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Opening of the ski area


STATE OF THE PISTES in the Espace Diamant Ski Area


Pistes open  154 / 165 – Ski lifts  70 / 81

 

Liaisons

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

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

NAVETTES CREST-VOLAND COHENNOZ  NOTRE-DAME DE BELLECOMBE -> Open

NOTRE-DAME DE BELLECOMBE  LES SAISIES -> Open

NOTRE-DAME DE BELLECOMBE  PRAZ-SUR-ARLY (by the top) -> Open

PRAZ-SUR-ARLY  NOTRE-DAME DE BELLECOMBE (by the top) -> Open

PRAZ-SUR-ARLY  FLUMET -> Open

 

 



Photos of the ski area


32nd International Montgolfiades, Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 January 2023

32nd International Montgolfiades


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 31 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) and 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 four times during the Montgolfiades weekend – in 1993, 1999, 2015 and 2018 – 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!


Programme

Saturday, 7 January 2023


>09.00: BRIEFING, PREPARATION AND TAKE-OFF OF THE HOT AIR BALLOONS

>10.00: CHILDREN’S WORKSHOPS: making balloons, kites and windmills. Belles Leisure Park or Salle de la Montagne

>10.30: DEMONSTRATION OF RADIO-OPERATED MINI BALLOONS

>14.00: BRIEFING, PREPARATION AND TAKE-OFF OF THE HOT AIR BALLOONS (cancelled due to bad weather conditions)

>14,30: CHILDREN’S WORKSHOPS: making balloons, kites and windmills. Belles Leisure Park or Salle de la Montagne

>15.00: FIXED-LINE BALLOON FLIGHT Inscriptions on the spot (reception chalet), free.

DEMONSTRATION OF RADIO-OPERATED MINI BALLOONS.

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

 



Sunday, 8 January 2023

N.B.: All flights are cancelled due to bad weather conditions. All events will take place in the village centre.

>09.45-11.45: Virtual flight over the Mont Blanc with the Haute-Savoie Department! Climb aboard the gondola, put on the virtual reality mask and discover the 360° panorama above the Mont Blanc…

>10.00-12.00: CHILDREN’S WORKSHOPS: making balloons, kites and windmills with the Pirates Balloon Company. Salle de la Montagne

>10.00-12.00: Laser rifle shooting with the ESF in the church square
>14.00-16.00: CHILDREN’S WORKSHOPS: making balloons, kites and windmills with the Pirates Balloon Company. Salle de la Montagne
>14-00-16-00: Laser rifle shooting with the ESF in the church square
>14.00-16.30: Virtual flight over the Mont Blanc with the Haute-Savoie Department! Climb aboard the gondola, put on the virtual reality mask and discover the 360° panorama above the Mont Blanc…

>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. Church square.

 



Our partners


 

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


18-31 DECEMBER 2022: CHRISTMAS IN THE PAYS DU MONT-BLANC AND NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY

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


SATURDAY 7 – SUNDAY 8 JANUARY 2023: THE INTERNATIONAL MONTGOLFIADES

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


DRAZ’S MARDI GRAS DAYS: TUESDAYS 14-21-28 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.

 

PRAZ SNOW AND AIR DAYS: WEDNESDAYS 8-15-22 FEBRUARY 2023:
For just one day, leave aside your skis and discover other new snow sports:  fat bike, yooner, snooc for different fun sensations!

 


MONDAY 27 FEBRUARY – FRIDAY 3 MARCH 2023: MOUNTAIN PROFESSIONS WEEK

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


1 and 2 MARCH 2023: MATRA VTT SNOW CROSS TOUR

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)

   

11 MARCH 2023:  SNOW FOR REFUGEES

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.

 

12 MARCH 2023: THE TOWN COUNCIL’S CUP

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.

 

SUNDAY 19 MARCH 2023: THE VAL D’ARLY SMUGGLERS’ TRAIL

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!

 

SUNDAY 26 MARCH 2023:  “TASTE” SLALOM

PROGRAMME TO FOLLOW


 

 

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! 😉


Practical information before you arrive


+ Ski Area


 



+ State of the roads


The roads are 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: chamonix-meteo.com


What to see and do in November


LEISURE AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES

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.

Gym:

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.

LEISURE AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

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.

 


EVENTS


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.

 

IN THE AREA:

 

 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.

 

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Dates of main events of Summer 2022


July 2022


 

+ SATURDAY 2 AND SUNDAY 3 JULY: MB RACE

The MB-Ultra (up to 170 km and 7,000 metres of altitude difference) is the most difficult mountain bike race in the world and the end of the race will pass through Praz sur Arly. The MB-Explore is a single-distance course of 55 km and 2,800 metres of altitude difference.

