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Which is the best season lift pass deal in the Alps?

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I’m planning a few months in the Alps in 2017-18, and I’m looking at what you get for your money in various resorts. Some offer just the local pass, others give you days in different resorts, and some give you access to other attractions, eg theme parks. It’s all very confusing.

I thought I’d try to provide a resource for SHs planning something similar by constructing a table with as many lift passes as possible. I’ve started with the Chamonix area and Grand Massif, but if you have any local knowledge, please add as much info as possible, and I’ll try to keep the table updated as we go along.

Prices are for an adult lift pass, in Euros.


Ski AreaFull priceDiscounted priceBuy beforeExtras
Grand Massif97048510 DecNone
Evasion Mont Blanc85664215 NovNone
Mont Blanc Unlimited173199415 NovDays in Courmayeur, Verbier, Evasion Mont Blanc


Thanks for contributing.

Table edited to include all the info so far:

Ski AreaFull priceDiscounted priceBuy beforeExtras
Grand Massif97048510 DecSee Zorrac’s, warmsnow’s, sj1608’s and ian999’s comments. post
Evasion Mont Blanc85664215 NovNone
Mont Blanc Unlimited173199415 NovDays in Courmayeur, Verbier, Evasion Mont Blanc
Les Deux Alpes945664End OctSee Claude B’s amd miranda’s posts
Dolomiti Superski84078024 Dec5days Adamello-Brenta
Valloire66328615 Nov40% off other Maurienne resorts
Via Lattea1000750Late OctoberSee letsgetpiste’s post
Salzburg Superski7556806 DecKitzbuheler Alpen
Innsbruck Freizeitticket425 all yearEarly Dec?See clarky999’s post
Snow Card Tirol756See clarky999’s post
Jungfrau842
Espace Killy1250
Alpe d’Huez8785892 OctSee skitow’s post
Yad Moss£55£40A warm glow for skiing on home turf!
Ski Amade5735376 Dec
Paradiski1003899
La Plagne8997201 Dec
Scotland£535Glasgow snow dome


Last edited by Poster: A snowHead on Tue 27-09-16 18:49; edited 1 time in total
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Salzburger superski

Tirol Card

probably best value no question. Unless you want to be lapping the Midi all day of course.
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great idea.
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Les Deux Alpes

Full 945€, 660€ before end October (I think not clear on website, that was thé date last year(

Extras

11 jours TOUSSAINT …….......................................... 0€
2 jours La Grave……..……......................................... 0€
1 jour Flaine …………..……......................................... 0€
10 jours Alpe d’Huez……........................................... 0€
3 jours Serre Chevalier…........................................... 0€
3 jours Montgenèvre ..…............................................. 0€
3 jours Puy-Saint-Vincent…....................................... 0€
3 jours Sestrière…………........................................... 0€
Entrée Piscine ……………….………………….......... 0€
Entrée patinoire …………...................................... 0€
Tarif préférentiel Premières Traces ……………….… 12€ au lieu de 15€ (-20%)*
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watch out for some local variations on early deals regarding pick up in person etc vs internet purchase.

Grand massif historically includes free days elsewhere and discounts elsewhere.
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Dave of the Marmottes wrote:
Salzburger superski

Tirol Card

probably best value no question. Unless you want to be lapping the Midi all day of course.


Best Madeye-Smiley

There is the All Star card as well. Salzburg+ some Tyrol.

http://www.allstarcard.at/en/allstarcard-skipass-tyrol-salzburg-austria.html
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Hyst wrote:
Dave of the Marmottes wrote:
Salzburger superski

Tirol Card

probably best value no question. Unless you want to be lapping the Midi all day of course.


Best Madeye-Smiley

There is the All Star card as well. Salzburg+ some Tyrol.

http://www.allstarcard.at/en/allstarcard-skipass-tyrol-salzburg-austria.html


AllStar and SSS have joined this season so even better!
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Right Madeye-Smiley
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Chamcham, does not want to go to Austria I found out. Crying or Very sad
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You can get a lot of miles for your money with the Dolomiti Superski, though I think still less than the Salzburg one.

Dolomiti Superski: €780 before 24 Dec, €840 after. 5 days in Adamello-Brenta Dolomites included.

