So you have booked your Chamonix Ski holiday, after you have booked your perfect chalet or apartment (hopefully with Chamonix Chalets) and how you plan to get here, the next thing you will want to sort out are your lift passes. The Chamonix resorts are operated by Compagnie du Mont Blanc who have just released their Winter 2015 – 2016 season dates and passes.

With a vast range of passes available to suit different abilities and pursuits we thought we would give you a helping hand to explain what exactly is on offer and a little about the ski areas included. Having made a recent exciting announcement that their most inclusive pass available has extended its ski area repertoire to include the Evasion Mont Blanc resorts including St-Gervais, Les Contamines and Megeve. I know for certain we at Chamonix Chalets have never been more excited to get our hands on a ski pass.

Lift Passes

For those that plan to come to Chamonix Valley with the main intention to ski then there are two passes that will be of great interest. These are the Chamonix LePass and the Mont Blanc Unlimited. It will depend on your ski level, planned itinerary, preferences and time available to which will be the most suitable. We explain the area validity and associated benefits for both here.

Chamonix Le Pass

The staple pass available for those planning to ski the Chamonix Valley and not much else would be the Chamonix LePass. It’s great for those with young families that are not planning to visit the Aiguille du Midi and conquer the Vallée Blanche, or those that hate commuting to ski slopes more than they have to already. It is also by far the most appropriate pass for beginners (except perhaps those staying in the Les Houches area where the Les Houches specific pass would be best).

The Chamonix LePass gives you access to all four Chamonix Valley ski areas providing you with more than enough piste (and off-piste) to keep even the more advanced skiers amused for the week without the fear of becoming bored. This pass is definitely the one for you if you’re skiing with a young family, mixed ability group or just for a couple of days.
Chamonix Le Pass Ski Area Map for Chamonix Chalets

Chamonix LePass areas of Validity:

  • Brevent-Flegere (including Savoy and Planards area)
  • Grands Montets (top lift not included)
  • Balme Tour Vallorcine (including Vormaine and Chosalets)

Benefits included with the Chamonix LePass:

  • Free access to all Chamonix Valley Ski Buses
  • Family passes available mean that you only pay for one child (a further 4 children can ski for free!)

The main points to note would be that unfortunately the top Grands Montets lift and the Aiguille du Midi are not included in this pass. However, can be easily purchased for the day(s) you require it at any of the lift ticket offices.

Book your ski passes now with Chamonix Ski Pass to get the best discounted offers. They will do all the hard work for you having all passes ready and waiting at your accommodation when you arrive. Not only will this take the first day stress of queuing and having peace of mind that there is one less thing to organise but will save precious slope time while you’re at it.

Mont Blanc Unlimited

The Mont Blanc Unlimited does exactly what it says on the tin! You have unlimited access to all Mont Blanc based resorts and more! This pass not only gives to access to the entire Chamonix Valley including Les Houches ski area, Grands Montets ‘top lift’ and Chamonix’s most famous tourist attraction the Aiguille du Midi. If this was not enough for you the Unlimited Pass covers many more external ski areas spanning 3, yes 3 countries. These include Italy’s Courmayeur resort renowned for its glorious food and exquisite off piste, Frances Domain Evasion Mont Blanc to embrace the exclusive sophistication and luxury Megève has to offer and not forgetting the Swiss delights of Verbier’s 4 Vallées Resort.

Mont Blanc Unlimited Pass Ski Area in Chamonix

The benefits do not stop there, if you find yourself looking for more to do (and to be quite honest we would be shocked if you are) you have free access to Chamonix’s Sports Centre, Ice Skating Rink and museums. As well as discounted cinema tickets at the Vox for the film lovers amongst you. The young at heart can reap the rewards of a free Luge descent of the Alpine Coaster in the Planards.

Mont Blanc Unlimited areas of Validity:

  • Brevent-Flégère
  • Grands Montets
  • Balme Tour Vallorcine
  • Aiguille du Midi
  • Montenvers Mer de Glace train
  • Tramway du Mont-Blanc
  • Les Houches
  • Courmayeur
  • Verbier 4 Vallées
  • Evasion Mont-Blanc

Benefits included with the Mont Blanc Unlimited pass:

  • Unlimited access to the swimming pool, skating rink, and museums
  • One Luge Alpine Coaster descent per day
  • Free and unlimited access to the Funivie Monte-Bianco
  • Discounted Access to the Cinema Vox in Chamonix
  • Free access to all Chamonix Valley Ski Buses
  • Family passes available mean that you only pay for one child (a further 4 children can ski for free!)

Trust us it’s so easy to be allured by the bells and whistles of the Mont Blanc Unlimited Pass, until you see the associated price tag. When considering pass selection it is worth planning what you are realistically going to cover in the entire length of your stay. For the dawn to dusk ski safari lovers, planning on crushing the infamous Vallee Blanche or organising a freeride day trip to Courmayeur, it makes total sense to fork out for the Unlimited Pass. It is also worth considering whether you plan to take a trip up to the Aiguille du Midi or visit the Ice Caves at the Mer de Glace, which are included and could provide better value than paying out for tickets individually.

For more information regarding lift passes available please do not hesitate to contact Chamonix Chalets who would be happy to advise you. To book your ski passes visit Chamonix Ski Pass to get the best offers. Chamonix Ski Passes will do all the hard work for you having all passes ready and waiting at your accommodation when you arrive. No one likes queuing right!