You'll need to select a Chamonix ski pass that suits your skiing style and for best value select one that's valid for the ski area close to your accommodation.
The selection of the appropriate ticketing depends which slopes you want to explore.
Are you after adrenalin fueled skiing?
Or, the extensive sun blessed intermediate pistes and variety of nursery slopes both in the valley and on the mountain.
The Unlimited Ski Pass covers all the areas in Chamonix as well as full access to Courmayeur Italy and Verbier Switzerland; whilst the Le Pass is valid for fewer regions. It seems Chamonix has designed the passes to be the best value for skiing ability. Your choice depends on which regions you favour, your choice of skiing fun as well as the location of your Chamonix accommodation.
The 2010 Mont Blanc Unlimited Ski Pass
Here is the brief on the main villages and the pass required to access their closest lifts:
• Vallorcine – most northerly and closest to the Swiss Border. A cable car goes to the Domaine de Balme. This region has excellent, long blue and red ski runs.
Ticketing: Chamonix Le Pass
Full Report on Domaine de Balme
• Le Tour – the ski bus from Chamonix Mont Blanc ends here for the cable car to the same region – Domaine de Balme.
Close by is the beginners area of Les Chosalets.
Ticketing: Chamonix Le Pass.
• Argentiere – At the southern end of the village is the Lognon Cable car which takes skiers to the mid – mountain area. There’s good skiing here but a further cable car goes higher and that’s the start of the famous Les Grands Montets run. It’s huge fun with fantastic steep black ungroomed runs.
There is a dedicated beginners area a little further south again from the lifts at La Vormaine. This is the green area that services Argentiere.
Incidentally, there is a good choice of on-slope restaurants Chamonix enjoys located on this mountain. This is ideal for skiers meeting up for lunch with non-skiers.
Ticketing: Chamonix Le Pass to the mid mountain area.
Ticketing: Mont Blanc Unlimited Ski Pass for the Les Grands Montets and the more extensive higher ski areas of this mountain.
• Les Bois and Les Praz – access to Flegere region. There is a lateral lift to Brevent, so these 2 Chamonix skiing regions together make a very large part of the resort. This region is south facing, sun blessed and has lovely, long blue and red runs. It really is ideal for those making the transition from beginner to intermediate.
Ticketing: Chamonix Le Pass
• Ski regions accessed from Chamonix Mont Blanc
• Les Houches – this village at the bottom end of the Chamonix Valley is the access point to Les Houches. The World Cup Kandahar run is right here. It’s a great experience to explore this competition piste.
There will be better value accommodation here as it is on the outer edges of the resort, but take care that your Chamonix Ski Pass permits access to this ski region. The Le Pass provides only restricted access.
Chamonix Ski Pass: Mont Blanc Unlimited Ski Pass
Full report on Les Houches
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