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Col de Balme (Vallée de Chamonix) Ski Resort

Vallorcine, Le Tour

Trail Map Col de Balme (Vallée de Chamonix)

The Ski Resort

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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.

Interesting facts

  • 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 2687 ft. The high point of the ski resort is located at an elevation of 7382 ft.
  • Average snow depth during the season is 46 " at summit elevation and 10 " at base elevation. Snow coverage is usually best during March, offering an average snow depth of 54 " at summit elevation and 5 " at the base.
  • Col de Balme (Vallée de Chamonix) features 62 sunny days on average per season. The average for all ski Resorts in France is 60 sunny days. February is the sunniest month with an average of 23 sunny days.

Infrastructure & Rental

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last update on Jan 9, 2023
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Domaine de Balme - Vallorcine
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Mountain Stats

Elevation4147 ft - 7382 ft
Opening DayDec 17, 2022
Closing DayApr 16, 2023
Capacity 16680 Persons/Hr.
Hours9:00 AM - 4:15 PM


Total 9

Skiable Terrain

18 miles
Overall Slope Length 18 miles
Number of Slopes 24

Weather (3396 ft)

Open Lifts & Trails


1 day adult €62
1 day child €52.70
All rates & fees