Chamrousse Ski Resort
Chamrousse is situated at the entrance to the Belledonne area, only 30km from Grenoble. Just across the valley is the Alpe d'Huez ski area.
Chamrousse surprisingly is little-visited by British tourists. The resort consists of three villages called Chamrousse 1650, Chamrousse 1700 and Chamrousse 1750. Many of the apartment blocks in Chamrousse 1750 that were previously concrete blocks have been recently rebuilt into something more sightly, bringing them more in line with the more attractive, traditional buildings in Chamrousse 1650. The ski area stretches from 1400m to 2250m and has 90km of pistes and 19 lifts. The west-facing nature of the resort guarantees both excellent snow and afternoon and evening sun. In order to make it easy to travel between the villages, there is a free shuttle bus.
Chamrousse 1700 and 1750 provide excellent skiing for beginners and intermediates. Chamrousse 1700 has a beginners area with a collection of green and blue runs and Chamrousse 1750 features mainly blue runs which can be accessed by the chairlifts from the village. These runs cut through the forest and have views over Grenoble, making for a picturesque setting. It is also home to the Sunset Park which includes, amongst other things, jumps and a bordercross track. The terrain above Chamrousse 1650 is steep and varied and is made up of seven black runs and seven red runs, making it perfect for advanced skiers. The area is also home to the famous four-kilometre long men's downhill course and the challenging Casserousse Couloir which provides over 850 metres of vertical ski descent. In total there are more than 90km of pistes in Chamrousse across 43 runs. There are also 37km of cross-country trails.