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Chamrousse

Chamrousse Ski Resort Guide

Chamrousse, France

Rated: 2/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForBeginners, Snowboarders and Apres-Ski.
Total Piste Length77km
Highest Lift2,250m
Resort Height1,700m
 Nearest AirportsGrenoble and Chambery
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Chamrousse

Family ski centre close to Grenoble with two bases offering sheltered slopes and doorstep skiing. Prominent in the 1968 Olympics this was the site for the downhill, special and giant slaloms fo both men and women.

Summary

The French ski resort of Chamrousse is in the French Alps at an altitude of 1,700m, with 77km of marked runs.

Chamrousse has direct access to 77km of downhill skiing, with 35 marked pistes, served by a total of 26 ski lifts.

The ski resort itself is at 1,700m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 2,250m, snow cover is generally reliable.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Chamrousse?

The next notable snow forecast is 7cm, expected on 3 October, with around 16cm forecast over the next 7 days.

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Ski Area Stats

Chamrousse Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
 6 4km
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
1526km
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
1520km
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
 8 25km
Downhill
Total Length
77km
Cross Country
Total Length
40km
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
26

Altitudes

Chamrousse Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,250m
Resort Altitude (Chamrousse)1,700m
Lowest Piste1,420m
Max Vertical830m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Chamrousse
Beginners
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

Chamrousse Overview

Sitting amongst 320 hectacres of wooded slopes, and only 32kms up the valley from Grenoble, is Chamrousse, a self-contained resort in the spectacular Dauphine region. The resort is actually made up of five villages at different altitudes and of different sizes, Chamrousse 1650 and Chamrousse 1750, which are linked by a shuttle bus.

Although popular as a ski resort in the Grenoble area since the 1950s, Chamrousse came to international attention in 1968 when Jean Claude Killy won two of his three Olympic gold medals there - in downhill and giant slalom. In the lead up to the Olympics, Chamrousse was developed with all of the style and sensitivity we have come to associate with purpose-built French ski resorts.

Today many of the apartment blocks of Chamropusse 1750 (formerly Roche Beranger) that were previously something of a concrete monstrosity have been rebuilt in recent years. Chamrousse 1650 (Le Recoin), being an older community, and retaining some traditional buildings, is somewhat more attractive. However, if you don't care too much about the architecture, the resort offers a good range of pistes for skiers and snowboarders of all abliities and makes a fine ski destination for groups and families.

Over the years the breadth of accommodation and facilities in the resort have attracted several national and international sporting events besides ski racing.

 Notable Ski Runs

The most difficult run is the 'Casserousse', which is 3km in length.

Skiing

As the resort is in two parts, so indeed is the skiing, Beginners and intermediates will enjoy the many green and blue runs reached from the chairlifts at Chamrousse 1750, whilst the terrain above Chamrousse 1650, being steep and varied, offers a a choice for better skiers of seven black and seven red runs. It is in this latter area that the famous men's downhill lies - at four kilometres (two and a half miles) , the longest in the resort. Of the over 90km of piste, much is below the tree line so those who particularly like to ski through the pines will have fun and the off piste skiing is both plentiful and relatively hazard-free.

With its west to south westerly aspect, Chamrousse does get a lot sun but of course that can mean that the skiing can be hard in the morning and over-soft in the afternoons, particularly as the season progresses.

Around 18 lifts provide uplift of 30,000 skiers per hour but, because of its proximity to the city of Grenoble, things can get somewhat crowded at school holiday times and weekends.

The local French Ski School teaches all levels of skier from three years old as well as offering telemark hire and instruction.

Chamrousse offers good sking, particularly, for Intermediate and Beginner skiers.

Snowboarding

Boarders are welcome all over the mountain and the area has much to offer - indeed the resort boasts that 25% of its visitors are boarders. There is a fun park called Sunset Park for free styler, the wide, easy runs above Chamrousse 1750 are ideal for cruising and carving and Chamrousse 1670 offers a mixture of steep trails and off-piste riding. Novices and boarders seeking instruction can go to the local ski school.

Location and Map

Where is Chamrousse?

This ski resort is in the French Alps in Isère, Rhône-Alpes.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Chamrousse is Grenoble, 36 minutes drive away.

Chambery, Annecy, Lyon Bron, Lyon St-Exupéry, Geneva, Saint-Étienne and Avignon airports are all within three hours drive.

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

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The 26 ski lifts are able to uplift 27,148 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 5km of ski runs, with 36 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Chamrousse open?

 Opened : 7 December 2019.

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

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

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Chamrousse, 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 Chamrousse Tourist Office for the latest.

Talking about Chamrousse

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Aprés Ski

The nightlife is centred around the 25 bars and restaurants in the resort and is fairly low key. Despite the resort's disco, most people are tucked up in bed by midnight.

Chamrousse