Loveskiing’s Argentière Review
Located in the glacial section of the Chamonix valley, Argentiere is legendary for its ability to accommodate expert skiers. Argentiere is a small but charming resort which is surrounded by breathtaking scenery, including of course Mont Blanc.. We’d like to mention, however, that due to its proximity to the main Chamonix resort, Argentiere can also attract a lot of traffic…
The main ski attraction at Argentiere is undoubtedly its proximity to the ski area Le Grand Montets; home to challenging off-piste and steep gullies. Although Argentiere is connected to the other resorts in the Chamonix valley, the actual Argentiere ski domain consists of 16 ski pistes, extending to just over 30km and containing a mere 11 lifts. However, to truly experience the off-piste potential that is on offer, we recommend you hire one of the fantastic local ski guides to find out where the real treasures lie.
Despite being a small village, Argentiere has a surprisingly lively après-ski scene. The village has roughly around 80 restaurants, with some providing arguably the best food the Chamonix Valley has to offer. We encountered a healthy nightlife, albeit not mindblowing by any stretch of the imagination, with the resort boasting 20 bars and 3 nightclubs. Off the slopes Argentiere also offers plenty for the non-skiers, with Argentiere containing a gym, a bank, a bowling alley, a swimming pool and even an ice-skating rink for you all to zip round on, or cling to the side and struggle your way round (as many of us tend to do it!).
Due to superb proximity to the other resorts in the Chamonix valley combined with its excellent potential for expert skiers, there is little wonder why Argentiere continues to attract ski goers year on year.
• Mecca for expert skiers – Argentiere is world famous for its off-piste skiing and steep gradient pistes.
• Laid back atmosphere.
• Lively nightlife despite its relatively small size – Argentiere boasts 20 bars and 3 nightclubs.
• Short, free bus ride into Chamonix and neighbouring resorts.
• Connections to the Snow Train providing great links to the rest of Europe.
• Great for heli-skiing!
• Access to the large Chamonix Valley ski domain – an incredible 400km!
• Skiing is very much in the favour of expert skiers. Not suited to beginners or families.
• Although there is a large area, it is spread over 5 separate ski areas – be prepared to travel around.
• The annoyance that you have to pay for the second stage of the Grands Montets cable car if you only have the Chamonix lift pass.
• Although the bus routes are free (with lift pass), it isn’t highly rated and becomes crowded in peak season.
• Bad weather can shut the better runs which are more exposed to the elements.
• Experts – Argentiere is the place to go to experience some of the world’s best off-piste and advanced runs.
• Party animals – Argentiere has a pumping après-ski scene, offering 20 bars and 3 nightclubs.
• Ease of access – great connections to the rest of Europe, with links by road, train and air. Only an hour away from Geneva airport!
• Heli-skiers – the Chamonix valley offers a great base from which to go heli-skiing.
• Cruisers – with over 400km of piste on offer, there is plenty of space to keep the busiest of skiers occupied all week.
• Beginners and intermediates – Argentiere is very much an expert resort.
• Traffic haters – Argentiere does attract a lot of traffic.
• Queue haters – there can be large lift queues, especially at weekends and peak times.
• Those who enjoy the interlinked systems of the larger resorts – those wanting to explore outside of the village will need to hop on a bus, which can prove very inconvenient for some.