Exploring the offers of the Chamonix Ski Pass

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
- Brevent-Flegere
- 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.

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Thinking about booking a catered chalet in Chamonix next season?

Chamonix Mont Blanc is a summer and winter holiday destination popular the world over, and it’s not difficult to see why. A huge diversity of languages and cultures can be identified in this ancient mountain town, but there is one common theme that brings them all together; a love for mountaineering and the legends and ethics that go with it.

Situated at 1035m above sea level, Chamonix is the largest of four mountain towns that run the length of the valley from Servoz (780m) to Le Tour at 2200m, but it is the fact that it sits right at the foot of the infamous Mont Blanc that gives it it’s well-deserved title of Extreme Sports Capital of the World.  Adventurers can find themselves elevated to 3842m within minutes, thanks to the lift systems of the Aiguille du Midi, enabling them to access the phenomenal high mountain terrain of the Mont Blanc Massif.

A huge range of activities are on offer in Chamonix, from climbing and mountaineering, to snowboarding and skiing.  Each activity offers a range of levels from beginner to hard core professional, making the sports available so accessible and enjoyable to tourists from all walks of life. Whether you are a family staying in a luxury chalet, or a group of friends sharing a Chamonix ski apartment, you are sure to enjoy this wonderful place.

But Chamonix is not just considered an extreme sport destination.  It is a wonderful town, full of energy, history and beauty.  When two young British aristocrats William Windham and Richard Pocock happened upon ‘Chamouni’ in 1741, they had no idea that their visit to this small mountain village would have an impact on the whole of Europe.  Their tales of the mysterious Mer de Glace attracted wealthy tourists from all over.

Chamonix ski accommodation has quite a history, with the first guest house opened in 1770, marking the beginning of the hotel trade, and the momentum has progressed since then.  The first luxury hotel was built in 1816 and the hotel industry continued to thrive throughout the 1800s, spurned on by the development of the tourism industry, the creation of the Compagnie des Guides, and the opening of the Montenvers Mer de Glace railway in 1908.  The early 1900s saw the opening of three spectacular palaces, and during the next six years 39 other hotels were opened.

The world-wide recognition of this little mountain town and it’s big mountains went from strength to strength, and in 1924 it proudly hosted the first Winter Olympic games.  This saw the need for better access to the mountains for tourists, and the Glacier cable cars, Brevent, Aiguille du Midi and Flegere cable cars were opened. Today, there are four main ski areas, and access to all of them is included on the Chamonix Ski Pass.

Chamonix town has grown under the influence of tourism, and has developed over several different architectural periods, which can be seen in it’s diverse heritage of wonderful historical buildings of traditional farmhouses and ancient churches, which contrast against art deco facades, and stunning modern Chamonix luxury chalets – all of which come together to contribute towards Chamonix’s unique charm.

Today, tourists come from far and wide to experience this wonderful place.  It is enjoyed by all during the summer months as well as the winter. Typical winter ski holidays are enjoyed here in the traditional way, with plenty of Chamonix catered chalets available to choose from.

For more information, check out our Chamonix Ski Chalets and Chamonix Apartments.

Own a ski chalet in Chamonix – Fancy a swap?

Do you own a Chamonix ski chalet or ski apartment? Ever fancied trying out a new resort? Well now’s your chance, thanks to a new organization that has recently been launched. This fantastic new website enables chalet owners to effectively swap their ski accommodation with other owners with a similar desire to discover new ski resorts.

It is probably the main disadvantage to owning your own Chamonix accommodation – it limits you to exploring just that one ski resort, and after a few visits you are likely to want to broaden your horizons and discover new territories. The trouble is the amount of time and cost involved in sourcing and renting ski accommodation in the new resort – it defeats the purpose of owning your own second home.

Well, Snowswappers offers the perfect solution to this problem. It is a home owners club exclusively for people who own property in ski resorts around the world. It offers an introductory service, bringing together owners of ski chalets and ski apartments in various resorts, who love their own home but would relish the chance to try something different every now and then. The owners communicate with each other, with the intent of swapping their homes for a holiday period, and will allow people the opportunity of experiencing a Chamonix ski holiday without incurring the extra accommodation costs they would otherwise be facing.

This fantastic service came about when two ski chalet owners realised that they themselves faced this issue, and saw the need for a way of owners finding each other and making contact.

“I saw a gap in the market for myself as I own an apartment in a French ski resort. I love skiing there, but I also want to explore new areas, although because of the extra cost, it just didn’t seem worth it. Swapping with other like-minded people means that I can now ski in other resorts in accommodation that costs me nothing,” said the co-founder of Snowswappers, Tessa Regan.

How does it work? Snowswappers acts as an intermediary between owners, enabling them to see what accommodation is on offer in their desired resort. They can then communicate with each other, and if a reciprocal match is found, then the sway will be facilitated.

Who is Snowswappers aimed at? – Anybody who owns a property in a ski resort, and is looking to save money. – People who live in their ski property and would like to save money on their holiday accommodation by having another family occupy their home while they are away. – Second home-owners who always feel they should make use of the Chamonix Apartment they bought, but wish they could experience somewhere new.

In this day and age, most people realize they need to be smart with their money, and very few can afford the luxury of leaving their Chamonix Chalet unused while they try out different resorts. Those who occupy their ski chalets full time are now offered the chance to take a holiday elsewhere without any holiday accommodation costs – a fantastic opportunity by any standards.

How do I sign up? There is an annual membership fee of £39. Upon paying this fee, the member is granted access to the website which features every property, and also to the website’s facility for contacting other members and arranging the swaps. There are of course many important issues that must be addressed prior to agreeing a home swap, such as damage deposits, who pays for utility bills, etc. You can find information on all of these issues on the Snowswappers website. So home owners, get your Chamonix Chalets registered and begin hunting for your next holiday destination now!

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