Grands Montets Ski Area (Les Grands Montets) is the biggest and most popular ski area in Chamomix, boasting some of the largest vertical drops in the world at more than 6,561 feet (2,000 meters). Huge areas of the mountain are left ungroomed, making it a mecca for off-piste enthusiasts. The snow is exceptional here both early and late in the season. The Basics
Grands Montets has a reputation for being steep and challenging. However, there is plenty of beginner terrain in the lower part of the mountain. Two lifts from the Argentière village provide access to the mountain: There’s a gondola to the beginner area from Plan Joran and a cable car to Lognan, where you can then catch the Grands Montets cable car to the highest point of the mountain.
During summer, the area offers plenty of trails to explore with nearly endless mountain biking, rock climbing, and hiking opportunities. The Grands Montets cable car operates in summer, delivering visitors to an impressive viewpoint at 10,826 feet (3,300 meters) that affords dramatic views of the Argentière Glacier and the Chamonix Valley. Things to Know Before You Go
How to Get There
- Known for its extreme ski runs, Grands Montets also has a family-friendly beginner area and a terrain park.
- Most ski runs are north-facing, meaning the sun won’t hit the slopes until midday, so dress warmly.
- The Lognan and Grands Montets cable cars operate in the summer for hiking and sightseeing.
The Grands Montets Ski Area is accessed via the cable car terminal in Argentière, 6 miles (10 kilometers) north of the center of Chamonix via D1506. Taking the bus or train is the easiest way to get around Chamonix, and transportation is free with a valid ski pass. Bus Line 11 runs from Chamonix to Grands Montets every 10 minutes during peak winter season. When to Get There
Ski season runs from mid-December through mid-April. Grands Montets is popular with locals, so you’ll want to get in line at least a half-hour before the lift opens on a powder day. The best time to visit Grands Montets for hiking and mountaineering is generally from mid-June through mid-September. Grands Montets Lift Passes
Grands Montets lift passes are included in the Mont Blanc Unlimited and Chamonix Le Pass. The Chamonix Le Pass provides access to all lifts except the cable car from Lognan to the top of Grands Montets. The Mont Blanc Unlimited pass is needed to access the top of Grands Montets.