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Best Ski Pass Options in Chamonix

Discover the top Chamonix ski pass options

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About Chamonix Ski Pass Options

About Chamonix Ski Pass Options

See our Ski Pass Prices guide for ski pass price comparisons and our Lift Pass Prices guide for summer lift pass price comparisons. For a detailed explanation of the different ski passes available, read on.

Popular ski pass options in Chamonix
Adult Pass Individual ski pass for people aged 15-64 years
Child Pass Individual ski pass for children aged 5-14 years
Family Pass Ski pass for family groups comprised of at least two adults (parents or grandparents) and two children. Additional children are free, up to a maximum of five, after which the usual child prices apply
Mont-Blanc Unlimited Full area pass, including neighbouring resorts
Chamonix Le Pass Local area pass suited to beginners and short breaks
Mont-Blanc Rapid Card Prepaid, pay-as-you-go, non-consecutive, multi-day loyalty pass

You can buy your pass online but, before you buy anything, we recommend you check the weather forecast and/or speak to your accommodation provider, who should be able to advise you on the best options.

Mont-Blanc Unlimited ski-passes (Full area)

If backcountry exploring is your thing and you want the maximum variety of terrain available, then look no further. The Mont Blanc Unlimited Pass (MBU) is the “all singing, all dancing” ski pass that will give you unlimited access to the Chamonix Valley and beyond. For the duration of your MBU pass you will have:

Courmayeur
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 between Chamonix and Courmayeur regularly. 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.

Evasion Mont-Blanc
If you're heading over to the Evasion Mont-Blanc ski area and wish to ski in Les Contamines, you need to pass through one of the ticket offices in Megève or Saint Gervais first to register your pass. You only need to do this once, however, you will need to have used the pass in the Chamonix Valley before registering it over there. 

Verbier
The Verbier coverage on the MBU ticket now includes the entire 4 Valleys area. 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 reduced 50% rates in this fabulous resort which is only an hour by car from Chamonix (train and bus links also exist - approx 1h30 each way). You need to go to the cash desks in Verbier each time you ski there and be issued with a compatible day pass.

Making the most of your Mont Blanc Unlimited pass means travelling, however, there are plenty of public transport options in the Chamonix Valley. Read our Getting Around Guide for more information on travel around and between the resorts

Also see: Ski Areas in Chamonix, France

Chamonix Le Pass ski-passes (Local area)

If you prefer to stay on the groomed runs or venture off-piste within a secured area, then the Chamonix Le Pass is for you. It gives you access to the three main Chamonix Valley ski areas: Brevent-FlegereBalme (Le Tour-Vallorcine) and Grand Montets, as well as the valley floor beginner areas (La VormaineLa PoyaLes ChosaletsLe Savoy and Les Planards). 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. However, it can be upgraded at any point during your stay to the Mont Blanc Unlimited ski pass on payment of the appropriate supplement.

Also see: Ski Areas in Chamonix, France

Les Houches ski-passes (Local area)

Situated 6km down the valley from Chamonix town the family-friendly Les Houches ski area is perfect for beginner skiers and snowboarders. Les Houches is included in your MBU pass. Alternatively, you can buy a separate pass that only covers only the Les Houches area. These are available from ski pass offices at the Bellevue and Prarion lift stations.

Family Ski Passes

The Chamonix Family Ski Pass is far cheaper than buying ski passes individually. It is available for families comprising two adults and two children 5 to 14 years old; additional children are free, up to a total of five. 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 one to 21 days. For all children’s passes, it is advisable to bring proof of date of birth to the ski pass office.

Beginners ski-passes

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 which are all easily accessible. Passes can be bought independently at each ski lift so you don't need to worry about which lift pass to buy, just pick them up when you arrive. 

Also see: Beginner Ski Areas in Chamonix, France

Snowpark passes

Chamonix's snowpark areas are included in your MBU, Le Pass and Les Houches ski passes so there's no need to buy one separately. 

Also see: Snowparks in Chamonix, France

Discounted ski-passes

There are a number of discounted passes available to buy each winter, depending on the time of the season you arrive, to the makeup of your family or group or just for how long you'd like to ski for. 

Early/late season ski pass
At the start and end of each season, you can enjoy discounted ski pass rates in Chamonix. 

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 Chamonix Le Pass and Les Houches pass for 4 consecutive hours skiing. The clock starts ticking when you take your first lift.

Veterans
Reduced rates are available for anyone aged 80 or over.

Early bird 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 presale early bird discounts usually go on sale around mid-September and represent a considerable saving if you're organised and get in quick.

Also see: Ski Pass Prices in Chamonix, France

Cross-country ski-passes

You don't need lift access to reach the cross-country skiing areas but you will need to buy a cross-country ski pass which will allow you access to all the trails in the valley. Your ticket will also give you free access to the ice skating rink or the Chamonix swimming pool on that day. Ski tourers can purchase a 'Randonee' ski pass for Brévent, Flégère and Balme (Vallorcine-Le Tour) which allows one return trip and a one way trip.

Also see: Cross-country Skiing in Chamonix, France

Season and annual ski passes

It's also possible to buy an annual pass or a ski pass just for the winter season. These can either be for the full area (MBU) or Chamonix Le Pass as detailed above. 

Pedestrian passes

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, France

Other passes

Mont-Blanc Rapid Card
The Mont Blanc Rapid Card is a subscription-based annual card that gives you access to all the Compagnie du Mont Blanc lifts including Les Houches, the Aiguille du Midi, the Montenvers-Mer de Glace Train, the Tramway du Mont Blanc and those starting in Megeve in both summer and winter. Benefit from special, discounted daily rates for adults, children, families and students when purchasing the €50 card (€25 when bought between December 1st and 21st 2018). This is a pay-as-you-go service and your account is debited on a weekly basis, calculated depending on where and when you've used it. Other discounts include a free pass every 7th day and special offers that they will communicate by email.

Cham'Val Passes
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. The Cham'Val offer will be automatically included with all Mont-Blanc Unlimited ski passes of 3 to 21 days. 

More inspiration...

Read more about the ski lift system in Chamonix and find out more about the variety of winter activities you can do on your visit. 

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