The Three Valleys - the biggest lift-linked ski area in the world - is opening Dec. 8 with big savings on the slopes.

The new TRIBU Pass, offering a great deal between friends. Groups of three or more friends or relatives can enjoy a discount on all purchases of passes six days or longer for the Vallée or 3 Vallées ski pass. This gives a saving of €15 per person, with three six-day 3 Vallées ski passes for €245. The group purchase must be of the same type of ski pass, the same duration, and made bought in transaction.

The new-rate family pass is valid for four or more people, including two parents and a minimum of two children under the age of 18. New for this year - everyone pays the child rate, for a total discount of €52 for adults and teenagers.

The 3 Vallees Liberte Pass is for those who don't ski every day, but are loyal 3 Vallees customers (ski eight days or more per year). You just ski as you want and you bank account is debited according to the skiing you've done during the day. Skiing this way gives you 10 percent off a 3 Vallees ski pass. You also get you're loyalty rewarded - ski your ninth day for free! You can view the status of your account online at any time: ski passes used, discounts received.