Skiing in Chamrousse

Country: France

In a nutshell: A budget-friendly way to ski the French Alps, with a beginner and family-friendly ski area

We like:

  • Lots of sheltered and gentle runs make Chamrousse a great option for beginners and families
  • Short transfer from Grenoble airport
  • A budget friendly option and a great resort for first time skiers

We don’t like:

  • The small ski area doesn’t offer enough variety for improving intermediates or advanced skiers
  • Small vertical drops means the runs are shorter than most in the Alps (although this can be a plus for families)
  • No luxury ski hotels or accommodation


  • Resort altitude: 1,700m
  • Highest lift: 2,250m
  • Lowest piste: 1,400m
  • Transfer time from most convenient airport: Grenoble 1h 20m
  • Number of lifts: 16
  • Number of runs
    • Green: 8
    • Blue: 15
    • Red: 15
    • Black: 6


  • Family friendly
  • Great for beginners


Chamrousse is small ski resort close to Grenoble and was home to the skiing events of the 1962 Winter Olympics. Despite it’s Olympic heritage, the resort is best suited to beginners and families.


There are lots of gentle tree-lined runs that are great for building confidence around Chamrousse 1700 and 1750. Improving intermediates and advanced skiers aren’t without challenges though, as there are some great red and black runs towards Chamrousse 1650.


Chamrousse is a fantastic choice for family ski holidays. The area is compact and a great size for families, the ski schools are excellent and there is a new ski kindergarten for children as young as three. Older kids will be entertained by the two snow parks and border cross. The small vertical drop and compact nature of the ski area means you’re never far from your apartment if the little ones need a rest.


A Chamrousse ski holiday is friendly on the wallet when compared to other French ski resorts; ski passes are competitively priced, as is accommodation and food and drink on the mountain. This combined with the beginner-friendly nature of the resort makes it a great choice for first time skiers.