On both days from 9.00 to 13.00: passage and refreshment of the racers in the church square. Come and cheer them on, free access.

 

+ SUNDAY 10 JULY: MOUNTAIN WELL-BEING ON THE BANKS OF THE ARLY

In partnership with Praz sur Arly’s Taï-chi teacher and other well-being specialists, get advice on how to take care of yourself and find your inner harmony.

Free access. From 10.00 to 12.00 and 14.00 to 18.00. Banks of the Arly River. More information (FR only): https://www.prazsurarly.com/bien-etre-en-montagne/

 

+ THURSDAY 14 JULY: ALTITUDE CONCERT BATUCABACH – Baroque Festival

The BatucaBach was born out of the musicians’ love for the melodies of JS Bach, which are in perfect harmony with the Brazilian samba, as demonstrated by a specialist mathematician and illusionist. Concert starts at 2.30 pm. Free access, chairlift ticket: adults (from 17 years old): 6.90€, children (6-16 years old included): 5€.

+ THURSDAY 14 JULY: FIREWORKS and Concert with Arvester and Tribute to Johnny Hallyday

More information (FR only) https://www.prazsurarly.com/fete-nationale/

 

+ SUNDAY 17 JULY: SPORTS FESTIVAL
Discovery and initiation of outdoor sports (rock climbing, cani-rando, archery, biathlon) and discovery of the Belles Leisure Park activities for the benefit of the Petits Princes Association. Free access. From 10.00 to 12.00 and 14.00 to 18.00. Belles Leisure Park. More information (FR only): https://www.prazsurarly.com/fete-des-sports-dimanche-17-juillet/

 

+ SUNDAY 24 JULY: THE ARLY PETANQUE TOURNAMENT
Traditional pétanque competition on the banks of the Arly. Inscription in pairs on the spot. The day will end with a concert by the SUGAR LADY group at 18.00. Free access. Bar and snacks on the spot, organized by the Praz sur Arly Ski Club. Banks of the Arly from 10.00 to 19.00. More information (FR only): https://www.prazsurarly.com/dimanche-24-juillet-tournoi-de-petanque-de-larly/

 

+ SUNDAY 31 JULY: MOUNTAIN PASTURES FESTIVAL AT THE PLAN DE L’ARE

Discover the Plan de l’Are mountain pasture and the job of a farmer and dairy producer at altitude. Picnic lunch with music. The day is placed under the sign of well-being and conviviality with different nature workshops to discover the riches of our mountains.

From 12.00 to 17.00. Plan de l’Are Refuge, approx. 2 hours walk to reach the refuge. More information (FR only): https://www.prazsurarly.com/fete-de-lalpage-dimanche-31-juillet/

 

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August 2022


 

+ TUESDAY 9 AUGUST: THE WORLD OF DRAZ

Draz, Praz sur Arly’s small and friendly dragon, invites families to the banks of the Arly for magic shows and circus acts. He hopes not to wake up the Tirecorde dragon! From 14.00 to 19-00. Free access. More information (FR only): https://www.prazsurarly.com/le-monde-de-draz-mardi-09-aout-2022/

+ SUNDAY 14 AUGUST: SUMMER VERSION OF THE SMUGGLERS’ TRAIL (Postponed to Tuesday, 16 August)

A hike and fun discovery of the world of smugglers – a sporty, cultural and amusing approach for the whole family with Praz Montagne and the “En visite Simone” Company. Welcome of participants as of 9.30 on the Varins chairlift parking. 9.45: Ascent with the Crêt du Midi chairlift.

More information (FR only): https://www.prazsurarly.com/randonnee-le-chemin-des-contrebandiers/

+ MONDAY 15 AUGUST: JUMBLE SALE
From 8.00 to 17.00, shopkeepers’ sale and private individuals’ jumble sale throughout the village which is closed to traffic (Route du Val d’Arly) for the occasion. Free access.

+ SUNDAY 21 AUGUST: VINTAGE CAR RALLY
Gathering of more than 50 vintage cars and rides for the benefit of bone marrow donations with the Sapaudia Association. Musical entertainment, mini-cars for children, face painting and old-fashioned waffles… From 10.00 to 12.30 and from 14.00 to 18.00 in the centre of the village and the Route du Val d’Arly. Free access. More information (FR only): https://www.prazsurarly.com/retromobile-dimanche-21-aout/

+ FRIDAY 26 AUGUST: THE DIAMOND CANITRAIL

First FFST French championship of this new sport: a running race in the mountains with your dog. First stage in Praz sur Arly. On the programme: between 10 and 15km per stage, with 500 to 800m of altitude difference. Registration on the FFST website, free access for spectators.

