Chamonix: When does the ski season 2021/22 open?


Chamonix is world-renowned for its vast & diverse ski domains, where one can ski or practice many other winter sports.

It's the middle of September already and many snow sports enthusiasts are looking forward to the ski season 2021/22 in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc.

If the weather is favourable, some areas might open mid-November, however, most ski domains in Chamonix plan to open mid-December.

The Grands Montets ski area can be accessed via the Plan Joran cable car. Photo source
La Flegere chalet and ski resort in Chamonix Mont Blanc valley

Grands Montets

The Grands Montets ski area is scheduled to open partially from 20 November 2021, which means on weekends only.

From 4 December 2021, it will be open everyday until the end of the season.

The Argentière - Lognan et Lognan - Les Grands Montets cable cars remain closed, as a result of the fire at the Lognan cable car mid-station, which took place on 11 September 2018, at the Lognan intermediate station (1972 m).

However, the Grands Montets will be open this winter season via the Plan Joran lift (2134 m).

Future 3S cable car for the Grands Montets

By 2024, tourists will once again be able to enjoy the magic of these great natural areas, thanks to the lift-stations designed by the famous Italian architect Renzo Piano.

According to Compagnie du Mont-Blanc, access to the top of Grands Montets (3300m) will be made thanks to the future 3S cable car, which will offer comfort and safety at the highest level.

The famous architect will redesign the valley floor station in Argentière, the existing building will be replaced by a smaller cable car station in a better location for the public transport, including direct access to and from the Argentière village and train station.

How should it look like the future 3S Cable Car. Photo source:

La Flégère

The Flégère ski area is scheduled to open partially from 11 December to 17 December 2021 and then everyday from 18 December until the end of the season.

As a reminder, in April 2019, the old Flégère cable cars were decommissioned and replaced with 10-seater modern gondolas. These modern gondolas takes you in the greatest comfort to the La Flégère site (1877m). At the top, tourists are enchanted by the new arrival station with an innovative design and a breathtaking panorama.

If you want to go higher, from La Flégère, the chairlift takes you to the Index (2595m) and its panoramic view.

The new Flegere gondola, photo source

The Weather

For the "snow and avalanche" information one can check the first bulletins, that will be published on Météo France website and smartphone app from the end of October.

Usaually until begining of December, the risk of an avalanche is not quantified, but people have acces to information on the snowpack, its stability and the snowfall.

After mid-December, in Chamonix is high season, with a risk of avalanche encrypted. For the Avalanche Risk Assessment Bulletin for Chamonix, check the METEO STATION CHAMONIX MONT-BLANC

Most ski areas in Chamonix will open mid-December.

Check here the exact opening time for the ski lifts.

Check here the prices for the 2021-2022 sason for the Mont-Blanc Unlimited, Chamontix Le Pass and Les Houches Ski Pass.

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