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Argentière

Argentière Ski Resort Guide

Argentière, France

Rated: 4/5 (from 7 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForFreeriders, Expert Skiers, Intermediates, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length30km
Highest Lift3,280m
Resort Height1,250m
 Nearest AirportsSion and Geneva
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Argentière

The glaciated section of the Chamonix valley, historically linked to the famous resort. A small but attractive strung out village which suffers rather from traffic, but the skiing above is legendary and snow sure.

Summary

The French ski resort of Argentière is in the French Alps at an altitude of 1,250m, with 30km of marked runs.

Argentière is part of the Ski Pass Mont Blanc area with access to 952km of downhill skiing, with 507 marked pistes, served by a total of 248 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Argentière itself (30km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Ski Pass Mont Blanc ski resorts of Chamonix, Combloux, Cordon, Le Tour, Les Contamines, Les Houches, Megève, Passy Plaine Joux and St Gervais Mont-Blanc.

With ski lifts as high as 3,280m, skiing and snowboarding is assured throughout the season.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Argentière?

The next notable snow forecast is 3cm, expected on 4 December, with around 30cm forecast over the next 7 days.

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Ski Area Stats

Argentière Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 4 4km
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
 4 13km
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
 4 13km
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
 3 
Downhill
Total Length
30km
Cross Country
Total Length
14km
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
10

Ski Pass Mont Blanc Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
66
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
206
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
155
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
54
Downhill
Total Length
952km
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
248

Altitudes

Argentière Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift3,280m
Lowest Piste1,250m
Resort Altitude (Argentière)1,250m
Max Vertical2,030m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Argentière
Freeriders
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

Argentière Overview

The glaciated section of the Chamonix valley, historically linked to the famous resort. A small but attractive strung out village which suffers rather from traffic, but the skiing above is legendary and snow sure.

 Notable Ski Runs

The most difficult run is the 'Pointe de Vue'.

Skiing

The Chamonix Mont Blanc Valley is an area synonymous with the best and most challenging in mountain sports world-wide and attracts the best practitioners of skiing, snowboarding, climbing and other disciplines each season. It attracts an even greater number of 'wannabes'. However, the resort is keen to point out that you don't have to 'live for skiing' to enjoy what Argentière has to offer: there are pisted trails for all standards.

The terrain in The Grand Montets sector above the resort includes long, wide easy pistes for children and beginners; narrow and sloping combes for more advanced skiers and vast, wide long slopes for freestyle skiers or freeriders. Moguls form naturally on the la Herse or les Coqs pistes. There are endless off-piste ski routes to tackle with a guide.

Starting from Les Grands Montets (3297 m) it's possible to ski right down to Argentière (1200 m), via the piste du Point de Vue or des Pylônes, then via the hotel Alternative and the Pierre à Ric, all part of Les Grands Montets with a vast number of alternatives are possible. You need to be in good physical condition to do the eight kilometre (five mile) descent over a 2100m vertical drop - one of the world's biggest lift served descents.

The off piste descent on the Argentière glacier remains a great classic for advanced skiers, sweeping down between the seracs, turning in the Cordier couloir and discovering the Argentière massif, taking a guide is essential.

Advanced skiers can go to Montenvers from the Aiguille des Grands Montets to get to Chamonix. This route combines great curves on the vast slopes of the Pas de Chèvre, skiing on the Nant Blanc glacier, crossing the Mer de Glace and a descent towards Chamonix through the forest. Again, taking a guide is essential.

Until 1996 the Chamonix Valley was one of the few remaining major ski areas to offer separate passes for different sectors of its skiing, but no whole-resort pass, unless you purchased the huge Skipass Mont-Blanc covering well over 230 lifts in a dozen or so neighbouring ski areas. This changed with the introduction of a range of 'Chamski' passes carefully tailored after extensive research to meet the needs of the diverse winter sports market. The basic six day pass includes a day over in Courmayeur, normally subject to a supplement, and two trips on the high Grands Montets lifts, again usually charged at an additional fee.

The Grand Montets is a major part of the area's reputation and Argentière has the most direct access to it via the famous cable car. The skiable descent possible is from 3275 metres to 1230 metres and the world's record vertical in one day was set here by Canadian Mark Jones, clocking up 51 descents - a vertical of 64,000 metres (210,000 feet).

Of the other famous sectors, L'Aiguille du Midi is perhaps the most legendary, with the famous 22km off-piste descent through La Vallée Blanche (take a guide!). Finally mention must be made of historic Le Brévent, where Chamonix's and one of the Alps' first real ski lifts was installed. The descent there is around 1500m.

Argentière offers good sking, particularly, for Expert and Intermediate skiers.

Snowboarding

The Chamonix Valley has a reputation as the Freeriding Capital of Europe, whether on skis or board, and Argentiere certainly has plenty to entertain boarders of all abilities. There's a half pipe on Grand Montets and plenty of natural snowparks to entertain snowboarders.

There are two terrain parks and another half pipe in the Chamonix area.

Location and Map

Where is Argentière?

This ski resort is in the French Alps in Ski Pass Mont Blanc, Haute-Savoie.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Argentière is Sion, 53 minutes drive away.

Geneva, Annecy, Chambery, Turin Caselle, Lyon St-Exupéry, Lyon Bron and Basel airports are all within three hours drive.

Sion is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The 10 ski lifts are able to uplift 51,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Season Dates

When is Argentière open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is early December, and usual closing is Late April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

Piste Map

Argentière Piste Map
Argentière

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Argentière, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Argentière Tourist Office for the latest.

Talking about Argentière

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Aprés Ski

There are a dozen or so bars in the village, popular choices include the Savoie Bar and Stones Bar. The Office is ever more popular, especially at Happy Hour. For something a little more sophisticated try the piano bar at the White Roc.

If you want non-stop nightlife head down the road to Chamonix where there's a big choice and many establishments open to 4am. There's even a casino there if you want to boost your holiday spending money with a spectacular win on the gaming tables.

Argentière