The 70-kilometer stretch of mountains, valleys and glaciers in between Chamonix and Zermatt is ripe for backcountry skiing adventure.
While headed from one city to the other along the Haute Route or reverse Haute Route are the most popular options, there is plenty more to see and do in the area as well. Ski mountaineering expeditions up Mont Blanc and Grand Combin combine incredible views from the top of alpine peaks with adrenaline-pumping descents down their impeccable slopes.
For those looking for something a little bit different, helicopter assisted backcountry skiing from both spots is particularly popular. Head to your favourite spot on the Haute Route for a single, longer day of incredible skiing or head somewhere else in the backcountry.
During the winter, the Chamonix-Zermatt area is quite humid with average daily temperatures hovering around freezing. Temperatures decrease significantly as you gain altitude. The humid conditions mean there is always plenty of snow in the region as well during the winter.
The best way to get to Chamonix or Zermatt is to fly into the Geneva International Airport (GVA). From here, both cities are easily accessed by either hiring a car and making the 1 to 3 hour drive, respectively. Buses and trains are also available to get you to both destinations.
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