Edited because the Dolomites are not called Brenda rolling eyes
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Yup, Supersalz is a hell of a deal, covers such a vast area plus the main central core. This will be my fourth card and I still haven't skied everything Toofy Grin
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Valloire €663 : €286 before 15th November. Extras; 40% discount off day passes in all other resorts in the Maurienne (inc Orelle to Val Thorens), 3 free days Bardoneccia

We will be in our motorhome for 2 months and will be able to tour the valley cost effectively spending about three 1 week stints in Valloire. Most of the other resorts max out at €35 for a full price day pass.
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Thanks for all the suggestions.

Hyst - it's true I don't want to go to Austria myself, but if someone posts the details of Austrian passes I'm happy to add them to the table for others who might be interested.

BoardieK - Valloire seems like an amazing deal. Does the 40% off the Orelle pass extend to the full three valleys day pass?

The modified table now looks like this:

Ski AreaFull priceDiscounted priceBuy beforeExtras
Grand Massif97048510 DecNone
Evasion Mont Blanc85664215 NovNone
Mont Blanc Unlimited173199415 NovDays in Courmayeur, Verbier, Evasion Mont Blanc
Les Deux Alpes945664End OctSee Claude B’s post
Dolomiti Superski84078024 Dec5days Adamello-Brenta
Valloire66328615 Nov40% off other Maurienne resorts
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MBU probably includes 3 days in Haute Savoie. Plus a free cocktail in the nastiest bars on the planet. Which makes the annual price increase worth every penny in my eyes.
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@under a new name, Where in Haute Savoie? How many times a year can you use the free cocktail? Smile

And I agree, CMB do seem to take the Mick, which is another reason for looking elsewhere.
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Anyone know what the situation is in Serre Chevalier?
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Or Italian resorts other than Dolomiti?
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Chamcham wrote:
Or Italian resorts other than Dolomiti?


The ViaLattea Season Pass comes in at €1000 with a discount to €750 around the last 2 weeks of October. They are usually a bit cagy about whats included, but in the past there has been:
12 days in one of the Grande Galaxie resorts [La Grave, Les Deux Alpes, Puy Saint Vincent and Serre Chevalier]
3 days at Riserva Bianca Limone Piemonte
5 discount coupons for daily passes at Vialattea or Montiluna
3 discount coupons half price on daily pass at Bardonecchia

You're only the guts of 60 - 90 minutes from Turin airport.
Obviously if this is for 17/18 its just a case of keeping an eye on any changes! snowHead
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Salzburg Superski Pass €680 (before 06/12/16), €755 (thereafter) covers 25 ski areas and 2,790km of pistes. Unbeatable value.
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Salzburg Superski Card
Over 2.790 kilometers of slopes and 925 lifts.
Full price season pass 755 euros.
680 euros until 6 December.

Extras: now includes the Kitzbuheler Alpen region.
http://www.salzburgsuperskicard.com/en
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@Chamcham, assuming like every year for a long time, pretty much anywhere in H-S. one day per area.

One cocktail. And maybe a free coffee after a pdj in the Bergerie. Which seals the deal for me.
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Got to be the Innsbruck Freizeitticket: €425 for a YEAR, 12 ski resorts (9-10 months a year skiing at Stubai) that I can think of while the website is down, lifts for hiking and MTB (and music festivals) + lakes for swimming in summer. You do need to register as living in Tirol to get it, but it's a simple form to fill in and you're obliged to do it if staying more than a couple weeks anyway.

I totted up some stats for various other season passes here recently: http://www.fall-line.co.uk/5-best-area-season-ski-passes/

TBH I probably need to update it as the Epic Pass and Mountain Collective have a few additions since then, but to give an idea:

1. Snow Card Tirol

- 91 ski resorts
- 4000km of pistes
- 1100 lifts
- Valid from 01.10.16 – 15.05.17
- €756

2. Epic Ski Pass

- 13 ski resorts
- 35160 skiable acres
- 302 lifts
- Valid for one year (inc. Australia)
- $809

3. The Salzburg Super Ski Card

- 25 ski resorts
- 2750km of pistes (2100km with snowmaking)
- 916 lifts
- Valid from 15.10.16 – 01.05.17
- €680 (if bought before 06/12/16)

4. Mont Blanc Unlimited (season)

- 9 ski resorts
- 656km pistes
- 151 lifts
- Valid from late November (depending on snow) until the end of May
- €1680 (2015/16)

5. Mountain Collective Pass

- 16 ski resorts (2 days free in each, then 50% discount)
- 51,357 skiable acres
- 456 lifts
- Valid for one calendar year (inc. Southern Hemisphere)
- $399 (Spring 2016, though price changes throughout the year)
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Thanks all. I've added those, but left out the non-European ones:

