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The Val d’Arly Smugglers’ Trail, 25 March 2018

Breathtaking scenery, trails for all levels of hikers, good humour and fun company, those are the ingredients of the success of this wonderful annual hiking excursion.

It’s a simple formula: participants go up in the two chairlifts to reach the top of the Ban Rouge without too much effort, from where the trails start. There are 3 marked snowshoe and ski trekking circuits. All along the way you’ll meet smugglers and customs officers dressed in old-fashioned costumes with their old-fashioned skis. Some might even try to smuggle in some local produce, but it’s true that the customs officers are not generally paying much attention. In short, it’s a really fun outing!



As of 8.45: Gathering in the Varins parking lot.

9.15:  Departure of the hikers for the Crêt du Midi chairlift.

As of 12.00: Picnic offered by Intermarché.



Download the 2018 Flyer

Online inscription for adults

Online inscription for children



Three marked circuits are available:

The Little Smugglers’ Circuit

Very easy – About an hour-and-a-half walk with 300 metres of negative altitude difference. For occasional walkers and children.

The Mont de Vorès Circuit

About 3 hours with a distance of 6 km (200m of positive and 500m of negative altitude difference). For regular hikers.

The Grand Véry Circuit

The longest (about 4 hours with a distance of 8 km, 300m of positive altitude difference). For experienced hikers.


And at the end of it all, a lovely picnic awaits everyone at Chevan. It’s a simple formula, not a competition, but one which seems to delight the many hikers who come back year after year.

Spring skiing and snowshoeing in Praz sur Arly

Take advantage of our special ski and snowshoe offers in March and April!


From Saturday 31 March to Friday 6 April 2018, THE SKIPASS IS FREE FOR CHILDREN OF LESS THAN 10 YEARS… for a 1/2 day, full day or for your whole stay. The little ones can ski anywhere in the VAL D’ARLY ski area.

EXCLUSIVE INTERNET OFFER! If you reserve the “Spring for Little Skiers” package (Adult skipass + child skipass for 6 days or more) on internet: LABELLEMONTAGNE will give you a child’s ski jacket free


  • – 1 child’s ski rental (skis + boots) for 6 days or more offered free with the purchase of an adult rental (skis + boots) of the same duration.
  • – 1 child’s group ski class for 6 days offered free by the Ski School for the purchase of a 6-day adult group ski class.




Reserve your furnished accommodation and take advantage of up to 30% reductions on your Espace Diamant skipass from Saturday 10 March to Friday 6 April 2018.

Online sale and payment of all-inclusive packages (furnished rental+skipasses) can be made on this site:

1) Select your rental: chalet, apartment or studio

2) Choose your skipass: take advantage of a reduction on Espace Diamant skipasses of 2 to 7 days.

-20% : from Saturday 10 to 24 March 2018 and from Saturday 31 March to Saturday 7 April 2018

-30% : from Saturday 24 to Saturday 31 March 2018.

This offer is valid for the online reservation of a furnished rental and an Espace Diamant skipass of 2 to 7 days.





Discover the mountains and nature in a different way, with snowshoes or trekking skis, on an accompanied outing with a guide or instructor! Take advantage of the snow and sunshine during the longer days in March and April in the Pays du Mont-Blanc!


Half-day or full-day snowshoe excursions

In the morning, afternoon or at night, half-day outings will allow you to discover our local nature and heritage. Your guide will show you animal footprints, interesting historical features of our heritage and point out the surrounding summits… From 24€, equipment included.


Half-day or full-day ski trekking excursions

Ski trekking is an energetic and wonderful sport, also called seal-skin skiing. In order to do it well, you need endurance, a taste for hard effort and a good level of skiing. But the reward at the top and the pleasure of skiing down through virgin snow is absolutely unique. Our instructors will share their passion for the mountains with you, in complete safety.


Night excursions and aperitif in an igloo…

At the end of a lovely snowshoe walk at nightfall, through forests and snowy meadows, you’ll discover the amazing insulating power of the snow when you sit down in our igloo. A chance to taste our excellent regional products: mulled wine, hot chocolate, cheese and local sausage meats. It’s a truly magical moment out in the wild. From 38€/per person, equipment and aperitif included.


54 Route du Val d'Arly, 74120 Praz-sur-Arly, Haute-Savoie, France
Open every day from 9.00 am to 12.00 am and 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm