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Chamonix Ski Areas

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    Balme Tour Vallorcine Ski Trail Map
  • Balme Tour Vallorcine Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,260m – 2,250m (990m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    6m
  • Lifts (8)
    2 Gondolas
    2 Chairlifts
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Early December to mid April
    8:30am - 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs – 30km
    Longest run – 6km
    Advanced - 0%
    Intermediate - 55%
    Beginner - 45%
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 19/20
    Chamonix Le Pass
    Adult - €44 to 54
    Child - €37.40 to 46.80
    Child u/5yr - Free

    Mont Blanc Unlimited Pass
    Adult - €67
    Child - €57
    Child u/5yr – Free
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Balme Tour Vallorcine Ski Resort Chamonix France

Smack bang on the border with Switzerland, the Balme Tour Vallorcine ski resort provides a magnificent French sun-soaked playground for both novices & experienced snow enthusiasts.

Known locally as the Domaine du Balme, it has the most sedate skiing & snowboarding terrain of all the 4 main Chamonix ski resorts, with abundant piste trails for beginners & intermediates, plus forgiving off-piste options for those that prefer a little black freeride in their day.

Pros & Cons for Balme Tour Vallorcine Ski Resort

Pros

  • An underrated Chamonix ski area which can get overlooked on a powder day;
  • Only multi-aspect Chamonix ski area;
  • Uncrowded;
  • Good range of piste trails for progressing beginners & intermediates;
  • Chamomix's best novice / learn to ski area - Vormaine:
  • Chamonix’s 2nd best valley trails (just behind nearby Grands Montets!);
  • Interesting variety of off-piste terrain & an excellent snow park;
  • Amazing views all the way down the Chamonix valley;
  • Several good on-mountain restaurant options;
  • Le Tour is Chamonix’s best ‘real’ village;
  • Part of the good value Chamonix Le Pass interlinked ski lift ticket (valid in Grands Montets & Brevent Flegere);
  • Excellent public transport access by train to Vallorcine & bus to Le Tour.

Cons

  • Smallish ski area with a short skiable vertical off most lifts (two notable exemptions being the valley trails into Vallorcine & Le Tour villages);
  • Limited advanced & expert terrain;
  • Older style ski lifts predominate which snowboarders may not appreciate.

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Village at Vallorcine is dark & cold in mid-winter, but has superb gondola access to the ski resort & connection to other Chamonix ski area via the train;
  • Le Tour village may be in the Chamonix valley, but it is not in Chamonix!
  • Après ski is quieter in these parts & restaurant options are.

Skiing & Snowboarding Terrain

There are two distinct mountain sides to Domaine de Balme. One is the broad sunny alpine bowls that look straight down the Chamonix valley & have gentle wide-open slopes above the village of Le Tour. The other is the Vallorcine descents - longer runs through magnificent forests near the Swiss border (great on bad weather days). Vallorcine has the best snow quality due to its northerly aspect & sheltering trees below the alpine.

See the Balme ski trail map here.

A total of 8 main lifts (including 2 gondolas & 2 chairs) service the ski resort's 30km of beginner & intermediate piste trails. There are no advanced (black) piste trails in the resort, except for a short section on the tasty valley run. Many of the piste trails are served by surface lifts, so snowboarders with an aversion to them and extended flat sections, should apply elsewhere!

At Le Tour village, three additional surface lifts make up the Vormaine ski area. Vormaine is the best learn-to-ski location in the Chamonix valley & ideal for complete novices or children.

Where is Balme Tour Vallorcine France?

Access to Balme Tour Vallorcine ski area is possible from either the village of Le Tour or via the Mont Blanc Express railway station or road at Vallorcine – hence the name!

The skiing area is the most distant of the Chamonix ski resorts, being 12 or 17km north of Chamonix town, depending on whether one travels to Le Tour (closer) or Vallorcine (further). Despite the distance, the free Chamonix Bus easily & quickly links all the valley villages to the ski area.

The best airports for travelers heading to Balme Tour Vallorcine & the Chamonix valley are Geneva & Lyon St Exupery. A huge number of bus & train transport options from both airports to Chamonix exist. Search & book all train tickets to Chamonix here.

For detailed information on the best ways to get to Le Tour & Vallorcine see our Travel to Chamonix page.

Balme Tour Vallorcine Accommodation

To ski or snowboard Balme, a string of mountain villages can be utilised for accommodation. The obvious village in the Chamonix valley is Le Tour. It is one of the quietest in the area & the most pleasant to stay in if seeking to avoid all the hoopla of the larger villages.

Search & book all Le Tour ski accommodation here.

Across the range to the north is Vallorcine, which like Le Tour, has direct ski lift access into the resort & is as quiet as a grave. Vallorcine location deep in the valley leads to long hours in shadow during the day, but the train & gondola access is amongst the best in the region.

Search & book all Vallorcine ski accommodation here.

Down valley from Le Tour is the village of Argentiere at the base of Grands Montets ski resort. It makes a more central accommodation alternative to either Le Tour of Vallorcine. Much of the Argentiere lodging is quite soulless & not to Powderhounds liking. The village centre is a walk or bus ride from the ski lift base area.

Search & book all Argentiere ski accommodation here.

Of course, the iconic town of Chamonix provides the 'must stay' location for those wanting to experience the full Chamonix treatment! Chamonix is a vibrant town in a splendid location below the ever-present Mont Blanc.

Search & book all Chamonix ski accommodation here.

Both Chamonix & Argentiere have good transport links with the Balme ski resort via train & bus. The bus is free - the train is definitely not!

Ski Rentals, Guiding & Clothing

Ski rentals are available in all the Chamonix valley villages including at Le Tour adjacent to the gondola & main car park. Search & book ski or snowboard rentals at Le Tour & Vallorcine here.

Anyone exploring the off-piste can get lessons, instruction, guiding & more information from our Balme Ski Lessons & Guiding page.

If you need a new ski outfit comprising modern jacket, pants, gloves & googles, Vallorcine & Le Tour in the Chamonix valley are served by a ski clothing rental company. Order online & your ski outfit is delivered direct to your accommodation at the resort.

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The Powderhounds reviewed Balme Tour Vallorcine in 2019 & thoroughly enjoyed it. Stay tuned for our photos & insights.

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Tours in or near Balme Tour Vallorcine

Safari (Road Trip) Tours

Chamonix Mont Blanc Powder Skiing Safari
GUIDED OFF-PISTE ADVENTURE
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Days Skiing
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Ski off-piste for 6 days around Mont Blanc, discovering the largest glacial ski area in Europe. Ski descents of between 1500 & 2800m in virgin snow via the most beautiful summits & passes in Chamonix France & Courmayeur Italy. Custom tours only, get a group of 4 together for 7 nights of adventure.
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USD 2,189
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours

Chamonix Alps Ultimate Women's Ski Tour
GUIDED SKI TOUR | WOMEN ONLY
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Ski 3 countries in one week with an all female group based in the legendary Chamonix. Experience the Grands Montets, Aiguille du Midi, the Valley Blanche, Verbier & Courmayeur in amongst the highest peaks of the Alps.
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USD 2,995
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Chamonix Ultimate Alps Ski Tour
HOSTED & GUIDED SKI TOUR
8 Days | 7 Nights | 6 Ski Days
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Ski 3 countries in one week based in the legendary Chamonix. Experience the Grands Montets, Aiguille du Midi, the Valley Blanche, Verbier & Courmayeur in amongst the highest peaks of the Alps. Join a fixed date tour or customise your own private tour.
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USD 2,995
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