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What’s on in March

+  Don’t miss these activities

March is here and the school holidays are now over. This is what’s on the programme, including: a welcome drink in the church square on Sunday evenings at 18.00; on Tuesdays there are puzzles to solve and win a reblochon cheese; on Wednesdays you can discover unusual snow equipment at the foot of the slopes. And in the art and culture department, there is the new exhibition PRAZ SUR ARLY, A MOUNTAIN OF INSPIRATION which brings together 12 paintings at the Tourist Office reception and 12 others along the banks of the Arly River.


See the full programme (FR only)

The Tourist Office is open from Monday to Sunday from 9.00 to 12.00 and 14.00 to 19.00.


-> Snowshoe outings with the Megève Mountain Guides’ Office. Go off and discover our mountains off the beaten track with a mountain guide. Inscriptions at the Tourist Office (Snowshow outing programme).

-> A reblochon cheese to be won on Tuesdays from 14.30 to 15.00. Only 30 minutes, not a minute more! Figure out our puzzles via our Face book stories and Instagram, the first three to find the right answer will win a reblochon cheese!

-> Initiation to Watercolour Painting with Babeth on Thursdays from 14.00 to 17.30. Registration obligatory at the Tourist Office, by Thursday 12.00 pm at the latest. Discover the art of watercolour painting with Elisabeth (Babeth) Socquet-Meilleret, a Praz artist for forty years, who will give you all the advice you need. 15€ per person – material provided.


Also don’t miss: 

-> THE TOWN COUNCIL’S CUP: (Cancelled due to bad weather forecast)  The people of Praz, permanent residents or visitors, young or old, are invited to ski a fun giant slalom race for the Town Council’s Cup on SUNDAY 12 MARCH. Fancy dress is strongly advised! By inscription.


-> SNOW FOR REFUGEES. Praz sur Arly has a big heart and and invites young refugees in the Haute Savoie region for a discovery day of skiing on THURSDAY 16 MARCH.


-> VAL D’ARLY SMUGGLERS’ TRAIL 2023  (Cancelled) An unusual hike following in the footsteps of the smugglers and customs officers of yesteryear. A really fun walk on SUNDAY 2 APRIL.


As well as…


-> BE A SKI PATROLLER FOR A DAY on Thursdays at 8.40. A unique opportunity! Set off with a ski patroller and make your first tracks before the ski area opens.


-> DISCOVER THE TETRAS LYRE on Wednesday 15 March from 9.00 to 16.00: A stand to discover the local fauna.


-> CRAZY SNOW SPORTS every Wednesday at the foot of the slopes from 15.00 to 16.00: Free loan of sledges and yooners!


+ Ski Area

As of today, 70% of the ski area is open in the Espace Diamant, i.e. 125 pistes out of 167 and 71 ski lifts out of 82. See our full article: Opening of the Ski Area

+ State of the roads

The roads are completely clear.  A reminder: all vehicles must be equipped with snow tyres, all-season tyres or chains from 1 November 2022 to 31 March 2023.



+ Weather

Chamonix and Mont Blanc Area Weather Forecast in English:

The Val d’Arly Smugglers’ Trail – CANCELLED

This is a lovely way for tourists and people of Praz, seasonal workers and inhabitants of the Pays du Mont Blanc region to meet up for a fun day’s outing! Check out the photos of the 2022 edition: ©Hervé Leibolt:


21st SMUGGLERS’ TRAIL, SUNDAY 19 MARCH 2023 (Cancelled)

Go off and discover the magnificent summits around Praz-sur-Arly, either on snowshoes or sealskin skis, with the Praz Montagne Club. An unusual hike following in the footsteps of the smugglers and customs officers of yesteryear. It’s a really fun walk!



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 VORES CIRCUIT:  For regular hikers. About 3 hours’ walk of 6 km (200m of positive and 500m of negative altitude difference).

> THE GRAND VERY CIRCUIT:   For experienced hikers.  4 hours’ walk of 8 km (300m of positive altitude difference).


N.B. :  After the picnic you will still have to walk 200m of positive altitude difference (3/4 of an hour) to get back to the chairlift.



