Chamonix Ski 2021/2022

Winter 2021/22 is about to kick off and the conditions in Chamonix are looking great.

We have had snow down to low level (Geneva) for a good few days now and there is more forecast.  This, coupled with the fact that we have had snow at altitude now for a number of weeks means that the snow depths about 1800m are good and ready to go.

For this reason The Compagnie du Mont-Blanc have announced that from next weekend (4th December 2021) certain areas of Grand Montets will be open full time (not just weekends).

With the storm that is coming this weekend notably Saturday things should be off to a great start.

 

Getting around Chamonix

Chamonix Ski Lift

Chamonix Ski Lift

Getting around Chamonix (France) is not quite as easy as you may think, most “Ski Resorts” don’t really need any public transport, you simply click into your skis and off you go.  Not so in Chamonix, unfortunately there are not many “ski-in, ski-out” chalets or hotels in the valley so you will need to consider how you are going to get to the ski station of choice.

The options within the valley to get around are either, BUS, TRAIN or TAXI (if you don’t have your own vehicle).

 

Chamonix Bus

Chamonix Bus

The Chamonix Bus system is the main way for people to get around the valley and has been designed to relocate as many people as possible.  During peak periods there is a higher turn over buses going all the way from Chamonix centre to Le tour at one end of the valley and Les Houches at the other end.  The system is good in many respects but can get extremely over loaded at very busy times resulting in long bus lines and the need to stand up once you do make it onto a bus. Its not uncommon for buses to simply drive by busy buses stops because there isn’t any room left on the bus.

 

Chamonix Train

Chamonix Train

The Chamonix Train system is a good option for certain people depending where you are staying and where you want to go in the valley.  If you are staying in “Chamonix centre” you need to be near to either Chamonix centre train station or the Aiguille du Midi train stop.  You would really only take the train if you were going to ski in “Flegere” or “Grand Montets“.  You might have to walk a little further than you would if you took the bus but its a lot more comfortable and generally a lot less busy.

 

Chamonix Taxi

Chamonix Taxi

By far the easiest way (but not the cheapest) to get around the Chamonix valley is in one of the Chamonix Taxis.  Using a “Chamonix Taxi” or minibus allows you to get picked up directly from your accommodation and dropped off as close as possible to the ski lift.  Even if you have a car in the valley its often better to leave your car where it is and avoid trying to find a parking space at the ski lift station, it also means you can have a drink before the return journey!  Most taxis are equipped with some type of ski carrying equipment and you can normally get straight into the vehicle with your ski boots on.

 

Chamonix Uber?

You might be wondering if Uber operate in Chamonix, the answer is no they dont.

No Uber

No Uber

The problem for Uber in Chamonix is that the demand fluctuates too much, from no demand for quite a few months of the year through to mega demand over Christmas and New Year and the busy months of the ski season.

The good news is that provided you arm yourself with a good contact number (may i suggest 00 33 (0)6 79 01 46 02, me) then you should be OK.  Taxis in France are regulated by the government and as such the prices are too.  Firstly your driver will have passed various exams (8 in total) including a type of “knowledge”.  The driver also has passed a criminal record check and will be in possession of a “Carte Professional” with a photo and name of your driver for extra security, this will be displayed on the windscreen.  The driver is obliged to use the taxi meter which (contrary to popular belief) is not very expensive around the valley and is way cheaper than a VTC.

We operate all year round and even during this hard time of COVID we are available.

For enquiries or even to book a cab contact us on.

06 79 01 46 02  for a french phone OR,

00 33 6 79 01 46 02  for international phones.