We’ve had a few questions about the new XXL pass already. First of all there is absolutely no information on the Tignes, Val d’Isere, les Arcs or la Plagne websites about the exact details of this pass. Can a season worker make multiple visits to other resorts through the season? The answer should be YES but who knows without the T&C. After all, apart from Courchevel you are paying your extra ten euros to the Compagnie des Alpes. You can’t ski in two places at once so it is more money in their coffers.
Here is how the Espace Olympique pass worked in 2007:
The Paradiski 6-day lift passes allows the access to the Espace Olympique Savoie ski area.
Ask for your Espace Olympique Savoie pass at the ticket office before leaving for the resort of your choice.
Access 1 DAY OF FREE SKI per stay : ESPACE KILLY
Access 1 DAY OF FREE SKI per stay : 3 VALLEES
Access 1 DAY OF FREE SKI per stay: LES SAISIES
Access 1 DAY OF FREE SKI per stay : PRALOGNAN LA VANOISE
To do that will now cost you 40 euros extra! Plus you don’t get les Saisies or Pralognan (some great off piste here). So it seems like a lose/lose for the poor old skier. The press release of for the XXL pass is just spin. There was nothing complicated about the old pass as long as you followed the T&C.
When we worked in Val D’Isere - 3 seasons ago -we were given monthly passes. These gave no discounts at other resorts. However, the 3 valleys season pass, one season earlier, entitled us to 2 days in each of the neighbouring resorts - notably La Plagne and Val D’Isere.
Getting a day trip pass was easy and we simply handed over our season pass (no receipts etc.) for an upgrade.
Out of interest changes have been made in the Pyrenees this year with a joint Luz St Sauveur/ Tourmalet pass available again (6 days consequetive) . This also includes one trip up to the Pic du Midi. Otherwise, the season pass price was reduced if you waived the right to 50% discount for day passes at participating resorts (c.100 euros cheaper).....
CdA do seem to have had a change of heart as far as Serre Chevalier is concerned. Hidden deep in the pages of the tour operators website are pass prices for the individual Serre Chevalier villages.
That’s great news Helen, I have friends in Monetier who were a bit annoyed last season so it seems like the mighty behemoth does listen to local opinion.
The snow seems pretty good too, at least above 2000m, looks like Serre Ch. is getting the best start to the season in France.
Have just bought my 3 Valleys season pass in Les Menuires and on the receipt are two “coupons” for two days in the Espace Killy and the same for Paradiski - same as last year in fact.
In view of your article, I asked about the E 10/day surcharge and was told that there is no surcharge ( may still be wrong , of course), just need to get the receipt clipped at the lift office of resort being visited and, presumably, pick up a one-day pass.