(including chairlifts, snacks and picnic at the arrival)

18€ per adult (over 12 years) – Inscription online

9€ for under 12 years – Inscription online

Groups (20 pers) : 15€ (+12 years) and 6€ (-12 years) – paper inscriptions only

Inscriptions on the spot: 20€ and 10€


Gathering point on the Varins parking lot from 8.45!

   Departure of the hikers by the Crêt du Midi chairlift at 9.15



Dates of Main Events of Winter 2022/23

14 events this winter and a programme of activities for the whole family. A new event with all the Espace Diamant resorts: the Diamond Cup. The challenge cup replaces the Pure Diamond Days for season skipass holders. A new solidarity event: the 1st edition of Snow for Refugees.



December 2022


During December and January, the 14 villages and resorts of the Mont Blanc region will be offering more than 120 events during the festive period. The programme includes illuminations, street shows, sports activities and, of course, Christmas parades and markets, in the heart of traditional villages and snow-covered landscapes… An exceptional and eclectic programme which should delight young and old and the many holidaymakers present during this festive period. Christmas in the Mont Blanc region is also an opportunity to discover or rediscover the traditions and stories of these 14 villages located at the foot of Europe’s highest peak, to share encounters with the men and women who live there and perpetuate their know-how, a time to simply experience magical moments with family and friends. More information (FR only)


January 2023


Benefiting from ideal aerological conditions, the resort of Praz-sur-Arly has become THE spot for mountain hot air ballooning in France. Hot air balloon flights are possible all year round thanks to the Alpes Montgolfière team. But, during one weekend, a real hot air ballooning festival awaits you in this small village! There will be many fun activities for the whole family (creative workshop on the theme of air, games, competitions).


29 JANUARY 2023:  11th PRAZ YOONER CHALLENGE (Cancelled, see revised programme below)

Come and discover the Yooner, with initiation and tests on Saturday and then challenge your friends and family to a race in the derby on Sunday. Strong sensations and lots of laughs are guaranteed! More information (FR only)



February 2023

Every Tuesday during the February school holidays is devoted to children! Creative workshops, children’s show with Opoual, meetings with Praz-sur-Arly’s gentle dragon mascot, Draz. Lots of activities to create unforgettable memories of our resort.


For just one day, leave aside your skis and discover other new snow sports:  fat bike, yooner, snooc for different fun sensations!



Come and learn about the mountain professionals who work in extreme conditions. Drivers of snow-grooming machines, ski patrol, ski-tow men… they’ll all be here to show you their jobs. More information (FR only)

March 2023


The Matra Snow Cross returns to Praz sur Arly for a new edition of this fun FAT-BIKE competition. The Matra Snow Cross is an e-FatBike (electric mountain bike) championship, which takes place in several stages. This unique competition is open to all: beginners, amateurs, sportsmen or experienced riders, and will allow you to test your limits on snowy circuits. Free inscription. More information (FR only)


SUNDAY 12 MARCH 2023: THE TOWN COUNCIL’S CUP (Cancelled due to bad weather forecast)

As is done every year, the people of Praz, permanent residents or visitors, young or old, are invited to ski a giant slalom race for the Town Council’s Cup, held either on the Thomas Fanara stadium or the Quezet piste (one run only). A friendly ski race, free of charge, with no sporting stakes, just for the pleasure of getting together at the end of the season. The ESF will propose a pro and non-pro ranking, men and women, by age category and a family ranking (1 child + 1 adult from the same family). Fancy dress is highly recommended and rewarded.  More info (FR only):



A day of discovery of snow sports for the refugees and migrants of Haute-Savoie. Praz sur Arly has a heart and all the actors are mobilized to offer an unforgettable day to its young refugees.



On snowshoes or trekking skis, take part in an historic and fun mountain walk! Three different levels of trails are available so that all the family can participate together and then enjoy a Savoyard buffet at the end! More info:




Opening of the ski area

STATE OF THE PISTES in the Espace Diamant Ski Area

125 pistes out of 167 are open, and 71 ski lifts out of 82 in the Espace Diamant:



LES SAISIES  CREST-VOLAND COHENNOZ by the Palette piste -> Open

CREST-VOLAND COHENNOZ  LES SAISIES by the Bâches piste -> Open








Photos of the ski area

Discover our new 2023 Tourist Guide

Praz sur Arly Magazine – New brochure


Discover our new 2023 tourist guide with:

-> News and events

-> Culture and heritage

-> Services and useful addresses

-> Sports and leisure activities

-> Accommodation and maps


Read the brochure online 

Snow and sunshine on the programme for next few days!

