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Chamonix is one of the most well known resorts for off piste skiing in the world. The mountains here offer great terrain for every level of off piste skier.
Information about Chamonix off piste skiing.
Chamonix town, at 1035 meters above sea level, sits at the foot of western Europes highest peak. Mont Blanc towering above the valley floor at a current altitude of 4810 metres. Chamonix off piste skiing offers some of the best off piste skiing in the world!
The Chamonix valley is forested and deep, the mountains are very high! There are more 4000 meter peaks here than any where else in the Alps. The lift system in Chamonix is extensive and ideal for off piste skiers and alpinists. A massive acheivement in enginering with many cable cars and telecabines take skiers to airy altitudes of up 3842 meters.
There are 5 main ski areas in the Chamonix valley offering what is said to be more than a life times worth of off piste skiing routes. With a vertical drop of up to 2807meters and a great lift system, Chamonix is with out a doubt one of the best off piste skiing destinations in the world.
Chamonix off piste, area by area.
Les Grands Montets / Chamonix off piste
Les Grands Montets This is where famous freeriders hang out. Glaciers on the upper sections lead down to wide open bowl skiing with steeps and couloirs. This is Chamonix off piste skiing at its best. The tree skiing and into valley couloirs are also great for expert skiers. We often ski 10000 vertical metres per day on our expert level ski courses and . A good lift system opens up 3 sides to this amazing off piste mountain. Our best spots: Le Grand Muir, Pylones, Point de Vue, La Combe de la Pendant, Combe de la Rachasse. The Magic Forest (Dream Forest) also offers very good off piste skiing in the trees.
Le Tour / Chamonix off piste
Le Tour at the high end of the Chamonix valley is great for all levels on piste and off piste. The front side is easy terrain for beginner off piste skiers. This is an ideal place for us to take intermediate level ski courses on the first couple of days of the course. The back side of the mountain offers very nice terrain for more advanced and expert skiers. Best spots. All of the back side area and off the Possettes drag lift for some more classic Chamonix off piste.
L' Aiguile du Midi / Chamonix off piste
The Aiguile du Midi lift takes off piste skiers and alpinists from Chamonix town to an impressive altitude of 3842 meters. This is not a ski area for piste skiing. All the runs are off piste and on a glacier making the skiing more serious. A High mountain guide is advised for this.
Le Brevent and La Flegere / Chamonix off piste
These areas are linked together and offer very good couloir and open bowl off piste skiing. Most of the off piste in this part of Chamonix is south facing so avalanches can be frequent on warm afternoons. Best spots. La Floria, Brevent summit, Col Cornu. Combe Lachanal for more great Chamonix off piste skiing.
Les Houches / Chamonix off piste
Les Houches is situated as at the lower end of the Chamonix valley and offers very nice tree-lined piste skiing and some shorter off piste runs. Best spots. Under the Prarion cables, The hidden meadows and secret off piste spots that only us locals know about.
CHAMONIX OFF PISTE / INFO FOR OFF PISTE SKIING IN CHAMONIX