Mountain Lunch: Le Bistrot
Après Ski: Chambre Neuf
Dinner: Casa Valeiro
Non-skiers: Step into the Void
Best Off-piste: Les Grands Montets
Best Ski Run: Les Houches
Ski Elevation: 1035m – 3842m
52% Blue runs
35% Red runs
13% Black runs
50 mins / 63km
1h 10m / 95km
1h 37m / 143km
If you’re looking for the epic skiing of the Chamonix Valley with the peaceful atmosphere of a traditional mountain village, a luxury holiday in Argentiere is the ideal choice for your next winter escape.
Agentiere offers seamless access to Les Grands Montets, one of the best ski areas in the world. Packed with iconic pistes and enviable backcountry, it climbs up to a towering 3,300m. With glaciers and North-facing slopes, this resort takes the title for having some of Europe’s most difficult terrain. Don’t worry if your skiing is more snowplough than carving. There are many wide beginner pistes and you’ll also have access to the wider Chamonix-Mont Blanc ski area.
At the end of the day, you can retreat into a charming alpine hideaway. The historic Savoyard village revolves around an 18th-century Baroque church and fabulous views of Mont Blanc. Despite its size, there are some great spots for a cosy drink and a range of restaurants to suit all tastes. If you’re craving a little more life, the buzzing Chamonix is 8km away.
Although small and traditional, there’s a fantastic selection of chalets in Argentiere. Nestled among glorious winter scenery, it’s a wonderful place to recharge after a day’s skiing and embrace time with loved ones. Browse our selection of Argentiere luxury accommodation and start designing a beautiful alpine break.
Argentiere is in the Haute-Savoie region, near the Aiguille Verte in the huge Chamonix Valley. With easy access to Chamonix, the smaller resort of Les Houches, and a prime spot on the Italian border, this is a resort that offers ultimate variety.
The village has mining roots dating back to the Roman area, before becoming a mountaineering spot in the 17th century. It has maintained a lot of its traditional charm and has a wonderful mix of baroque and modern architecture.
With 16 villages spread across the Chamonix Valley, there are lots of fun activities both on and off the slopes. While the prestigious mountain heritage created a huge buzz in Chamonix, the rest of the villages maintain a peaceful mountain atmosphere. This allows you to make the most of everything the area has to offer without sacrificing peace or the quality of your Argentiere chalet rental.
Argentiere Luxury Chalet
Argentiere luxury ski chalets vary from adorable mountain huts to chic townhouses. Away from the glitz of Chamonix, your money will go much further, and you’ll have a bigger choice of the very best properties.
FEATURES – Argentiere luxury chalets mix traditional touches with modern opulence. Curl up around feature fireplaces, watch the sunset from the balcony, or soak away your worries in the hot tub. Premium wellness and entertainment facilities give you lots to do between outdoor adventures.
SIZE – We have chalets that accommodate up to 18 guests. If you want to book a larger group, get in touch and we’ll help you find the best combination of properties to fit your needs.
CATERING – If you choose catered accommodation, a dedicated team of staff is on hand to make your Argentiere luxury ski holiday a dream come true.
LOCATIONS – The village is very walkable, so it’ll be easy to access your Argentiere luxury accommodation. Great transport links make getting around the Chamonix Valley a breeze.
For a small village, there’s a fantastic choice of luxury chalet rentals in Argentiere. But during peak times like Christmas and Easter, the best accommodation gets snapped up fast. We recommend you start searching early to avoid disappointment. Explore our choice of Argentiere luxury chalets below and start planning an epic holiday in the snow.
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This Argentiere chalet rental offers a lavish alpine escape. Wood and fur cocoon you into the open-plan living space, while a glass-lined dining area will leave you feeling like you’re eating among the peaks. When you’re not taking in the views from the wrap-around balcony, you’ll find endless delights to discover inside.
Tease out any niggling stress on the lower floor, complete with infinity pool, massage jets, sauna, and hammam. Or retreat to the balcony in the master bedroom and soak in a hot tub under the stars. With a football table, sound-proof cinema room, and bar area, there’s something in Chalet Infinity to keep the whole family occupied.
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Argentiere Travel & Transport
The ski areas in Chamonix Mont Blanc are abundant, but not lift-linked. But excellent public transport systems make it easy to get between villages and explore different slopes. It’s easy to get around Chamonix by bus, train, or taxi. But if you plan on exploring different resorts and ski areas, you might like the convenience of your own car.
Travelling by car
It’s easy to drive to Argentiere from most major cities. A dual carriageway and clear roads make it one of the simplest areas to reach by car. There are many free parking options throughout the resort but you may want to pay extra for the luxury of covered parking.
Travelling by train
The Chamonix Valley is well connected by train, making it a viable option for transferring into the resort. You will probably need to change at Martigny.
Geneva is the best choice for nearby airports, with a large choice of international flights and easy transfer times.
