About Chamonix Ski Pass Options
There are a number of different ski passes available in Chamonix. Prices vary according to your age, how many of you there are, what areas you'd like to ski in, how many days you want to ski and the time of year. Planning ahead can help you make the most of your Chamonix ski holiday and hopefully save you some money too.
You can buy your pass online but before you buy anything we recommend you check the weather forecasts on arrival, or speak to your accommodation provider who should be able to advise you of the best options - before you spend money on the wrong kind of pass for you or if the weather will be inclement.
There are three main types of 'Chamonix Ski Area' passes, the Mont-Blanc Unlimited - Full Area Pass, including neighbouring resorts, Chamonix Le Pass - Local Area Pass, suited to beginners and short breaks or the Rapid Card - a prepaid, pay-as-you-go, non-consecutive multi-day loyalty pass
You can buy your pass online but we'd recommend you check the weather forecasts before you arrive, or speak to your accommodation provider who should be able to advise you of the best options before you get here.
Planning ahead can help you make the most of your ski holiday and hopefully save you some money too! You can read more below about the types of passes on offer, this year's ski pass prices and then buy or recharge your lift pass online here.
Advantages of the Mont Blanc Unlimited Ski Pass
The MBU pass includes all the ski areas of the Chamonix Le Pass, plus for the duration of the pass:
- Free and unlimited access to Courmayeur ski area on all passes
- Unlimited access to the Evasion Mont-Blanc (St Gervais or Megève), on passes of 2 days or longer
- Access to Verbier ski area, 50% discount on Verbier 4 Vallees 1 Day ski pass, maximum 1 day per week; on passes of 6-21 days (maximum 6 days per season apply to Season and Annual passes)
- Unlimited access to the Chamonix swimming pool, skating rink, museums, on passes from 3-21 days
- One Luge Alpine Coaster descent per person per day, at Les Planards ski area, on passes from 3-21 days
- Free and unlimited access to the Funivie Skyway Monte-Bianco, on passes of 1 day or more
- Access to the Cinema Vox in Chamonix. One ticket reduced to just 3,50€ on passes from 3-21 days
- Chamonix offers skiing for the whole family. Both the Mont Blanc Unlimited and Chamonix Le Pass offer discount for 2 Adults + 1 Child, with additional other children skiing for free (limit of 4 freebies)
Full area skipass
Mont Blanc Unlimited Pass - Chamonix, Les Houches, Courmayeur, Verbier & Mont Blanc Evasion
Mont Blanc Unlimited – is the “all singing, all dancing” ski pass that will give you unlimited access to all the areas the Chamonix Le Pass does PLUS, top station Grand Montets (normally €10), Aiguille du Midi, Montenvers train, Tramway du Mont Blanc and unlimited access to Courmayeur (Italy) and Verbier (Switzerland), both of which are well worth a visit.
With a 2 day up to a 21 day Mont Blanc Unlimited Pass, you can now get unlimited access to skiing in St Gervais and Megeve, part of the Evasion Mont Blanc ski area.
To ski in Courmayeur, you need to go to the cash desk on your first visit to activate your ski pass, after which you can simply go straight through the turnstiles. There are shuttle buses operating betweeen Chamonix and Courmayeur for holders of the MBU ski pass. Seats must be booked in advance by calling the following number: +33 (0)4 50 53 01 15 or online here. There are two buses per day that leave from the Chamonix Sud bus stops and drop you off in the centre of Courmayeur by the Tourist Office. From there it is a 5 minute walk to the main Courmayeur cable car or there is a shuttle bus service every 5 minutes to the Dolonne gondola (in case you come down that lift by accident at the end of the day).
If you decide to drive to Courmayeur instead, the MBU ticket also entitles you to reduced rates on the cost of a Mont Blanc Tunnel ticket. The tunnel staff will now accept your MBU ticket at the toll booths at the tunnel entrance. Tickets will be around 13.50€ one way.
The Verbier coverage on the MBU ticket now includes the entire 4 Valleys area rather than just the Verbier valley. Available to anyone with an MBU ski pass of 6 days or longer and still within its original period of validity, you can now enjoy skiing in this fabulous resort which is only an hour by car from Chamonix (train & bus links also exist - approx 1.5 hrs each way). Unlike Courmayeur, where your Chamonix MBU ski pass works directly in the turnstiles, you need to go to the cash desks in Verbier each time you ski there and be issued with a compatible day pass.
If you're heading over to Les Contamines to ski you need to pass through one of the ticket offices in Megeve or St Gervais first to register your pass. You only need to do this once for the season, however you will have first needed to have used the pass in the Chamonix Valley before registering it over there.
If backcountry exploring is your thing and you want the maximum variety of terrain available, look no further!
Access & Travel
Making the most of your Mont Blanc Unlimited pass means travelling. There are public transport options:
- Chamonix Bus: free access to all the valley the buses
- Chamonix - Courmayeur Winter Rates: SAT bus 15€ return trip (information from SAT bus +33 (0)4 50 53 01 15)
- Mont Blanc Tunnel Winter rates: 13,50 € the one trip with a MBU pass
- Chamonix - Verbier 4 Vallées Winter rates: Departure every Thursday, price 23€ return trip, with a MBU 6 day pass (reservation recommended)
- All prices subject to change & increases in VAT. Check at time of purchase.
Also see: Ski Area Overview in Chamonix
Local area skipass
Chamonix Le Pass - Ski Chamonix from 1000 metres to 2500 metres
Chamonix Le Pass gives access to the three main valley ski areas; Brevent-Flegere, Le Tour and Grand Montets to 2765m (so not the top cable car) and also the valley floor beginner areas (La Vormaine, Les Planards, Le Savoy and Les Chosalets).
