Skiing and snowboarding in Chamonix are open from December to May and is not available in summer.
The Ski areas here are –
White Valley (Vallee Blanche) – Glacier skiing. Easiest route is conducive to skiers comfortable on red runs. After skiing the ‘Vallee Blanche” one can follow the Mer de Glace glacier down to the Montenvers Railway station
Les Houches (950-1900m) good for families with low altitude conditions. It is the only slope with below the tree line slopes. Read More —-
The Brevent and La Flegere – very accessible from the town, have skiing for all levels. South facing slopes. Provides great view of Mont-Blanc. Best known for mid to extreme. For beginners the best is Le Tour (close to Martigny).
The Balme area – These are open slopes at the top of the Chamonix valley.
The Grand Montets with north facing slopes and high and extreme slopes is best accessed from the town of Argentiere.
Smaller ski areas ideal for children and beginners in Chamonix, France include –
Le Domaine de Balme (1400 to 2200m) – This place offers multiple ski slopes – on the Charamillon the gentle slopes face Chamonix Valley while on the Vallorcine (village) side there are tree lines and borders Switzerland.
The Savoy (1050m) – With artificial snow, this is in Chamonix, at the foot of Brevent. Meant for children and beginners.
The Planards (1000-1200m) – this has four tracks – red, blue & two green and this is the largest area for beginners and children. Parking is free.
The Vormaine (1480m) – This is for Ski beginners, children, and inexperienced snowboarders, located near Charamillon.
The Chosalets (1230m) – Located a short distance from Cable car at Lognan. Ideal for children and beginners.