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Snowboarding and telemarking in the surrounding ski resorts of Chamonix, France

Chamonix is known for its own valley's resorts and skiing, but there are quite a few other resorts in the area that are covered with the Ski Pass Mont Blanc and that are definitively worth going to if you have more than a week. Below is a list with a quick descriptions of the attractions of each resort:

Smaller resorts in the valley itslef:

  • Les Bossons: at the foot of the glacier coming dow from Mont Blanc, this resort is for beginners and children. Night skiing is possible there.
  • Les Planards: when skiing the Vallee blanche all the way to the bottom, you will finish the run at Les Planards. This is a 2 or 3 trail resort from right behind the train station, ideal for beginners or children.

Outside the valley of Chamonix:

  • Cournayeur, (Italy): hopefully reacheable soon when the Tunnel will reopen. It is the equivalent of Chamonix on the Italian side of the Mont Blanc. There is only one resort from this town, but it is worth going to, the skiing is a mix between les Houches and Brevent, and the view on the Mont Blanc is surprisingly different. The village itself is very nice cozy and italian, with good restaurants and small narrow streets filled with shops.
  • St Gervais: Reacheable from Les Houches (it will be a long way back though), by bus or car, this resot is very much like Les Houches. On the other side though, lies the Mont Joli, a very nice mountain with lifts rising above the tree line and offering some excellent skiing. Beware of where you are going on Mont Joli as the avalanche danger is always present.
  • Megéve: this is the snob ski resort of France, where you will find the rich actors and actresses and famous people who don't ski much. This is a resort much like les Houches, around tree level.