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Les Planards and the Savoy area at the foot of the Brevent area, are popular for gentle nursery slopes. Le Tour is tree-free, but as a rule, this resort is not for beginners. If you must visit, head for the valleys- the lifts at La Vormaine, Les Chosalets, Les Planards and Le Savoy are fine for first-timers. The slopes on the south side of the valley can be dark and cold in winter. The separation of beginner slopes from the rest make lunchtime meetings of mixed groups impractical. Best to learn elsewhere, and come to Chamonix with some experience.
The skiing is divided into four areas. Lots of reds and blues to offer a varied choice of skiing allowing you not to ski the same run twice! Start at Le Brévent where a six-seat gondola to Planpraz for blue runs down to Col Cornu before trying the moderately challenging reds down to La Charlanon. The Col de Balme area above Le Tour is good for easy cruising and usually free from crowds. The slopes of the separate Prarion-Bellevue system above Les Houches are mostly gentle tree-lined blue and reds, great for building confidence.  A ride up the Aiguille de Midi cable car, the highest in Europe is a must before you go home.
Chamonix is the off-piste capital of Europe. Head for the Grands Montets at Argentiére. A magnificent mountain for experts offering steep, complex and dramatic possibilities. Its accessible by an 80 capacity cable car, at a supplement of 5 on your lift pass. Climb 121 metal steps for the stunning view, before the 200 steps from the cable car to the skiing. Here you'll find long and exhilarating ungroomed black pistes of Point de Vue and Ploynes. The Bochard gondola serves a testing red and moderate black. Go down the Combe de la Pendant bowl for wild unpisted mountainside.
Known as the free-riding capital of Europe. Offers plenty of varied terrain. The terrain parks on the Signal piste has a tunnel and half-pipe
  8 cable cars |  5 gondolas | 17 chairlifts  | 20 drag lifts 

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nursery slopes      
off-piste / ski touring      
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tree level skiing      
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total length of pistes


piste type and number


intermediate   25
difficult   10

longest run

24km (Vallée Blanche)

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mountain restaurants

cross country trails
night skiing?
number of ski instructors
12 English speaking
usual hours of instruction
mon, tues, thu, fri for beginners. 12-2 sun-thur for other levels. max 8 per class.
photo required for lift pass?

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