Also known as "Domaine de Balme", this wide sunny ski area links the two villages of Le Tour and Vallorcine.
With wide slopes and gentle gradients, this is one of our favourite areas for cruising the pistes and stopping for a leisurely lunch. Featuring lots of intermediate runs with easily accessible off-piste in between, this is a great area for getting your ski legs back and warming up before you hit the steeper terrain at Les Grands Montets.
It's very popular with ski tourers and many itineraries involve crossing the border and dropping down into Switzerland, from where you can ride the train back to Chamonix! Known for being one of the best places in the valley on a powder day, it also has areas that are highly avalanche prone. Don't contemplate going back country without a mountain guide
, too many accidents happen up here for it to be worth the risk.
Le Tour is home to a couple of great restaurants, Les Ecuries under the Charamillon chairlift and Les Alpages at the bottom of the Aiguillette des Possettes - both are small but very popular so booking is highly recommended!
As well as all the pistes at the top of the gondola there is also the biggest nursery slope in the valley, La Vormaine, at the bottom. You can buy a separate lift pass to access the drag lift (payable on-site) and practice your pizza and french fries before mustering up the confidence to try out the bigger slopes. The home run from Le Tour brings you right down beside La Vormaine, making it ideal for mixed groups. More experienced skiers can take the gondola up top while beginners stay down at the bottom and then you can all meet up for lunch easily!
As well as skiing and snowboarding, Le Tour has something else up its sleeve - speed riding
. Using a small fast parachute to skim the pistes and swoop over drops, you don't have to be an expert skier and your tandem pilot will teach you all you need to know to have the ride of your life!
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