For skiers and climbers, Chamonix is the real Mecca. As we all know, the terrain is steep and challenging enough to be unforgettable for a lifetime. The ski slopes also provide balance to accommodate a more medium range. Grands Montets, Brévent-Flégère, Les Houches and Domaine de Balme have all kinds of slopes. But the real benefit is for advanced or professional skiers. For example, skiing in Aguille du Midi (with guide) is a bucket list item. You will also find great accommodation. Check out the best ski apartments in Chamonix and find a place to stay.
Chamonix has a permanent population and is a working city with schools and libraries. It is as crowded summer as winter, and unlike some purpose-built resorts, this makes it feel at home all year round. You must take the valley bus to take full advantage of the huge ski area offered on the lift ticket. But it is well worth it. You return to town when you learn you have won it. The variety of food and the taste of après will be better.