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Snowboarding Chamonix

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The big one here is Grand Montet, but the really big backdrop is Mont Blanc, which is what makes this a famous resort for anyone who loves snow and winter and alpine scenery. For such a big name ski destination the pistes are a bit rough, but for many boarders that’s a draw, and the off piste is probably some of the best in Europe, especially round Flegere, you’ve got loads of space and potential terrain. There’s a snow park and pipes as well but this is more a freeriders haven. Vallee Blanche is fantastic, it’s all crevasses and steep slopes, pick up a guide round the bars to take you out to one of the more remote places. In fact get a guide a few days and you’ll have a better time.

Best for people with a few outings under their belt, there’s good easier slopes but not much smooth stuff for beginners.

For the cheapest deals get a Chamski Pass, you need a passport photo and trust me it’s tricky to scan the one out of your passport so take a spare if you have it – those little blighters can be a pain to get hold of. It gets you access to all the lifts and to the buses free. You see people going out with ropes, meaning they’re going to have a go at some of the highest slopes, some of them you even have to climb up to get to , but the views of the glaciers are like nothing else, so like I say if it’s about the scenery this is the one for you.

The town is a proper town not just a resort with plenty of varied accommodation. People come to see the mountain all year, which means that there are proper shops and not everything is at French Ski Resort prices, but then it’s not really a ‘proper’ resort so if you’re after après ski then you’ll be disappointed.

Written by  TeeKai Halwitt.

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