Guidebook

The Finest Ski Tours above Les Contamines

Epic views and great skiing in wild mountains close to Chamonix.

Description

Les Contamines is close to Chamonix but couldn't feel much more different. The mountains are huge, of course, but the village feels quiet and the mountains are almost deserted at times - a stark contrast from the legendary town just on the other side of Mont Blanc.

This is a selection of the best tours that you can do from Les Contamines and there is everything from a 2 day high mountain adventure through to mellow, beginner ski tours.

If the crowds of Chamonix are starting to get a bit too much or you just want a change of scene, get in the car and make the short trip to Les Contamines for a peaceful and scenic week of ski touring.

Col de la Fenêtre
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Col de la Fenêtre

Les Contamines
2 - 3 hrs
8.1 km
278 m
1,192 m
36 °
A classic, easily accessed tour through gorgeous terrain.
Difficult
Private
Col des Chasseurs
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Col des Chasseurs

Les Contamines
4 - 5 hrs
11.7 km
611 m
1,524 m
40 °
A wild feeling ski tour through some epic terrain.
Difficult
Private
Col de La Cicle
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Col de La Cicle

Les Contamines
3 - 4 hrs
10.4 km
410 m
1,323 m
35 °
A wonderful mountain journey through some epic scenery.
Difficult
Private
Monts Jovet West Couloir
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Monts Jovet West Couloir

Arve Valley
3 - 4 hrs
8.8 km
705 m
1,216 m
50 °
A truly brilliant ski descent which you are unlikely to share.
Severe
Private
Col du Bonhomme
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Col du Bonhomme

Arve Valley
7 - 8 hrs
16.2 km
1,195 m
1,195 m
19 °
A mellow tour which nevertheless takes you through some big, wild mountains.
Easy
Private
Armancette Glacier
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Armancette Glacier

Les Contamines
1 day +
20.2 km
2,732 m
2,639 m
34 °
A long and adventurous two day tour traversing a breathtaking summit
Difficult
Private
Rochers Des Enclaves
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Rochers Des Enclaves

Les Contamines
4 - 5 hrs
12.7 km
592 m
1,474 m
32 °
A wonderful journey into the Beaufortin mountains.
Moderate
Private