Geneva (GVA) – 95.5km
By car – 1 hour 11 minutes
By train – 3 hours 40 minutes
Sion (SIR) – 63.2km
By car – 50 minutes
By train – 2 hours 12 minutes
Lyon (LYS) – 224.2km
By car – 2 hours 20 minutes
Chambery (CMF) – 143km
By car – 1 hour 37 minutes
There is a range of transfer options into Argentiere from major transport hubs, including shuttle buses, taxis, and private cars.
Despite being a small resort, Argentiere has a fantastic choice of restaurants. And if your taste buds are craving something more, the gastronomic wonderland of Chamonix is just a short drive away.
In the town
Argentiere has a charming choice of cosy and traditional restaurants like Aux Dix Vins, La P’tite Verte, and Les Voisines. The magical Cremerie is nestled in the Argentiere forest, with traditional Savoyard recipes passed through generations. For something more laid back, Le Stone has great pizza and a friendly atmosphere.
Head over to nearby Chamonix and you’ll be treated to some of the best restaurants the Alps has to offer. From the Michelin delights of Albert 1er, Atmosphere, and Morgane, to the authentic tastes of L’Impossible and L’Eden, you’ll be returning to your Argentiere chalet with a happy stomach.
On the slopes
Within the Les Grandes Montets area, there are a number of casual eateries to refuel at between slopes. Grab a vin chaud and a raclette at the wooden chalet of Le Comptoir à Raclette or a charcuterie board alongside sweeping views at Buvette de la Pendant.
For a more glamorous experience, you’ll find an incredible choice of restaurants across the Chamonix Valley. Dine in the exclusive Le 3842, a Maître Restaurateur establishment that’s also the highest-altitude restaurant in the area. Or head over to the adorable Les Vielles Luges, an 18th-century barn in the tranquil Les Houches area.
Argentiere Apres & Nightlife
Argentiere has a small selection of spots for your post-ski catch-ups, and with the lively nightlife of Chamonix a short cab ride away, there’s always the option to extend your night.
Nothing beats that first ice-cold beer or steaming hot wine as you sit back in the sunshine and gaze out at the slopes you’ve conquered.
- Grab a drink before your final descent at Le Spot. This huge wooden restaurant has great views and a fun sun terrace.
- At the base of the Lognan run, you’ll find Brasserie les Marmottons. They have lots of outdoor seating and live music to get the party started.
If you’re not ready to return to your Argentiere luxury chalet yet, you have some options to keep you out as the sun goes down.
- There’s something to keep everyone entertained at Fubar. This dimly lit watering hole has pinball, table football, pool tables, darts, and even a rodeo bull.
- The Office is a trendy café bar with an international menu. It’s the best spot in Argentiere for cocktails and they host regular live music and events.
Got yourself into the party mood? Venture down the valley and see what Chamonix has to offer.
- Élévation 1904 is a popular spot to hang with the locals on a huge, heated terrace, while Les Caves offers high-end drinks with smooth jazz.
- The lively Chambre Neuf and Folie Douce take the prize for rowdy apres-ski favourites.
- L’Amnesia is the biggest club, known for late-night parties and big-name DJs.
Argentiere Ski Area
Argentiere is based below the huge Grands Montets, the most popular area in the Chamonix Valley. While it’s a firm favourite among experts, 2,000m of skiable terrain offers immense variety. And with the sprawling ski areas of Chamonix on your doorstep, it’s difficult to see why any level of skier wouldn’t choose Argentiere as their base.
The ski area
Within Les Grans Montets, there are three zones:
- Lower mountain (below Lognan) has tree-lined valley runs and short beginner trails.
- Mid mountain (below Herse & Bochard) has a fantastic mix of intermediate and advanced terrain.
- Top of the mountain (below Grands Montets) is home to exhilarating descents, hair-raising off-piste and the Argentiere glacier.
The rest of Chamonix isn’t lift-linked but is easy to access by public transport.
- Beginners should head to Les Houches and Le Tour/ Vallorcine
- Confident intermediates and advanced skiers will have fun in Brévent/Flégèrer and Vallee Blanche.
- For a change of pace, cross the border to the laid-back Italian resort of Courmayeur.
It goes without saying that Les Grands Montets offers exhilaration on and off the piste. Difficult black runs, vast backcountry bowls, and even a terrain park with a half pipe make this the perfect base for the experienced boarder. For a workout, race down the 5.2km Pointe de Vue or reach the Canadian Bowl area via the Bochard lift.
There’s some fun terrain for intermediates around Les Grand Montets and your lift pass will also give you access to the rest of the Chamonix Valley. Le Tour is a popular spot for intermediates, with fun tree runs and lots of natural hits. There’s also a park here that caters to all levels with a boardercross and chill-out zone.
