Order your Ski passes for winter 2018-19!

Early bird passes, ski 1 day for free & other great ski deals…

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Winter is coming and we’ve got some great deals for you on ski passes.
Prices for the 2018-19 season have been published & we’re now ready to start taking your orders.

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Enjoy massive savings on Mont Blanc Unlimited ski passes when you buy them through us before 30th November 2018. You must be skiing within selected dates for the discounts to apply > Early Bird details & pricesOrder your ski passes.


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Buy Mont Blanc Unlimited or Chamonix Le Pass ski passes from 6-9 days you can ski one day for free! e.g. for 6 day passes you pay the price for 5 days, for 7 days you pay for 6… > Ski 1 day for freeOrder your ski passes.


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First snow prices:

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There are also offers for skiing early (first snow) or late in the ski season (spring skiing), special deals for families with 2 children or more and discounts for veterans. Find all of the main season prices for 1-21 days here. Order your ski passes.

Spring Skiing prices:

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When do the Chamonix ski lifts open? If the snow arrives early we could see higher parts of the ski area opening on weekends in November or the first week in December. This year’s opening dates are yet to be released but when they are you’ll find them here.

Read more about the different types of ski pass available & what’s suitable for you, plus information on ski insurance, travel discounts and other activities included with the MBU pass.


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New for winter 2018-19! 

La Folie Douce is coming to Chamonix this winter. Enjoy a different taste of après ski at the foot of the Brévent ski area, opening in December 2018.

With any MBU pass from 3- 21 days, you get one entry to the brand new Chamonix QC Therme Spa which opened this summer.


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Why Chamonix?

Apart from the incredible ski terrain & impressive mountains, there’s plenty to do here during the winter months. Take a look at this video for some inspiration and don’t worry if there are members of your group who don’t ski.. we’ve got that covered too! Read up on our list of over 30 things for non skiers to do on a winter trip to Chamonix.

If you’ve got any questions about this year’s ski passes, please email us on info@mountain-base.com. If you know which passes you’d like to order please use this order form & we’ll get back to you to confirm the order as soon as we can.


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Last remaining Season Lets for Winter 2018-19 | Les dernières locations saisonnières pour l’hiver 2018-19

Winter is fast approaching and we only have a small number of season rentals left…

L’hiver approche à grands pas. Rechercher nos 3 dernières locations saisonnières…

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Chamois Blanc apartment is situated across the road from the Chamonix Sud bus terminus, making it the ideal place to get to all of Chamonix’s ski areas. It sleeps 2-3 people and is fully equipped with everything you’ll need for the season, including a washing machine, TV and a covered parking space. Chamois Blanc appartement en français.


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Petit Ours Mazot is the perfect home from home, sleeping 2 people and furnished to a really high standard, this snug little property is standalone which makes it pretty rare in the seasonal rental market in Chamonix. Its location is ideal, in a quiet residential neighbourhood not far from the hospital and just 5 minutes walk from the centre of Chamonix. Petit Ours Mazot en français.


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Aiguille apartment is in a great location overlooking the bottom of the Aiguille du Midi lift. It sleeps 2-3 people and is only a short walk to the nearest bus or train stop in Chamonix Sud. Appartement Aiguille en français.


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Christmas & New Year Chalet Offers |Bons Plans pour Noel et Nouvel An

Last remaining chalets for Christmas & New Year | Derniers chalets pour Noël et le nouvel an

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We have a number of superb chalets on special offer for the last few remaining dates for this Christmas and New Year. Head to our Special Offers page to see which properties are still available.


Nous avons un certain nombre de superbes chalets en promotion pour les dernières dates de Noël et du nouvel an. Retrouvez tous les détails sur notre page ‘ Bons Plans

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To book these offers please contact us directly, quoting MBSO18/19| Veuillez nous contacter avec la code promo : MBSO18/19

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Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc 2018

In just a few weeks time, Chamonix will be filled to the brim with ultra-runners and spectators for the biggest event of the year, the UTMB or Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc.

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For those of you not familiar with this event, it’s actually made up of not one, but seven trail running events of varying length and difficulty. Each race has a set number of participants that are allowed to enter, and for the big races, the runners will have had to score points from completing other qualifying races to allow them to enter.

This year’s UTMB takes place from 27th August – 2nd September 2018

The Mont Blanc Massif is the central point around which the races take place and its steep valleys and mountains are incredibly challenging, which is what brings the world’s best ultra runners back here year after year. Never mind taking a week to walk the Tour du Mont Blanc, these races circumnavigate Europe’s highest mountain in the fastest times humanly possible.

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The Races

UTMB®: The Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc – This is the big daddy of all the races which sees crowds of people lining the streets of Chamonix to see the runners set off. A lot of this race takes place overnight, spanning three countries, with the winner crossing the line in around 19 hours. The remainder have up to 46 hours to get their tired legs over the finish line, which is where the cheering fans really help to keep them going to the end.

