The village of Cordon is known as¬†ūü󼬆le Balcon du Mont-Blanc¬†because of its magnificent views of ūüóĽ Mont-Blanc, and it has a small, family-friendly ski station with 11km of ski pistes. A favourite ‚õ∑ 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.

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

Cordon skiing ©
© 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 13h) or afternoon (from midday) from 17,50‚ā¨ for adults (20,50‚ā¨ for the whole day!). Children under the age of 5 ski for FREE!

Cordon is also part of 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).

[ ‚áí 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, serving 9 pistes: 5 red pistes, 3 blue pistes and 1 green piste;
  • 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!
  • 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 ©

The Herney is a lovely blue piste, that takes you through the forest at one point . . .

Cordon skiing Рthe Herney piste ©
Morning view on Darbelin, Cordon ©
Morning view on Darbelin, Cordon ©

Intermediate & Advanced Skiing

Though ‚õ∑ 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 (snow conditions permitting).

Cordon sledging ©

Eating Options 

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 ©

You’ll also find this picnic option on the Converses piste :

Cordon skiing ©

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 ‚õ∑ ski lessons (group lessons, private lessons) / ‚áí see here for more details.

ESF Cordon Рski lesson ©

Ski de rando

You have the Le Chanté route (up to  1550m), with two different starting options, in Cordon . . .

‚áí see here for more details (and you can pick up the FREE ski rando guide from the tourist office):

Carte ski rando © Communauté de Communes du Pays du Mont-Blanc


There are lots of ‚ĚĄÔłŹ 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, with views of Mont-Blanc, les Fiz and les Aravis).

‚áí see here or here (map) for some suggestions (you can pick up a free leaflet detailing snow-shoe circuits from Cordon Tourisme).

Circuits raquettes © Cordon tourisme
Cordon Рsnow-shoeing routes ©

Le plateau des B√©n√©s – one of the most beautiful snow-shoe routes in Cordon is up to the Plateau des B√©n√©s. The tough 2h ascent will reward you with stunning views. You can walk further to the Cabane du Petit-P√Ętre . . . (note: this snow-shoe route should only be undertaken with clear weather! With poor visibility you could easily get lost);

Plateau des Bénés, Cordon © Cordon Tourisme

Parking Options 

You have ūüÖŅÔłŹ¬†two parking options at Cordon:

  • ūüÖŅÔłŹ Le Dandry – direct access to the Caisses, to the¬†Beginner’s ski area, and to ESF RDV point;
  • ūüÖŅÔłŹ 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 (depending on snow cover) . . . ¬†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 or 04 50 58 01 57 (Cordon Tourisme);
  • Cordon Tourisme: +33 (0)4 50 58 01 57;

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