A grand old traditional hotel, the Richemond is run by the welcoming Sarraz family and has been popular with British guests for many years. Whilst enjoying an unbeatable central location, the hotel is nonetheless quiet, being set back from the main street. Offered on a bed and breakfast basis it's an excellent choice for those wishing to sample some of the many fantastic local restaurants.
The ski areas can be accessed via the local free ski bus, which has a regular service to take you to Brévent, Flégère, Grand Montets and Le Tour to sample the world renowed skiing. Alternatively, there is a train station 100m away, with access to Argentière and the Grands Montets ski area.
- Just 2 minutes' walk (200m) to the centre of Chamonix
- 8 minutes walk to the beginners Savoy area which gives access to the Brevant ski area, ski school and ski kindergarten.
- Alternatively the ski bus stops behind the hotel
- The spacious twin (A2/A3) or double rooms (B2) have shower, cable TV and telephone.
- Rooms (C3) with a bath, balcony and Mont Blanc view, in addition to single rooms (F1), are also available.
- Some twin rooms can take an extra bed.
- Comfortable lounge
- Games room with table tennis
- Wi-Fi internet in public areas (€3 per week)
Challenging skiing and a vibrant collection of resorts make this valley a favourite among many keen skiers
- High altitude skiing & guaranteed snow
- Mont Blanc scenery & the Vallée Blanche
- Short transfers from Geneva Airport
With 90% of the terrain above 2000m, Chamonix has for many years attracted skiers looking for good snow and who also want to ski the famous Vallée Blanche - or tackle the rest of the extensive off-piste skiing. There is an efficient ski bus which links the five main ski areas in Chamonix and the nearby village of Les Houches.
Set against truly spectacular scenery at the foot of the majestic Mont Blanc, the resort's setting is both unique and breathtaking.
Chamonix offers an excellent range of sporting and leisure facilities with an unrivaled nightlife whilst Les Houches is quieter but full of Alpine charm.
The choice of skiing is amazing, from cruisy blues and fun reds at Le Brevent, Flegere and Le Tour to more challenging runs at Les Grands Montets. Beginners start off in Chamonix or the nearby pretty village of Les Houches.
Skiing in Chamonix
Beginners skiing in Chamonix
There is a beginners’ area just opposite the Chalet Hotel La Sapinière or at Les Plannards and the renowned ski school will get any debutant skiing with enthusiasm.
Intermediates skiing in Chamonix
Great for intermediates wishing to ski the long runs at Le Tour or to progress to off-piste and narrow reds and blacks. Most will be able to tackle the famous Vallée Blanche (with a guide) and will enjoy discovering the many and varied runs at Flégère.
Advanced skiing in Chamonix
A classic resort: the Grands Montets in Argentière offers the most difficult terrain, although Brévent, Flégère and le Tour all also offer some unforgettable itineraries. For powder hounds, all Chamonix’s areas offer some of the best off-piste available anywhere in the world.
Snowboarding in Chamonix
Not the best resort to learn, as the main beginners' areas are covered mostly by drag lifts. For intermediate and advanced boarders, Chamonix provides outstanding terrain, both on and off-piste at Brévent, whilst Flégère and le Tour offer great opportunities for jumps and gullies.
Note for winter 2018/19
There has been some damage in the summer to the mid station of the Grands Montets and Lognan gondolas and they may not be open in the winter. There will still be access to the Grands Montets area via the Plan Jordan gondola to the main bowl and the only area that may be un-accessible is the Bouchard and Herse chairlift. The Grands Montets has huge off piste and our ski school have said that it is business as usual with instructors guiding on different parts of the mountain.
The local lift pass does not cover the top lifts of the Grands Montets and this pass is most suitable for beginners. The other ski areas will be fully open