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 free. Order your ski passes.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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…
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.
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.
There’s snow on the way and the week ahead is looking promising! We’ve been receiving a lot of calls and emails this week asking us what the snow’s like and, actually, it’s not bad! Wet weather early this week brought fresh snow up top, with more forecast for the weekend. Keep an eye on our Snow & Weather page for the latest reports.
This season’s been a funny kettle of fish so far, it’s not as bad as people seem to be expecting: pistes are reasonably well covered, there’s powder to be found if you know where to look and there’s a lot to be said for not having to dig your car out every morning.
However, the snow that we’ve had has come down in massive dumps then been interspersed with long dry spells and unseasonably warm weather, which makes for fairly unstable conditions up there. Mountain guides are understandably reluctant to take inexperienced skiers and snowboarders or large groups up the Vallée Blanche as they need to be extra alert for hazards and confident that they can lead their clients safely down the glacier. While they are still taking clients down the Vallée Blanche they are insisting on no more than 2 people per guide and those 2 people must be competent off-piste skiers, capable of handling conditions other than soft powder.
The Vallée Blanche is not technically a difficult route, it is often compared to no harder than your average red piste, which is why it is so accessible even to those who don’t have huge off-piste experience. It is glacial terrain though, which is why it is essential to take a guide. Glaciers constantly shift and evolve, with crevasses opening up and changing shape with every different weather pattern. This is why none of our guides would ever compromise your safety by taking you down if they thought that conditions were too bad or that you weren’t ready to tackle it.
Off-piste in Chamonix is not all about the Vallée Blanche though, it has so much more to offer and there is some fantastic terrain over at Les Grands Montets. An ideal way to explore (and to learn essential safety skills) is by doing an off-piste course. There are a number of options to choose from and once you know how to handle all types of terrain you’ll be shredding like Candide Thovex (kinda).
All Mountain – one of our favourites, this 3 day course takes you all over the Grands Montets into bowls, gullies and powder fields where you’ll learn how to ride off-piste, make steep turns, attack moguls and handle bad conditions such as ice and hardpack. Your guide will seek out the best places for the conditions and teach you how to master the mountain like a boss. Split over 3 half days at 195€ per person, this is ideal preparation for doing the Vallée Blanche – your guide will let you know if you are ready to do it. Find out more about All Mountain
Ski Touring / Split Boarding – to find the best powder, sometimes you have to put in a little effort! Ski touring will take you away from the lifts and pistes into the back country where you will hike to find the best snow, then make fresh tracks all the way back down. This is an initiation tour, so the hike won’t kill you and your guide will give you plenty of tips on how to get the hang of it. At just 90€ per person, it is a fantastic day out. Find out more about ski touring / split boarding
Avalanche Awareness – learn invaluable skills and have a great off-piste experience. If you want to explore then you need to learn how to do it safely, especially with the snow pack being as unstable as it is this winter. This half-day course will take you into the mountains and teach you the basics of assessing the snow conditions, evaluating the avalanche risk, carrying out a search using a transceiver and what to do if the worst happens. At just 69€ per person it’s an investment that you’ll use every time you go off-piste. Find out more about avalanche awareness
We also have a ton of other options to offer such as private ski/snowboard guiding, off-piste lessons for everyone from beginners to experiences skiers/snowboarders, longer ski tours with overnight accommodation in mountain refuges, snowshoe treks and so on. Please visit our website or contact us for more details.
In the meantime, have a great week and enjoy the snow!