Save Money on Chamonix Lift Passes, Ski Hire, Airport Transfers & Accommodation this Winter

No sooner does one season end in Chamonix, than we start getting excited about the next one! Winter 2015-16 will be upon us in no time and we’re already planning all the essentials – which lift pass to get, whether we need new ski pants or if a bit of duct tape will do the trick, what colour bobble hat to go for… Luckily we can help you with the first one and even offer you some fantastic discounts on lift passes, ski/snowboard hire, airport transfers, etc.

Chamonix skiingEarly Bird Lift Passes
If your holiday falls between 09th January and 5th February 2016 or 5th March and 8th April 2016 then you can save big on your lift pass! The special offer typically works out at a 25% discount and applies to all Mont Blanc Unlimited lift passes including concessions and family passes. This is an exclusive offer that is not available directly to the public, it must be booked through Mountain Lifestyle. You can either fill out this booking form and return it to us, or contact us by email to place your order.
Chamonix Lift Passes – more details here

Chairlift at Les Houches in ChamonixLow Season Lift Passes
If you’re not restricted by school holidays then save yourself a packet by booking before Christmas or after Easter – not only are lift passes discounted but you’ll also find that flights and accommodation are a whole lot cheaper too. The First Snow special offers runs from 28th November to 18th December 2015 and the Spring Skiing offer runs from 9th April to 1st May 2016. Both offers are available for both the Chamonix Le Pass and the Mont Blanc Unlimited lift passes – contact us directly to benefit from the discount.
Chamonix Lift Passes – more details here

ski hire chamonixDiscounted Ski & Snowboard Hire
We only work with our favourite ski and snowboard rental shops in Chamonix – the ones who provide the best service for the best price. Our partners are located in convenient places throughout Chamonix and some will even deliver the kit to your door and do a full boot fitting in the comfort of your chalet. The best thing of all though is that our partners offer Mountain Lifestyle clients fantastic discounts of up to 50%!
Chamonix Ski Hire & Snowboard Rental – more details here

Airport transfer van from Geneva Airport to Chamonix10% Off Airport Transfers
Our friends at Haute Transfer are offering an exclusive discount in conjunction with the Early Bird Lift Pass offer – any airport transfers that fall between 09th January and 5th February 2016 or 5th March and 8th April 2016 will enjoy a 10% discount when booked before the end of November. Comfortable, reliable, door-to-door service with complimentary beers and soft drinks – what better way to start your holiday?
Chamonix Airport Transfers – more details here

Chalet in ChamonixOff-Peak Accommodation
If you can travel outside of the peak holiday periods then you can get some great deals on accommodation – prices tend to drop off during January and March, with some of the best bargains to be found in April. The ski season doesn’t end until May and spring snow can be plentiful, with the added bonus of sunny apres-ski! Our partners at Mountain Base offer everything from budget studio apartments to luxurious ski chalets, take a look and see what we have to suit you.
Chamonix Accommodation – more details here

Chamonix Christmas LightsWe can even offer you discounts in resort at some of our favourite Chamonix bars and restaurants. So there you have it – all the essentials sorted.

All you have to is book your flights and pick that bobble hat!

Autumn in Chamonix : Things to Do & See

This weekend is the last for many of the Chamonix lifts with Brevent, Le Tour and Les Houches all closing at the end of Sunday afternoon. The good news is that the Aiguille du Midi, Train du Montenvers and Tramway du Mont Blanc continue until the beginning of November.

In the meantime, what is there to do during autumn in Chamonix? Typically this is the harvest period, so there are lots of festivals and markets celebrating seasonal produce such as cider, honey, hazelnuts, etc.

It is also the time of year when shepherds bring their herds down from the mountains before the snow comes – we’ve already had traffic jams of a different sort in town this week!

A farming tradition that has turned into an annual festival is the Combat des Reines – the battle of the queens.

Cows in a traditional festival in Servoz near ChamonixThe large but gentle Hérens cows that graze in the Alps need to establish a hierarchy before the winter sets in, so they have a bit of a set-to to determine who is queen of the herd. It’s a very mild affair with a bit of shoving and the occasional head butt – no matadors involved, just an old chap in a large floppy beret. The event attracts a crowd of spectators and there’s usually a few stalls selling food, drinks and local crafts such as knives, cow bells, leatherwork, etc and a bit of musical entertainment courtesy of the Alpine horn. Entry is free and everyone is welcome. This year’s Combat des Reines take place in Servoz next Sunday 27th September from 9am onwards.

Other autumnal events include a heritage day this Sunday 20th September, also in Servoz, where you’ll be able to take part in traditional activities such as bread baking in the old communal oven in Vieux Servoz from 9am to midday, apple picking followed by cider pressing and a typical Savoyard banquet at the Salle de Jean Morel at noon (reservation for banquet required at the tourist office, 13€ per person).

Myrtilles or blueberriesNow is a fantastic time for hiking, as the lush greens and bright colours of summer turn into the orange, red and purple hazes of autumn. Although the majority of the lifts are closed there are still lots of hiking trails accessible all over the valley. Foragers will find myrtilles (blueberries), mushrooms, apples and plums growing wild in the forests and meadows.

Farm market selling local produceIf you want to sample typical Alpine produce you can either visit one of the markets that take place during the week or make a visit to the Pain de Chibon farm in Les Houches, where Gerard holds an open afternoon every Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm. You can buy freshly baked bread, local cheeses, homegrown fruits and vegetables whilst enjoying a glass of complimentary mulled wine.

So, autumn is a great time to take advantage of cheap flights and low-season prices on accommodation in Chamonix – come and see for yourself!