With nearly 50 cm of fresh snowfall over the last few days at 1,000 metres, and more than 140 cm at the top of the pistes, the Espace Diamant ski area is fully open! The cross-country skiing and snowshoe trails are also accessible. Now it’s time for cold and sunny weather for the next few days! 😉

2022/23 Ski passes – take advantage of some great offers!


Download the order form

What to see and do in November


In Praz sur Arly:

Themed Hikes (marmots, ibex, glaciers, panorama of Mont Blanc, etc) and supervised half-day, full-day or 2-day hikes with a night in a mountain refuge. Contact Mountain Guides Office: 04 50 21 55 11.

Initiation flights in a hot air balloon: Contact Alpes Montgolfière:  04 50 55 50 60.


In the area:

Côte 2000 Aventure in Megève: Tree climbing course (from 5 years old). Open every day by appointment: 06 76 29 71 04.

Paint Ball Expérienceby appointment, (from 7 years old) contact: 06 09 81 31 17.

Paragliding: contact Megève Parapente: 06 62 13 27 71. Megève Aventure Parapente: 06 70 07 51 21

Cinéma du Mont Blanc in Sallanches: 04 50 18 39 10.

Saint-Gervais Thermal Baths. Monday and Saturday, from 9.30 to 21.00; Tuesday from 10.00 to 21.00; Wednesday/Thursday/Friday from 9.00 to 21.00; Sunday from 10.00 to 20.00. 04 50 47 54 57


The Palais des Sports in Megèvethe largest sports complex in the Alps

– Indoor pools:

From 07/11 to 16/12/2022
Opening hours on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 12 pm and 2 pm and between 5.30 pm and 7.30 pm. On Wednesday between 12 pm and 9 pm. On Saturday and Sunday between 10 am and 12 pm and between 2 pm and 6 pm. Closed exceptionally on 11 November.

– Balneoform:

From 07/11 to 10/12/2022
Opening hours on Wednesday between 6 pm and 9 pm. On Saturday and Sunday between 10 am and 12 pm and between 2 pm and 6 pm. Closed exceptionally on 11 November.


From 02/11 to 16/12/2022
Opening hours on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 8 am and 9 pm. On Saturday between 9 am and 6 pm. On Sunday between 9 am and 1 pm. Closed exceptionally on 11 November.

Also indoor tennis court, climbing wall, fitness, saunas et media library available in the Sports Centre.


In Praz sur Arly:

Visit of Louis Chabaud’s workshop, painting and sculptures at the Meurets Farm.

The Belles Leisure Park: From 7 November: open Wednesday to Sunday, 10.30 to 18.30. Closed on Monday and Tuesday.


In the area:

– The Fairytale House in Notre Dame de Bellecombe, daily from 10.00-19.00. An unusual, unique and original exhibition, imagined and created with the family, for young and old alike, in paper paste and salt paste.

– Val d’Arly Cheese Cooperative: open daily from 8.30 to 19.30.



PRAZ SUR ARLY: Armistice Day ceremony on 11 November at 10.30 in the church square. – Exhibition of Elisabeth Socquet-Meilleret’s watercolours at the Tourist Office.

MEGEVE: Market on Friday mornings 02/11/22 children’s show “The Fanelli Family” from 17.00 to 18.00 – 03/11/22 family cinema at 15.00 in the media centre at the Palais des Sports – 05/11 at 20.00 and 06/11/22 at 17.00 MAGEVA show.

COMBLOUX: Market on Wednesday morning.

LES CONTAMINES MONTJOIE: 12/11/22 Ski Club evening: creole dinner and dancing from 19.00 to 2.00.

PASSY04/11/22 from 10.30 to 12.00 police enquiry: who does this hair belong to? (treasure hunt) – 05/11/22 Camerata du Mont-Blanc concert from 18.00 to 19.15 – 17/11/22 theatre “Les chatouilles ou la danse de la colère”,  play by Andréa Bescond at 20.00.

