About Chamonix / Le Tour
The Village of Le Tour
Le Tour is a quiet Savoyarde village situated at the head of the Chamonix Valley with a mix of old chalet style buildings and a few self catered apartment blocks. Compared to Chamonix Town and even Argentiere you will feel like you are in another world here despite being just 5 minutes drive from Argentiere with its bars, restaurants and hotels . This is a quiet place and perfect if you enjoy nothing more at the end of a day on the mountain than to stay at home, eat and relax.
There are only a couple of places here to eat and no après ski as such although sat drinking a cold beer on the terrace of the hotel at the top of the car park on a nice day is something that has to be experienced….stunning views is an understatement!
If you do choose le Tour for your next ski holiday then more than likely you will be going self catered so try and do a big shop down in Sallanches before coming up the hill. You will very quickly get tired of driving down to the small, expensive and very busy supermarket in Argentiere and there are no shops in the village. Alternatively if you are a larger group consider choosing a company that can offer a fully catered package in your chalet. Here at Alpine Independents we recommend Mountain Relish.
We would also strongly recommend you have a car if staying in Le Tour
The ski area
The Domaine de Balme can be accessed by gondola either from le Tour or the village of Vallorcine which is close to the Swiss border.
The Charamillon area on the le Tour side of the mountain is definitely the best place in the Chamonix Valley for beginners – the wide open areas at the bottom are perfect for making your first turns and you will soon have the confidence to head higher up the mountain.
On the Vallorcine side you will find some steeper slopes and excellent off piste and when conditions are good the ski down into Trient in Switzerland is fabulous but do make sure you use a fully qualified guide.
The Domaine de Balme has more than its fair share of drag lifts but these can be avoided by using chairlifts and on a windy day it can get very cold up there…other than that it’s a great little ski area with something for all levels.