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Argentière - a passion for the mountains

If you have a real passion for the mountains, their traditions, people, sports and scenery, then the little but vibrant resort of Argentière is definitely worth a look, though bear in mind that Argentière's population of just a few hundred increases threefold during the tourist seasons. And it is not hard to see why. Part of the Chamonix Mont Blanc ski area, Argentière not only offers some of the best skiing around, but also is traditionally pretty, set in spectacular scenery and has excellent facilities for après ski and everyday life. There is also easy access to Chamonix and Les Houches for even more of the same!

Atmospheric old town

Argentière, while quieter and more laid back than Chamonix, is still a vibrant little town with plenty going on and good general facilities including a bank and supermarket. There are lots of shops, including ski and mountain sports equipment outlets and hire shops, mostly found in the more modern section of the town, but the best atmosphere is found in the old town. This is extremely picturesque, a typical alpine village with pretty chalets and old customs upheld, including a summer event where the sheep pass through the town en route to their summer pastures on the mountain, which is celebrated with crafts markets and feasting.

Lots to do for all

Après ski is alive and well, with many superb restaurants, discos and bars. When it comes to things to do around town, all ages and tastes are catered for, with children's clubs and entertainment organised in season (summer and winter), art and crafts exhibitions, a swimming pool, sports centre, crèche, bowling alley and a gym. Even more facilities can be found just up the road in Chamonix.

Mountain sports

It doesn't matter if it is winter or summer, fans of mountain sports will find all possibilities on hand from Argentière. The resort has good links to all the pistes and the glacier, and all levels of skiers and snowboarders will find runs to suit their abilities. The resort is best known, though, for serious skiers, with top notch skiing for high intermediates to experts, offering challenging on and off piste skiing from Les Grand Montets and through the Vallée Blanche.

Sports on offer other than skiing!

Winter sports besides skiing include ice climbing, husky sledding, snowshoeing and cross country skiing, while in summer you can try your hand at mountain biking, climbing, canyoning and white water rafting.

How to get there

Geneva Airport, with a good choice of departure points from around the UK, is the closest airport to Argentière. Airlines servicing Geneva include British Airways, Air France, easyJet, Bmi Baby, Flybe and Jet2. Train travel is also possible, with a station handily situated in nearby Chamonix. Drivers should follow the A40 from Geneva, followed by the N205 to Chamonix, and then the D1506. Coach services are also available to Chamonix.

Property prices and availability in and around Argentière

Property in Argentière comes with quite a high price tag, as the destination is well known and respected throughout the skiing and mountain loving world. That said, good apartments can be found for around 200,000 Euros, and rental values are excellent should you decide to offset costs by renting out for parts of the year. The resort is popular in summer as well as winter, and its altitude means there is a long ski season, increasing rental income.

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Argentière AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Argentière?

Argentière lies in the east of France, in the east of the Haute-Savoie department.

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Access: By air: Fly to Geneva. By rail: Nearby Chamonix has a railway station. By road: From the A40, follow the N205 (Chamonix Mont Blanc) and the D1506. Argentière is well signed from Chamonix.

Economy: The economy is based on mountain tourism.

Interesting fact: Together with Les Houches and Chamonix, Argentière is said to be one of the best ski resorts in Europe.


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