Cordon Skiing

The village of Cordon is known as¬†ūü󼬆Le Balcon du Mont-Blanc ūüóĽbecause of its magnificent views of Mont-Blanc, and it has a small, family-friendly ski station with 11km of ski pistes. A favourite ski station for the locals, it is¬†perfect for tiny skiers and Beginners, as well as having a good selection of¬†pistes for the more experienced skier.

Cordon ski area¬†normally opens towards the end of December, ‚ĚĄÔłŹ¬†snow permitting.

© Cordon Tourisme
© Cordon Tourisme
© Cordon ESF / Cordon Tourisme

⛷ Ski Pass Options⛷

One of the reasons that Cordon is so attractive for families is that it offers very fair prices, with the option of skiing just a morning (from 9h to 12h30) or afternoon (from midday) from 14,30‚ā¨ for adults (18,30‚ā¨ for the whole day!). Children under the age of 5 ski for FREE!

Cordon also links up with the Portes du Mont-Blanc ski zone (Megève Jaillet, Combloux, la Giettaz) for families wanting more scope (NB Рthe ski areas are not connected directly).

See here for current prices.

⛷ Beginner & Family Skiing⛷

Cordon is hugely attractive for families as it is:

  • very fairly priced, especially if you want to opt for a shorter ski day (morning or afternoon options);
  • it has plenty of options for young / Beginner skiers with a special¬†Domaine D√©butant, with¬†¬ę le¬†t√©l√©-corde¬†des lutins ¬Ľ (drag-lift);
  • there are 6 t√©l√©skis within the¬†domaine skiable: 5 red pistes, 3 blue pistes and 2 green pistes;
  • there are regular animations on the pistes¬†on Wednesdays and during the school holidays; check Cordon Tourisme¬†agenda / Sunday 20th January: Neige en F√™te, with lots of free activities for the whole family!
Neige en Fête © Cordon Tourisme
  • there is a free navette from the centre of Cordon up to the pistes;
  • there are plenty of snow-shoe routes leaving from the ski area; an ideal activity for non-skiers in your group;
Piou Piou area at Cordon ©
Morning view on Darbelin, Cordon ©
Morning view on Darbelin, Cordon ©

⛷ Intermediate & Advanced Skiing⛷

Though Cordon ski station is small, there are several red pistes for the more advanced skier!

Intermediate pistes at Cordon! ©
Intermediate pistes at Cordon! ©
View from Cordon piste ©


There is a small sledging area at the domaine skiable de Cordon, which is open from the end of December until the end of March 2019 (snow conditions permitting).

‚ėēÔłŹ¬†Eating Options¬†‚ėēÔłŹ

At the Chalet d’Accueil Le Dandry, there is a terrace hors sacs¬†with picnic tables and a vending machine for snacks and drinks . . .

Terrace for picnics at Cordon ©

Or, if you need to escape from the cold, then there are also some lovely restaurants on the pistes or in proximity . . .

Chez Mireille РLe Darbelin ©

⛷ ESF Cordon & Ski Lessons⛷

Cordon offers lots of possibilities for ski lessons (group lessons, private lessons) / see here for more details.

ESF Cordon Рski lesson ©


There are lots of great snow-shoeing circuits leaving from Cordon ski station (8 different routes lasting from one to five hours, taking you through forests and across fields). See here for some suggestions (you can pick up a free leaflet detailing snow-shoe circuits from Cordon Tourisme).

Cordon Рsnow-shoeing routes ©
Plateau des Bénés, Cordon © Cordon Tourisme

ūüöó¬†Parking Options¬†ūüöó

You have¬†ūüöó¬†two parking options at Cordon:

  • ūüöó¬†Le Dandry – direct access to the Caisses, to the¬†Beginner’s ski area, and to ESF RDV point;
  • ūüöó¬†La Charbonni√®re – this car park is nearer to Cordon Village (turn right at the carrefour du Verney), and is for access directly onto the pistes for skiers . . . ¬†skiers take the¬†t√©leski de Fr√©bouge¬†(this can be accessed without a pass, and then ski passes can then be bought at the Dandry);

  • Caisse Principale (in season): +33 (0)4 50 58 14 21 ¬†04 50 58 01 57 (Cordon Tourisme);
  • Cordon Tourisme: +33 (0)4 50 58 01 57 ;

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