 

 

EVERY THURSDAY EVENING: 21/31 July and 4/11/18 August (cancelled) : ON THE TERRACE THIS EVENING!

This summer, nightfall on Thursdays promises to be festive in Praz sur Arly! From 14 July to 18 August, from 19.00 to 21.00, the main road will be closed and cars will give way to the performers: concerts, visual performances and shows which you can watch from the terraces of the restaurants and bars of the village centre! Free access.

 

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The Val d’Arly Smugglers’ Trail, 27 March 2022


20th SMUGGLERS’ TRAIL, SUNDAY 27 MARCH 2022


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!

 



3 DIFFERENT LEVELS OF TRAIL

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.

 


RATES

(including chairlifts, snacks and picnic at the arrival)

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

8€ for under 12 years – Inscription online

Groups (20 pers) : 15€ (+12 years) and 6€ (-12 years)

Inscriptions on the spot: 20€ and 10€

 

 

Dates of Main Events of Winter 2021-22

13 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 2021


19-31 DECEMBER 2021: CHRISTMAS IN THE PAYS DU MONT-BLANC AND NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY  (NB: CANCELLED!)

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. To find out more, visit the dedicated website:  https://noelaupaysdumontblanc.com/.  

 


January 2022


SATURDAY 8 – SUNDAY 9 JANUARY 2022: THE INTERNATIONAL MONTGOLFIADES

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).

 

SATURDAY 22 and SUNDAY 23 JANUARY 2022:  TSL YOONER CHALLENGE

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).

 

FROM 25 TO 27 JANUARY: MATRA VTT SNOW CROSS TOUR

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. More information (FR only).

                             


 


February 2022


DRAZ’S MARDI GRAS DAYS: TUESDAYS 8-15-22 FEBRUARY and 1 MARCH 2022: 
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.

 

PRAZ ADRENALINE DAYS: WEDNESDAYS 9-16-23 FEBRUARY and 2 MARCH 2022:  NEW SNOW SPORTS DAYS
Discover the new snow sports: speed riding, wingjump, fat bike and other freestyle sports for unbelievable sensations!

 


MONDAY 28 FEBRUARY – FRIDAY 4 MARCH 2022: MOUNTAIN PROFESSIONS WEEK

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.


March 2022


FRIDAY 18 – SUNDAY 20 MARCH 2022:  TASTE FESTIVAL   

A fun cooking festival in the mountains with chefs. Workshops and cooking demonstrations, conferences and tastings in the village but also in the ski area. More information (FR only)

 

SUNDAY 27 MARCH 2022: THE VAL D’ARLY SMUGGLERS’ TRAIL
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 information.


April 2022


SUNDAY 3 APRIL 2022: THE TOWN COUNCIL’S CUP (EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO BAD WEATHER CONDITIONS. THE SALE OF TAKE-AWAY TARTIFLETTE IS MAINTAINED.)

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.

 

What’s new in the 2021/22 Winter Season

 

NEW IN THE SKI AREA AND NEW ACTIVITIES


In the ski domain, a new ski lift has replaced the old chairlift! It’s the first cable car in the Espace Diamant: the Rosières in Les Saisies, connecting up with the Mont Bisanne.

 

In the way of new activities, electric snowmobiles will be offered for children in the same area as the cross-country skiing activities. A new dog sledding company is coming to Praz: Expérience Montagne with a new feature: the baby-sled! In addition to the white trail, which is accessible every day, a new snowshoeing initiation area with TSL will be set up. On the restaurant side, after 25 years in Corsica, Eddy Papion and Franck Candelier are taking over the high altitude restaurant Le Sérasson again.

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PROGRAMME OF EVENTS AND ENTERTAINMENT


13 events this winter and a programme of activities for all the 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. During the ESF torchlight descents, THE LEGEND OF THE DRAGON will be told to you with a fire show every Thursday of the winter school holidays.

The 3 new events:

 

 SUNDAY, 16 JANUARY 2022: THE DIAMOND CUP

 

SATURDAY, 29 JANVIER 2022: THE PURE DIAMOND CHALLENGE/EDELWEISS MOUNTAIN SKI

 

SATURDAY, 12 MARCH 2022: SNOW FOR REFUGEES     

 

FROM 18 DECEMBER 2021 to 18 APRIL 2022:

“Rooted in the heart of the mountains” – a new watercolour exhibition on our heritage by Babeth Socquet-Meilleret at the Tourist Office.

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