Once you have determined which pass is suitable for you and your ski or snowboard group, there are a few more details to consider. If you are reading this before November 30th, 2023, and your ski dates fall within the “Early Bird windows,” specifically from Saturday, 6th January through Friday, 2nd February 2024, and from Saturday, 16th March through Sunday, 5th May 2024, you can take advantage of the discounted early bird passes. These passes come at a substantial discount of around 20-30% off the regular prices.
However, if your dates don’t align with the early bird period or it has already passed, you’ll need to make a decision for yourself and each member of your party regarding whether to opt for CLP or MBU passes. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call to discuss your options further.
Nevertheless, some common factors to consider include:
- Where your accommodation is located
- Whether there is access to public transport or if you have a car at your disposal
- Each member’s skill level on the mountain and, consequently, where you are likely to be skiing. A basic guideline in Chamonix is that proficient and confident off-piste skiers often choose the MBU pass unless they are staying in Les Houches. In Les Houches, you can purchase the Les Houches pass at the lift station, but this pass does not provide access to other ski areas. The MBU is the comprehensive “all mountain pass” with the added benefit of access to other ski areas.
Next, you should decide whether to add insurance. We are authorized resellers of E-gloo rescue insurance. It’s important to note that this is a limited rescue type of insurance, rather than a comprehensive travel policy. We strongly recommend reviewing the coverage details. In general, the policy is designed to cover the costs of rescuing and addressing immediate medical emergencies, including repatriation in some cases. The policy carries a cost of €3.50 per person per day, regardless of age. We recommend it, as the expenses associated with rescue in case of an accident can be quite substantial.
Every pass requires a smart card (badge), which is about the size of a credit card and is used to activate the turnstiles at each ski lift during the pass’s validity period. If your ski period spans two timeframes and you intend to purchase a Chamonix Le Pass for some dates and a Mont Blanc Unlimited pass for the remainder, you will need to acquire two smart cards, one for each period. These smart cards are non-refundable, but you can return them to the nearest ticket office (usually found at the base of each slope). The best part is that they are reusable.
Click here to buy your Chamonix lift pass.