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The ski area as at 23.02.2024


The Espace Diamant ski area has 192 km of runs, 92 km of which are in the Val d’Arly sector.

63/82 ski lifts and 126/170 runs are open in the Espace Diamant.

 

✅ 9 ski lifts out of 11 are open in the Praz-sur-Arly sector
✅ 18 runs are open in the Praz-sur-Arly sector and a total of 126/170 in the Espace Diamant ski area
✅ The connecting runs are open except for PRAZ-SUR-ARLY/FLUMET which is closed
✅ The beginners’ sector is also open
❌ The Nordic area (cross-country skiing/pedestrian and snowshoe path) is NOT open.
❄️  It snowed a little last night giving us some fresh snow above 1,200m. Below that the snow is hard, particularly in the morning, and softer in the afternoon on the southern slopes. There are 10cm of snow at 1,000m and 170cm at 2,069m. Like you, we are impatiently awaiting more snow – winter is not over yet! 😉
Good tip 👍: If you find the snow too hard or too soft, you can take the Crêt du Midi chairlift back down, so you can return to the resort in complete safety.  😉
We invite you to follow in real time the openings/closures of the Espace Diamant ski area:https://www.espacediamant.com/fr/ouverture-des-pistes-102.html

Road Conditions


+ Arrival from Sallanches: Access via the A40 is open, roads are clear.
+ Arrival from Albertville: The Gorges d’Arly (RD1212) are open, the roads are clear.

Don’t forget to take special equipment with you (chains or socks) if your vehicle is not fitted with snow tyres.

Follow the traffic live with Savoie Route.

The Val d’Arly Smugglers’ Trail, Sunday 17 March 2024


21st SMUGGLERS’ TRAIL, SUNDAY 17 MARCH 2024


Breathtaking scenery, circuits for all levels, and lots of fun – these are the ingredients for the success of this discovery trail. Since 2003, this wonderful discovery walk has been a growing success with the public. The formula is simple: participants take the chairlift up to the summit of the Ban Rouge, where the walk begins, quickly and effortlessly.

 

There are 3 marked circuits. All along the way, participants will meet smugglers and customs officers who will be watching over them in period costume and with their old-fashioned skis. Some will no doubt try to smuggle in a few regional products: if truth were told, the customs officers are usually not very zealous.

 

In short, it’s a really fun hike! It’s a chance to meet the locals and enjoy some magical scenery. Finally, a picnic awaits everyone at the finish in Chevan. It’s a simple, non-competitive formula that seems to delight the walkers, who turn up in large numbers every year. A great way to end the winter!

 


3 DIFFERENT LEVELS OF TRAIL DEPENDING ON YOUR LEVEL

LITTLE SMUGGLERS’ CIRCUIT:  Very easy – About an hour-and-a-half, 2,6 km, walk with 300 metres of negative altitude difference. For occasional walkers and children. Course: https://tracedetrail.fr/fr/trace/trace/175022

 

> THE MONT DE VORES CIRCUIT:  For regular hikers. About 3 hours’ walk of 7 km (200m of positive and 500m of negative altitude difference). Course: https://tracedetrail.fr/fr/trace/trace/175021

 

> THE GRAND VERY CIRCUIT:   The longest one for experienced hikers. About 4 hours’ walk of 8 km (300m of positive altitude difference). Course: https://tracedetrail.fr/fr/trace/trace/175018

 

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.


RATES

(including chairlifts, snacks and picnic at the arrival)

18€ per adult (over 12 years) – 15€ before 29 February

9€ for under 12 years – 6€ before 29 February

Groups (8 pers) : 15€ (+12 years) and 6€ (-12 years)

Gathering point on the Varins parking lot from 8.45!

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

 

Raclette at the summit – World Record attempt – Sunday 28 January

 

ON SUNDAY 28 JANUARY from 11.30 to 12.30, come and take part in the biggest raclette-tasting event at altitude. Meeting point at the foot of the Varins slope, beside the Crêt du Midi chairlift. If you’re a raclette enthusiast, you’ll be part of this record-breaking attempt! In the company of the mountain cocktail band and entertainment from the Val d’Arly Cooperative, this is the festival of cheese in Praz sur Arly.

 

Whether you’re on foot, snowshoes or skis, we invite you to come and celebrate this famous Savoyard dish.😉

 

It’s very easy to take part: meeting point at the foot of the slopes as of 11.30, get your ticket on the spot, wait a few moments and then enjoy your raclette! It’s free and there’s no limit to the number of raclettes you eat! 😉

 

1st White Trail – Sunday 21 January 2024 – Only 2 days left to sign up!

1st White Trail – Sunday 21 January 2024


To help you stay in shape this winter and prepare for your next trail season, we’re delighted to present our 1st White Trail! Set off on an original course of 7km and 270D+ that will take you through the Praz sur Arly area. With a profile accessible to as many people as possible, this white trail is nonetheless a sporting challenge, so don’t underestimate the short climbs and descents that follow one another in the snow!


The course


 

 

 


Practical Information


Parking: Free parking at the foot of the slopes (think about carpooling 😉)

Village departure: Meeting point at the foot of the slopes beside the Ski Lifts Ticket Office

Pick-up of race number bibs: The previous day at the Tourist Office, or on the spot between 7.30 and 8.30

Departure: 9.00

Time limit: 10.30 at the arrival (1.30 race time)

Refreshments: Refreshments available at the arrival

Obligatory equipment: Survival blanket and clothing suitable for the prevailing weather conditions at the time (the organizers reserve the right to disqualify any participant wearing unsuitable clothing).

Regulations: REGULATIONS OF THE 2024 WHITE TRAIL IN PRAZ SUR ARLY

 


Inscriptions


Cost: 13€ before 31/12/2023 – 15€ up to 20/01/2024

Valid FFA Licence or a medical certificate stating that there are no contra-indications to running in competition.

 

 

 

33rd International Montgolfiades – 13 & 14 January 2024

33rd International Montgolfiades, 13 and 14 January 2024


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 Gérard Issartel and the Alpes Montgolfière team. And, for one weekend in January, a real international ballooning festival awaits you in our little village!

 
 

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 invited for the event. As of the following year the staff of the Tourist Office organized the event themselves.

In the last 32 years, we have had many well-known male and female Flight Directors for this event: Guy Garcia, Daniel Dupuis known as “Papy”, Jo Roulet and Alain Paris. Flight Director for several years, Jo Roulet, national trainer, is the French reference pilot for mountain flying. This year’s flight director, Alain Paris is also the pilot of the Paris hot-air balloon (the Generali Atmospheric Observatory) as well as Flight Director for the Lille meeting. The Transalpine Challenge began in 2004, the objective being to cover the longest distance in one flight in the heart of the Mont-Blanc Range. In 2006, the TF1 team flew over Mont Blanc and landed in Italy! It has always been possible to inflate the balloons during the week. Several French champions have come to Praz to fly during the Montgolfiades. In 2014, French champion Laure De Coligny was interviewed for the TF1 8 o’clock news in a film shot in Praz sur Arly. The balloons were unable to take off only five times during the Montgolfiades weekend – in 1993, 1999, 2015, 2018 and 2022 – because of weather conditions.

 

A SPECIAL OCCASION

In 2013 for the film “Salaud, on t’aime“, the Director Claude Lelouch shot images during the weekend and filmed a sequence with Johnny Hallyday in the Praz-sur-Arly hot air balloon.  Claude Lelouch, Patron of the Montgolfiades, is a secondary resident in the village!

 

HOT-AIR BALLOONING

Leaving from Praz sur Arly, set off on an unforgettable journey in the footsteps of Jules Verne, with a view on the highest peaks in the Alps: the Mont Blanc range, the Aravis, the Beaufortain and the Fiz chain. The flight lasts between 45 minutes and 1h.15 minutes, depending on the day’s weather conditions. The gentleness and slowness of the balloon are unique, making it a truly unforgettable experience. You take off from the hot-air balloon base in Praz, but we don’t know where you’re going to land! A 4×4 car will pick you up and take you back to the departure point.

 


Programme

Saturday, 13 January 2024

>09.00: BRIEFING, PREPARATION AND TAKE-OFF OF THE HOT AIR BALLOONS. The Ile take-off Zone (Route des Varins).

>10.00-12.00: CHILDREN’S WORKSHOPS: balloon and kite-making with the “Ballons Pirates” Company. Belles Leisure Park or Salle de la Montagne. DEMONSTRATION OF RADIO-OPERATED MINI BALLOONS. Chardonneret take-off zone (Route des Belles).

>14.00: BRIEFING, PREPARATION AND TAKE-OFF OF THE HOT AIR BALLOONS. The Ile take-off Zone (Route des Varins).

>14.30-16.30: CHILDREN’S WORKSHOPS: balloon and kite-making with the “Ballons Pirates” Company. Belles Leisure Park or Salle de la Montagne. DEMONSTRATION OF RADIO-OPERATED MINI BALLOONS. Chardonneret take-off zone (Route des Belles).

>15.00: FIXED-LINE BALLOON FLIGHT Inscriptions on the spot (Belles reception chalet), free. Les Belles take-off zone

The Belles Leisure Park Club House (reception chalet) will be open for snacks and children’s games.

 

Sunday, 14 January 2024

>09.00: BRIEFING, PREPARATION AND TAKE-OFF OF THE HOT AIR BALLOONS. The Ile take-off Zone (Route des Varins).

>10.00-12.00: CHILDREN’S WORKSHOPS: balloon and kite-making with the “Ballons Pirates” Company. Belles Leisure Park or Salle de la Montagne. DEMONSTRATION OF RADIO-OPERATED MINI BALLOONS. Chardonneret take-off zone (Route des Belles).

>14.00: BRIEFING, PREPARATION AND TAKE-OFF OF THE HOT AIR BALLOONS. The Ile take-off Zone (Route des Varins).

>14.30-16.30: CHILDREN’S WORKSHOPS: balloon and kite-making with the “Ballons Pirates” Company. Belles Leisure Park or Salle de la Montagne. DEMONSTRATION OF RADIO-OPERATED MINI BALLOONS. Chardonneret take-off zone (Route des Belles).

>15.00: FIXED-LINE BALLOON FLIGHT Inscriptions on the spot (Belles reception chalet), free. Les Belles take-off zone

The Belles Leisure Park Club House (reception chalet) will be open for 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”, hot chocolate or mulled wine offered by the Union des Partenaires Economiques Pralins. Town Hall square.


Parking and shuttle bus access


To access the take-off zones, we recommend that you park in the Varins parking lot 100m from the first hot-air balloon take-off zone (a 5-minute walk). Remember, parking on pavements is not allowed.
You can also take the free shuttle bus that runs through the village to get to the site (stop N°2 Les Belles).

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Christmas in the Pays du Mont Blanc

The Christmas holidays are the perfect time to share some festive moments with friends and family! Shows, workshops, concerts and, of course, Santa Claus! Here’s our specially-prepared programme to help you spend your best holiday ever in Praz sur Arly 😉


 

+ Sunday 24 December 2023 from 5pm to 6pm. Meet Father Christmas and Christmas drink

Before setting off on his grand tour, Father Christmas will be stopping off in the heart of the village. Come and meet him, he’ll always have a moment for you and a few treats to offer. And don’t forget the traditional presentation of your week’s entertainment, all set to music with singer “Plum” performing Christmas favourites and pop rock! It’s also an opportunity to meet all our resort’s service providers over a welcome drink.
Free – Church Square

+ Sunday 24 December 2023 from 7pm to 8pm. Christmas Mass
Traditional Christmas mass
Marie-Madeleine Church – Church square

