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.
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
- 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
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.