ChamonixZip up the motorway, 1 hour from Geneva airport, to the historic ski town underneath Mont Blanc. Oustalet, in 5* comfort at the Albert Premier. Ski steep and deep at the Grands Montets above Argentiere, cruise the mellow faces and tree-lined runs of Le Tour, ski-in, ski-out to the town centre from the Brevent-Flegere, test your downhill dash on the Kandahar as Les Houches or pop through the Mont Blanc tunnel for some sunny Italian skiing in Courmayeur. For lunch enjoy fur-lined Savoyarde specials at Le Cafe Comptoir (Le Tour), cabin-cosy fondues at La Cremerie (Grands Montets), Argentinian steak at La Taniere (Les Houches). For something special stay overnight at Le Refuge, ski the Vallee Blanche in the moonlight, . Home from the slopes, warm up with a luxurious hot chocolate or quaffible glass of wine at Le Lapin Agile, thump your boots with apres at Moo. Ease away aches and pains at the Temmos day spa. Dine in Michelin style at the Bistrot, embrace tasty Scandi-Asian fusion at Munchie (always book!), savour Savoyarde classics and a pudding pyramid to die for at Le Maison Carrier or relish the difference with sushi and sashimi at Satsuki. End the evening in sophistication at Les Caves or 80s disco at Amnesia. Pick up a pair of locally-made Black Crow skis or a more affordable saucisson from the weekly Saturday market.

Country: France
Ski season: early December to early May
Ski resort altitude: 1,035m
Highest ski point: 3,842m
Accommodation: Hotels & Apartments, TripAdvisor Chamonix Hotel Reviews
Lift passes: Compagnie du Mont Blanc
Tourist office: Chamonix Mont-Blanc
More information: Chamonet
Ski hire (bookable online): Ski Set Aiguille du Midi, Ski Set Ginabelle Centre, ProSki, Sport 2000 Planards

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