Choosing a ski lift pass can be a difficult decision, especially in Chamonix where there are 3 to choose from. We will hopefully make the decision a little bit easier by going through what each pass offers. Before we do that however, let’s look at the Chamonix ski areas in detail.
Chamonix Ski Areas
The Chamonix valley has 4 main ski areas. Each area offers something different which makes skiing and snowboarding in Chamonix a lot of fun. The Brévent-Flégère sector, situated on the sunny side of the valley, offers a range of pistes from beginner to advanced. These areas are linked by a two-way lift and both provide stunning views of Mont-Blanc on a clear day. If you’re based in Chamonix town, we recommend heading up on the first Plan Praz lift (08:45am) to enjoy the first rays of sun and the freshly groomed pistes.
Views from the Brévent-Flégère ski area
Les Grands Montets is often considered as the most challenging ski area. Situated 8km north of Chamonix and forming part of Argentière, this zone is a must for thrill seekers in search of steep pistes and/or powder. There still are, however, options for intermediates and beginners with several more mellow blue slopes as well as a brand new beginners area being built for winter 18/19.
Le Domaine de Balme/Le Tour is at the top of the Chamonix valley and offers a range of pistes. This open ski sector has a dedicated beginners area, a variety of red and blue pistes and a sponsored snow park. A long, blue slope links to the woodland runs situated above the Vallorcine village. This ski area is also a great place to practice your off-piste technique.
Domaine de Balme ski area
Les Houches is further down the valley and offers a variety of long, tree-lined pistes. This is a great ski area for beginners looking to progress and intermediates wanting to perfect their technique on red and blue runs. Les Houches is also home to the Kandahar World Downhill Ski Championships which takes place on the La Verte black run.
Chamonix Ski Passes
As suggested in the name, the Mont-Blanc Unlimited lift pass provides, what feels like, an unlimited amount of ski areas. Not only does this pass offer access to all of the Chamonix based ski areas mentioned above, but also access to the resorts of Saint-Gervais/Megève, Les Contamines and Courmayeur in Italy (picture below). In addition, the infamous Aiguille du Midi (gateway to the Vallée Blanche) and the Montenvers train are also both accessible with the Mont-Blanc unlimited ski pass. Did we also mention that this pass provides a half-price discount on day ski passes for Verbier in Switzerland? If you really want to get the most out of your time whilst in Chamonix, this is the pass for you.
Courmayeur ski resort (Italy)
Chamonix Le Pass
Chamonix Le Pass gives you access to Brevent-Flegère, La Domaine du Balme and Les Grands Montets. This pass is a great option for people skiing the Chamonix Valley for the first time. Chamonix Le Pass is equally great for short-stay ski trips in the Chamonix valley.
Ski Pass Les Houches
Ski Pass Les Houches provides access to the Les Houches ski area only. This option is great for beginner to intermediate skiers and boarders who only wish to ski this area.
To book or enquire about lift passes for during your stay in the Chamonix valley please call us on (FR) 0033 (0) 486 87 79 26 OR (UK) 0044 (0) 3333 60 11 12 OR email us at email@example.com.