Les Praz de Chamonix Explore Les Praz de Chamonix in the French Alps

Les Praz Church, Chamonix

A tranquil spot just five minutes from the cosmopolitan centre of Chamonix, Les Praz de Chamonix is a beautiful Alpine village. Ringed with woods and mountains, it's home to the Flegere lift, giving access to some of the most spectacular walking in Europe. The Chamonix golf course, also in the village, provides a world class eighteen hole course with magnificent views.

It's one of the sunniest parts of Chamonix, and is a deservedly popular place to stay or just enjoy. Take a look around with the photos, or find what you're looking for - there's information on transport, restaurants, things to do and more. If there's something you think should be added, please do get in touch!

Le Moulin des Artistes

La Forêt September 13th, 2009

This gallery is in a lovely old building in Les Praz – once a mill, as the name suggests. They always have something interesting inside from the collective based there, including Andy Parkin and Philippe Vouillamoz. We dropped in on the way back from Chalet Floria – it’s just beside the path back to the chalet – as they were having a big one-day exhibition of local artists. There’s another one planned for October 4th 2009 – hopefully they’ll continue on a regular basis,  as it seemed to be a big success with some lovely work on display. http://lemoulindesartistes.blogspot.com/

Fantastic conditions in Chamonix

La Forêt March 1st, 2009

This photo was taken at the bottom of the home run to the Flegere base!
Home run at Flegere

Apres at the Rhododendrons

La Forêt March 1st, 2009

Another top apres at Les Rhododendrons!
Apres at the Rhododendrons, Les Praz, Chamonix

First snow in Les Praz de Chamonix

La Forêt November 10th, 2008

The first big snowfall of the year:

The larches still have their gold needles…View from near the railway station, towards the Dru:

The Dru with snow on the larches

Crab apples peeping through the snow

Morning bread run - Crab Apples

Scattering when the sun hits the trees…..
Vanessa in the snow

Flégère, Chamonix – Autumn lift opening for 2008

La Forêt October 5th, 2008

Autumn Mont Blanc from Flegere
Good news! As we hoped, Flégère will be open over more weekends this Autumn.
For the Toussaint holiday (25th October to 5th November) both Flégère and Index will be open.

After that, Flégère only will open on the weekends of:

  • Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th November 2008
  • Saturday 22th and Sunday 23th November 2008
  • Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th November 2008

Apparently, this will continue until early December, so it’s a good opportunity to get up for some last looks at the Autumn colours, or to crunch around in some early snow…

Full details and opening hours on the CMB site

Meanwhile, Montenvers will close from October 13rd to 24th 2008, and the Aiguille du Midi will close from November 10th to December 12th 2008 – details and timetable here.

La Prairie Hotel and café

La Forêt July 1st, 2008

Surely the prettiest setting of any cafe in on the Chamonix Valley floor, the Prairie has been run by the same family for four generations. Set up by a 19th century mountain guide who climbed Mont Blanc 99 times from the front door of the hotel on foot (before the days of lifts), it still offers a warm welcome in simple, traditional rooms, home-made kir and other cordials, crepes, teas and light meals. A wonderful place to take a break from a walk, have a light lunch or an early evening drink, watching the light change on Mont Blanc as you sit under the pergola….

Hôtel La Prairie
53, Chemin Lavousse
74400 Chamonix Mont Blanc, France
+33 4 50 53 19 96‎
(Open Summer only)

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The lake at Les Praz de Chamonix

La Forêt July 1st, 2008

Les Praz lake

Near the centre of the village, you’ll find this tranquil lake – a beautiful place to admire the reflection of Mont Blanc. It’s surrounded by quiet back roads, which are good places for a relaxing stroll, and perfect with pushchairs.

Clouds forming over Mont Blanc, from Les Praz

La Forêt February 24th, 2008



Les Praz de Chamonix, originally uploaded by kutlugkagan.

Beautiful photo of the beginnings of the “bonnet d’âne” cloud that often forms over Mont Blanc.

Les Drus and Aiguille Verte

La Forêt February 21st, 2008

Les Drus at sunset

Les Drus and Aiguille Verte, originally uploaded by firechick.

Another stunning photo from Genyphr, with fiery alpenglow on the Drus and the Verte. You can see their relative sizes more clearly from this angle, with the more snowy bulk of the Verte behind the geometric granite of the Drus.

She has a wonderful series of photos here where you can see the progression of the colouring – it’s very quick when it happens, moving through a spectrum of reds, pinks and oranges before suddenly disappearing.

Climbing

La Forêt February 21st, 2008



The Dru from the Buvette des Mottets, on the way up to Montenvers from Les Praz

If looking at the soaring peaks surrounding Les Praz gives you a thirst to climb, there is no better place in the world than Chamonix. For those aspiring to routes like The Dru or the Aiguille Verte – “the Alpine summit that turns you from a climber into a true mountaineer”, Icicle Climbing can arrange flexible itineraries and guiding. For those who aren’t quite yet ready for those heights, they also offer climbing courses at all levels. In winter, there’s the exhilaration of ice climbing to try, too.

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