Lift passes to beat the credit crunch

If you are feeling the cold chill of recession here are a list of prime lift pass offers that you can bank on to make those pennies stretch a little bit further this season (if you know of any other deals let us know in the comments section).


Cham is reducing the price of season passes by 35% until the 23rd of November. They are also looking for volunteer ‘Ambassadors’ for the ski area. You must speak French and English fluently and know the ski area. One day of work per week and you get a free season’s pass. More info on the CdMB website:

Thanks to firechick for the tip off.

Situated in Bauges Les Aillons is offering an adult season pass for 195€ instead of 315€ before the 30th November.


50% of the season pass for Valfréjus-La Norma-Aussois is you buy it before the 19th December.

Les Menuires

Les Menuires is offering 20-50% off a lift pass at the weekend if you buy their skijournee card for 3€.


Ski for 20€ instead of 32.50€ at Meribel on Wednesdays and Saturdays including parking if you buy an Eco P@s (3€) before the 31st of December.


Last days for the Courchevel’s Ski a Tour Prix cards which give 20 to 50% off lift pass prices. Cards cost 4€.



Free lift passes for Sunday 14th December to celebrate the opening of two new Telemix lifts as well as new runs.

Les Sept Laux

If you only want to ski Monday to Friday the 7 Laux season pass is 270 € instead of 480 €. This is a great little resort close to Grenoble.

Valloire - Valmeinier

You’e still got time to blag a Valloire “premiers flocons” season ski pass for 188 € instead of 475 €. You need to buy the pass before the 15th of November. 150km of piste with great off piste and ski touring (people were up on the Col du Galibier last weekend and I’ve toured as late as July).

Val Thorens

Ski pass for 20€ on the operning weekend at Val Thorens on the 22-23 November with free ski tests in the resort. With the good snow this autumn this sounds like a good deal.

La Rosiere

Ski for 7€ on Saturday 10th January in the Espace San Bernardo including la Rosiere and la Thuile in Italy.


Meaudre in the Vercors are offering a two for one lift pass on their opening day (scheduled for the 20th of December 2008) to celebrate their new four seater chairlift. They are also offering free skiing along with Autrans on your birthday (not much good for me, I’m born in July :-( ).

Praz de Lys/Sommand

The Haute-Savoyard resort of Pras de Lys is offering a free lift pass for the opening day on the 20th of December.

Monts Jura

Monts Jura (Lelex - Crozet · Mijoux - Col de la Faucille) are offering half priced passes during the French Downhill Championships from the 20 to 24th March 2009. That’s a penny pinching 11.50 €. No idea how busy the resort will be but presumably access to some runs will be restricted. We were touring at the col de Faucille last week so the area doesn’t lack snow.

The Espace Diamant

You can get a lift pass for 19 € instead of 32 € on the 11th of January 2009 for some reason. A great opportunity to explore the huge Espace Diamant ski area which includes Crest Voland - Cohennoz, Flumet, Les Saisies and Notre-Dame de Bellecombe. See you there.

Auron - Isola 2000

They are taking a leaf out of Easyjet’s book with sales every Tuesday starting at 9am for 3, 4, 6 and 7 day passes. Reductions of 50% but numbers are strictly limited. Gentlemen, to your keyboards.


Brides les Bains

Part of the Trois Vallees domain, Brides les Bains is also playing the “low cost” card. They claim that you can get up to 50% reduction on your holiday if you reserve via the Web. That includes lodging, lifts and even eating out. For example a coffee will cost you 2.80 € in Courchevel 1850 but just 1.30 € in Brides. See their “flash - doh!” website for details:

roam where you want to


N’Py group run a number of the leading Pyrenean ski areas including Peyragudes Piau Domaine du Tourmalet Pic du Midi Luz-Ardiden Gourette La Pierre St-Martin. The N’Py card lets you ski in any of these resorts. It costs 25 € (22 € if you book before the season starts) and gives you reductions of up to 30% for day and multiday passes.


Holiski is the Compagnie des Alpes answer to N’Py. It lets you roam around the following resorts: l’Espace Killy (Val d’Isère and Tignes), Paradiski (Les Arcs, La Plagne, Peisey-Vallandry), Méribel-Les Allues and Les Menuires-Saint-Martin de Belleville (but not the Trois Valleys resorts), le Grand Massif (Flaine, Les Carroz, Morillon, Samoëns, Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval) and Serre-Chevalier.

You get the following reductions on day lift passes:

* 15% outside the February winter holiday period
* 10 % during the February holidays
* between 25-30% on Saturdays (change over day for week holiday makers)

The CdA claim you are better off with the Holiski pass after just 8 days skiing.

NoteSince the launch of Holiski in the summer it appears that Tignes, Val d’Isere have been withdrawn and that la Plagne can only be reached if you start in les Arcs. The Holiski pass has been controversial with some local communities.

Something for the Ladies

Combloux, Jaillet, la Giettaz (Portes du Mont-Blanc) and Pra Loup are offering free lift passes for the Ladies on the 14 and 15 March. It has something to do with speed dating on chairlifts as far as we can tell.

Chamrousse is giving the girlies a 1 € pass on the 8th of March


Remember you student union card for 10 € lift passes on the 10, 11 January, 21, 22 March and 11, 12 and 13th April for Pra Loup.

Posted by davidof on Monday, 10 November, 2008 at 11:35 PM

wow, the Chamonix pass deal makes me want to go back.  I’m really worried about increased traffic in the backcountry from people looking to avoid expensive lift tickets.  It was mayhem this weekend.

Posted by Dongshow on  Tuesday, 11 November, 2008  at 05:52 AM

SATELC have up to €150 off La Clusaz or full Aravis passes (valid for Le Grand Bornand as well) up to the 7th December.

Plus they’re offering a new ‘forfait fidélité’ which gives 6 non-consecutive days in La Clusaz, valid all season, for €155.

Also a new €17 day pass which gives access to the snow park (Cret du Merle) only. They have been doing development work on this over the summer, but unless they’ve done something drastic I wouldn’t bother anyway, head 10 mins down the road to Grand Bornand if you’re into baggy trousers and jibbing . . .

Posted by  on  Tuesday, 11 November, 2008  at 08:18 AM

Oops, forgot to link:

Posted by  on  Tuesday, 11 November, 2008  at 08:18 AM

This one has got me intrigued:

Not entirely sure about the concept yet, but supposedly you can ski 50 resorts in Valais Switzerland on a single pass with up to 10% discount, and never having to queue.

The system automatically identifies your ski start and end time and deducts the appropriate number of points. I wonder though, does it register successive skiing days and apply the correct multiple day ticket price? I will have to investigate…

Posted by  on  Tuesday, 11 November, 2008  at 04:17 PM

Lucy from has pointed out that Tignes and Val d’Isere have been dropped from the Holiski pass this year according to the latest information on the website.

Posted by davidof on  Wednesday, 12 November, 2008  at 04:18 PM
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