SALLANCHES: Market on Saturday mornings – 09/11/22 “Nos courses folles” concert from 20.00 to 21.30 – 12/11 from 9.00 to 18.30 and 13/11/22 from 9.00 to 15.30, ski fair – 15/11/22 Nuye Circus from 20.00 to 21.00 – from 19/11 to 20/11/22 fluo tennis from 17.00 to 2.00 – 19/11 from 8.30 to 18.00 and 20/11/22 from 10.00 to 13.30 ski fair – 29/11/22 « Inventaire » (dance) from 20.00 to 21.00.

CHAMONIX:   05/11/22 classical music and literature, theatre at 20.30 – 06/11/22 Camerata du Mont-Blanc concert from 18.00 to 19.30 – 17/11/22 theatre “L’Avare” at 20.30.

LA GIETTAZ: From 01/11/22 to 01/06/2023, guided tours of the “La chèvrerie des Aravis” farm.




 MEGEVE: The Calvary Walk: fifteen chapels and oratories representing the Stations of the Cross of Christ. The Upper Val d’Arly Museum (04 50 91 81 00).

LES HOUCHES : Visit to the St Bernard dog kennels till 15/12/2022. Open Mondays from 14.00 to 17.00. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10.00 to 11.30 and from 14.00 to 17.00. Closed on Sunday.

THE VAL D’ARLY AND THE BEAUFORTAIN: Notre-Dame-de-Bellecombe, Col des Saisies, Hauteluce (Baroque church), Beaufort (cheese factory), Arêches, return via Conflans (medieval city) and Albertville.

THE ARAVIS PASS: Go through Flumet towards La Clusaz and stop at the Aravis Pass. A change of scenery guaranteed! You can also reach Annecy and its famous lake in less than 1 hour.

COMBLOUX:  Its baroque church with its typical bulb; and the granite path: a 1km walk through the forest where huge glacial erratic rocks, deposited about 15,000 years ago during the retreat of the glacier, still remain.

CORDON : walk around and discover the village. Exceptional view of the Mont Blanc.

CHAMONIX: a must-see destination, the capital of mountaineering at the foot of the famous Mont Blanc. (1h.30 drive).  Aiguille du Midi, closed for works and maintenance from 7 November to 16 December 2022 inclusive. Montenvers, Mer de Glace closed for works from 7 November to 20 November 2022 inclusive.

For additional information, don’t hesitate to contact the various Tourist Offices in the region.

Discover our good tips for the the 2022/23 ski season!

Little Family Weekend

Our special ski pass offer – Little family weekend, little budget!

This winter, come with the family and enjoy the 90 kms of slopes in the Val d’Arly ski area every Saturday and Sunday of the season. One or two days’ skiing with the added bonus of breathtaking views of the Mont-Blanc and all at a preferential rate.
Conditions of the offer:
   –  20% reduction for the simultaneous purchase of a one-day Val d’Arly adult ski pass and a one-day child’s ski pass (under 18 years, or under 25 years on presentation of a valid student ID card).
   –  Additional children possible.
   –  Offer valid only on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the season (select the weekend from the selecter).
   – 1 or 2 consecutive days in the Val d’Arly domain.
   – Offer only valid on internet, by recharging, or for a first purchase.
   – Freepass for our ski area is obligatory for the recharging.


On Fridays I don’t work, I ski!

Every Friday throughout the season!

“Why go to work when I could be out skiing?”
This winter, every Friday from 17 December 2022 to 10 April 2023, we offer you the possibility to come and ski at a reduced price. With your colleagues (the nicest ones), with friends, or just as a couple, any occasion is good to get on your skis and race down the slopes ALL SHUSSSSS!
The offer:
20% reduction on one-day “adult” ski passes in the Val d’Arly domain
on Fridays throughout the 2022-2023 ski season.
Offer only valid online for the simultaneous purchase of at least two one-day “adult” ski passes in the Val d’Arly domain.
⚠ This offer does not include an absence note for your employer ⚠


Our new online booking tool has been available for a few weeks now and offers you the possibility to book your stay in a furnished holiday home, hotel, gîte or holiday village at the best price! Our local presence allows us to offer you quality properties adapted to your needs without any unpleasant surprises on arrival!


+ To make it easier for you to prepare your holidays, you can also book your activities and ski passes directly on the platform in just a few clicks.

+ Do you need any help? Contact our team at the Reservation Centre who will be happy to help you prepare your stay.





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