Argentière is a picturesque ski resort nestled deep in the Chamonix Valley, loacted high in the Haute Savoie region of France, close to the borders of Switzerland and Italy. Surrounded by dramatically rugged and majestic peaks, including the spectacular Mont Blanc and the Chamonix Aiguilles, it is one of the most picturesque and exciting places to spend a snow skiing vacation. The traditional Savoyarde village of Argentière lies just eight kilometers higher up the valley from the legendary Chamonix, a picturesque old village at the foot of Europe’s highest mountain, the awesome Mont Blanc.
Argentière is the perfect place for a relaxed ski vacation and offers slopes and trails suitable for all levels of difficulty. Beginners can acquire their ski legs on the nursery slopes of Chosalets, and then progress to the gentle slopes at Vormaine. Powder is abundant in Argentière and there are also the gullies in La Tour to enjoy some challenging jumps. The Grands Montets lift system at Argentière accesses some of the most exciting skiing anywhere in the world. A trail begins at the summit where the lift ends and there are numerous off-piste options, such as the wicked Pas de Chevre.
The valley at Argentière is renowned for its steep black runs and non-pisted runs. The area is so vast that you could be there for years and not ski all of it, and it may be a good idea to get a local guide to accompany you and show you the various runs. Take the piste or any other route down to Logon and, if you wish, continue on down the well cannoned Pierre a Ric to Argentière. This is a thrilling vertical descent of over two kilometers.
Argentière has a friendly and informal atmosphere and is perfect for a relaxed vacation with family or friends. There are a few cozy bars and restaurants in which to socialize after the skiing is over for the day. The ‘Office Bar’ is the social HQ in the centre of the village. The Chamonix valley offers an amazing 150 kilometers of pistes that can be divided into four areas. These are linked by an efficient bus service. Between them they offer high altitude blue and red runs and the Grands Montets glacier with unbeatable snow. The Vallee Blanche descent provides 24kms of unforgettable skiing in stunning scenery.