightens up in the village square, Megève is of course in a festive mindset thanks to the numerous events that take place from december to april!
Spa & well being
The water outside is turning into ice and falling in endless snowflakes? No matter, for at the same time inside the numerous village spas, water is also being heated up!
After skiing, a long walk in the mountain air, the morning after a festive evening or as a soothing interlude in expert hands that bring you gentleness and relaxation during a massage “just for you”. For those who wish to combine an invigorating and dynamic circuit with a relaxing pause.