Balme Tour Vallorcine

Balme Tour Vallorcine

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Balme Tour Vallorcine

Balme Tour Vallorcine3.5/52
Balme Tour Vallorcine3.5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews
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    Balme Tour Vallorcine Ski Trail Map
  • Balme Tour Vallorcine Ski Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
    1,260m - 2,250m (990m)
  • Average Snow Fall
    6m
  • Lifts (8)
    2 Gondolas
    2 Chairlifts
  • Opening Dates & Times
    Early December to mid-April
    8:30am - 4:30pm
  • Terrain Summary
    Runs - 30km
    Longest run - 6km
    Advanced - 0%
    Intermediate - 55%
    Beginner - 45%
  • Lift Pass Price
    Day Ticket 22/23
    Mont Blanc Unlimited Pass
    Adult - €76
    Child - €64.60
    Child u/5yr - Free

    Chamonix Le Pass
    Adult - €49.60 to 62
    Child - €42.20 to 52.70
    Child u/5yr - Free
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Balme Tour Vallorcine - Reviews

Balme Tour Vallorcine - Reviews

Surprisingly Good

22/02/2022

Sean

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Sean

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  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    4

Surprisingly Good

22/02/2022
Le Tour is one of the least talked about ski resorts in the Chamonix region and we were even told to not "waste our time" going there but we were glad we did. It was not a good week for ski conditions as Chamonix had not gotten snow for a couple weeks when we visited in January. Le Tour surprisingly had the best snow conditions and was the least skied off. We were able to still find some powder stashes if we traversed skiers left across the Swiss border from the Tete De Balme lift. While Grands Montets and Brevent-Flegere have more options for expert freeriders, Le tour did have some great off piste freeride terrain easily accessible from the lifts if you were willing to hike/skin. Le Tour was the least crowded resort in Chamonix, had a good mix of piste trails and off piste areas, and could be a hidden gem on powder days to avoid the crowds at Grands Montets. The resort is about a 15-20 minute drive from the Chamonix town center and there are buses to get there. There is also accommodation closer to Le Tour but I would recommend staying in Chamonix to get the full experience of one of the best ski cities in the world. Chamonix has amazing restaurants, tons of shopping, lively bars, and is tucked between some of the most beautiful mountains in the Alps. See our video here

Don't Forget Le Balme at Chamonix...

11/10/2019

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  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Telemarker
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    5

Don't Forget Le Balme at Chamonix...

11/10/2019
Gondola from Le Tour up to Charamillon at Balme ski area
Top of Tete de Balme looking to Chamonix & Mont Blanc
Train & gondola at Vallorcine
L'Aiguillette lift & Restaurant Alpage de Balme
Soak up the views down valley at Balme.....

For a relaxing, fun ski experience at Chamonix, don't forget to visit Balme-Tour -Vallorcine. Often dismissed as a beginner's ski area with old lifts, that somewhat justified reputation also brings with it a lack of crowds, gorgeous views, some excellent off-piste terrain & a feel for skiing the Chamonix of old.

The only multi-aspect ski area in Chamonix, Domaine de Balme has terrain covering west, east, north & sunny southerly aspects, providing great ski conditions on any given day in any prevailing wind.

The ski resort is far & away the best in Chamonix for improving beginner & intermediate skiers, but still has substantial off-piste powder potential on the cold, shaded north-aspect under & around the Tete de Balme chairlift toward Vallorcine. The valley into Le Tour village is an absolute beauty. In addition to the wonderful top to village piste trail it has several good freeride powder options on the right day.

When eating on the mountain, either brown bag it and sit on the loungers outside the picnic room at the top of the gondola at Charamillon or eat out at the lovely Restaurant Alpage de Balme huts near the L'Aiguillette surface lift. Either way, you can soak up the views of mountains & the entire valley. The sun does takes a bit longer to hit the Charamillon lodge in mid-winter.

Accommodation wise, Le Tour is the most authentic of the Chamonix villages & has several lodging options as close to ski-in as one can get in the valley. It’s learn-to-ski area ( La Vormaine) is the best in the valley, extending out from the top of the delightful village, with glacier snouts clinging to the high ridges above adding to the experience. The gondola up to the ski area leaves from the top of town & buses link easily to the other Cham ski areas.

The Vallorcine side of the resort is super cold & super quiet. Deep in shadow during winter, staying here would test the mettle of the hardiest powderhound. Several good accom options, a train station linking it to Martigny in Switzerland & Chamonix, low people numbers, plus a gondola within 100m of the train station more than make up for the cold temps & no sunshine. Access from Vallorcine goes straight to the best advanced terrain on Balme too.

Go here on a powder day & reap the rewards! I repeat, don't forget to ski Balme when visiting Chamonix....

See our video here