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What to see and do in May 2024

LEISURE AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES IN PRAZ-SUR-ARLY, THE PAYS DU MONT-BLANC AND THE VAL D’ARLY

Sporting activities in Praz sur Arly:

Themed Hikes (marmots, ibex, glaciers, panorama of Mont Blanc, etc) and accompanied half-day hikes. Contact Mountain Guides Office: 04 50 21 55 11.

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

Praz Lac Aventures: Open on long weekends in May by reservation (07 67 22 56 72). Take to the heights for a good dose of fun and excitement for all the family.

Cani rando with 3 D Nordic: by reservation: 06 11 66 35 04.

 

In the area:

Escaladventure: located in Hauteluce (14.5km), this is an adventure course where you will discover classic workshops such as bridges, footbridges, ziplines as well as workshops representing mountain activities (VIA FERRATA, climbing…). Reservation essential on 04 79 38 83 02

Paragliding: Two possibilities leaving from Praz or Megève: Fabien JAMBON on 06 70 07 51 21 or Megève Baptême Parapente: 06 62 13 27 71.

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

Paint Ball Expérience: open all year from 9.00 to 22.00, by reservation on 06 09 81 31 17.

 

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

– Indoor Olympic pool:

From 06/05 to 21/06/2024
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 01/05, 25/05, 26/05 and public holidays.

– Balneoform:

Till 05/05/2024
Opening hours on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 2 pm and 7.30 pm. On Wednesday between 2 pm and 9 pm. On Saturday and Sunday between 10 am and 7.30 pm. Closed exceptionally on May 1st. Reopening on 22/06/2024.

Gym:

From 06/05 to 08/09/2024
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 Ascension Day (8 May) and Whit Monday (20 May).

Also indoor tennis court, fitness, Wellness spa, exhibitions, restaurant, media library available in the Sports Centre.

 

LEISURE AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES IN PRAZ SUR ARLY

 

– Belles Leisure Park: Manu and Jude are delighted to welcome you. It’s  “The place to be” for the family and kids! Games for all ages  multisports ground (basketball, football, handball, volleyball) pyracorde, pétanque, tennis, body-building equipment and zipline, outsider art mini-golf, restaurant. Open from Wednesday to Sunday from 10.30. Closed on Monday and Tuesday.

– Exhibition: “Sports and the mountains, the big jump!”, or how winter sports have transformed the Pays du Mont-Blanc. Inside at the Tourist Office and also outside along the banks of the River Arly.

 

IN THE AREA:

 

– Cinema du Mont-Blanc in Sallanches (18km): 04 50 18 39 10.

The Fairytale House in Notre Dame de Bellecombe (7km), open 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 in Flumet (2.5km) open daily from 8.30 to 19.30.

– Visit the Saint-Nicolas-la-Chapelle Church (7km) with its double-lantern bell tower.

MEGEVE: The town centre and the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church (5km). The Calvary Walk (an hour’s walk above Megève with fifteen chapels and oratories representing the Stations of the Cross). The Upper Val d’Arly Museum (04 50 91 81 00).

THE VAL D’ARLY AND THE BEAUFORTAIN: Notre-Dame-de-Bellecombe, Col des Saisies (18km), 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.

The Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix Mont-Blanc (36km), cable car every 15 or 30 minutes depending on numbers. In just 20 minutes, you’ll be transported to an altitude of 3,842 metres, right in the heart of the Mont-Blanc Massif. Don’t miss the Pas dans le Vide: a glass box with windows on 5 sides and more than a thousand metres of open space beneath your feet. Access forbidden to under-3s and not recommended for under-5s. Reservation obligatory.

The Mer de Glace with the Montenvers Train. Cogwheel trains run on gradients of over 9%, and there are 5 of them in France. This makes the Montenvers Train a unique experience not to be missed. The 5.1 km journey between Chamonix-Mont-Blanc and the Montenvers site is on the side of the mountain. After a 20-minute climb, you reach the terminus at an altitude of 1,913 metres! The view of the Drus, the Grandes Jorasses and the Grands Charmoz is breathtaking. Closed from 13 to 31 May 2024 for works.

The Château des Rubins: The Observatoire des Alpes in Sallanches (18km away) offers you an innovative scenography made up of around fifty interactive modules spread over four floors covering different themes. The new tour covers more than 500m2, and takes around two hours to complete in an immersive atmosphere of light and sound. Open from 10am to 6pm. 04 50 90 83 03.

Short walks around a lake: Praz sur Arly lake, Javen lake in Megève (11km), Flumet lake (6km), Green lake in Passy Plaine-Joux (27km), Ilettes lake in Sallanches (22km), Passy lake (18km).

The Saint Gervais Thermal Baths: The Mont Blanc Baths are the ideal place to meet up and share a relaxing moment with your partner, family or friends in naturally warm thermal water. 04 50 47 54 57.

