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BASS Chamonix operate throughout the Chamonix Valley at Le Tour/Balme, La Grands Montets, La Flegere, Le Brevent and Les Houches – Prarion. We have a number of “meeting places” so that you can easily locate your instructor. Because we are a small group of elite professionals we do not have official meeting points but use easily recognisable points near the top or bottom of the main ski lifts.

The following page gives you more information about each of the ski areas, our meeting places and some useful links for lift passes, piste maps and web cams. Our ski area descriptions are unique as they are based on our expertise as to where to go based on your skiing ability and depending on the skills you wish to practice. Please scroll down this page to the relevant ski area.

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Domain de Balme – Ski Area Description  -  

The Domain de Balme area is at the top of the Chamonix Valley and is made up of Le Tour, Vormaine and Vallorcine. Le Tour & Vormaine are about a 20 minute bus journey from Chamonix centre (free ski bus) or you can take the train to Monroc and then the bus up to the Le Tour car park. Vallorcine provides another access point to the ski area and the village is located on the other side of the Col de Montets (ideal if you are coming from Switzerland).

The Vormaine ski lifts and beginners area is quite simply the best area in the valley for beginners to early intermediates. It offers wide and easy green pistes ideal for snowplough turners and the lift staff are extremely friendly and helpful.

The main ski area accessed by a gondola from Le Tour or a gondola from Vallorcine is a great area for carving with lots of blue pistes and easy reds. It is also a great place to learn to ski off piste as you can access great off piste without being too far from the pistes.

However if you think that the Balme area is only for beginners and intermediates then you are wrong! The Les Jurs area accessable from the tete de balme chairlift offers some exceptional off piste skiing with spectacular views of the Emsson dam. The skiing is also mostly in Switzerland even though all lift access is in France! And if you are looking for something even more challenging then the Vormaine couloirs are where its at…

Meeting places;

La Vormaine – to the left of the small ticket office near the little outdoor cafe at the bottom of the drag lifts.

Le Tour 1 – bottom of the Le Tour gondola outside the ski shop which is to the right of the ticket office as you look up the hill.

Le Tour 2 – at the top of the Le Tour gondola, outside, beside the little information hut and big ski area map.

Best place to eat & drink;

Le Passon (to the right of the car park as you walk to the ticket office)

Useful links;

Domain de Balme lift & piste map

Compagnie du Mont Blanc webcam of Domain de Balme

Valley Plan & lift passes

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Grands Montets – Ski Area Description  -  

The Grands Montets ski area is one of the most famous skiing areas in the world. The 1980s ski movie “The Blizzard of AAHHH’s” really put this place on the map and it provides access to some of the best steep skiing in the world. After a dump of snow this is ironically one of the places to avoid as everybody turns up and the lift lines at the bottom tend to be very long. It also gets tracked out faster than any other area in the valley.

For the upper intermediate and advanced skier this is certainly a great place to ski, learn and challenge yourself. Terrain for the lower intermediate is very limited.

 

Meeting places;

Grands Montets 1 – bottom of the Lognan Cable Car outside the Grands Montets Sports/Les Marmottons cafe.

Grands Montets Sports

Grands Montets Sports

Jean Patrick is the boss of Grands Montets Sports and BASS Chamonix recommend this shop for all your equipment needs.

Jean Patrick & Shona

Jean Patrick & Shona

Grands Montets 2– top of Lognan Cable Car outside on the snow.

 

 

 

Best place to eat & drink;

Les marmattons Cafe/Restaurant

Refuge de Lognan; Tel: 06 88 56 03 54 (reservations recommended)

Useful links;

Domain de Grands Montets lift & piste map

Compagnie du Mont Blanc webcam of Grands Montets

Valley Plan & lift passes

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Les Houches – Prarion – Ski Area Description  -  

Les Houches is about 6km down the valley from Chamonix and is a great area for the intermediate skier. It is rather reminiscent of a ski area in North America as it has many tree lined pistes (or trails as they would say in the USA). This in itself offers a great venue for when the weather is bad as the trees help greatly with visibility. However do not overlook Les Houches as a ski area as the variety of runs combined with a large number of lifts (chairlifts & drag lifts) provide a great area for practice particularly if you want to work on short turns or carving. Because there are so many pistes of different gradient you can practice on easier terrain and then test yourself on something a little steeper. The runs down to Col de Vosa (Prarion side) are particularly good!

Les Houches has it's own lift pass or is covered in the Mont Blanc Unlimited Pass

Meeting places;

Prarion 1 – bottom of the gondola

Prarion 2 – top of the gondola

Best place to eat & drink;

La Cha

Useful links;

Les Houches piste map

Les Houches webcam

Valley Plan & lift passes for Les Houches ski area only

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Brevent – Ski Area Description  -  

This area offers some of the best views of the Mont Blanc massif. The “progression” for beginners and lower intermediates is however difficult as this area has some of the darkest blues you will find anywhere!! So dark in fact they could easily be mistaken for reds..

The skiing suits the better intermediate but there is also some very challenging pistes for more advanced skiers. If you want to work on short radius piste performance turns then this is a great place and the red run over the back from the Col Cornu chairlift is an ideal testing gradient.

For beginneres the little Savoy ski area is a very good starting point but it can be very cold as the slopes are beside the main town (on the Brevent side). Great for first day beginners but the progression is very tough. Our recommendation is to go to La Vormaine up at the Balme ski area on your second day. Its well worth the bus ride.

Meeting places;

Le Savoy – the wooden ticket office at the bottom of the two pomas

Brevent 1 – at the bottom of the access gondola

Brevent 2 – at the top of the access gondola

 

Best place to eat & drink;

La Bergerie de Planpraz (self service and waiter service options available) Tel: 04 50 53 61 06

 

Useful links;

Domain Brevent/Flegere lift & piste map

Compagnie du Mont Blanc webcam of Brevent

Valley Plan & lift passes

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Flegere – Ski Area Description  -  

This is the “sunny” ski area. Because of its mainly southerly aspect the slopes get the sun from early morning. The access to the area is still very slow via the old cable car but once you are there the lift system is very good with the 8 person index chair providing access to lots of different pistes. One solution to the access problem is to start at Brevent and ski over to La Flegere via the link lift.

There is also a good green run although access from the top of the trappe chair is tricky back onto the nice open run. A good area for intermediates and those who like the sun!

 

Meeting places;

Flegere 1 – at the bottom of the access cable car, outside beside the little ticket office.

Flegere 2 – at the top of the access cable car, outside over by the outdoor cafe.

 

Best place to eat & drink;

CMB Restaurants

 

Useful links;

Domain Brevent/Flegere lift & piste map

Compagnie du Mont Blanc webcam of Flegere

Valley Plan & lift passes

 

 

 

 

 

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