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Skiing Guide to Mont Blanc, France
Mont Blanc, meaning White Mountain, is the highest mountain in the Alps and Europe with its highest summit at 4,180m. Mont Blanc is unique in the sense that it has two sides, the French and Italian side. The French side houses a wonderful town at the foot of the mountain called Chamonix, which is usually the start of every skier's journey. Though Mont Blanc is just one mountain, it is actually a massif composed of many skiing routes and spires.

Mont Blanc is loved by winter sports enthusiasts for many reasons. Apart from scaling its dangerous sides, skiing around the ranges of Mont Blanc presents challenges for the advanced and a fun filled experience for beginners.

The closest ski area to the Mont Blanc Mountain would be The Valley Blanche (La Vallée Blanche) which starts at the tip of Aiguille du Midi and ends in the lovely Chamonix town. Its off-piste skiing is un-maintained and unmarked but in turn, it gives you one of the amazing unmatched scenery the Mont Blanc range has to offer.

If you choose to go by the most popular starting route ( The Aiguille du Midi) , which stands at a height of 3812m, prepare to join the queue! However, for a little extra and to make the best out of your weekend, I suggest you pre-booking your cable car so you get there without the long hours of waiting.

There are 4 main ways / routes which you can choose to go down from when you've reached the "arête". If you're with your guide and a novice he would probably recommend the classical route "voie normal". However, if you feel up to the challenge and are technically more experienced, try the Le Vrai Valley Blanche, the Petit Envers du Plan and the Grand Envers du Plan. On your way down don't forget to take in the beautiful surroundings as you pass by the Mer de Glace glacier on your way down.

If you're not comfortable high up, try out Les Houches which is also known as the "nursery slopes" of Mont Blanc. Start at the top of the Bellevue lift and make your way down to the gentle runs of Abbaye.

If you're up for a red run, the Col de Voza and Fontaines make a great start to your skiing adventure. For the really advanced, no trip is completed without the world cup black run of Verte des Hounches.
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Orson Johnson writes for Holiday Velvet, a website providing Skiing accommodation in France and vacation accommodation worldwide.
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