Map of Argentière - Chamonix Area. Notice that Italy and Switzerland are only about 10-15km away.
Les Grands Montets Ski Hill (right), Chardonnet (left), and Glacier in Argentière. View is from the SNCF train station.
Running Brook in the Village of Argentière. These brooks do not seem to freeze, no matter what the temperature.
Our Hotel de Savoie in Argentière - 69 Euros per night ensuite, including breakfast. Our room was in the top left, overlooking the mountains.
Argentière valley from Les Grands Montets, looking toward Switzerland.
Chardonnet at Sunset (from our Window)
Judy Cross-Country skiing in Argentière with Chardonnet and gondola in the background.
The Village of Chamonix, with ski hills and avalanche clearings in the background.
Para-Sailing (para-pente in French) above Chamonix
Aiguille de Midi above Chamonix. Alpine skiers take the lift up for 40 Euros and descend for 2 1/2 hours.
The Village of Le Buet (near Vallorcine)
Cross-Country Skiing in Vallorcine
The Village of Le Tour (just east of Argentière). You can see Mont Blanc in the background on the left.
Les Drus above Chamonix. This peak is about 1 km high and over the last two summers large parts of it broke off, covering the valley below in dust. The light shaded area is the part that broke off.
Mer de Glace above Chamonix. This is the glacier which skiers descend on after taking the gondola on Aiguille de Midi.
Skiers on Mer de Glace (see arrows). We are viewing the glacier from Le Montenvers lookout at a height of 1900 metres.

SNCF Train Arriving in Argentière

Switzerland on the way to Martigny
Switzerland, on the way to Martigny
Unusual Trees in Martigny, Switzerland
Cross-Country Skiing in Val Forret, Italy. This valley receives little sunlight due to the high mountains on each side.
Cross-Country Skiing in Val Forret, Italy. Notice the excellent tracking. Due the altitude, this area is much colder than Courmayeur below.
Cross-Country Skiing in Val Forret, Italy. The slopes on the sides of the valley get much more sunlight and are much warmer.
The Mont Blanc Tunnel. This tunnel goes about 13km under Mont Blanc from France to Italy. The border is somewhere in the middle.