This ski pass does not allow you to use the lifts in Les Houches or take the Aiguille du Midi cable car or the Montenvers train (therefore ruling out the Vallée Blanche). However, it can be upgraded at any point during your stay to the Mont Blanc Unlimited ski pass on payment of the appropriate supplement.
If you generally prefer to stay on the groomed runs or venture off-piste within a secured area, then this is the ski pass for you.
Also see: Ski Area Overview in Chamonix
Chamonix's snowpark areas are included in your 'MBU' or 'Le Pass' so there's no need to buy one separately.
Also see: Snowparks in Chamonix
If you are in town, the most easily accessible pistes for adult and child beginners alike are the Savoy and Les Planards, with the former being the sunnier of the two.
For slightly older or more accomplished kids, the Brevent and Flegere ski area has several longer and more challenging green and blue runs. Another fantastic family friendly ski option, is the Domaine de Balme (Le Tour & Vallorcine) area which is perhaps the largest and best beginner’s ski area and has the added benefit of normally being warm and sunny which is well worth bearing in mind when skiing with kids!
Perhaps the best option is just down the valley in Les Houches where some of the only ski in ski out family accommodation in the valley is located. With several nursery slopes, a snow garden, and plenty of great blue and red runs, Les Houches is an ideal ski area for families of differing ability levels who want to ski in the same place. More details are available on our guide to the ski areas in the Chamonix valley.
A family ski pass called the Forfait Famille and is far cheaper than buying ski passes individually. For every two adults paying the public adult rate, the first child gets a 50% reduction and any subsequent children ski for free! As with the normal lift passes, you can choose a Forfait Famille for the Chamonix Le Pass, Mont Blanc Unlimited or Les Houches areas and they are available from 1 - 15 days. (For all children’s passes it is advisable to bring proof of date of birth to the Ski Pass Office). Please see our page on Chamonix ski pass prices.
The lift pass company offers free passes for children under 4, and a reduction on the adult price for children between 12-15. Check for current prices at point of purchase.
If you're not quite ready to ski in the upper parts of the Chamonix ski area, you'll be pleased to hear that there are a few beginner ski areas to choose from in Chamonix which are all really easily accessible. Passes can be bought independently at each place so you don't need to worry about which lift pass to buy, just pick them up when you arrive. Read more about the beginner ski areas in Chamonix.
Also see: Beginner Ski Areas in Chamonix
There are a number of discounted passes available to buy each winter, depending on the time of the season you arrive, to the make up of your family or group or just for how long you'd like to ski for.
Early Purchase Discount - The Compagnie du Mont Blanc offer discounts if you buy your season or annual Le Pass or MBU ski pass before the end of November each year. These pre-sale early bird discounts usually go on sale around mid-September and represent a considerable saving if you're organised and get in quick.
Start & End of Season Discount Prices - At the start of each season and at the end of season, you can enjoy discounted ski pass rates in Chamonix.
Family Pass - if you are here “en famille” then the Family Pass option offers some very attractive discounts for the younger members of your party. For every two adults and one child (from the same family) paying the normal rate, the remaining children ski for free (limited to 4 free passes). Each member of the family will have their own hands free ski pass (€3 each) and it is possible to mix and match between the Le Pass and Unlimited options by paying a small supplement. The Family Pass is available from 1 day duration onwards and proof of age is required. Children 16 years and older are classified as adults.
For family season passes, the family rate applies to 2 adults and 1 child only (up to 15 yrs) and any additional children are charged the standard child ski pass rate.
4 Hour Ski Pass - if you are on a flying visit through Chamonix or if you have the chance for a few last turns before you head home, it is now possible to buy a pass for 4 consecutive hours skiing. The clock starts ticking when you take your first lift.
Reduced Rates - are available for adults between the ages of 65-79 years and children aged 5-14 years with further discounts for anyone aged 80 or over.
For those of you wishing to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding mountains without hurtling down them, it is possible to buy a pedestrian ticket at the base of any of the valley gondolas, cable cars and trains for a return trip.
Also see: Maps of Chamonix
Cross-country passes (Nordic Skiing)
Nordic skiers can purchase day, week or season passes for all the cross country tracks in the valley. Ski tourers can purchase a Randonee ski pass for Brevent, Flegere & Le Tour which allows 1 return trip + 1 one way.
Also see: Cross-country Skiing in Chamonix
Season & annual passes
The Chamonix RapidCard is an annual loyalty card which gives you prefential day rates on all the Chamonix lifts (except for the Panoramic Mont Blanc) in summer and winter, on as pay as you go system.
The card means you don't have to collect a new pass on each separate visit to Chamonix and has a loyalty system in place so that every seventh day is free. The card costs only €25 when purchased pre-season or €50 normally. After each use of your pass, the next morning you will receive an email with the details of your pass use.
It's also possible to be an annual pass or a ski pass just for the winter season, and these can either be for the full area (MBU) or Le Pass as detailed above.
Discover the cultural and sporting side of the Chamonix valley with the Cham'Val pass. The Cham'Val card allows free access to the ice-rink, swimming pool and museums in Chamonix. With all Mont-Blanc Unlimited ski passes of 3 to 21 days the Cham'Val offer will be automatically included.
With Cham'Val, you can have unlimited access to the following :
- Espace Tairraz (Mountain & Crystal Museum)
- Chamonix swimming pool
- Alpine Museum
- Indoor ice-rink in Chamonix
- Outdoor ice-rink Chamonix
- Outdoor ice-rink des Houches
- Montagnard Museum
- Maison de l’Alpage
- Fitness Area (exclusing body building area)