Domaine du Balme is probably the best ski area in the valley for beginners and intermediates. At the bottom three drag lifts make up the Vormaine area, ideal for complete novices or children with its green and blue runs.
Off the back-side of Le Tour there is plenty of off-piste - this is arguably the favourite area of boarder's in the Chamonix Valley.
The main ski area consists of 19 pistes in total - 1 black, 7 reds and 11 blues. A new chairlift on the Vallorcine side of the valley has opened up the ski area enormously, adding an extra 4 or 5 runs not to mention the off piste in Le Balme Le Tour & Vallorcine Ski Areaopportunities.
There is an idyllic off piste run through the trees right down to the train station at Vallorcine. After an aprés-ski drink at the station bar a scenic train ride back into the Chamonix valley is a great way to finish the day.
There are restaurant facilities at Charamillon. Although the parking is fairly good at Le Tour the Chamonix free bus is the best way to get there.
How to access Le Tour Balme and Vallorcine Ski Area
Normally we say that Le Tour Vallorcine and Balme Ski Area/Resort is the easiest one of the all Chamonix Valley. It's good and perfect for a first day of skiing. The runs are in most Blues and Green, with some easy reds.
You have two access ways to this ski resort/area. By the village of Le Tour or by the village of Vallorcine. Both ways are equipped with very recent cable cars. It's a perfect spot to be in a good weather day. Not only because it's 100% sun exposed but also because you have the most beautiful view of the all Chamonix Valley.