Argentière

Steep descents and endless backcountry, Argentière has it all. 

And if that’s not enough, there’s great music and food too. 

We can tell you where to find it.

Bars

Argentière may seem like Chamonix's quieter little sister, but there is plenty of fun to be had in this old town!

Head to the Savoy Bar, a little wooden shack with peeling paintwork and dusty windows – it doesn't sound like much but when the après-ski band is playing you'll find yourself dancing on the tables with the rest of them...

If you need an excuse to pop out for a beer you can always say that you need to call in at The Office, regular Happy Hours and live music make overtime a pleasure.

If “The Doctor” is ever looking for a new tardis then we reckon Slalom Bar could fit the bill... tucked into a corner with a tiny terrace this little bar somehow manages to host some of the best nights in town; crazy fancy dress parties, regular DJ nights and cocktail promotions might have something to do with it. By day it is a cosy place to curl up with a hot chocolate and chat to locals.

Stone Bar & Pizzeria is an odd mix of French bistro and British pub (complete with dart board), but it seems to work. Great pizzas, friendly owners and rustic wooden interior make it a good place for a few beers after a hard day on the hill.

chamonix accommodationPlanning a big night out? Choose the "in-valley" option to book a taxi within the Chamonix valley.

Restaurants

Argentière mostly stays true to its Savoyard roots where food is concerned, but there are a few other options for when the cheese and potatoes start to become too much.

La Crèmerie du Glacier: This delightful wooden lodge can be accessed on foot via a hiking trail or on skis/snowboard via a short off-piste route from Les Grands Montets. It is renowned for its excellent croûte (a diet-busting dish of cheese, bread, garlic and wine) and for its great value lunch menus. T: +33 (0)4 50 54 07 52.

The Office: Right on the main street, The Office is one of the few bar restaurants that has chairs and tables out on the pavement. The menu is typical hearty après-ski food, burgers, ribs, nachos, etc – we are big fans of their home made cheesecake! T: +33 (0)4 50 54 15 46.

Stone Bar & Pizzeria: Does what it says on the tin – pizzas. And it does them rather well alongside salads, pastas and meat dishes, all with an Italian influence. T: +33 (0)4 50 54 13 17.

Les Chéserys: For Alpine food that's a bit more interesting than the norm, how about wild boar cassolette? This restaurant is a bit more pricey than the others, but well worth it. They source many of their ingredients locally and bake their own bread. T: +33 (0)4 50 18 23 48.

Le Jeu de Paume: Those looking for a real gourmet treat should make the short journey to nearby Lavancher, where Hotel Le Jeu de Paume is renowned for its excellent restaurant. Inventive takes on classic French dishes, made with fresh organic ingredients. T: +33 (0)4 50 54 03 76.

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Tourist Information

Home to Les Grands Montets, the largest and highest ski area in the Chamonix valley.

Argentière is a charming and traditional Alpine village; picturesque chalets and cosy hotels tucked away at the foot of some of the highest peaks in the valley and overlooked by two glaciers, it's a fairly impressive backdrop!

The Grands Montets cable car is just a few minutes walk from the centre of town, taking you directly up to one of the valley's most popular ski areas.

Argentière tourist information office is located just off the main road in a small square, right in the centre of town. It is open daily from 8:30-12:00 and then from 15:00-18:00 (19:00 during French holidays).

Located just 7km from Chamonix centre, Argentière is connected by bus and train (both free with your carte d'hôte ). 

Argentière in winter
You only have to look at the destination on all the ski buses leaving from Chamonix to tell you that Les Grands Montets is where it's at on a powder day – in fact, on any day. High altitude and northerly aspect mean that snow stays cold and fresh, right through the winter season. From here you can access long pisted runs, vast powder fields and even glacial terrain. Although it certainly attracts the adrenaline hunters with their big fat powder skis, there is also plenty for the less experienced skier and snowboarder including nursery slopes for complete beginners. A short bus ride will find you in nearby Le Tour, a beautiful sunny resort with wide gentle slopes and sweeping views along the length of the valley.

Argentière in summer
The snow never entirely melts in the mountains above Argentière, meaning that high-altitude ski touring is still an option all year round. For those who prefer to feel the grass under their feet, there are plenty of beautiful Alpine hiking trails winding up through the pine forests and right to the edges of the glaciers. Rock climbing, canyoning, white-water rafting, paragliding, mountain biking are all on the agenda – just contact us for details .

Mountain Lifestyle favourites
  • Taking the “top bin”, the second stage of the Grands Montets cable car. At 3300m you have one of the best views of the valley, including the icy blue crevasses of the glacier and the jagged teeth of the Drus and Aiguille Verte peaks.
  • Summer hiking through the Aiguilles Rouges Nature Reserve where you're likely to see marmots, bouquetins (ibex) and chamois.
  • Les Grands Montets closing party: the last day of the winter season and the biggest party on the mountain. DJs, fancy dress, BBQ, water slides, big air competitions... usually takes place during the 1st weekend of May.

Map

We know that half the fun of discovering a new place is getting lost but, should you need it, here is a map of Argentière!

The centre of resort is compact enough that you can easily find your way around but there are plenty of places off the beaten track that are well worth a look.

To find winter piste maps and summer trails maps please visit our lift pass pages using the links to the right.

Emergency Contacts

It always helps to have someone on the end of the phone in case of emergency, which is why you'll be given a contact number for one of our Mountain Lifestyle staff should you need assistance in resort.

Here are some other helpful numbers that you should save to your telephone in case you need them:
  • Mountain Lifestyle Office: 00 33 (0)4 86 68 87 16 
  • Tourist Office:  00 33 (0)4 50 54 02 14
  • PGHM (mountain rescue): 00 33 (0)4 50 53 16 89
  • Chamonix Hospital: 00 33 (0)4 50 53 84 00
  • Sallanches Hospital: 00 33 (0)4 50 47 30 30
  • Medical: 15 (helpline for medical emergencies, will dispatch an ambulance if required)
  • Pompiers (fire brigade): 18
  • Urgent assistance: 112 (generic emergency number that can be dialed from anywhere in the European Union)

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