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Argentiere lies at an altitude of twelve hundred metres at the head of the Chamonix valley. The Col des Montets connects it with Switzerland. Lying beneath Les Grands Montet and connected by cable car, Argentiere is well placed to enjoy the many varied pistes that accommodate all levels of ability. Although there are nursery slopes, Argentiere is considered to have some of the most challenging pistes in the area. There is also a snow park for boarders. Accommodation caters for most budgets and a variety of bars and restaurants provide a fairly low-key nightlife. There are two ski schools and a crèche for children from three years. An Argentiere ski holiday provides good snow and a varied terrain.
Argentiere lies eight kilometres above Chamonix at the head of the valley, which is one of the prettiest in France with its mountain scenery and its small villages and hamlets. A cable car, one of the highest in Europe, enables visitors of all fitness levels to enjoy some of the most beautiful panoramic views. An Argentiere holiday offers a wealth of skiing and snow boarding experiences by day followed by rather subdued evening entertainment.
Although Argentiere's slopes accommodate all levels of ability, it is particularly popular with advanced skiers. Families and novices can enjoy the gentle nursery slopes. The varied terrain in the snow parks attracts snowboarders.
Argentiere's ski season lasts from mid December until mid April. Being high in the mountains it usually has good snow conditions. Argentiere is also popular in the summer with hill walkers and mountain climbers.
Argentiere is a popular ski resort in the beautiful Chamonix valley. It attracts skiers of every ability level. The gentle slopes, with their snow-clad pines, are ideal for families and novices, while the wide slopes of Marmottons and Arolles are suited to intermediate level. Advanced skiers can take the cable car to Les Grands Montets where there are numerous steep and demanding slopes. The off-piste skiing is very good. Snow boarders experience a variety of terrain in the snow park. There are eighteen pistes in all that are serviced by ten lifts with the highest lift taking you to an altitude of over three thousand metres. Ski schools provide tuition for all levels of ability including children from the age of three. There are also mountain guides for those who wish to take longer off-piste routes.
Alternative outdoor activities include walks with snow shoes, ice skating and skidoo riding. For those who don’t receive enough of an adrenalin rush from black runs, there are also opportunities for hang gliding and paragliding.
Argentiere has a sports centre with a swimming pool and gymnasium. There is also a bowling alley.
Argentiere is a fairly relaxed resort with the few bars and a disco offering evening entertainment along with a number of good restaurants. Those who wish for livelier evenings can make the short journey to Chamonix.
Argentiere's nightlife is fairly low-key. Although there are a number of bars, some with music, and a disco, it is not a resort that parties into the night.
Argentiere shopping is rather limited. There are small supermarkets for essential provisions and sports shops for equipment. Those looking for a greater variety can take the bus to Chamonix where there are also boutiques.
Argentiere has a number of restaurants, bistros and cafes serving a varied cuisine and catering for most tastes and pockets. Here you can find hostelries serving rustic country food, fast food, and restaurants serving international cuisine.