Chamrousse – Skiing vacation on Olympia-slopes Chamrousse (1400-2250 m)


Originally built as an Olympic village for the winter games 1968 in the French Alps, the small mountain village Chamrousse and its skiing village in the French Alps has been becoming increasingly popular since then. No wonder: Thanks to its location, the skiing region of Chamrousse is regarded as one of the most snow-safe areas of the Alps and at the same time offers much sun throughout the day all the way to the evening hours. Especially on weekends the skiing village at an altitude of 1.700 and the slope area located from 1.600 to 2.250 meters is very popular and draws winter athletes from the village Grenoble that is only 15 kilometres away, who value Chamrousse as a skiing paradise at the their doorstep. A skiing paradise that offers nearly 100 kilometres of slopes for every taste and every athletic level. The breath-taking panorama of the skiing region Chamrousse is included. At the same time skiing vacationers can enjoy the view over the neighbouring city Grenoble and the high altitude Alpine glacier area all around.

The direct vicinity of the skiing station Chamrousse with its two village districts and the cosy chalet village Bachat-Bouloud to the slopes of the skiing region and a total of 23 lifts – among them also the modern cable car La Croix de Chamrousse – provide ideal conditions for a relaxed skiing vacation with the entire family.

Ski area Chamrousse Detailed information:

Length of ski slopes 90 km
easy 45 km
medium 29 km
difficult 16 km
Number of ski slopes 40
Green 7
Blue 14
Red 13
Black 6
Ski lifts 15
Ski tows 8
Chairlifts 6
Cable cars 1
Snow cannons 53
Snowparks 1
Floodlight slopes 1
Cross-country skiing km
Toboggan runs 1

Further information

Downhill valley run into the sunset

The skiing region Chamrousse is mainly known for its Olympic slopes, where the Frenchman Jean-Claude Killy won no less than three gold medals in the winter games of 1968. Among them is also one of the most difficult Olympic slopes of all times, the legendary Casse-Rousse-Piste with 850 meters of height difference on only 4.000 meters length. Numerous further ambitious black and red slopes can be found mainly in the area of the Chamrousse-district Le Recoin underneath the peak Croix de Chamrousse. Easy and medium-hard slopes for beginners, families & Co. can be found on the slopes above the other village district of Chamrousse, Roche Béranger, including downhill runs through beautiful mountain woods and slopes for carving fans without trees. Special slopes for cross skiers, deep snow slopes and slalom slopes round off the overall offer of the skiing village Chamrousse.

A speciality of the Olympic skiing area: As the slopes above Chamrousse are sunny until the evening hours, ski vacationers are frequently able to enjoy their last downhill run of the day enjoying the sunset. Chamrousse lives up to its name, meaning “red snow fields“. If you want to enjoy the exceptional pleasure of a night slope, you can marvel at the sparking sea of lights of Grenoble on your way downhill.

Snowboarders have several funparks with many rails, kickers, slides, jumps and a halfpipe and a kids funpark available, next to the numerous deep snow options, so that Chamrousse is meanwhile also called „Espace Freestyle”.

Cross-country skiers can explore the beautiful area around Chamrousse on 55 kilometres of wonderfully prepared trails, like for example on a wooded high plateau at the edge of the village Roche Béranger. There is a skating trail that is 37 kilometres long for ambitioned athletics, and vacationers that bring dogs can use the dog trail. The Astragale, a 9 kilometre circular trail at an altitude of 1.600 meters is perfect for a longer day tour.

The award „Les p´tits montagnards“ that is only given to especially children and family-friendly skiing villages shows that Chamrousse lays great emphasis on being family friendly. Installations like a children’s practicing area, a visitors kindergarten and a children’s skiing school are a fixed part of the skiing area. Small skier up to an age of 6 do not need a ski pass.

Adventure on and under the ice is guaranteed

Chamrousse also offers a perfect entertainment program for young and older apart from the slopes. Adventurous vacationers can enjoy one of the toboggan runs of the skiing area, take a tour with the snowmobile, try driving a car on the ice, take a ride with a dogsled, or even dive underneath ice in special courses. If your preference is slightly more relaxed, you can take a winter hike with or without snowshoes or go Nordic Walking on one of the numerous hiking trials, test your skills on ice-skates and curling, visit the nearby ice waterfall and be impressed by this rare natural spectacle. Different sports facilities like the adventure waterworld Centre Aquatique, an ice-skating rink, tennis courts and a fitness centre round off the entertainment offers of the skiing region Chamrousse.

Ski resorts Chamrousse