The International Montgolfiades

A unique event in the Pays du Mont-Blanc


Praz-sur-Arly has become famous for its hot air balloon flights.

About 20 hot air balloons with French, Belgian and Swiss pilots will be present at the 27th Montgolfiades in Praz sur Arly.

On the programme:

4 long distance flights during the weekend.

2 free fixed-line flights open to all.

2 days’ of entertainment with the mini-hot air balloons of the Lilliput Balloon Club of Reims, family workshops for making balloons, kites and gliders.

Download the programme (FR only)


Saturday, 14 January (NB: Flights on Saturday are cancelled due to heavy snowfall)


>9.00 BRIEFING, PREPARATION AND TAKE-OFF OF THE HOT AIR BALLOONS

CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP: making of illuminated hot air balloons with the Ballons Pirates Company. Belles Leisure Park or Salle de la Montagne in the village.

>10.30 DEMONSTRATION OF RADIO-OPERATED MINI HOT AIR BALLOONS

With the Lilliput Balloon Club of Reims.

>14.00 BRIEFING, PREPARATION AND TAKE-OFF OF HOT AIR BALLOONS

Flight or initiation flight – 14.30 to 16.30

>CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP: making of illuminated hot air balloons with the Ballons Pirates Company. Belles Leisure Park or Salle de la Montagne in the village.

>15.00 FIXED-LINE HOT AIR BALLOON FLIGHT

Inscriptions on the spot (reception chalet) – free.

DEMONSTRATION OF RADIO-OPERATED MINI HOT AIR BALLOONS with the Lilliput Balloon Club.

>16.00 Snack offered by ST MICHEL Biscuits.

The Barabelles Club House (reception chalet at the Belles Leisure Park) will be open, offering drinks, snacks and children’s games


Sunday, 15 January


>9.00 BRIEFING, PREPARATION AND TAKE-OFF OF THE HOT AIR BALLOONS

CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP: making of illuminated hot air balloons with the Ballons Pirates Company. Belles Leisure Park or Salle de la Montagne in the village.

>10.30 DEMONSTRATION OF RADIO-OPERATED MINI HOT AIR BALLOONS

With the Lilliput Balloon Club of Reims.

>14.00 BRIEFING, PREPARATION AND TAKE-OFF OF HOT AIR BALLOONS

Flight or initiation flight – 14.30 to 16.30

>CHILDREN’S WORKSHOP: making of illuminated hot air balloons with the Ballons Pirates Company. Belles Leisure Park or Salle de la Montagne in the village.

>15.00 FIXED-LINE HOT AIR BALLOON FLIGHT

Inscriptions on the spot (reception chalet) – free.

DEMONSTRATION OF RADIO-OPERATED MINI HOT AIR BALLOONS with the Lilliput Balloon Club.

>16.00 Snack offered by ST MICHEL Biscuits.

The Barabelles Club House (reception chalet at the Belles Leisure Park) will be open, offering drinks, snacks and children’s games.

>18.00 WELCOME DRINK – Church Square.

Presentation of the week’s programme of entertainment and activities with a hot Green (Chartreuse), hot chocolate or mulled wine offered by the Union of Economic Partners of Praz sur Arly.


The Pilots and Crews


20 hot air balloon pilots and their crews will be present, including: Gérard Issartel (Alpes Montgolfière), Alexis Bejat (Petit Prince), Jean-Philippe Odouard (Groupama), Didier Cocco (Région Auvergne Rhône Alpes), Patrick Poussardin (Primagaz), Guy Cinquin (Mercurey), Christophe Tilly (City of Metz), Constant Zuin (Airshow), the Belgians, Charles Gourmet and Gauthier Hayt of the Belgian Balloon Club, etc.

The flight director is Alain Paris, pilot at Observatoire Atmosphérique Générali and flight director of the Lille Meeting.


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Why a hot air balloon meeting in Praz-sur-Arly?

In 1990, professional air meeting organizers came to Praz and discovered a large flat area devoid of any construction at the entrance of the village. For them it was the ideal spot for hot air balloons to take off. A year later, the first meeting took place with 12 balloons registered for the event. As of the following year the staff of the Tourist Office organized the event themselves.

In the last 27 years, we have had many well-known Flight Directors for this event: Guy Garcia, Daniel Dupuis knonw as “Papy”, Alain Paris and Jo Roulet.

THE place for hot air ballooning in the mountains in France

With its ideal aerological conditions, in just a few years the resort of Praz-sur-Arly has become THE place for hot air ballooning in the mountains in France.

Hot air balloon flights are possible year-round, thanks to the Alpes Montgolfière team.

But, for one weekend in January, a real ballooning festival awaits you in our little village
54 Route du Val d'Arly, 74120 Praz-sur-Arly, Haute-Savoie, France Open Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 12:00 pm and from 14:00 to 17:30