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Generally speaking, beginners will not require a multi day pass for the first one or two days, after which time it is usually best to purchase a multi day pass for the rest of the holiday. The first few days are usually spent on the valley floor using the ski lifts on the nursery slopes. It is possible to purchase individual limited duration or pay as you go lift tickets depending upon the area. These are less costly than the multi day passes.
Most beginners will be ready to use the higher lifts on the second or third day. Even if the beginner will not be able to ski from all the lifts, the “Chamonix Le Pass” or “Mont Blanc Unlimited” are useful for taking sightseeing (non skiing) trips up Aiguille du Midi, Montenvers, or to meet up with friends at other ski areas for lunch etc.
Any skier who does not aim to ski for more than half a day each day or to take sightseeing lifts will probably save money by purchasing four hour duration lift tickets rather than a skipass.
Day or four hour lift tickets do initially entail waiting in line at the ski areas to purchase the tickets and it is more convenient to do this just once to purchase a multi day ski pass. Ski passes can be purchased at all the main lift areas or via the internet but not at the nursery slopes where individual restricted area tickets may be purchased. Once you have a hands free pass it can be updated online – avoiding having to wait around as long as you have access to the internet.
The “Chamonix Le Pass” does not cover the ski area of Les Houches. The “Mont Blanc Unlimited” covers everything that the Chamonix Pass offers plus unlimited access to the top lift at Les Grands Montets, les Houches, the Aiguille du Midi ,Courmayeur (Italy) and a limited area of Verbier* (Switzerland) *for passes of min 6 days duration.
Les Houches is a particularly useful ski area if the weather is poor as it offers ski trails descending through the forest thus offering a far better visibility than most of the ski areas in Chamonix. A Mont Blanc unlimted pass holder would be well advised to ski in Courmayeur if the weather is poor so as to benefit from the tree skiing.
Experienced skiers wishing to ski from Aiguille du Midi & all of the Grands Montets area would probably be best advised to purchase the “Mont Blanc Unlimited” pass.
Families are able to benefit from special packages for “Chamonix Le Pass” or “Mont Blanc Unlimited” : 2 full paying adults; 1 paying child , 2nd child & any subsequent children free. You must be able to provide proof that all are the same family and children are 4 – 15 years inclusive.
Free pass for under 4 years old but need the badge.
Seniors (60 – 69 years ) & Veterans (70 yrs +) also receive special rates.
Skipass Mont Blanc : Valid in the whole of Chamonix, Les Contamines, Megeve, St Gervais, & more. Available for 3,4,5,6,7 days only.