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Chamonix Ski Passes General Information – Passes and Locations

Chamonix Le Pass

The Chamonix Le Pass opens the doors to all Chamonix ski areas (other than the the Grands Montets summit), for great skiing on slopes between 1,000 and 2,765 m altitude.

Ski Areas Covered

Les Brévents-La Flégère Ski Area

Les Grand Montets Ski Areas (except for the top cable car)

La Balme – Le Tour – Vallorcine Ski Area

Includes the beginners and easy ski runs in Chamonix, La Vormaine (Le Tour), Le Savoy, Plateau 2,000 (Planpraz), Plateau de Lognans (Les Grands Montets)

Free bus transport on the Chamonix valley shuttle buses

*** NOT LES HOUCHES ***

L’Aiguille du Midi

From Chamonix (1035m), the first cable car flies over the forest to reach le Plan de l’Aiguille in 10 minutes (2,317m).

On your right, the Glacier des Bossons, in front of you is the Mont-Blanc (4,808.72m) on your left the Aiguille Verte, the Drus and the Aiguilles de Chamonix.

The second cable car which, which ascends to the summit in only 10 minutes takes you up to 3,777m, over spectacular seracs, the glacier des Pelerins and the hanging glaciers on the north face of the L’Aiguille du Midi.

From the top, a sightseeing panorama unique in the world presents itself at a high altitude and with views of France, Italy and Switzerland far into the heart of the western European alps at a high mountain elevation.

Access

2 CABLE CARS 20 MN JOURNEY FOR 2747 M OF VERTICAL GAIN @ 45 KM/H ON THE 2ND CABLE CAR 500 PERSONS PER HOUR – please allow time for lift queues and arrive early if you have pre-booked.

VISIT TIME is usually 2.5 hours (subject to visitor numbers and weather etc.)

STEP INTO THE VOID

A technological prowess with more than a thousand metres of void beneath your feet inside this glass box. Thrills are guaranteed…

HEATED WAITING ZONE FOR STEP INTO THE VOID® Heated waiting area sheltered from bad weather conditions with large bay windows and a glass floor for an initial impression of the void.

THE PIPE® A 32-metre long steel gallery for making a full rotation of the central peak at an altitude of more than 3,700 m without having to retrace your steps.

HYPOXIA LEVEL An area which informs you about the effects on the body due to the lack of oxygen in high altitudes.

MONT-BLANC SPACE with large bay windows to admire the three peaks (Mont Blanc Du Tacul, Mont Maudit and Mont Blanc)

VERTICAL AREA A place to discover cutting-edge mountaineering views and histories

HISTORY AREA Go back down to the departure point of the cable car and discover the retrospective exhibition of the construction of the cable-car and look at its impressive machinery.

ASCENSION SPACE This big screen film flies over the main summits in mountaineering history.

ALTITUDE 3842 EXPERIENCE SHOP At the summit of the Aiguille du Midi (Piton Nord under the Summit 3842 restaurant), see through the eyes of a mountaineer and brave the glaciers in the new Altitude 3842 Experience Shop (trompe l’oeil, video effects, faults in the rock, etc.)

Where to eat? 1 LE VERTICAL CAFÉ In the Aiguille du Midi station in Chamonix (café and shop in mountain lounge setting) +33 (0) 4 50 54 27 79 17

LE SUMMIT (CAFETERIA) at the top of the lift station is this basic standard cafeteria +33 (0) 4 50 55 82 23

Useful information

CHILDREN ACCESS: YES (forbidden under 3 years) / Not recommended under 5 years old

ELDERLY ACCESS: YES, unless medical advice

DISABLED ACCESS (with wheelchair): yes maximum 2 wheelchairs per lift (except Helbronner)

Step into the Void®:

ACCESSIBLE Summit restaurant area:

NO ACCESS CABLECAR: Mandatory boarding numbers to access the cable car on days with high affluence (regardless of the ticket). To be collected from the cash desks.

TOILETS: Departure of the Aiguille du Midi, Plan de l’Aiguille du midi, Summit.

DISABLED TOILETS: YES, at the starting station in Chamonix and at the top at the Aiguille.

