Argentiere Transfers

Geneva to Argentiere - Door to Door!

It's pretty superlative stuff here in the winter season at Grand Montets and it's all available to you after a mere 90 minutes' drive from Geneva Airport.

Your transfer journey with Mountain Drop-offs sees you going through Chamonix and then heading up the incline to Argentiere. Often the snow line is just after the para-avalanche tunnel at la Poya near Lavanacher, so don't be surprised if it's raining when you board your transfer bus at Geneva Airport and snowing massively when you appear on the main road to Argentiere!


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It's little wonder many of our clients have huge smiles on their faces when they do that Geneva to Argentiere transfer with us - they know they are just minutes away from some of the best skiing in Europe, if not the world.

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Argentiere Events

Much of what goes on in Argentiere during the winter season revolves around the sensational skiing at Les Grands Montets, the ski area that is within the village. Having said that, there are other slightly less gnarly sporting and non-sporting events in and around the resort that are great fun to take part in or watch.

We’ll give you updates on dates as we get them, but look out for things like the Night Time Cross Country Skiing competitions and guided walks around the historical old part of Argentiere. Ski school ESF Argentiere porvides much of the apres-ski entertainment with its weekly torchlit descents, live music and dancing. There are also the Christmas markets in the square in front of the Tourist Office were you can buy your Christmas Tree!

During the summer, another side of Argentiere comes to the fore. Taking a step back from the crazy word of extreme skiing, the village looks back with events and activities often based around the more agricultural roots of the area. Look out for things like Nature Week with hosted hikes into the natural reserves, the cattle parades through the village, the infamous Fete Nationale in August and various arts, crafts and flower markets.

Argentiere In The Summertime

Summer Lifts Too!

Most of Mountain Drop-offs' transfer clients arrive in Argentiere in winter purely to put in some kilometres on the slopes, but when the snow's melted, les Grands Montets in the summer is a true delight too.

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One of the most impressive sights is when the hundreds of goats, sheep and cows are brought up to Lognan and on to the lovely Combe de Pendant Alpage where they graze all summer long. The cable car is open in the main holiday season, so walkers can head off on the Point de Vue trail to check out the glacier, perhaps hike over the Refuge de Lognan, or take in the more pastoral lifestyle at the Pendant chalets to watch the animals.

Back down at resort level, Argentiere comes alive again for the summer, with wonderful flower displays and all the bars and restaurants opening up their terraces for a nice cool beer in the shadow of the Aiguille Rouges.

Make sure you take a wonder around the old part of Argentiere, with its distinctive baroque church (complete with golden tabernacle brought all the way from Venice over the Col du Grand Saint Bernard in the 18th century!), the little wooden protestant chapel and gentle trails around the forest that are the cross country ski tracks in winter.

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Argentiere By Air!

All Year Flights!

Arriving by road into Argentiere from Geneva on your transfer you'll get an idea of the impressive peaks that surround you, but there's nothing better than seeing it all from the air. If your budget will stretch to it, we can highly recommend a helicopter tour of the valley with Chamonix Mont Blanc Helicopters from their base at the foot of the Argentiere glacier (access via the track signposted from the Grands Montets car park).

In 20 minutes you'll swoop up over the exposed seracs of the Argentiere glacier, zoom over the Grand Montets ski area, past Les Drus and the Aiguille du Tacul then circle around Mont Blanc before heading back to base past Chamonix.

If you want to organise a day out on the slopes with a difference, you can charter the heli to take you over to Courmayeur, where the helipad is at the foot of the Val Veny cable car that takes you straight up to the pistes. Mountain Drops-off can then bring you all back again through the Mont Blanc Tunnel as we don't just do airport transfers, we do private charters like this as well!

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Grand Montets Awaits!

Home to the world-famous Les Grands Montets ski area, Argentiere is the beating heart of the Chamonix Valley. What's more, with the various bars and restaurants of Argentiere, you've got plenty of opportunity to party as hard as you ski!

Argentiere in winter

Sitting 8km further up the valley from Chamonix at 1250m means that Argentiere is just that little bit closer to the sky, which is why it can often be raining when you're looking out of the window of your transfer bus until you drive through the para-avalanche tunnel just after Les Tines...and suddenly it's great big fat pizza flakes everywhere!

Argentiere is made up of the main drag with all the commerces, the very quaint old village behind and, just on the other side of the river, the legend that is the Grand Montet ski area. Make no mistake, there's no easy cruising here and yes, when you look at the piste map there are very few lifts, but they do give you access to wealth of off-piste terrain, which is what this ski area is all about.

Geneva ArgentiereBeginners aren't completely forgotten though. Evolution 2 ski school has the Panda Club and there's the Jardin de Neige run by ESF Argentiere. A short transfer by car, bus or even on foot brings you to Les Chosalets, a hidden gem with a handful of drag lifts making it ideals for families and beginners of all ages.

Geneva Argentiere TransferBut back to Les Grands Montets. With skiing from 1252 to 3300m and north facing, it's the most snow-sure area of the valley. The main snow front is Lognan at 1972m where you can bask in the sunshine on the large terraces and watch skiers and snowboarders zooming about all over the place.

Geneva Argentiere TransfersFreestyle fans will love the snow park next to the Marmottons piste with modules of all sizes and a boarder cross section too. If you have a Mont Blanc Unlimited lift pass (the more expensive one that gives you access to everything in the valley), make sure you head up on the 'top' cable car.

Be aware that although there are two black pistes up here, they are un-pisted and traverse glacial terrain, so you need to be a confident skier to come back down on the snow, but you can always take the lift back down after taking in the thinner air and the spectacular views of the glacier and the Aiguille Verte peak at 4122m right in front of you. There's even a little cafe perched up there too for a warming hot choc or something stronger!

Grands Montets best ski spots!

As we said, those lucky enough to have booked their Geneva Airport transfer straight to Argentiere will be the first ones on the slopes of Grand Montets. Here's our little list of favourite off-piste ski spots for those aching to ride the powder. Remember, off piste is dangerous so get equipped and stay safe!

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- Tabe gullies - ideal for a first little foray powder turns, you can do a recce as you take the lift up. Short but often very sweet

- The 'magic' or 'dream' forest - where the powder hounds go on a bad vis day, using Retour Pendant to bring you back up

- Triangle de la Herse - accessed either by cutting under the lift line at the top of Bochard or tracking off to skier's right after the first big left hand bend of the Bochard piste, this whole area is one big paradise after a good snowfall and brings you back onto the track back to Lognan, or you can continue down onto the home run Pierre a Ric

- Combe da la Pendant - heading skier's left after the first ridge of the Bochard piste brings you into the big, wide expanse of a bowl. It gets tracked out really quickly but can be a true delight. The gnarlier skiers head down all the way to Lavancher village, but you really need to know where you're going for this as there are lots of rock faces and couloirs

- La Herse - this high speed chair delivers you to a point where you can access to successive snow-filled bowls on skier's right that run alongside the impressive rock face.

For seriously extreme skiing, there's the likes of the Pas de Chèvre and the Rectiligne Couloir from the top of Grands Montets (which bring you out at the Mer de Glace so you'll need to transfer back to Argentiere if you've parked your car at Grands Montets!). These involve rappels and steep gullies, so a guide is a must.

Ski tourers will love the likes of the Col du Passon across the Argentiere glacier and up, the Tour Noir and the Chardonnet to name but three of the possible routes.

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