+ Monday 25 December 2023 from 5.30pm to 6.30pm. Christmas concert
All the magic of Christmas in one concert! Rediscover the famous American Christmas favourites (White Christmas, Jingle Bells, Silent Night, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas…) with the SWING BELLS trio and their elf. A magical moment in the centre of the village.
Free – Church square

+Tuesday 26 December 2023 from 10am to 5pm. Break between 1pm and 2pm. Fairy make-up
Young and old alike are invited to come and enjoy the dexterity of fairy Cindy. She’ll make butterflies, fairies or a superhero appear on your face, as you wish. Inscriptions on the spot on the day.
Free – Meeting point at the foot of the slopes next to the ski lifts.

+ Tuesday 26 December 2023 from 10am to 4pm. Break between 12pm and 2pm. Mountain discovery stand
François, a nature guide, will be offering you some original games to share with your family or friends, to discover the secrets of nature and our valleys.
Free – Meeting point at the foot of the slopes next to the ski lifts.

+ Tuesday 26 December 2023 At 3pm Selfies for sweets!

The candy hunt is on! With family or friends, you’ll need to use the roadbook you’ll be given to find the secret spots and come back with your selfies. Are you up for the challenge?

Free – Meeting point at the foot of the slopes next to the ski lifts.

+ Tuesday 26 December 2023 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Afternoon snack and show – the Treasure of Opoual
A little boy, Célestin, wins a winter holiday in the mountains and goes to find the treasure of the friendly yeti OPOUAL.

Free for children aged 3 and over – Salle de la Montagne

+ Wednesday 27 December 2023 from 2.30pm to 3.30pm. All in wood – family creative workshop

Let your imagination run wild as a family during the holidays. This colourful workshop will allow you to take home your own creation. Our activity leaders will help you.

Free – Please register with the Tourist Office before 12 noon – Salle de la Montagne

+ Wednesday 27 December 2023 from 5pm to 6pm. Tell me a story – tales and legends from our mountains
Open your ears! Let yourself be carried away by our local stories and legends! Elaéra, the storyteller of a thousand tales, invites you to a fun evening!
Free – Church Square.

 

+ Thursday 28 December 2023 from 3.30pm to 4pm: DRAZ our friendly dragon on a walkabout.

Draz, Praz sur Arly’s friendly dragon, will be out and about to meet you during the holidays. Time for cuddles and photo opportunities.

Free – Church Square.

+ Thursday 28 December 2023 from 17h30 to 18h30 ESF Ski School torchlight descent
After the instructors’ torchlight descent, come and enjoy a fun moment with them and a warm drink. A torchlight descent is also available for children registered with the ESF Ski School.
Free.  Foot of the Varins slope.

+ Sunday 31 December 2023 from 5pm to 6pm New Year’s Eve welcome drink.
A presentation of your week’s activities! It’s also an opportunity to meet our resort’s service providers over a welcome drink.
Free. Church Square.

+ Sunday 31 December 2023 from 10pm to 1am. New Year’s Eve party
To ring in the New Year together, the Church Square will be transformed into a gigantic open-air dance floor. Refreshments on site and fireworks at midnight (visible from the village centre)!
Free. Church Square.

 

+ Monday 1 January 2024 from 4pm to 6pm. Grand Ice Carving Show
Nicolas Gombert, a professional chainsaw sculptor, invites you to come and admire his art in action. He will be creating 2 ephemeral works in ice.

Free. Church square.

+ Tuesday 2 January 2024 from 10am to 5pm. Break between 1pm and 2pm. Fairy make-up
We invite young and old to come and enjoy the dexterity of fairy Cindy, who will make butterflies, fairies or a superhero appear on your face as you wish. Inscriptions on the spot on the day.
Free – Meeting point at the foot of the slopes next to the ski lifts.

+ Tuesday 2 January 2024 At 3pm Selfies for sweets!

The candy hunt is on! With family or friends, you’ll need to use the roadbook you’ll be given to find the secret spots and come back with your selfies. Are you up for the challenge? Free – Meeting point at the foot of the slopes next to the ski lifts.