PARKING: The Grépon pay to park

LOCKERS/CLOAKROOM: NO PICNIC ROOM: NO ANIMALS allowed

Montenvers Mer de Glace (1,913m)

A breathtakingly panoramic view which can be reached in around 20 minutes via a traditional rack and pinion funicular railway climbing around 1,000 metres.

Simply hop on board the famous little red railway train. Time will stand still, and you’ll enjoy this vintage method of transport. The track climbs the mountainside, running through the forest, tunnels cut through the rock and over viaducts.

Entering the high mountain realm and the magic of La Vallee Blanche Mer de Glace comes into view. A stunning panorama opens out before you, with the glacier below whose retreat is an excellent witness to modern climate change.

ON ARRIVING AT THE MONTENVERS Exit the station onto the terrace that overlooks the tongue of the glacier and take in the view of the Mer de Glace, the Drus, Grandes Jorasses, the bottom of the Vallée Blanche and the Grands Charmoz on your right.

PANORAMA OF THE MER DE GLACE At one end, Panoramique bar’s terrace* offers you a breathtaking view of the end of the Mer de Glace.*(In the summer and winter also according to weather conditions)

TRAILS AND PATHS Follow the snowshoe trails (open weather permitting) for a fun educational journey as you learn about the history of this site as well as the construction of the railway. > Free entry, free loan of equipment.

CRYSTAL GALLERY When emerging from the ice cave, go into the crystal gallery on your left. Here you will admire a collection of very fine exhibits from the Mont-Blanc range and learn about the exciting story of the crystal hunters. Free access

ICE CAVE Penetrate the innards of the Mer de Glace. Please note: 500 steps each way from the top of the gondola. LE GLACIORIUM Set in an extremely modern background, the glacier tells its story and its development. Free access.

HÔTEL RESTAURANT TERMINAL NEIGE – REFUGE In an updated setting! It is advised to book: +33 (0) 4 50 53 87 70

MONTENVERS SOUVENIR SHOP OFFICIAL SHOP Not to be missed before you leave! PANOCAM Panoramic and dynamic webcam/ Opportunity to send e-cards.

Snowshoes Magnificent snowshoe trails in the forest, from easy to difficult. The trails are marked and traced each morning (depending on the conditions). Free route, loan of snowshoes for all users with a ticket/ski pass (subject to available stock).

Go to the Glaciorium. Where to eat? Hôtel Restaurant Terminal Neige Refuge du Montenvers Alpine cuisine in an authentic refuge. It is advised to book: +33(0)4 50 53 87 70

Restaurant : restaurant@tn-refuge.com Reception : reception@tn-refuge.com

Restaurant Le Panoramique Mer de Glace (Open during the school holidays, weather permitting). Bistro with a view. A breath-taking venue overlooking the Mer de Glace.. It is advised to book: +33(0)4 30 05 19 66

Bar des glaciers (snacks) It will be hard to resist a sweet or savoury snack to take away!

Animations Christmas trains with an encounter with Santa Claus!

Our advice – The descent to the ice cave is half in a gondola and half down 500 steep steps. Consider this before going on this visit.

Useful information

CHILDREN ACCESS: YES

ELDERLY ACCESS: YES (difficult access to the ice cave) – 500 steps. DISABLED ACCESS (in wheelchair with accompanying person): YES – indicate when buying your tickets.

Access to the Glaciorium and Crystal Gallery with accompanying persons, weather permitting (snow clearing) – No disabled access to the Ice Cave (approximately 500 steps) or to the gondola

TOILETS: YES, – Chamonix departure station – Arrival station at Montenvers

DISABLED TOILETS: YES, – Chamonix departure station – Arrival station at Montenvers

PARKING: YES, free close by (Parking Planards).

PICNIC ROOM

NO ANIMALS: YES (Dogs kept on a leash)

BUS : LINES 3 / 14 & LE MULET

GPS AIGUILLE DU MIDI 100, place de l’Aiguille du Midi 74400 Chamonix

Useful contacts:

Compagnie du Mont-Blanc Information centre: +33 (0)4 50 53 22 75

Ski patrol: +33 (0)4 50 54 04 73

Emergencies: – France : 112 | Italy: 118 | Switzerland: 114 | High Mountain Office: +33 (0)4 50 53 22 08 | Weather: +33 (0)8 99 71 02 74 ou 3250