Chamonix Mont-Blanc ski resort is located partially on a glacier that stretches across three mountainsides: Argentière, Lognan, and La Pendant.
The village is located at 1035m and the lifts lead you up to cloud-busting 3274m providing skiers and boarders with a massive 2233m vertical drop. Chamonix is the ideal playground for the intermediate or advanced skier; the valley’s steep sides are not the ideal place for beginners although if you learn to ski here you can probably ski anywhere!
Chamonix is divided into 5 separate ski areas which run along the valley from Le Tour down to Les Houches. All the ski areas are easily accessible by bus from the town centre - the closest area (Brevent) is a 5 minute bus ride or a 15 minute walk while the furthest area (Le Tour) takes about 15-20 minutes to get to by bus. The bus service is very regular at the beginning and end of the day but can get a little sparse in the middle.
Each ski area has its own character and aspect, the variety of areas ensures that good conditions can usually always be found somewhere in the valley! Brevent is the closest area to town (walking distance) and offers a good variety of slopes for all abilities. It has a good beginner area and a selection of wide beginner and intermediate runs and well as some steep runs to keep the experts happy.
Being south facing it is an excellent spot for sunny days although it can get a bit slushy in spring. Flegere is accesible from La Praz and is also linked to Brevent via a cable car. There is a nice selection of pistes for all levels including some wider runs. There is a good selection of off piste accessible from the index chair lift as well as some nice tree skiing, an excellent option in low visibility or bad weather. Flegere is south facing but reasonably high offering sunny skiing and good conditions throughout the day.