- 2 gondolas
- 2 chairlifts (1 in summer)
- 4 skilifts (in winter)
- 1480 m departure
- 2270 m Top of the area
- 450 000 passages a year
History1930 : First ski lift gives access to the Charamillon pastures. Replaced a few years later with a chairlift.
1956 : The chairlift is transformed into a gondola, new developments mark the true beginning of the Balme area then known as the Tour area
1986 - 1992 : New detachable gondola lift & creation of ski lifts, this is the time of renewal and expansion of the area.
1997 : Commissioning of a new Tête de Balme chairlift which opens up the Vallorcine side and instantly doubles the ski area with three major new pistes.
2000 : The gondola departure station is fully renovated.
2004 : Construction of the Vallorcine gondola. The Tour area now becomes the Balme area, accessible from both sides and now easily accessible to nearby Swiss customers.
2012 : creation of the Mountain bike trail
Amongst the alpine pastures and starting from the villages of le Tour and Vallorcine, the Balme areas offer multiple skiing and pleasure on two distinct slopes. In the Charamillon sector, you can enjoy wide, gentle pistes facing the Chamonix Valley, while the Vallorcine sector enables you to ski through the pine trees near the Swiss border. It is possible to ski back to the resort.
Slalom StadiumTry out your ski skills in the filmed slalom stadium situated above the Autannes ski lift. A brand new experience on offer thanks to Chamonix and the Compagnie du Mont-Blanc linking up with renowned car makers BMW. Your performance is immediately available for viewing : using your skipass and a special terminal (situated in front of le Tour ESF) you can watch your run and share it on a large screen at Charamillon. You can also view it on the internet (skiline) ! Your ski height loss in the Balme area is also calculated thanks to waypoint markers present at various points. You can find out your total height loss over the day using a special terminal at the Argentière ESF cabin where Le Tour gondola departs from, or visit skiline.cc.
Bordering Switzerland, this alpine domain takes advantage of vast high mountain pastures, among the last ones in the valley still being exploited. It is also the ideal domain for mountain biking.
Not to be missed : The view of the Mont-Blanc range, the Chamonix Valley and the Aiguilles Rouges range. Behind, a magnificent viewpoint towards Switzerland, le Tour glacier and the herds of cows in the mountain pastures.