TRANSFER TIME (approx): Geneva 1 hour 20 mins
LIFT PASS (2010/11): Adult £226 (Mont Blanc area)
Child £182 (Mont Blanc area)
PISTE FACTS: Longest Run: 24km
Chamonix is justifiably world renowned as a snowboard resort. The town itself is surrounded by awesome scenery, being nestled beneath the magnificent Mont Blanc. The high altitude pistes mean that Chamonix offers a long season from early December to mid May. The short transfer time from Geneva also means that it is possible to fly from the UK in the morning and be on the snow by the afternoon.
The snowboarding takes place on 4 different areas set along the valley, offering a vast selection of terrain to ride. There is a free bus which links the different areas and runs regularly throughout the day. The area is well known for awesome off piste or back country riding but really does offer something for everyone. There are beginner slopes near the town centre, to wide open blue and red runs at Le Tour, to a freestyle park at Les Grand Montets.
Overall, Chamonix is an amazing place to go snowboarding. Whether you are looking for fresh powder, (which you will find in abundance) wide open pisted runs to cruise, or a freestyle park, you will find it all here, and some. Whether you are heading for a long weekend or a whole season, you will not be disappointed with your trip to Chamonix.
There is a very lively nightlife here with a great selection of bars, restaurants and shops. Our particular favourites are Le Caveaux for food, and The Pub for drinking, but you will find something here to suit all tastes.
There is also a sports centre, an ice rink with regular ice hockey games, a cinema, bowling alley and casino if you have the energy after a day riding these brilliant slopes.