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.
|Which Ski Pass to buy in Chamonix|
|Adult Pass||An adult pass is for people aged 15-64 years|
|Child Pass||A child pass is for children aged 5-14 years (under 5's are free)|
|Family Pass||Family groups must comprise at least two adults (parents or grand-parents) and two children. Additional children are free, up to a maximum of 3 extra, after which the usual child prices apply.|
|Mont-Blanc Unlimited (MBU)||Full area pass, including neighbouring resorts|
|Chamonix Le Pass (CLP)||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 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.
Mont-Blanc Unlimited ski-passes (Full area)
If backcountry exploring is your thing and you want the maximum variety of terrain available, look no further! The Mont Blanc Unlimited Pass is the “all singing, all dancing” ski pass that will give you unlimited access to all the areas the Chamonix Le Pass does PLUS, Les Houches, top station Grand Montets (normally €10), Aiguille du Midi, Montenvers Mer de Glace train and the Tramway du Mont-Blanc and unlimited access to Courmayeur (Italy), Evasion Mont-Blanc (France) and Verbier (Switzerland).
For the duration of your MBU pass you will have:
- Access to the Grands Montets Top cable-car (in winter). Reservation is compulsory in winter: book online or at one of the Ski Pass Offices.
- Access to the Aiguille du Midi cable car and the Vallee Blanche. At peak holiday times it may be necessary to book your time slot on ahead of time.
- Access Montenvers Mer de Glace train.
- Access to the Tramway du Mont-Blanc.
- Free and unlimited access to Courmayeur ski area on all passes.
- Unlimited access to the Evasion Mont-Blanc (St Gervais, Les Contamines and Megève), on passes of 2 days or longer.
- Access to Verbier ski area with a 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.
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 for holders of the MBU ski pass. 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.
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 Megeve or St 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.
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). 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. Read our Getting Around Guide for more information on travel around and between the resorts
Also see: Ski Areas in Chamonix
Chamonix Le Pass ski-passes (Local area)
Chamonix Le Pass
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. Chamonix Le Pass gives you access to the three main valley ski areas; Brevent-Flegere, Le Tour-Vallorcine 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.
Situated 6km down the valley from Chamonix town the family friendly Les Houches ski area. Perfect for beginner skiers and snowboarders, this area is included in your MBU (full area) pass, or alternatively, you can buy a separate pass that only covers the Les Houches area. These are available from Ski Pass Offices at the Bellevue and Prarion lift stations.
Also see: Ski Areas in Chamonix
Family Ski Passes
Chamonix offers skiing for the whole family. The 'Forfait Famille', Family Ski Pass, 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).
The lift pass company offers free passes for children under 4 years and a reduction on the adult price for children between 12-15 years.
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
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
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.
At the start of each season and at the 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 pass for 4 consecutive hours skiing. The clock starts ticking when you take your first lift.
Children and Seniors
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.
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 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.
Also see: Ski Pass Prices in Chamonix
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 to the Chamonix swimming pool on that day.
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
The Mont-Blanc RapidCard is an annual loyalty card which gives you preferential 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.
Season or Annual Pass
It's also possible to buy 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.
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
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.