Set at the foot of Europe's highest mountain, Mont Blanc with its summit at 16,000ft, is Chamonix; one of skiing and climbings spiritual homes and one of the best ski resorts for "expert" skiers in the world.
This is a town steeped in Alpine history, excellent scenery and where the smell of past mountaineering exploits hangs heavily in the air. The skiing is impressive and so are the opportunities for apres ski. Chamonix Mont Blanc otherwise known as Chamonix, offers various types of accommodations to cater for all budgets. There are over 200 shops, numerous bars and restaurants, four nightclubs and an international casino, as well as activities such as skating, curling, indoor tennis, squash, swimming, bowling, fitness centre, saunas, snowshoeing, ice climbing, ice skating, dog sledding, heli skiing, paragliding and 17km of Alpine walks.
The area provides good skiing for all levels and includes some of the most challenging terrain in the Alps. Argentiere lies just 8kms further up the valley from Chamonix and provides great access to the pistes of the Grands Montets with exhilarating runs on the glacier. Less advanced skiers will enjoy the gentler slopes in Les Chosalets.
Spread across five separate mountains, it is suggested that some of the terrain is not suitable for beginners and required the expert skier with lots of stamina to venture across the wide terrains of Argentiere, Courmayeur, Les Houches, St Gervais and the idyllic picturesque village of Megeve.
Geneva is 1.5hrs away