How far is the ski/hiking lift from our accommodation?
Chamonix is not a ski to door resort. The town is much larger than most other ski resorts, and the ski areas and lifts are separate to the town, spread out along the Chamonix Valley. Most people stay near or in Chamonix town to soak up the atmosphere and take advantage of the many shops, bars and restaurants, and use the ski bus service (free with your pass), or car to access the ski areas. The closest lift/ski area to town is Le Brevent at about 5-10 min from the centre by bus (this ski area is linked to Flegere), the next is Les Grands Montets at 15 -20 min on the bus, and then Le Tour which is 25 min away on the bus.
Is there public transport available to the ski/hiking lifts and how far is this from our accommodation?
There is an extensive network of buses accessing the lifts, winter and summer, and the price of these are included in your ski pass so you do not have to pay a fee. The buses are more frequent at peak times. We would recommend the bus over the train as the bus drops you at the door, whereas the train stops can be some walk from where you wish to get to, and does not cover all of the valley. Most of the accommodation has a bus stop within a short walk, however you can see how far each particular property is from the nearest bus stop by clicking into the property page.
For more information on the bus service provided in Chamonix visit Chamonix.net
Which lift pass should I buy?
Please refer to our Lift/Ski Passes page for this information and prices
How do I get to the ski areas?
Access to the ski areas is best by car or ski bus. You can see more information regarding the ski-bus which is included in the price of your lift pass on the Lift Pass page. It is also possible to walk to the Brevent lift from the town centre, however be aware that this is a 10 minute walk up a steep (and, in winter, icy) hill to get to the lift. If travelling by car there is parking available at all the Chamonix Valley lift stations. They are all free parking, except for Brevent (approx €6 per day). Parking areas only tend to get full at high peak time, ie Christmas, New Years, and February half term week.
Which ski area should I go to?
Please refer to our Lift/Ski Passes page for more details on the ski areas and levels of ability.
Is there good skiing in early/late season?
The ski areas all open fully on the Saturday before Christmas day, and up to that point there is normally one or two ski area operating or partially opening depending on the snow (Les Grands Montets usually) and up to beginning of December this is normally only at weekends. Again it depends on the snow and how good it is, if snow is good then one ski area at least in Chamonix will open all week long and there may be more than one area fully open. Chamonix has one of the best snow records in the Alps and 90% of the skiing is above 2000m making it a good place for early skiing and a good bet for Christmas and New Years weeks. If you are looking for a very cheap break and are happy to risk the snow, or there are reports of early snow and you want a last minute deal, then an early break might be for you as accommodation is much cheaper before 20th December. If you are looking for a cheaper time to ski but want to guarantee that every ski area is open, we would recommend early – late January as another option. For late breaks, Chamonix snow is generally excellent during March and into April a little. The last date for closing of the resorts is usual mid to end April with Les Grands Montets open the latest.
How easy is it to access Les Houches, Courmayeur and Verbier?
Please refer to our Lift/Ski Passes page