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In terms of ski pass prices, advanced/expert skiers should opt for the Mont Blanc Pass rather than the Chamonix Pass as you get nearly four times the terrain for just €49 more per week: 400km/€289 compared with 110km/€237.
If you're planning to ski the Valley Blanche, avoid the 20-minute wait to board to the Aiguille du Midi cable car, by pre-booking your place in advance for an additional fee of €2 (free with MBU pass). To book: +33(0)450 532 275 (then press 4) or visit one of Chamonix's ticket desks.
Plan your trip to coincide with the Freeride World Tour in January (Jan. 21-27, 2012). This event is a six-stop international tour where the world's best freeride skiers and snowboarders battle it out for the $250,000 (USD) prize money. Each year around 3000 cheering spectators gather to watch the Freeride World Tour in Chamonix. http://www.freerideworldtour.com
Before leaving, be sure to catch the funicular railway up to the Montenvers station, which is poised on a rocky ridge at 1913 metres. At the top you'll find a restaurant with sun terrace from which to enjoy the impressive views of the Mer de Glace and the peaks of Les Grands Jorasses and Les Drus. In summer there's an ice grotto with scupltures and caves, which is replaced by an ice museum in the winter months. The Montevers Railway has been running since 1908 and is a popular attraction throughout the year.
Those on a budget should avoiding drinking on the mountain (€9.50/ large beer) and instead hit happy hour in resort bars (usually 4-7 p.m.). Self-catering guests can stock up on out-of-town supermarkets on the way into Chamonix rather than using more expensive in-resort shops.
Projected Opening Ski Season: 12/01/2012
Projected Closing Ski Season: 05/12/2013
Projected Days Open: 162
Days Open Last Year: 158
Years Open: 89
Average Snowfall: 264"
Pros: Snow, scenery, food
Cons: High Mountain Company
Pros: Great boarding, great apres/nightlife, amazing scenery and views
Cons: Perhaps not as many runs as linked areas in France
Pros: Nightlife, variation of slopes, skiers, views
Cons: Bus and old lifts, low alititude village
Pros: amazing scenary, long, steep runs, challenging, good choice of pistes
Cons: difficult place to learn, expensive
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