Argentiere isn’t the ideal choice for newer boarders, although there are some short beginner trails near the village. Le Tour is the next resort up and is home to the beginner-friendly area of Vormaine. Slow drag lifts, wide pistes, and easy transitions to blues and greens make this a great choice and an easy commute from your Argentiere luxury chalet. Further afield, you’ll also find relaxed pistes in Les Houches and Brevant.
Thanks to the new chairlift, there’s a small selection of beginner slopes in Argentiere above the tree line. With practice areas near the base and at Lognan, as well as two ski kindergartens, there’s more than enough to get a new skier started.
When ready to progress, Les Grands Montets has a series of short greens and blues. But it would probably pay off to spend a day over in Brevant/ Flegere or Les Houches. While in Brevant, you can check off Verte 2000, Chamonix’s highest green run.
Our recommended ski schools:
- ESF is the largest ski school in the world and has been successful across France for over 75 years.
- Evolution 2 are established across the Alps for outdoor adventure activities and they have a kids’ ski club based in Argentiere.
- Vent d’Emotion are a small team of passionate guides for all your ski touring needs in Argentiere.
There’s plenty to keep a confident intermediate happy in Argentiere. The blues are at the trickier end of the scale and there are some beautiful reds that are sure to push you. The long red down from Lognan to the base has challenging parts and a dreamy stretch through the trees. Just be sure to avoid it during the evening rush.
If you’re timid or want to find your snow feet again first, spend a day over in Les Houches or Courmayeur for a more relaxed atmosphere. Brevent/ Flegere is the most popular area for intermediate skiers, with sunny slopes, well-groomed piste, and a variety of terrain to help you mix things up.
Over half of the pisted slopes in Les Grands Montets are black, so expert skiers are guaranteed an exceptional time. While there’s epic skiing to be found all over Chamonix, this area has the steepest pistes at the highest altitudes. Top it all off with two different black runs from the top station, offering breathtaking glacier views.
But let’s be honest, advanced skiers aren’t here for what’s on the piste. Les Grands Montets has some of the world’s best backcountry skiing. Three different bowls, Combe de la Pendant, and the infamous Vallee Blanche- this is an opportunity to tick off some serious contenders from your bucket list. While the backcountry here is highly accessible, we still recommend hiring a guide for at least one day to help you get the most out of your time on the mountains.
Les Grands Montets reaches heights of 3,300m and North facing slopes are excellent at holding their snow throughout the season. While Chamonix in general has an excellent microclimate for snow sports, you’ll find many skiers flock here when snow conditions are less favourable in the rest of the valley.
The lifts are open and anticipation builds for a new winter season. Snow in lower parts of the valley may be patchy but it’s nothing the snow machines can’t fix.
Average snowfall: 61cm
Snow days: 5
January is very cold but has the highest chance of good snow. You’ll also get quieter slopes after the festive rush has died down.
Average snowfall: 109cm
Snow days: 8
Temperatures are a little warmer and there’s still plenty of snow on the ground. Expect this time to be busy with many schools on half term break.
Average snowfall: 72cm
Snow days: 8
March brings longer days and an extra dose of sunshine. Despite the warmer weather, snow depths often stay high until the end of the month.
Average snowfall: 85cm
Snow days: 8
Things To Do In Argentiere
When you’re not relaxing in your luxury Argentiere chalet, you’ll find an adorable selection of things to do in the village. Stroll the pretty streets with baroque architecture and alpine views, buy handcrafted souvenirs, browse the art on show at La Pharmacie des Artistes, and stop for a mid-morning croissant at the bakery. Then while away an afternoon at the ice rink, indoor pool, or spa.
If you’re feeling more adventurous, there’s some excellent winter hiking and snowshoeing trails surrounding Argentiere. Which routes you can do depends on the snow and weather conditions. Ask at the tourist office for their recommendations when you arrive.
Just because you’re not skiing, doesn’t mean you can’t soak up more of those mountain views. Take the cable car up to Aiguille des Grands Montets where you’ll find incredible vistas of the village, the Chamonix Valley, and the Argentiere glacier.
If you’re growing tired of village life, you’re never far from the hustle and bustle of Chamonix town centre. Here you can delve into a huge choice of shops or take a horse-drawn carriage between lively bars and cafes.
If you want to stay active during your Argentiere luxury holiday, you’re in luck. Chamonix is a major hub for outdoor action in Europe. Try fun activities like ice climbing and tobogganing or enjoy more relaxed pursuits like swimming and squash at the sports centre. It’s also home to one of the largest indoor climbing centres in France.
The Chamonix Valley offers many opportunities to make your winter trip special. Head up to Aiguille du Midi to take in panoramic views, stand in a glass box 1,000m high, and learn about mountaineering history at the Musee de L’Alpnisme Pointe. Or hop on a train to France’s largest glacier. Mer de Glace has an ice grotto and is a fantastic vantage point for watching skiers attempt the Vallee Blache itinerary.
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