Domaine Brevent Flegere Snowboarding
The 7th most popular snowboarding destination in France.
Tuesday 9 August 2016 06:13 GMT
Southeast of Geneva and just north of Chamonix, the Brevent / Flegere ski areas have a combined 13 lifts accessing 33 pistes known for their unparalleled views of Mont Blanc. While the absolute maximum vertical drop is 1,495m, you would typically rarely do it. The more realistic vertical drop is about 500m. This family friendly ski area is actually two distinct ski areas that are only interconnected by a two-way cable car (closed on windy days). Most of the skiers that come to the valley are up on Le Brevent. From the summit of the Le Brevent cable car, there is a nice groomed black piste off the back, and there is an excellent out-of-bounds backcountry tour heading west down about 400m of vertical before heading south up Aiguillette des Houches then dropping down to the hamlet of Le Coupeau.
La Flegere and Le Brevent offer some nice freeriding opportunities with off-piste cliff-lines and couloirs. If you are looking for some challenge at Le Brevent, try out the Kitchen Wall. At La Flegere, look for some off-piste challenges to the right and to the left of the upper gondola. At the end of the day in La Flegere, try the run from the L Index summit to the Les Praz base.
By the way, the top of the Index lift at La Flegere is the starting point for some of the best backcountry ski tours in the Chamonix area. Two of the best tours both head down into the Berard Valley; the Col De Beaugent and the Crochues-Berard routes. The Col de Beaugent starts from the top of the Index lift and heads for Lac Blanc by traversing northeast and then southeast around the Combe Des Aiguilles Crochues (which can be ice covered). At Lac Blanc, skin up towards the Tete sur les Lacs and on up to Col de Beaugent. The final ascent starts on the right and traverse left across icy rocks. From the summit, there are two descent options down either down Glacier De Beaugent or Glacier d Anneuley into Berard Valley to the road at the Col du Montets.
If you are looking for a good on slope place for lunch in Brevent, try out La Bergerie Restaurant.
For apres ski near Le Brevent, check out La Cabolee.
The Domaine Brevent Flegere is part of the Mont Blanc lift pass system. The 15km Chamonix valley has seven separate ski areas with 47 lifts serving 145 runs totaling 182km of pistes. These separate ski areas are interconnected by bus service, which can be unreliable and very crowded at times, and by the regional Mont Blanc valley train service (hotels provide a Guest Card for free bus and train service).
If you are looking for a good lift pass deal, consider the Mont Blanc Unlimited lift pass for six days or more that provides access to all the Chamonix valley ski area lifts including Aiguille du Midi, all the Courmayeur lifts with a free shuttle bus from Chamonix, and Les 4 Vallees around Verbier, Switzerland.
Note: the two runs down from the mid-stations at Le Brevent and La Flegere to Chamonix and La Praz, respectively, require a lot of snow in order to open and and stay open. Most people take the lift down from the mid-stations.
To reach the snowboarding at Chamonix valley from Geneva by car, head southeast on Route A40, and then southeast on Route N205 into Chamonix.
If you are looking for some apres ski action in Chamonix, try Chamouny, Brasserie de Rond Point, Irish Coffee, Chambre Neuf, Micro Brasserie Du Chamoni , No Escape, L Adventure or La Terrase. For some nightlife in Chamonix, definitely check out Bar de Moulins, Arbat, The Blue, Choucas Video Bar, Le Pete disco, Le Cantina Club, BPM Night Club, Bushwacker, Le Garage, No Escape or Wild Wallabies Bar.
By the way, when you check in to your hotel in Chamonix, make sure to ask for the free guest card called Carte D Hote that provides free access to the ski buses and train in the valley. During hours of lift operation, there are regular buses between the ski areas at least every half hour, while the train tends to run once an hour.
Overall, Domaine Brevent Flegere is the 7th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 47 snowboarding resorts in France. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Domaine Brevent Flegere including Vallee Blanche, Les Grands Montets, Domaine De Balme and Domaine Des Houches.