If the snow is thin in Chamonix, Aiguille du Midi or Grands Montets have enough altitude to always get snow. This is serious snowboarding off piste riding. If you're into tricks, check out some of the natural kickers at Le Brevent and La Flégère.
To learn, the pistes of Le Tour and Les Houches are most accommodating. There's a halfpipe built at the Grands Montets and a natural one at Le Tour. Check out our Snowboarding Parks & Pipes page for more information.
These are just guide lines. Each area has the potential for serious action as well as being a useful learning environment. The Chamonix Bus will take you for free to any of these areas.
Chamonix rates high on the competition/freeride circuit and hosts a number of events each winter. Check out our events page to see what's on in Chamonix.