- The vertical drop from summit to base is 3235 ft. The average difference in altitude between base and summit of Ski Resorts in France is 2785 ft. The high point of the ski resort is located at an elevation of 7382 ft.
- Season starts on Dec 23 and ends on Apr 22 (120 days). Average season duration in France is 113 days.
- Average snow depth during the season (Dec 23 to Apr 22) is 47 " at summit elevation and 9 " at base elevation. Snow coverage is usually best during February, offering an average snow depth of 52 " at summit elevation and 13 " at the base.
- Col de Balme (Vallée de Chamonix) features 68 sunny days on average per season. The average for all ski Resorts in France is 70 sunny days. February is the sunniest month with an average of 21 sunny days.
The Ski Resort
For those who mainly want to improve their skiing abilities before trying out the more challenging slopes of the Chamonix Valley, the ski area Domaine de Balme provides a perfect basis.
Being the one resort that is situated furthest away from Chamonix, you will have to calculate an extra 20 minutes to get there. At the resort itself you will encounter a number of 22 well groomed and gently swung trails. As the skiing area is of largest interest to beginners, it is, compared to the others in the area of Chamonix, the quietest. At Col de Balme, the nicely prepared trails for beginners and intermediates will help the young and the old to improve or refresh their skiing abilities.
The area also offers great possibilities of off piste skiing, providing a good basis for those who want to experience the fun of powder snow for the first time.
Whether you want to learn how to ski, instruct your family and friends or simply enjoy a relaxed
and quiet skiing atmosphere – Col de Balme will be a great place for your winter holiday.