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Grands Montets

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Grands Montets3.5 out of 5 based on 4 reviews
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  • Grands Montets Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
     1,252m – 3,275m (2,023m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    6 to 14 metres
  • Lifts (10)
    2 Gondolas
    3 Chairlifts
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Early December to early May
    8:30am - 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs – 30km
    Longest run – 6km +
    Expert - innumerable
    Advanced - 50%
    Intermediate - 30%
    Beginner - 20%
  • 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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Grands Montets Ski Resort France

Les Grands Montets ski resort is the best skiing area in Chamonix for advanced sliders. Exceptional skiable vertical, famous pistes, plus awesome freeride & glacier skiing has given the Grand Montets its well-earned reputation. With that reputation has come hordes of the best free-skiers in the world - Grands Montets achilles heel. Perhaps a victim of its own success, Grands Montets nonetheless warrants a visit or two from ever Powderhound.

Pros & Cons for Grands Montets Ski Resort

Pros

  • High elevation ski resort in one of the snowiest parts of the Alps;
  • Sensational advanced & expert off-piste terrain including trees;
  • Best snow quality in the Chamonix valley;
  • Good range of piste trails for intermediate & above;
  • Chamonix’s best valley trail;
  • Spectacular setting & views;
  • Awesome après & restaurants in nearby Chamonix;
  • Good value lift pass price on Chamonix Le Pass, valid in Balme & Brevent /Flegere as well;
  • Lots to do, see & ski in the valley;
  • Easy public transport access by bus & train.

Cons

  • Incredibly busy on a powder day;
  • Off-piste terrain can get seriously bumped/skied off across the entire resort;
  • Not much for novices/beginners (why are you here!? – go to Balme or Les Houches).

Pro or Con (depending on your perspective!)

  • Quality upper mountain terrain now only accessible by skinning/boot-packing;
  • Hordes of great skiers come here;
  • Chamonix is not at the resort base & Argentiere is nowhere near as fun!
  • Accommodation can be relatively expensive & books out quickly in high season.

Skiing & Snowboarding Terrain

The Grand Montets ski resort is the most popular in Chamonix. Covering an expansive area above the village of Argentière, 8km up the valley from Chamonix Grands Montet’s 2000m of skiable vertical puts it firmly into an exclusive group of worldwide ski resorts.

See the Grands Montets ski trail map here.

Les Grands Montets can be split into three major zones: the lower mountain below treeline between Argentière village (1252m) & the main mountain station of Lognan (1972m); mixed alpine terrain for intermediates & above below Herse & Bochard (2765m); plus steeper alpine offerings (including the Argentiere glacier) below the Grands Montets (3275m) – now only accessible by human uphill power!

From the tops of Bochard or Grands Montets, super long and exciting high alpine descents are now yours for the taking, culminating in opportunities for tree skiing in the bottom third of the resort. Your legs are guaranteed to get a solid work-out. The valley run to the lift base is the best in the area.

Whilst this ski resort is predominantly an advanced mountain with an abundance of steep terrain to challenge even the most extreme skier, 3 chairlifts serve numerous short beginner trails above the treeline. A small novice ski area is in the base area.

Grands Montets Ski Lifts

Grands Montets is serviced by 5 main lifts* (2 gondolas, 3 chairs). The gondola from Argentière villages ends high in the resort at the easy piste trails from Plan Joran. At Lognan there is quick access to the Bochard gondola, Herse chair (to 2600m) The Marmottons surface lifts & new 6 seat Tabe chair provide the access to the beginner trails below Plan Joran. The Tabe chair gets very little use – this is not a beginners ski area! The important Retour-Pendant chair gets one back into the action from the huge freeride terrain on the Combe de la Pendant.

*Note - A fire in early Autumn 2018 has impacted the two cable cars running bottom to top between Argentiere-Lognan-Grands Montets. They have both been removed. The resort is still be functional, utilising ski lifts via Plan Joran. With luck, they will remain out of action forever! It has improved the ski experience no end, opening up terrain to skinners only.

Ski Lift Passes

A strange quirk of the ski area is that the Chamonix Le Pass covers all lifts at Grands Montets except the cable car leading to the top. With the closure of that lift & the terrain only accessible to skinners, that quirk no longer matters! A Mont Blanc Unlimited Pass gives access to all lifts, but that benefit is now moot, so buy for the significantly cheaper Chamonix Le Pass ticket!

Snow & Weather

The Grand Montets is renowned for its exceptional snow quality thanks to its north facing aspect & high altitude. Most of the ski terrain is above the treeline over 1900m elevation. The good snow conditions continue until early May, making it a paradise for skiers and board riders.

Where is Grands Montets France?

The Grands Montets ski resort rises above the village of Argentiere in the Chamonix valley. Argentiere is 8km north of Chamonix & 35km by road southwest of Martigny in Switzerland. Argentiere has its own railway station with services running from both France & Switzerland. That said, the bus is the most cost effective & time efficient mode of travel from the airports.

Search & book train & bus tickets to Argentiere & Chamonix here.

The closest international airports are Lyon St Exupery (LYS) in France & Geneva (GVA) in Switzerland. By car, the Grands Montets is accessible via Megeve from France, Martigny from Switzerland & the Aosta valley from Italy.

Grands Montets Accommodation

If the Grands Montets or nearby Balme ski resorts are the main targets of your visit to Chamonix, then the village of Argentiere makes a convenient base. Argentière is only 8km from Chamonix and is connected by bus & train. The bus is free for skiers, the train is definitely not! Chamonix provides a better overall experience & should be considered when looking for a place to stay.

Search & book all Argentière ski accommodation Argentière ski accommodation here.

Ski Rentals, Lessons & Guiding

Ski rentals are available in all the Chamonix valley villages including Argentiere adjacent to the Grands Montets ski lift base. Search & book ski or snowboard rentals for Grands Montets in Argentiere here.

A seemingly infinite procession of ski instructors, ski schools & resort guides ply their craft in the Chamonix valley ski resorts including Grands Montets. To narrow down the field, search & book private lessons & guiding within the resort boundaries with the best providers here.

Review

The Powderhounds reviewed Grands Montets in 2019. The snow wasn’t awesome during our visit – lots of it, just not powder. We are itching to ski it on a powder day. Click on the review links on this page to read more of our words & see a few more pics!

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Tours in or near Grands Montets

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.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share room occupancy.
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Based on group of 7 for min 7 nights.
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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.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share room.
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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.
Price p/p From price based on twin/double-share room.
Base/invoice currency is in USD ex taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 2,995
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