Argentière, France is the quieter neighbour to Chamonix, situated at the foot of the mighty mountains of Mont Blanc and just 60 miles from Geneva. You get access to the same slopes, the same big mountain terrain but it’s much smaller, and more of a traditional village resort, rather than a big town metropolis.
There’s a wide spread of skiable terrain in the Chamonix valley, split between the areas of Les Houches, Brévent-Flegère and Grands Montets, linked by ski bus. Argentière sits at the bottom of the Grands Montets area, which gives access to great intermediate to advanced skiing from 1,200m to 2,700m. Beginners may find Argentiere a bit too gnarly, but 5 minutes away by bus, you’ll find much better beginner skiing at La Tour.