The Merlet Park: Located in Les Houches (36km) is open from 1 May to 29 September 2024, daily from 10.00 to 18.00, except Mondays. Reservation obligatory: 07 67 22 82 69.

– The Jardin des Cimes: Located in Passy (26 km) is an invitation to discover different gardens of the world during an hour’s walk. Open as of 25 May. 04 50 21 50 87.

 


 


EVENTS IN PRAZ SUR ARLY AND THE PAYS DU MONT BLANC

In Praz sur Arly :
04/05/24 : Big spring clean from 8.30 to 11.00, weather permitting. Cancelled in case of bad weather.

In Megève (5km) :
04/05/24 : Heure du conte bébés lecteurs de 11h à 11h45.
08/05/24 : Anniversaire de la victoire du 8 mai 1945 à 11h.
Du 08/05/24 au 05/05/25 : Exposition “Le passé recomposé”, Garry Pycroft tous les jours.
18/05/24 : Micro-Folie, la nuit des musées de 20h à 22h30.

In Combloux (9.9km) :
01/05/24 : Comice agricole du Pays du Mont-Blanc.
12/05/24 : Marché aux fleurs de 8h à 14h.
18/05/24 : Concert “Beethoven, les quatuors intimes”, Orchestre des Pays de Savoie de 21h à 22h30.

In Sallanches (18km) :

03/05/24 : Spectacle – Un poyo Rojo de 20h à 21h.
04/05/24 : Vide grenier de l’APE de Jules Ferry de 8h à 17h.
04/05/24 : Marché aux fleurs & Plants de 8h30 à 13h30.
05/05/24 : Vide grenier de l’école des Marmottes de 8h à 17h.
05/05/24 : Concert de printemps à 18h.
Du 05/05/24 au 30/09/24 : Marché de créations locales de 10h à 16h.
15/05/24 : Spectacle – Le champ de bataille de 20h à 21h20.
24/05/24 : Spectacle – Une nuit avec Laura Domenge de 20h à 21h20.
29/05/24 : Spectacle – Nos petits penchants de 18h à 18h55.

In Saint-Gervais-les-Bains (15.6km) :
03/05/24 : Hockey sur glace : tournoi de printemps U15 à 18h.
04/05/24 : L’Heure du clic : Birdie memory – écoute les oiseaux à 10h30.
15/05/24 : Les ateliers de Sylvie : oiseaux en pompons à 16h.
Du 23/05/24 au 25/05/24 : Festival mission cinéma.

In Passy (20km) :
24/05/24 : Spectacle FugaCités – Concert de l’Hostel Dieu à 20h.
26/05/24 : Dré dans l’Darbon à 7h (Randonnée VTT et pédestre).
26/05/24 : Vide Grenier de l’école Passy Chef Lieu de 8h à 17h.

In Chamonix Mont Blanc (37km) :
05/05/24 : Compétition de Mini Bowling de 18h30 à 20h.
07/05/24 : Dans la peau de l’ours de 20h30 à 23h30.
08/05/24 : FATAL BAZOOKA & Friends // L’INDEX EN FETE 2024 de 18h à 22h.
15/05/24 : Danse Classique – Ballet -Mythologies à 20h30.
19/05/24 : Asian Dub Foundation + PUPPETMASTAZ // L’INDEX EN FETE 2024 de 18h à 22h.
23/05/24 : Don de sang de 15h à 19h.
23/05/24 : Danse – Chotto Desh à 18h30.


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


Big Spring Clean on Saturday 4 May!

On Saturday 4 May 2024, the Tourist Office and its partners, including the Praz Town Hall and ESF, Sitom des Vallées du Mont-Blanc, Val d’Arly Labellemontagne and the Mountain Riders Association, will be carrying out a major “Spring Clean” around the foot of the Praz slopes. All help is most welcome!
+ More info on https://urlz.fr/q6t7

Dates of Main events of Summer 2024

July


+ SATURDAY 29 AND SUNDAY 30 JUNE: THE MB RACE

The MB Ultra (up to 170 km and 7000 metres of altitude difference) is the most difficult mountain bike race in the world, and the end of the route passes through Praz sur Arly. The MB Explore offers a course with a unique distance of 55 km and 2800 m of altitude difference.

On both days, from 8.30 am to 12 pm: passage along the banks of the Arly and the Varins car park, with festive refreshments for the riders on Saturday at the Varins car park. Come and cheer them on. Free admission.

+ SUNDAY 7 JULY: LAKE FESTIVAL

The new swimming lake is already celebrating its first birthday! To mark the occasion, come and enjoy the free events: don’t miss the “Fabuleux” parade, as well as paddle- board challenges in the afternoon and, at the end of the afternoon, a big rubber-ring race open to all. From 5.30 pm, a concert by the charming duo, “Lo et Ben”. And don’t forget the first welcome drink of the summer at 6pm!

