10 Top Reasons to Love your Chamonix Unlimited Ski Pass

Thursday 29 August, 2019

Are you an old hand or a first-time winter visitor to Chamonix? 

Whichever category you fit into, there is no shortage of reasons to love your Chamonix Unlimited Ski Pass. Here’s our top 10 for Winter 2020.

Your six-day pass comes packed full of opportunity for the kind of ski safari that many people would envy. As well as a long list of ski resorts, it also means you can ride the Aiguille du Midi lift, the Train du Montenvers Mer de Glace and the Tramway du Mont-Blanc too. Swimming pool, ice skating, one trip to the luge per day, per person and reduced ticket price for the cinema - what's not to love!

Our concierge service means we’ll help you plan your stay and max out your lift ticket. And, if you are joining us for an exclusive, catered week, your VIP driver service will make exploring even easier.

One – the Chamonix valley has five distinct ski areas to enjoy and there’s something for everyone from novice to expert. Winter 2020 will see the opening of a long-anticipated bubble lift at La Flegere. Perhaps best described as Grands Montets' less appreciated little sister, for those in the know, these southerly facing slopes are often a powder paradise!

Two – les Houches is the family favourite. A great mix of green, blue and red runs provide the perfect location for lessons with the fantastic team from ESF and plenty of pistes for progressive practice. We should add that we are, without doubt, biased in our views – after all the Lodge is nestled close to the piste and you can ski-in during peak season. It’s also home to the famous Kandahar World Cup downhill race which next takes place on 8 and 9 February 2020.

Three – whilst there is no sign of the top lift at Grands Montets returning to action anytime soon, for expert skiers, it simply means endless possibilities. Last season the lack of uplift meant that there were fewer visitors but with Bochard, Herse and Retour Pendant still in action, it just improved your chances of first tracks. For ski touring fans who are happy to earn their turns, then it means the chances of finding perfect powder have gone up. Whether you are confident to explore alone or prefer to have an expert high mountain guide show you the way, Grands Montets remains an iconic Chamonix ski destination.

Four – A Chamonix Unlimited Ski Pass includes access to the heart-stopping Aiguille du Midi lift. This extraordinary feat of engineering holds the record as the world’s highest vertical ascent cable car. It rises more than 2,800 metres from the centre of Chamonix, via the Plan d l’Aiguille to the top station at 3,777 metres. That’s more than 9,200 feet which are covered in just 20 minutes on a bucket-list experience.

Five – The Vallee Blanche. Rather than take the lift back down from the Aiguille du Midi, you can put your skis on and discover one of the world’s most famous itinerary ski routes. Taking you from 3,842 metres and covering some 20km, the Vallee Blanche is the opportunity to discover an extraordinary world of glaciers. At the height of the season, you can skill all the way back to Chamonix at 1030 metres – that’s more than 2,800 metres of descent in a single run.

Whether you opt for the “James Bond track” which takes you all the way to town, or exit at the Montenvers Railway, you’ll need to keep something in the energy banks for the climb of the glacier to access them.

Six – Head over to the famous Swiss playground of the rich and famous, Verbier. Les Quatre Vallées covers 412 km of pistes across Verbier, La Tzoumaz, Nendaz, Veysonnaz and Thyon. With 67 lifts the ski area starts at 821 metres and rises to 3330 metres.

There’s no shortage of family-friend skiing options here. For those who like their ski steep and deep, then there are some challenging choices too. You can always time a visit to coincide with the annual Freeride World Tour and Verbier Extreme!

Seven – Discover Mont Blanc, or Monte Bianco, from the other side of the Massif. The trip through the 11.6-kilometre Mont Blanc Tunnel is an experience in itself. What’s more, your Chamonix Unlimited pass includes a reduction on the price of your return ticket and also includes access to the magnificent, rotating Skyway Monte Bianco lift as well – so you can ski the Italian side of the Vallee Blanche too. The “sunny side” as our friends in Courmayeur insist on calling their side of the mountain never fails to delight.

Eight – Check out St Gervais. The first of our Evasion Mont Blanc (and its 446km of piste) choices, this beautiful French destination dates back to Roman times. It boasts elegant architecture and café society thanks to its history as a spa town. Predominantly made up of blue and red runs, it links to Saint Nicolas and Megeve, the largest inter-connected area covered by the pass.

Nine – Ski your way from St Gervais to Megeve and find out where the beautiful people hang out. With eight summits facing Mont Blanc you have the chance to see this majestic mountain from an alternative perspective. Part of the Evasion Mont Blanc collection of resorts, it has 235 runs to choose from not to mention a long list of fantastic restaurants to choose from.

Ten – On a sunny day, Les Contamines is one of the loveliest places to spend the day. With 120 km of wide, rolling runs served by 24 lifts, it’s a firm favourite with our guests. Whether you want to play in the pair of terrain parks on offer or cruise its 46 pistes, this is a fun day out!

Thursday 29 August, 2019