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Beginner/Novice slopes in Chamonix area

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Hi all
just wondering if anyone has any suggestions for good slopes for beginners in the Chamonix area - any preferences or instructors to recommend - hopefully going mid-jan this year - obviously covid dependant Smile
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Brevent

And Le Tour if you like it quiet.
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Le Tour is the best bottom of the hill cheap ticket slope for complete beginners. After that the next progression area is Les Houches, though Le Tour isn't bad. Brevent is just too busy.
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Les Houches - Begginner areas are at the top. A single drag at the top of the Bellevue, a Chair and Magic carpet at the top of the Parion and a Detachable chair with very easy runs and a good cafe (La Cha).
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Another no for Brevent. But yes for Les Houches and Le Tour. Sorry, don't know any instructors.
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I think there’s relative advantages either way for le tour (technically la Vormaine) vs Les Houches depending on the make up of the group. E.g. if you’ve got young kids, La vormaine means you can park 20m from the slope and there’s a cafe overlooking it to spectate from. The ski pass is also much cheaper, and the lifties are brilliant with kids. However, there’s no magic carpet (might count as good or bad, depends on your instructor’s views). Les Houches can have better snow as it’s a bit higher, but it’s more of a faff at the start/end of the day.

My kids rotated between all the areas depending on snow conditions. Savoy and planards are also worth a mention as pure beginner only slopes.

Instructor-wise I can massively recommend Nico Dunand - great guy, fluent English, but very popular so books up months (sometimes years) in advance. Has taught us, our kids and our friends for nearly a decade. https://www.facebook.com/mountainschoolchamonix/
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To add to (and agree with) all of the above, based upon personal experiences with a few beginners:
- complete beginners: Savoy (and book an instructor!)
- one or two lessons in, and wanting to gradually build confidence: beginners area of Les Houches
- starting to get the hang of it, and wanting to push a little, but have something comfortable to fall back on: just on from the beginners are in Les Houches, or Le Tour with someone whe can select the right slopes
- still beginner, but getting the hang of it, and happy to repeat slopes, while allowing others in the group to push on a bit: Flegere

Of course if you're staying in Le Tour, then stick with that. Likewise if you're staying in Les Houches, stay there! Don't drag complete beginners up and down the valley if it's not needed, that will put them off faster than anything else. Instructors can be booked for any area, and they all have beginner areas of some kind that a decent (!) instructor will know how to use. Yes, even Grands Montets! (Chosalets)

(Funny that absolutely no one is suggesting Les Planards, though it is a small 'beginner friendly' area Laughing )
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@Andy_Mac, while I can't claim expertise about the whole valley I am happy to second @Idris's recommendation of La Cha.
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Instructor - Simon Halliwell - http://www.powderama.com/about-us/our-team/
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thanks guys! I forgot to say I'm beginner snowboarded - does that change anybody's opinion of the areas suggested at all ? Is it easy to get around the area on bus's to checkout other slopes? wont be driving so using bus's
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@Andy_Mac, Vormaine is all drag lifts ...
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Andy_Mac wrote:
thanks guys! I forgot to say I'm beginner snowboarded - does that change anybody's opinion of the areas suggested at all ? Is it easy to get around the area on bus's to checkout other slopes? wont be driving so using bus's


Begginer and easy lift at Prarion are both chair and the above cafe is still easily accessable.

Snowboard instructor - Kieran Mac Donald Sharp
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