+ THURSDAY 14 JULY: ASSYLUM CONCERT AT ALTITUDE – Baroque Festival

Blending influences from ancient Eastern and Western music with resolutely modern worlds, Aliocha’s rich compositions are complemented and embellished by Patrick RUDANT’s melismas and the poetry (or tribality!) of Henri-Charles CAGET’s percussion. A concert at the summit with a view of Mont Blanc!

Concert starts at 2.30 pm. Free admission, chairlift charge: adults (aged 17 and over): €6.90, children (aged 6-16 inclusive): €5.

 

 

+ SUNDAY 14 JULY: FIREWORKS AT 23.00 – VARINS PARKING LOT

 

+ THURSDAY EVENINGS IN PRAZ: 18/25 JULY and 1/8/15/22 AUGUST

This summer, nightfall on Thursdays promises to be festive in Praz sur Arly! Every Thursday evening from 18 July to 22 August, from 7 pm to 11 pm, the main road will be closed from 6.30 pm and cars will make way for street artists: entertainment and workshops for families and 2 big concerts between 7pm and 11pm. Free admission.

+ SATURDAY 20 AND SUNDAY 21 JULY: SECOND WORLD WAR MILITARY CAMP

Reconstitution of a Second World War military camp. Come and meet history buffs and share their passions. On the programme: vehicles and base camp.

Meeting point on the banks of the Arly, with games for children. Access to the camp from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday and 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday.

+  SATURDAY 27 JULY: THE ARLY PETANQUE TOURNAMENT

Our traditional pétanque tournament on the banks of the Arly River. Inscriptions in pairs on the spot. Free access. Drinks stand and snacks available organized by the Praz sur Arly Ski Club. Banks of the River Arly from 10.00 to 19.00.

 


August


+ THURSDAY 15 AUGUST: JUMBLE SALE

From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., shopkeepers’ jumble sale and private garage sale throughout the village closed for the occasion for pedestrians only… Route du Val d’Arly. Free access.

+ SUNDAY 18 AUGUST: “RETROMOBILE” VINTAGE CAR RALLY

Gathering of more than 60 vintage cars and rides for the benefit of bone marrow donations to the Sapaudia Association. Musical entertainment, American pin-ups, parades, activities for children, make-up 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.

+ SATURDAY 26 AUGUST: 3rd ESPACE DIAMANT CANITRAIL

A trail race with your dog. This summer, there will be two stages in Praz sur Arly to cheer on the participants. On the programme: between 10 and 15km per stage, with 500 to 800m of altitude difference. Registration on the “Canitrail du Diamant” Facebook site. Free access for spectators.

+ THURSDAY EVENINGS IN PRAZ: 1/8/15 and 22 AUGUST

This summer, nightfall on Thursdays promises to be festive in Praz sur Arly! Every Thursday evening from 18 July to 22 August, from 7pm to 11pm, the main road will be closed from 6.30 pm and cars will make way for street artists: entertainment and workshops for families and 2 big concerts between 7 pm and 11 pm. Free admission.

Ski and road conditions

The ski area as at 17.03.2024


In view of the snow conditions, particularly below 1,500 metres, and the weather forecasts, the Praz-sur-Arly ski area will close on the evening of Sunday 24 March.

The “Mont Rond 1350” sector at Notre Dame de Bellecombe still offers good skiing conditions, as do the peaks of the Espace Diamant. We are continuing our efforts to maintain the quality of the Val d’Arly ski area.

Flumet, ski area closed.

There is no longer a shuttle service between Flumet Les Evettes and Praz-sur-Arly.

At Notre Dame de  Bellecombe, the Boulangère sector is closed.

In Praz sur Arly, all the lower slopes are closed (the Babys, Rosière, Bernards), the Crêt du Midi chairlift is open.

 

RETURN TO THE FOOT OF THE SLOPES IS VIA THE CRÊT DU MIDI CHAIRLIFT

 

Take advantage of the Val d’Arly day pass at €32.40 until 24 April 2024.

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.

You can also consult the Val d’Arly snow report: Bulletin d’enneigement Val d’Arly – Service Pistes (labellemontagne.com)

 

54/82 ski lifts and 103/170 runs are open in the Espace Diamant.

✅ 5 ski lifts out of 11 are open in the Praz-sur-Arly sector
✅ 7 runs are open in the Praz-sur-Arly sector and a total of 100/170 in the Espace Diamant ski area
✅ The connecting runs are open except for PRAZ-SUR-ARLY/FLUMET which is closed ❌
✅  Return to the resort is via the Crêt de Midi chairlift.
❌ The Nordic area (cross-country skiing/pedestrian and snowshoe path) is NOT open.

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 – Cancelled due to uncertain weather conditions

The 2024 edition of the Smuggler’s trail is cancelled due to uncertain weather conditions next weekend!

 


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).

Our partners


 

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/

 

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