Your ticket to the slopes...
For most a lift pass is essential to get onto the slopes, the exception being beginners in a resort with a few free beginner lifts on the nursery slope. If you're a quick learner though we'd recommend you take a lift pass on the first day even in these resorts since it's good to practice and start exploring as soon as you can, particularly if you are with friends or family. Even in resorts with some free beginner lifts, ski schools will take people on payable lifts on the first day.
Looking at the number of days included in the First time ski or board packages will give an indication as to whether we believe you'll need a lift pass on the first day; 6 days means yes, any less and it means no.
Some resorts have different types of passes available. These will be named to help you decide which suits your needs.
- A local pass gives you access to all the lifts in the local vicinity, often the valley or section around the resort.
- Where available the valley pass gives you access to a couple of local ski lift systems that link up in the valley but not the full area on offer e.g. the Belleville valley pass in the 3 Valleys, France.
- An area pass gives you access to venture further afield to explore the full linked ski area and is therefore more expensive.
- A local pass + may also be available and does vary in terms of what it offers. Normally this lift pass will cover the same as a local lift pass, with the addition of area access for one day. Please see the relevant resort page for more information.
- A super area pass may also be available and does vary in terms of what it offers. Normally this pass covers other ski areas not linked physically by the lift system i.e. you have to get a bus or drive to them. These are not recommended for people who wish to spend the majority of their time on the slopes.
You can book your lift pass with us when you're organising your holiday or add it to your booking at any point before you depart.
Your Crystal rep will give you your pass during your transfer to resort or before first lifts on your first morning. Meaning you avoid busy lift pass office queues and you're on the hill straight away.
Check with your rep when you arrive at the airport for full details, or check out your info pack available from 28 days before departure.
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