What’s New for Chamonix this Winter? Ski lifts, snowparks, lift passes & more!

No sooner have the leaves started to change colour than we’re already hearing exciting rumours about what this winter will bring – we can’t confirm record-breaking earthshatteringly-epic amounts of powder (yet), but we can confirm the following:

Chairlift at Les Houches in ChamonixNew Ski Lifts at Brevent & Les Houches
A new mini-funicular is being installed up at Brevent to whisk beginner skiers and snowboarders up from the top of the Planpraz gondola to the Verte 2000 green piste – this will make the Brevent slopes much more beginner-friendly and an easier option for families with small children.
Les Houches has retired two of their oldest drag lifts, La Cha and Chamois, replacing them with a swish new chairlift called Les Melezes that will open up a whole new area for skiers and snowboarders.
Brevent & Les Houches ski areas – find out more

Snowboarding in the snowparkNew Snowparks at Les Grands Montets & Le Tour
Le Tour unveils its brand spanking new snowpark – one of the biggest in Europe! 100,000m² of runs graded for all abilities, packed full of jumps and modules. Or you can relax and watch the fun from the Cool Zone – a chill-out area with sound system.
Les Grands Montets has completely redesigned their snowpark to include two routes with tons of jumps, whoops and banked turns. The BMW route is 400m long with video and timer to record your run and relive the highlights afterwards, whereas the Enthusiast route is 800m and meet FIS competition standards.
Les Grands Montets & Le Tour Ski areas – find out more

An off-piste skier in powderBigger Ski Area with Mont Blanc Unlimited Lift Pass
The Mont Blanc Unlimited just got even bigger and better with the addition of the Evasion ski area – now holders of the MBU can only only access the entire Chamonix Valley and Courmayeur in Italy, but also the wonderful ski slopes of Megeve, Saint-Gervais and Les Contamines! This not only busts open a massive natural playground but also gives us heaps more options on bad weather days.
Mont Blanc Unlimited Lift Pass – find out what else is included

Chamonix bus serviceBetter Public Transport & Night Buses
Breaking news is that the winter bus timetable is to double its service, with buses running every half hour up and down the valley. Great news for party-animals is that the night bus will now run 4 times per night from 8:30pm until midnight. The Chamonix valley is fairly unique in that it consists of 4 separate ski areas, so an increase in buses is a definite bonus!
Bus travel in Chamonix is free with your lift pass – get to know the different Chamonix areas here

Kermit the frog making snow angelsAs for the powder, the rumour mills are predicted that this winter could be THE winter… but then, they always say that!

You can keep up to date with weather forecasts, snow conditions and lift openings on our Chamonix Snow & Weather page.