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Chamonix 'is a winter wonderland'

08 November 2011
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Many things spring to mind when people think of ski holidays – fresh slopes, bright skies, roaring fires in the cabin – and the resort which perhaps best epitomises this idyll is Chamonix, according to one expert.

Skiing specialist Helena Ziherl, writing for the National, said the Chamonix Valley is busy all year, but winter is the best time to visit, because when the snow covers everything the entire area becomes a playground.

She explained that it doesn't matter that the 49 lifts and 152km of groomed piste are split between three ski areas because they are connected by free buses and a lift pass that is valid for all of them and is available at a reasonable price.

The expert noted that the resort is also an ideal place for people of all ages and abilities, as there are runs to keep every type of skier challenged and entertained during their ski holidays.

"There are slopes for all abilities at each ski area but Le Tour is best for beginners and families. Brevent-Flegere is the place for intermediates and also for sun lovers because of the south-facing slopes, while Argentiere/Grands-Montets is the place for advanced and off-piste skiers," she explained.

Ms Ziherl said that people who like to do something a little different during their ski weekends should book a guide to tackle the Vallee Blanche, regarded as one of the world's most famous ski tours.

"Take the cable car to the top of the Aiguille du Midi at 3,842m, then set off down the Mer de Glace. This 24km route is not especially steep but it's an ungroomed and unpatrolled run on a glacier with the risk of crevasses, so the guide is necessary," she noted.

With a multitude of apres ski activities to take part in and some of the finest views on the planet, people on ski weekends will find that Chamonix is true winter wonderland, the specialist explained.

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