Ski Chamonix by Train

170 km of piste between 1035-3842m

Chamonix is probably the most convenient winter sports resort to get to for a weekend break from most of Europe and the easiest day trip from Geneva. It is a fabulous resort, but the skiing and snowboarding are not as good as you might expect. The first issue is that most of the slopes are a bus ride away from all the hotels and the ski bus service, whilst good, is far from perfect. The second issue is that the skiing on piste is generally good but unexceptional, with the single exception of the 20km off-piste run down the Vallée Blanche off Aiguille du Midi - possibly the best run in the entire Alps but one where a guide is absolutely recommended and where several people lose their lives every year. It is not difficult and a competent intermediate could attempt it, but the walk from the top station and the crevasses on the glacier are extremely dangerous.

Ski Chamonix by train

The nightlife in Chamonix is excellent, possibly the best of all the French resorts. Despite my reservations about the skiing - which is very good but not as good as you might expect - and the relatively narrow range of winter sports you can pursue, this is one of my favourite winter sports resorts in the world. It was chosen for the very first Winter Olympics back in 1924.

Getting to Chamonix by Train

The best destination to access the downhill slopes by public transport in this ski area is Chamonix. Station is in the middle of town with courtesy buses to lifts.

Piste Map for Chamonix

Ski and Snowboard using the Chamonix trail map

Larger trail map for Chamonix

Map of Chamonix



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Weather Outlook for Chamonix


View of winter sports resort in Haut-Savoie


Accommodation for Chamonix and the Surrounding Area

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Did you ski Chamonix or snowboard in Chamonix? What did you think? Have you taken the train to Chamonix? Do you have any tips on accommodation in Chamonix or the apres ski? Is there anywhere else you have taken the train to ski? if so, please contact us and share you experiences using the contact link at the foot of the page.