When budgeting for your Chamonix ski holiday, it is important to factor in the all-important ski pass. It is necessary to purchase a ski pass in order to access the ski lifts in and around the Chamonix Valley, and once activated, your pass enables you to use the lifts as many times as you like for the duration of the pass. As these passes can be expensive, it is important to choose the correct pass to gain access to the lifts you will want to use during your holiday, and in order to do this, you need to explore the ski areas of the Chamonix Valley.
Chamonix has four main ski areas, running along the length of the Chamonix Valley, beginning in Les Houches and ending at the highest point – Argentiere:
- Les Houches
- Grands Montets
- Balme Area
Each of the above areas except for Les Houches (as well as the beginner areas La Vormaine, Savoy and Planards) are included under the Chamonix Le Pass, but only up to a height of 2500m. This excludes the top cable car of Grands Montets. In order to access the top of Grands Montets and Les Houches, it is necessary to purchase the ‘Mont Blanc Unlimited’ Chamonix ski pass. This unlimited pass also entitles the holder to access the Aiguille du Midi, and the two tramways Montenvers and Tramway du Mont Blanc. Once you have decided which areas of the Chamonix Valley you would like to ski, it is necessary to explore the various Chamonix Ski Pass offers presented by the lift company, Compagnie du Mont Blanc. Current offers can be found below:
Starting from Saturday 13th of April and until the closing date of each ski area, the company is offering special end of season rates on the following ski passes – a great opportunity to come to the valley. Chamonix ski chalets remain open for tourists to make the most of the spring snow.
- Les Houches : 4-hours pass and day pass
- Chamonix Le Pass : 4-hours pass and day pass
- Mont-Blanc Unlimited Pass
These areas are closing on the following dates:
- Balme : ski area closes on the evening of the 21st of April
- Brévent : ski area closes on the evening of the 21st of April
- Les Houches : ski area closes on the evening of the 21st of April
- Flégère : ski area closes on the evening of the 28th of April
- Grands Montets : ski area closes on the evening of the 12th of May
- Aiguille du Midi & Montenvers – Mer de Glace : open every day
The ski pass company are offering fantastic deals for students – Chamonix skiing for 10 Euros with a student card subscription. If you are a student and between 18 and 30 years old then you will qualify for this amazing offer. It is a subscription that allows direct access to the ski lifts without any queues at the cash desks in the morning. Just use the lifts as you like, and then your credit card will be charged automatically at the end of each week for the days you have used. Your loyalty will be rewarded as well –each 7th day of skiing will be for free! There are also offers for families of tourists, and these passes can be purchased in advance of arrival. Most tour operators will pick up the passes on behalf of their guests, and drop them off at the Chamonix Accommodation in time for the first days’ skiing.
For more information visit Chamonix Chalets Ski