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Buy your Portes du Soleil adult season pass at discounted rate before 30 November

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At the eleventh hour, I've just discovered a loophole to get about £100 pounds early bird discount on a season pass. If you try to but one from a French resort website, they will charge the full price of 940 Eu. Go the the Champery website, and they are selling for the discounted price of 927 CHF. They will deliver them to the UK for a further 3 CHF. As far as I am aware, the first use can be anywhere in PDS, but is is possible that you will need to go to Morgins to validate them on the first day. If you're staying in Chatel, that's just a short car/bus journey.

I've just bought two passes. Now I just hope they work when I get there... Shocked
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An addendum to above. I've bought the passes, but I have no evidence this will work, so buyer beware!
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Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Pretty sure in previous years you had to start your skiing from the station you bought from.
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@under a new name, I agree, but the info I have is that it may be case for the French resorts, but not the Swiss. Anyway, for me it will be worth the risk of a short drive from Chatel into Switzerland to save £200. Not so good if you're in Morzine, or without a car.
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@under a new name, but we have generally bought our residents/old people’s discounted PDS season passes from the TO in Les Gets but skied first from Ardent as LG hasn’t been open.
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Chamcham wrote:
@under a new name, I agree, but the info I have is that it may be case for the French resorts, but not the Swiss. Anyway, for me it will be worth the risk of a short drive from Chatel into Switzerland to save £200. Not so good if you're in Morzine, or without a car.


If you were in Morzine how much would a "half day pass" be, ski over, activate and job jobbed!
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under a new name wrote:
Pretty sure in previous years you had to start your skiing from the station you bought from.
That was my impression but I looked at the terms and conditons on Telemorgins.ch and it does say

"Conditions générales de vente et d'utilisation des forfaits 2017-2018

Le 1er jour de ski doit commencer dans la station où le forfait a été acheté."

so looks OK.
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Yes, I asked the same thing at the caisses when I bought a pds pass from chatel. It's only the first activation that had to be done in the resort you buy it from. Thereafter you can start skiing each day in any place in the pds.

Strange that the Swiss side is offering cheaper passes as it's usually the other way around. I spotted the same thing myself but it's still cheaper for me to buy in Chatel as I qualify for the indigenes discount there.
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marcellus wrote:
Chamcham wrote:
@under a new name, I agree, but the info I have is that it may be case for the French resorts, but not the Swiss. Anyway, for me it will be worth the risk of a short drive from Chatel into Switzerland to save £200. Not so good if you're in Morzine, or without a car.


If you were in Morzine how much would a "half day pass" be, ski over, activate and job jobbed!


47Euro. Only potential issue is that it requires enough lifts/runs to be open in order to ski over. Not looking like an issue this year but would have been last.
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You can get a 5hr Avoriaz pass for EUR 37
You do not need PdS as this'll get you to the top of Mosettes, and then its all down hill to Les Crossets.
You can spend the EUR 10 you saved ( on top of the 103 Chuffs) on a small coffee and a marathon bar Smile
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WindOfChange wrote:
You can get a 5hr Avoriaz pass for EUR 37
You do not need PdS as this'll get you to the top of Mosettes, and then its all down hill to Les Crossets.
You can spend the EUR 10 you saved ( on top of the 103 Chuffs) on a small coffee and a marathon bar Smile


I know that, here in Switzerland, we're quite traditional (some would say backward), but do they still call Snickers bars Marathons in Les Crosets or are you showing your (our) age?
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@snoozeboy, the latter Sad
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BergenBergen wrote:
under a new name wrote:
Pretty sure in previous years you had to start your skiing from the station you bought from.
That was my impression but I looked at the terms and conditons on Telemorgins.ch and it does say

"Conditions générales de vente et d'utilisation des forfaits 2017-2018

Le 1er jour de ski doit commencer dans la station où le forfait a été acheté."

so looks OK.


I thought that was what I said?
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@under a new name, Sort of wink but if you bought the pass from skipasschampery.ch would you have to validate it from Champery, ie the resort it was purchased in
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@under a new name, Sorry, confused your post with one from the OP. I did repeat you Toofy Grin
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Perhaps I should have been clearer. The skipass-morgins website was down, and still is, with the instruction to go to the skipasschampery page instead, so I'm assuming Morgins will be ok, even though I bought it from the Champery website. If not, it's a longer drive, although still not very far, to Champery. Anyway, as @Pamski, said, I'm hoping to get it validated in Chatel. The problem is, we won't know until January. Smile
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I looked into this late November, and read on the site of one of the swiss resorts that a pass bought in CH has to start in CH every day, and vice versa. Not the same station, just the same country. Can't find it again now so can't prove it, but be prepared to see a lot of the Col de Morgins this winter! I hope you prove me wrong... snowHead
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@shep, I'll let you know!
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A few points from my brief experience this year...
- I called the Chatel office when buying my pass and said that I sometimes stay with friends in Champery, Morgins and Avoriaz. They said this would be no problem to start skiiing each day from different villages, but we didn't mention any activation issues.
- Friends who bought their passes in Morgins, started skiing for the first time from Chatel without activation problems. I don't know if this applies to other resorts.
- Further to my previous queries - I received the 5 days in Aletsch Arena and Verbier for each paid for pass - woohoo!

SB
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@snoozeboy, Thanks - that's reassuring. I'll post what happened after 13 January Smile
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In hindsight, I was looking at the indigene passes, for which it would be reasonable to restrict the starting point. For a full price pass it should be none of their business, so hopefully all will be cool. Blush
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