+ Tuesday 2 January 2024 from 6pm to 7pm. Afternoon snack and show Head in the Stars

Célestin is an Olympic ski champion. He flies in a rocket to Mars to represent Earth. He becomes champion of the universe among the Martians and returns convinced that space is the future of mankind.
Free, ages 3 and up. Salle de la Montagne.

+ Wednesday 3 January 2024 from 3.30pm to 4pm DRAZ our friendly dragon is on a walkabout

Draz, Praz sur Arly’s friendly dragon, will be out and about to meet you during the holidays. Time for cuddles and photo opportunities.

Free – Church Square.

+ Wednesday 3 January 2024 from 4pm to 5pm. Family party.
The village square will be transformed into a huge dance floor for children and parents. Come and dance to the sounds of today as you follow our dancer Monika.
Free. Church Square.

+ Wednesday 3 January 2024 from 5pm to 6pm. Story time!
A unique show of storytelling and juggling. Elaéra and Polo the acrobat will transport you to an enchanted world. Listen to mountain legends performed by a professional juggler. For young and old alike!
Free for children aged 3 and over

+ Thursday 04 January 2024 from 17h30 to 18h30 ESF torchlight descent
After the instructors’ torchlight descent, come and enjoy a fun moment with them and a warm drink. A torchlight descent is also available for children registered with the ESF Ski School.
Free. Foot of the Varins slope.

And as it’s the Christmas holidays, look out for some surprise entertainment during your week’s holiday in Praz.

Keep an eye on our social networks!

What’s new this winter and entertainment

The winter season starts soon! The Espace Diamant Ski Area will open from Saturday 23 December 2023 to Friday 5 April 2024. It will offer snowtubing (rubber tyres on the snow) at the foot of the Praz-sur-Arly slopes and a new Verdets ski left at Les Saisies.

The winter will see the completion of the Saint-Victor Chalets, with the first shop opening at Christmas, a delicatessen and a second shop for l’Epicurie after Megève. This will be a major milestone in the Town Centre project.

 

At the same time, at the Flumet entrance to the village, Yoann DEBRAY will be opening a La Choco outlet, also a laboratory, to add to his bakeries/pastry shops/chocolateries in Megève and Les Saisies. He will be offering workshops on chocolate, also known as “brown gold”.
 
During the season, 3 new events will be added to the programme in January 2024: the 1st Mountain Aerology and Weather Week; the 1st White Trail; and the 1st Raclette at the Summit to break a world record for tasting the famous cheese!

More information: https://www.prazsurarly.com/temps-forts-hiver-2024/

The season is gearing up in Praz sur Arly with the arrival of the snow in the village. It’s a season with new features in the ski area, in the shops and with new activities for an unforgettable winter in the Espace Diamant region.

Another new feature: you can now book ESF group ski lessons directly from our Reservation Centre. Faster, easier and more economical, this all-in-one service is ideal for preparing your ski holiday with complete peace of mind.

To reserve: https://booking.prazsurarly.com/

 

New! This winter, also reserve your ski lessons through our Reservation Centre

New! This winter, also reserve your ski lessons through our Reservation Centre


This winter, book your accommodation, ski passes and ski lessons (group lessons) through our Reservation Centre! Faster, easier and more economical, take advantage of an all-in-one service to prepare your next ski holiday with complete peace of mind. 😉

 

Unlimited skiing thanks to a season skipass at reduced rates

Unlimited skiing thanks to a season skipass


Take to the slopes of the 90km Val d’Arly ski area from Saturday 23 December 2023 to Friday 05 April 2024. Looking for powder or a family outing all winter long? The Season Skipass is for you.

Take advantage of a host of benefits:

Carte SKI +: 6 free ski outings in the ski areas of the Labellemontagne Group* for the winter period 2023/2024. These 6 days can be used in a single resort or in several resorts, day by day or 6 consecutive days according to your choice.

