The beautiful, traditional setting of Argentiere, situated 8km up the Chamonix Valley, high up in the Haute Savoie region, hides a powder-packed secret...
This is home to some of the most heart-stopping, challenging skiing in France. Expert skiers come in droves to this challenging paradise. The world famous couloirs and steep gullies of the Grand Montets are awe-inspiring, as is the Valley Blanche, which stretches from the Aiguille du Midi down to Chamonix 24 km later.
One of the smaller resorts in the area, the sunny, cosy resort still has a good après-ski atmosphere and Chamonix is only 15 minutes down the valley by train. Aiguille du Midi is one of Europe's highest cable cars, and gives you access to the Valley Blanche and wild off-piste terrain. If you need a break from hitting the slopes - you can take in Chamonix's beautiful scenery from the cable car or Montenvers rail route.
The lovely village has retained lots of traditional wooden house, alongside ancient farmhouses where farmers still live off mountain agriculture. Looking out at the view each morning is breathtaking, with some of the most magnificent peaks and glaciers in the Alps surrounding you.
More on Argentiere:
Argentiere for different ski abilities
There are some good beginner slopes at Argentiere, but the emphasis is on more difficult runs, so it might be more comfortable for some learners to head to Le Tour, which is close by and has great wide open groomed beginner slopes.
Intermediates will find plenty of good blue pistes, and can also head to the Grand Montets, Flegere and Brevent areas. The red runs at Argentiere will push intermediates to take their skiing to the next level.
Argentiere is an expert skier's paradise! Some of the most challenging skiing in the Alps can be found here, and if you love adrenaline, then it is definitely the ski area for you. From the Grand Montets gullies and couloirs to the 2000 m vertical drop from the summit to Argentiere, to the awesome Rectiligne gully - you'll never want to leave the slopes.
Argentiere ski schools
While the ski school instructors have plenty of places to teach beginners the basics, confident skiers shouldn't rule out getting lessons here to. It's the perfect place to let an instructor safely teach you how to handle more difficult terrain.
Chamonix Sport Aventure
Chamonix Sport Aventure is a local Chamonix based multi-sports company offering all mountain activities in winter. The Chamonix Ski and Snowboard School offers ski and snowboard lessons and coaching for all levels from beginners to expert as well as off-piste ski and snowboard guiding, heliskiing, and there is even a Chamonix Mont Blanc Ski Tour. All their ski and snowboard snstructors and ski mountain guides are fully qualified with State French Diploma, from the famous National State Academy of Chamonix. They all have full insurance and speak fluent English.
Après Ski and Off the Mountain Activities
There's a vibrant nightlife at Argentiere, with 20 bars and 3 nightclubs offering a range of choice. The Office Bar is the centre of activity, and a great place to meet people and check out live music, then try heading on to Rusticana or The Stone Bar to continue into the night. On the Grand Montets mountain, you can find great food at La Crèmerie du Glacier, surrounded by woods. Rusticana does a delicious wide mix of food, and The Stone Bar serves good pizza. For even more (or livelier) après-ski options, head over to Chamonix, known for its fantastic nightlife.
off the mountain
There's a good set-up for off the slopes treats at Argentiere, with much to entertain you. Warm up in the heated outdoor pool, go ice skating, shopping or get your body slope-ready in the fitness room. Equally fun: snowshoeing, walking trails, skidoo, parapenting, bowling, a cinema, squash, indoor tennis, climbing and helicopter flights.
How to get to Argentiere
Argentiere is very convenient to get to with short transfer times from the nearby airports. The closest is Geneva (70 km), followed by Chambery (80 km) and Lyon Saint-Exupery (150km).
You can jump on the TGV to Saint-Gervais, and then get a 35km transfer or a regional train to Argentiere.
The driving distance from Calais to Argentiere is 563miles (7hrs50). From Calais, take the A26 Motorway towards Reims and Troyes, then Dijon, Mâcon then the ‘Autoroute Blanche' Motorway (A40 Mâcon - Cluses) and exit Chamonix. Follow the signs to Argentière (4km from Chamonix) on the N506.