Ski AreaFull priceDiscounted priceBuy beforeExtras
Grand Massif97048510 DecNone
Evasion Mont Blanc85664215 NovNone
Mont Blanc Unlimited173199415 NovDays in Courmayeur, Verbier, Evasion Mont Blanc
Les Deux Alpes945664End OctSee Claude B’s post
Dolomiti Superski84078024 Dec5days Adamello-Brenta
Valloire66328615 Nov40% off other Maurienne resorts
Via Lattea1000750Late OctoberSee letsgetpiste’s post
Salzburg Superski7556806 DecKitzbuheler Alpen
Innsbruck Freizeitticket425 all yearSee clarky999’s post
Snow Card Tirol756See clarky999’s post


Keep 'em coming Smile
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@Chamcham, why don't you edit the table in the first post and then it's always at the top of the page as a reference?
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@Chamcham, to be clear €425 is the earlybird price for the Freizeitticket - I think full price is €460. I also thought there was a an earlybird discount for the Snow Card Tirol (~€680) but can't find details of it any more.
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@Scarlet, I quite like the way it gathers momentum as it goes along. If the thread gets beyond one page, I will.
@clarky999, Thanks. Do you know roughly what the early bird deadline is?
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@Chamcham, I think it's early December.
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Jungfrau ski region. CHF915 (about €842) Discount for over 62 Years old - CHF825 (about €759).
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Espace Killy €1250 last year there was an early bird discount, but can't remember what it was.

A bit more pricy that some but runs from 26 Nov to 8 May ish so not bad on as a daily rate.
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@Chamcham, Alpe d'Huez is a bit messy but here is, most, of it :-

Season Pass 589€ before 02/10, 729€ until 14/11, 878€ after that
Includes Les 2 Alpes (5 days if bought before 02/10 and 10 days for later purchases), Serre Chevalier (3 days),
Puy St Vincent (3 days ), Montgenèvre (3 days) and Sestriere (3 days)
Used to include unlimited access to Alpe du GrandSerre until they fell out........

5-12 years and 65-71 years get about 20% discount, over 71 more than that but not sure how much, it was free until a few years ago.


There is also an annual pass that includes the summer season for 673€ (at the earliest purchase price).
You also get a discount on an annual pass for the sports centre.

Just out of interest 2 separate 7 day passes would cost you 600€

The same skiing deals are available from OZ and Vaujany but, I think, with tie-ups / add ons to their own sports centres.
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@Chamcham, Probably not relevant but just received this, it is european, at the moment anyway :-

Yad Moss Season Tickets for 2016/17 are now on sale.


If you held a ticket for last season then you will be able to log in here using the email address you used last year and purchase your ticket at a discount. £40 for adults and £10 for 16 and under.

If you did not have a ticket last year you should go here to register and purchase. Adult tickets for new registrants are £55 and under 16 are £10
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Oh, as well as the Super Salzburg there is the slight smaller area of Ski Amade at €573 discounted to €537 before 06/12/16
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@Chamcham, Evasion Mont Blanc Pass includes 3 "discovery" days in different Haute Savoie resorts (all Haute Savoie resorts except those in the Mont Blanc Unlimited zone).
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@Chamcham, The GM one includes cheaper insurance deal and also an add on for summer for just 30 euros extra

the childs pass goes up to and inc 17 years old, where the standard pass is up to and inc 15 years

Last year and always has been before is 3 days in other Haute savoie resorts, plus a day in les deux alpes

there was also a friend skis free on saturdays in January

all here

http://winter.grand-massif.com/season-ski-pass
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@miranda, @Zorrac, By other HS resorts, do you mean places like la Clusaz, le Grand Bornard, les Saises?
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Yes, though you need to access les Saisies (Savoie) via Praz sur Arly (Haute Savoie) - but yes, it's any resort in the Haute Savoie except Mont Blanc Unlimited zone (think you get a 50% discount on a day pass in Chamonix or at least you certainly have in the past).
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@miranda, Thanks. I'm swinging back in favour of St Gervais. Oh, decisions, decisions...
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@miranda, And I'll get snow cred from my 17 year old son when he hears I'm skiing Candide's home turf Smile
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Paradiski Season 1 003,00 € Discounted Season 802.50 €
La Plagne Season 899,00 € Discounted Season 719.50 €

Discount must be purchased by December 1st 2016 from http://www.edenski.com/cms/eden-price
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Scotland all areas pass (ie 5 resorts) £535.

Includes 2x2 hours free at Glasgow snow dome.
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