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Best Summer Lift Pass Options in Chamonix

Discover the top Chamonix lift-pass choices

About Chamonix Summer Lift Pass Options

If you're looking for prices see Ski Pass Prices; or non-skiers/summer Lift Pass Prices. For an explanation of the different summer lift passes available, read on...

The Chamonix Valley consists of 7 separate lift areas that cater for a whole host of sports; mountaineering, climbing, hiking, mountain biking, paragliding... and for anyone simply wishing to enjoy the beautiful views of the mountains.

You can buy lift passes online, collect your passes in resort, or have them delivered, 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 Summer' passes:

  • Mont-Blanc Multipass - Full Area Pass, including neighbouring resorts
  • Individual Site/Trip/Lift Passes - Passes for sites like the Aiguille du Midi, Mer de Glace, Brevent, Flegere, Grands Montets, Le Tour / Balme, and others
  • Rapid Card - a prepaid, pay-as-you-go, non-consecutive multi-day loyalty pass (can be used in Winter too)

With such variety on your doorstep, it makes sense that there are a number of different lift passes available so that you can tailor your purchase to the ability and preferences of you or your group.

Lift passes are available from the base of each lift station, the Montenvers railway cash desk or on-line via the Compagnie du Mont Blanc. Visa and Mastercard credit cards are accepted. Don't forget that your lift pass also provides you with free access to the bus and train system that runs throughout the Chamonix Valley so you can leave your car at home!

Find out the opening dates and times for the Chamonix summer lifts and check Live Lift status

Summer lift-passes

For walkers, hikers and runners The Mont Blanc Multipass is the ideal option for summer lift access. The pass can be bought from any of the lift stations and is valid in the Brevent-Flegere area, Les Houches area, Grands Montets area, Balme Tour Vallorcine area, Aiguille du Midi (except Panoramic Mont-Blanc and Helbronner /Skyway Monte Bianco), Montenvers Mer de Glace train (train + ice cave visit), Tramway du Mont-Blanc and Les Bossons glacier chairlift. PLUS neighbouring resorts of St Gervais, Megeve, Les Contamines and Combloux.

The Pass can be bought for 1-15 consecutive days, 2-15 non-consecutive days or a whole season. Find all the latest details on our Summer Lift Pass Prices page.

Advantages of the Mont Blanc Multipass

  • Aiguille du Midi: Access without reserving before 9h00 (after 9h00 remember to book your time-slot)
  • Free access to the Les Bossons chairlift
  • Chamonix Luge Alpine Coaster: one single descent free for one purchased
  • Tourist Train in Chamonix: special rate
  • Courmayeur (Italy): Access to high altitude swimming pool and 50% off ski-lift prices (except Funivie Skyway Monte Bianco)
  • Verbier (Switzerland): -10% off the Summer Day Verbier Pass
  • Jardin des Cimes in Passy: -40% off entry ticket price
  • Step into The Void® : Guaranteed access before 9h00


  • Chamonix offers activities for the whole family. Mont Blanc Multipass offers a discount for 2 Adults + 1 Child, with additional other children skiing for free (limit of 4 freebies)

Mountain bike lift-passes

The Chamonix valley has plenty of high peaks, steep faces and wooded trails making it ideal for downhill and cross-country or enduro mountain-biking. You can buy a 1 day lift pass for either Les Houches, Le Tour/Balme & Grands Montets for €20. To ride all three areas you can buy the VTT pass which covers all three for €30.50. Catch the bike bus or the train, or ride between each area. 

Please note: Mountain bikes are not permitted at all on the Montenvers train or the Aiguille du Midi cable car. Passes are available from the base of any of the mentioned Lift Pass Offices.

Also see: Mountain Biking in Chamonix

More inspiration...

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

Location: Chamonix / Mont Blanc Valley

Book Ahead & Reserve Your Lift Time

Book a place on the Aiguille du Midi or Grands Montets cable cars or the Tramway du Mont Blanc. It costs 2€ per person although if you have a Mont Blanc Multi-pass, Season or Annual pass it's free!

Reservations on the Aiguille du Midi can be made in July & August and from February in the winter season. Reservations open 7 days in advance and close 24 hours before travel. It is not possible to make reservation for the current day on line. Whenever you make a reservation, you are booking for a place on a train or cabin for a number of persons at a precise time. This reservation is entirely separate from your ticket: when arriving on the site, you have access to a priority ticket office (the "reservation desk). At this cash desk, you buy the ticket that suits you best (one-way, return,Mont-Blanc Multipass...). So it is possible (and advised) to book your places in advance prior to buying your tickets (on the spot).

You can book online or in person at any of the lift pass offices, as well as at the information point located inside the Aiguille du Midi cable-car station. On the day of travel make sure you are present at the "reservation ticket desks" 20 minutes before your departure. Just give your name and the booked departure time at the desk to retrieve your boarding pass.

Out of the total number of places, only a third is available in the reservation quota. Should the time you wish to book not be available, or if the system tells you that the reservation is full, it is still possible to queue at the ticket desk on the day of your visit. However, it is hard to know in advance how long the waiting line will be (usually a minimum of 20 minutes, up to an hour and a half on peak days).

When you make a reservation, you book your ascent. For the descent, you will be given a number upon arrival at the top. No reservations are possible for the Panoramic Mont-Blanc gondola. 

Reservations on the Tramway du Mont Blanc are possible only in July & August; book online.

Reservations for the Grands Montets Cable car (the top section) are possible in winter from 09:55 each day until the end of April. Make your reservation on line with your smart card lift pass. You'll need the number from the card to make the booking and if you're booking for a friend/s you'll need to know their card number/s too. On the day of use, bring the printed confirmation of your booking and the smart card/s; book online.

When the online booking isn't available, you can still book in advance at one of the lift pass offices in resort. 

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