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Focus: Choosing your ski resort: the experts' 10 top tips

6 - The legendary peaks: Mont Blanc and Pic de Midi

Choosing your ski resort: the experts' 10 top tips © Copyright

The Chamonix-Mont Blanc valley is like Mecca for snow lovers. People from all over the world come here to admire the impressive sights, hurtle down the slopes and to climb the highest mountain in Western Europe with its peak at 4810 metres. Originally formed by glaciers, the Chaminox-Mont Blanc valley has four ski resorts - all with their own unique charm. There is the mysterious Chamonix, the family-friendly resort Les Houches, the authentic Servoz, and the natural beauty of Vallorcine to choose from.

Another peak well worth visiting is Pic de Midi. Not as well known as the likes of Mont Blanc, the peak at 2877 metres above sea level is equally as impressive, where you can see for miles over the endless rows of French and Spanish mountains. Accessible from Mongie or Grand Tourmalet, Pic de Midi towers over these two mountains with a height difference of 1600 metres. It is here, amongst the peaks, that skiers will spend their days cruising down the slopes, skiing for hours with exceptional views.

The closest airport is Geneva International, and there are train and bus links between the city and Chamonix-Mont Blanc.

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