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Location: snowHeadLand
1. Resort: Chamonix
2. Country: France
3. Domain: Mont Blanc
4. Author: Whitegold
5. Date: Jan 2009
6. Our Holiday: Small group of couples
7. Website:
8. Basics: Southeast France. Around 60 to 90 mins from Geneva
9. Lift System: The lift system is wholly inadequate. Lifts are old and slow. Liftlines in the valley can be long even in the offseason. Waiting halfhour for a skibus is commonplace. Scorecard = 2 / 10
10. The Terrain: The onpiste is good. Limited but useful mix of blues, reds and blacks. 7 / 10
11. The Snow: Exceptional snow during our stay. Valley is shadowed by tall mountains, helping to maintain the snow. 8 / 10
12. Off-piste: The liftserved offpiste is the best in the world. Steep and deep everywhere. 10 / 10
13. The Resort: The town is busy. The nightlife is reasonably good. Lots of chavs, however. 7 / 10
14. Food: There are some decent restaurants, but you have to search for them. 7 / 10
15. Accommodation: Mostly mid-range hotels. 6 / 10
16. Costs: Chamonix offers reasonable value, considering it is such a popular resort. 8 / 10
17. Conclusion: Chamonix has the steepest offpiste on the planet. This makes it a must-visit destination. But be prepared for tracked-out powder, huge liftlines and tiresome waiting for overcrowded skibuses.

Total Scorecard = 55 / 80 (69%). For comparison, Verbier gets 56 / 80 (70%).

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