171 km & 10,000 m of vertical gain – 2300 runners – Starts on Friday at 18:00 in Chamonix – 46:30 hours max Video


TDS®: Sur Les Traces des Ducs de Savoie – This race starts in Italy just on the other side of Mont Blanc and takes in the Beaufort, Tarentaise and Aosta valleys, which once upon a time formed the Savoie state (hence the name). Setting off from Courmayeur they head south and over the border into France before turning north towards Les Contamines and back to Chamonix. Expect to see the winners arrive back in Chamonix around 14.5 hours after setting off.

122 km & 7300 m of vertical gain – 1600 runners – Starts on Wednesday at 06:00 in Courmayeur – 33 hours max Video

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CCC®: Courmayeur Champex Chamonix – The CCC follows a lot of the same route as the UTMB race, but starts in Italy before crossing into Switzerland and back to Chamonix. Even though it’s 70km shorter than the UTMB, it’s still a huge challenge with a lot of vertical. The winner will cross the finish line in around 10 hours.

101 km & 6100 m of vertical gain – 1900 runners – Starts on Friday at 09:00 in Courmayeur – 26:30 hours max Video


OCCOrsières Champex Chamonix – Middle of the road in terms of length and vertical this race sets off from Orsières in Switzerland and passes through Trient before heading back into the Chamonix valley. The winner will take just 5 hours to cross the finish line in this ‘medium’ sized ultra race.

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MCC*New for 2018* Martigny-Combe Chamonix – This race is a new addition for 2018 and has been set up to allow volunteers on some of the other races the chance to take part in a race, then carry on to support their team/race later in the week. The winner is expected to take around 3 hours to finish.

40km & 2300 m of vertical gain – 1000 runners – Starts on Monday at 10:00 in Martigny-Combe – 10 hours max


PTL®: Petite Trotte à Léon This is a unique adventure race which stands apart from the other UTMB races in that it’s the biggest in length, there are no way-markers on the route and it can be run as a pair or three runners together. Teams navigate their way through some really challenging mountain paths and scrambles and it literally takes days to finish. In 2017 the winners completed the whopping 300km course in 117 hours, so they definitely earn a big cheer when they cross the finish line!

Approximately 300 km & 25000 m of vertical gain – A non-stop effort for 300 runners – Starts on Monday at 08:00 in Chamonix – 151:30 hours max Video


YCCYouth Chamonix Courmayeur – As the name suggests, this race is for budding young athletes aged from 16-22 to get a taster of big trail running competitions.

15km & 1200 m of vertical gain – 300 runners – Starts on Wednesday at 10:00 in Courmayeur – 4 hours max


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Where to watch?

If you want to see runners at the start line, the PTL and the UTMB are the only two races that start in Chamonix centre (you can find the other start points in the list above). The main hub of all the action is around the inflatable arch near the Mairie and tourist office in the centre of Chamonix, which acts as the start line for these two races and the finish line for all of them.

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After the runners have set off there are plenty of opportunities to see them on the mountain. Flégère, Le Tour, Les Houches or Vallorcine are good places to go to see them running past. Take a look at the 3D route videos to see where each of the races go to help choose your position to watch.

Probably the best place to enjoy the whole atmosphere of the event, is in the centre of Chamonix as the runners head back towards the finish line. Since the various races all culminate with the runners crossing the finish line under the inflatable arch, this is the most popular place for everyone to head to. Find a bar or restaurant along the final few hundred metres and you’re sure to be right in the middle of all the action. There will be runners crossing the line pretty much all week long, so you’ve plenty of time to come and cheer some of them on.

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UTMB 2019 Dates & registrations

Next year’s edition of the UTMB will take place from 26th August to 1st September 2019. Registration opens from 18th December 2018 and can only be done online via the UTMB website. This is where you’ll also find all the criteria for taking part and how much it costs to enter each race.

We’ve already got prices for chalets and apartments for next year live on our website, so you can book your accommodation for UTMB 2019 now! Get in touch with us via the usual channels, via the new live chat feature on our website, or send us an enquiry for any additional information.

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Chamonix’s new QC Therme Spa – Opening Summer 2018

“Wellness is coming” to Chamonix this summer, with the opening of the new QC Therme spa, which is set to open on 10th August 2018.

The opening of this new spa, which is operated by the same company that runs the popular Pre St Didier Spa in Courmayeur, has seen a fair few delays. It was originally due to open last summer, then was put back to winter and now finally it appears they’re ready to open the doors.

