Chamonix Ski Resort
Chamonix is an alpine haven like no other, especially for experienced snowboarders. It is located right at the foot of the highest mountain in Western Europe, Mont Blanc, and shares a border with France, Switzerland, and Italy. This valley is composed of five resorts–Le Brevent, La Flegere, Le Tour/Balme, Les Grand Montets, and Les Houches–each offering different degrees of fun and playful peril. It has provided exceptional snow experience ever since, and its hosting of the first Winter Olympic Games in 1924 is just an example.
Chamonix is more or less an hour's drive from Geneva Airport. Guests can either get an Unlimited lift pass or just the primary Le Pass to enjoy this valley experience. Most slopes in Chamonix are above treeline, with Les Houches as an exception. In the south, facing the warmth of sunshine, are the slopes of Brévent and Flégère. These two resorts have joined together to what is now called Brévent-Flégère, offering boundless runs for everyone to enjoy. Snowboarders can ride on some reds and blacks in the vicinity topped with off-piste experience on snowy days. But most of the time, these black runs are often closed due to lack of snow. For mid-level riders, the perfect place is in Domaine du Balme at the crown of the valley. The Vormaine area is littered with greens and blues, making it ideal for beginners. In contrast, Le Tour offers a great deal of off-piste and backcountry.
Snowboarders looking for powder paradise can go straight to the north-facing Les Grands Montets. It is by far the most popular and the largest in the area, priding itself with over 1,800 hectares (4,448 acres) of pistes. Down the valley, Les Houches greets visitors arriving from Geneva. It offers a great view of the majestic Mont Blanc. Snowboarders can ride through the trees without worrying much about glaciers and crevasses, unlike other areas of the valley. It's a place for beginners and intermediates which does not offer much off-piste experience.
All in all, Chamonix is a great place for thrill-seekers and freeride patrons. Visitors are advised to take a guide with them because of the valley’s extensive nature. English-speaking guides are always available to help, as well as instructors for those who want to learn something new.