I love Chamonix but not so much for the skiing as for
the shopping. You can find anything you like involving mountaineering,
skiing or boarding. But when it comes to the skiing I was not impressed.
There are a fair few skiing areas all at different levels. If you go with
some one else who as confident, or non confident as yourself it might be
all right. But if the group is combined with people with different abilities
they all have to ski at different areas connected by a bus through the
valley. Les Houches is not very good for snowboarders as from the
top of the cable car you'll have to walk along a flat area to get to any
pistes. Le Tour was okay but when we where there the top part was closed
due to heavy wind. But in general I thing the Chamonix skiing area is a
bit scatty and not very big.
I have a bit of a love for Chamonix. i am not sure why.
The town is crowded, unpersonal, and very commercial. The skiing is scattered
and not linked very well. But, I have been there quite a few times and
there is just an atmosphere around the place. Everyone there is drawn to
this skiing, snowboarding, mountaineering, climbing mecca. They are all
there for the same reason, and you feel some sort of affiliation with each
person there. The other thing that completely overwhelms you is the magnificent
presence of Mont Blanc overlooking you no matter where you are in the valley.