What can one say about the most famous extreme ski area in the world, besides that it lives up to its reputation? Well for one, the fact that it is not only for extreme snowboarding or telemarking, skiing is also possible and people of all abilities can take advantage of the immense and varied terrain the valley has to offer. For those that are not familiar with Chamonix, it is a valley, in the French alps (see our interactive map of France), not even one hour from Geneva. The town itself is at the foot of the highest mountain in Europe, le Mont Blanc (4807m or 15863 feet. News flash, the official altitude has been elevated to 4810m on october 10, 2001). Boasting a maximum (lift serviced) vertical of 2800m (over 9000 feet), its highest lift going to above 3800m (12500 feet) altitude, the statistics are impressive, in fact, so is everything else, including the view from the top of the said lift. The skipass Mont Blanc covers 12 ski areas and over 700km of trails of all levels. More local, the "Cham'ski" ski pass gives access to the closer ski areas.
First and foremost before reading anything else, read our page on skiing off piste in chamonix.
Lodging, eating and festivities (read partying) and general information.
Other activities (pool, ice skating rink)(including what to do if you don't ski, snowboard or telemark)