What to expect

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The company says that “the spa echoes the philosophy of ancient Imperial Rome, which placed water at the centre of satisfying body and spirit” and will offer visitors waterfalls that will apparently make you think of being in a rainforest, whirlpools and hydrojets, all heated to between 34 and 36 degrees Celcius (93-96 degrees F).

There’s also  a salt room, saunas, steam baths, sensory tubs, relaxation rooms and an olfactory space where you can stimulate your sense of smell with a choice of perfumes and scents.

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They will also be offering massages, which you can choose to enjoy as a couple or on your own. Choose from Ayurvedic massage, sports massage, a long massage of up to 75 minutes or tailor your own treatment to suit a specific need.

What’s on the menu?

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No spa would be complete without a delicious and nutritious food offering, and you’ll be able to graze on carefully planned meals and snacks at lunch time (12:00 – 15:30) or in the evenings (19:00 – 21:00). Expect to pay separately for lunch, but if you’re going for an evening spa session, the “Aperiterme” apero is included in the entry price.

You can find the spa just behind the main Chamonix Sports Centre and swimming pool, with views of Les Bossons glacier and the Mont Blanc Massif. For opening times, dates and prices visit the QC Therme Chamonix website where you’ll also find links to follow them on their social media channels.

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Renting & riding bikes in Chamonix

Chamonix has a great network of mountain bike trails, which are easily accessible and suitable for beginners and families, to downhill and riders who are more fond of technical, rocky trails.

Chamonix tourist office have produced a handy pocket sized map outlining around 20 dedicated MTB trails, from Vallorcine all the way to Servoz. It includes information on the mountain biking code of conduct, emergency phone numbers and information on trails and how they are graded. In simple terms the trails are graded like pistes – green for easy, blue for intermediate, red for more difficult trails and black, the hardest level.

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There are a number of liaison trails that you can follow too, linking one part of the valley to the other, or across into Switzerland. You can also use the local trains to get around with your bike. Each carriage allows a maximum of 5 bikes and travel is free with your “carte d’hote” or guest card, which we give to all our guests on arrival. In July & August there are also special bike buses laid on – look for V1 and V2 on the Chamonix bus timetables. These are also free with the guest card.


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Where can you rent a bike in Chamonix?

We work with a number of local suppliers who rent all kinds of bikes; bikes for children, downhill bikes, cross country or enduro bikes, town bikes, road bikes and electric mountain bikes. Check out their websites below for prices and how to book.

Sanglard – E-bikes for adults & children

Legend CHX – All mountain, road bikes, enduro, E-bikes, downhill, fatbikes, children’s bikes

Slash Chamonix – All mountain, road bikes, E-bikes, bike trailers

Intersport Chamonix – Children’s bikes, hard tails, fatbikes, enduro, E-bikes, road bikes

Zero G – Mountain bikes, E-bikes, children’s bikes


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Good sources of local MTB information

Check in on some really in depth information from local riders on all the best places to ride, and some secret trails that aren’t included on the trail map from the tourist office!

Chamonix Bike Blog

Chamonix MTB reports

Facebook groups to join – CHX Bike / Chamonix descent mountain biking


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Where to get your mountain bike fixed / serviced?

OK you may not have destroyed your bike like Kerry McGarry did at Redbull Rampage, but if you need a service, some parts replaced or some good advice on what to do, here are a few of the local bike maintenance shops we use:

Double D bikes– Les Praz

Slash Chamonix– Chamonix centre

Happy riding!


 

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Climbing World Cup – Chamonix – 11th to 13th July 2018

One of our favourite events of the summer in Chamonix is the Climbing World Cup, which takes place from 11th-13th July this year.

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Last year we missed out on half the event, as the speed climbing was cancelled, but thankfully this year it makes a welcome return!

This major international sporting event brings the best technical climbers in the world together to battle, side by side, on the difficult lead climbing route and the speed climbing wall.

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Over 20,000 people come to take part and watch in total over the course of the three days. Not only is there an incredible atmosphere, it’s also free to attend!

The Programme: 

Wednesday 11th July :

  • Official Presentation of the athletes
  • 15:00 Speed qualifications

Thursday 12th July : 

  • 09:30-17:00 Lead Qualification
  • 20:30-21:30 Speed Finals

Friday 13th July : 

  • 10:30-12:30 Lead Semi-Finals
  • 20:30-22:30 Lead Finals
  • After Awarding Ceremony

Where?

The event takes place at Place Mont Blanc where the Saturday market is held. Bring something to sit on (cushion / rug / chair). You can buy drinks and snacks on site, or pack a picnic (that’s what us locals do!)

Watch Live Streaming

If you can’t be here in person and want to check out all the action, you can tune-in to the IFSC homepage on July 12th and 13th for the LIVE semi-finals and finals of each discipline.

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Take a look at the highlights from one of the previous events:

 


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