Skiing in Argentiere

Country: France

In a nutshell: The laid-back alternative to Chamonix and a mecca for advanced skiers

We like:

  • Being at the bottom of the Grand Montets ski area with the best advanced skiing in the Mont Blanc valley
  • The stunning high-alpine and glaciated scenery
  • Staying in a quiet mountain town but with easy access to vibrant Chamonix

We don’t like:

  • The Grand Montets ski area is small, so skiers wanting variety will spend a lot of time on busses
  • The limited options for beginners make Argentiere a poor choice for people learning to ski
  • Not great for families due to the challenging terrain and hassle of busses


  • Resort altitude: 1,250m
  • Highest lift: 3.300m
  • Lowest piste: 1,040m
  • Transfer time from most convenient airport: Geneva – 1h 20m
  • Number of lifts: 49
  • Number of runs
    • Easy: 16
    • Intermediate: 52
    • Difficult: 12 (plus endless off-piste opportunities)


  • High altitude
  • Big ski area
  • Traditional charm
  • Great for intermediates
  • Great for advanced
  • Great for snowboarders
  • Great for non-skiers


Located five miles up the valley from Chamonix, an Argentiere ski holiday offers world-beating advanced skiing in the cult Grand Montets ski area. The ski area reaches up to over 3,200m, leaving Argentiere with a whopping 2,000m vertical drop; long and steep descents are the order of the day, which is why Argentiere is a favourite of the Chamonix extreme skiing community. The off-piste skiing here is phenomenal and to take advantage of it safely a guide is highly recommended.

While the Grand Montets ski area covers a huge area, the number of lifts and runs is small, so skiers wanting variety will probably get bored. The area also isn’t suitable for beginners or timid intermediates. However the other ski areas of the Chamonix valley are on the same lift pass, and it’s only a short bus ride to La Tour for the cruisy intermediate friendly skiing there.

The town is much smaller than Chamonix and has a great laid-back vibe to it. It’s by no means dead though, there are a number of cafes and bars as well as some of the best restaurants in the Chamonix valley too. Lively Chamonix is only a short bus ride too.