Free waxing and sharpening of your skis

1 V.I.P. day during the season. You will be informed of the date and place by e-mail.

Your 2023-2024 winter season pass also valid for the 2024 summer season on the Notre Dame de Bellecombe, Flumet and Praz-sur-Arly chairlifts.

DISCOVERY SKI Pass for Haute-Savoie resorts 3 days free skiing for Espace Diamant season pass holders only.

*Manigod, Saint-François Longchamp, Risoul, La Bresse Hohneck, Bardonecchia.
Have you kept your hands-free card from the previous season? ? Reload your season ticket online, using your web support number.

Rates for Val d’Arly Season Skipass 2023/2024


Take advantage until 31 October of the special rate for the Val d’Arly season skipass at 456€ (Adult) instead of 659 €!

Season
Adult
Junior / Golden Age
Reduction for 5-14 years & 75 years +
Senior / Student
13 to 74 ans
Rate till 31/10 inclusive 456 € 365 € 411 €
Rate from 01/11 to 30/11 502 € 402 € 452 €

When you buy the Season pass, you can benefit from the “Student -25 years” rate:

Tick the “Junior 15-24 years” rate, which will show an ADULT rate and will change to the reduced SENIOR/STUDENT rate once the proof has been inserted.

Val d’Arly Season Skipass
From 1 December 2023, the Val d’Arly season skipass will still be available throughout the winter.
Season
Adult
Junior / Golden Age
5 to 12 years
Senior / Student
13 to 74 years
Val d’Arly 659 € 528 € 594 €

Espace Diamant Season Skipass 2023/2024


Take advantage until 30 September of the special rate for the Espace Diamant season skipass at 502€ (Adult) instead of 772 €!

 

Season
Adult
Junior / Golden Age
Reduction for 5-14 years & 75 years +
Senior / Student
13 to 74 ans
Rate till 30/09/2023 inclusive 502 € 402 € 452 €
Rate from 01/10 to 12/11 inclusive 556 € 445 € 501 €

When you buy the Season pass, you can benefit from the “Student -25 years” rate:

Tick the “Junior 15-24 years” rate, which will show an ADULT rate and will change to the reduced SENIOR/STUDENT rate once the proof has been inserted.

Espace Diamant Season Skipass
From 13 November, you can still buy the Espace Diamant Season skipass:
Season
Adult
Junior / Golden Age
5 to 12 years
Senior / Student
13 to 74 years
Espace Diamant 772 € 618 € 696 €

“PETITS ASTICOTS” FESTIVAL – “Ce matin-LÀ” Show – Friday 27 October in Praz sur Arly

Hoist the sails…

The “Petits Asticots” are thinking big again this year, from 21 to 27 October! Theatre, circus, music, puppetry… We’re giving children and the whole family a real window on the world and the performing arts, with shows and artists from all over the world.

We’ll be riding the ocean waves aboard the Pen Duick, landing on the ice floes in the land of the Inuits and polar bears, and returning to the mountains not far from here with musical tales from the Alps… While the show is about travel and the great outdoors, the artists also tackle themes from a child’s point of view: relationships, speaking out, home and hearth (after the trip!). All, of course, with great tenderness, sensitivity and humour.

 


“Ce matin-LÀ” Show – FRIDAY 27 OCTOBER 2023 AT 9.30, 11.00 AND 16.00


Chouette il pleut! Company
Clown

“Ce matin-LÀ” is a journey of self-discovery and discovery. A joyful mix of curiosity, surprise and courage set against a backdrop of paper, paint and Vivaldi. When our little character wakes up that morning, it’s not going to be his usual routine, where everything is clean, smooth and tidy… No, this morning it’s a series of disasters where everything gets creased, torn and stained. At first, this shattered routine seems worrying, but as he overcomes his fears, he opens up to the world and discovers an explosion of possibilities! A fabulous journey, full of stains, colours, folds, noises, creases and music.

 

Age: From 1 year
Duration:  35 mins
Cost: 5 €

Tickets: http://www.les-petits-asticots.com/programme/

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