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!

Les Lanchers Hotel, restaurant and bar in Les Praz

La Forêt February 14th, 2008

Les Lanchers hotel, Les Praz

Les Lanchers is a cheerful and relaxed place on the main street of Les Praz, just a stone’s throw from the lift. Outside, it has lovely traditional painted walls with flowers. The rooms are pretty, modern and good value and the restaurant does nice traditional food.

The bar is a laid-back and friendly, ideal for a drink after you come down from Flegere. They also have a large screen satellite TV corner so it’s a useful local spot for watching sport – the TV isn’t in the main bit of the bar so it’s not too intrusive. Nice cocktails, good local beers and a welcoming atmosphere for everyone.
Lanchers Hotel

Les Praz de Chamonix at sunrise

La Forêt February 7th, 2008

Mist in the valley as the sun hits the fresh snow

Flegere Piste map

La Forêt February 5th, 2008

This is the piste map for Brevent and Flegere this year – click thumbnail for larger version. I hope you find it useful!
Flegere piste map

Clouds in the Chamonix valley from Flegere

La Forêt February 2nd, 2008

Hotel Excelsior

La Forêt January 7th, 2008

Terrace at the Excelsior
Although not strictly in Les Praz, I’ve included this as it’s well worth a mention. It’s about ten minutes walk away in the village of Les Tines, and has a lovely garden with a swimming pool, which you can use if you go for lunch. It would be a particularly good place to stay in summer as it’s in a very pretty situation and the garden terrace with the pool looks really gorgeous.

Over the last few years, it seems to have made huge improvements in the food. The menu sounds delicious, and I have heard very good reports from friends that have eaten there. I’ll try it this summer and report back , purely in the interests of research, you understand!

Excelsior website

Sunset Alpenglow on Les Drus

La Forêt December 20th, 2007

After the thick snow of last week, we have clear skies in Chamonix, and some spectacular Alpenglow in the evening…

Chamonix Panorama from Flegere

La Forêt December 13th, 2007

Chamonix Panoramas, originally uploaded by amazingmonkey22.

Another of these gorgeous panoramas – this one, I think, is taken from near the top of the Floria lift at Flegere? The huge circular formation is the Lavancher bowl – the left hand side of this is part of the Grands Montets ski area. It’s really worth clicking through to see the larger version!

Chapelle des Praz de Chamonix

La Forêt November 29th, 2007

Chapelle des Praz de Chamonix, originally uploaded by chris.paul74.

Lovely light on this atmospheric shot of the church and the Aiguilles du Dru & Verte

Sunset from the Flegere lift

La Forêt November 2nd, 2007

The blazing colours of the Alpine sunsets are caused by the natural phenomena of Alpenglow.

La Cabane des Praz (the Golf Club restaurant)

La Forêt November 2nd, 2007

Interior and exterior of restaurant
(Photographs © La Cabane 2006-7)

This restaurant is part of the Golf Club - there’s a collection of buildings around it including the Hotel Labrador. A few years ago it burned down, and has now been rebuilt in a very atttactive ‘log cabin’ style – Finlandais as it’s called here. I’ve heard good recommendations of the food, so we went to try it out.

It’s a lovely building, and even in this low season time, they’d made an effort to decorate it seasonally with autumn leaves and pumpkins – including some enormous pumpkins piled around the outside. The interior is very pretty – spacious and warm, and nicely divided up with booths and other seating areas. Decor is modern, upmarket Alpine, and I quite liked the animatronic polar bear which gives a nice hint of frivolity. It’s mercifully free of golfing memorabilia.

We were brought a lovely amuse-bouche of pumpkin soup while looking over the menu, which is in both French and English. Some very nice seasonal choices on it (which are helpfully marked out clearly) included a very wide selection of local game.

The standout starter was a beautifully presented small pumpkin filled with truffled pumpkin soup and containing seared scallops, held steady on a mashed potato base and surrounded by rocket. This was one of the nicest things I’ve eaten in Chamonix – truly delicious.

My main course was, unfortunately, the wrong dish – some salmon that was a bit uneventful. Everyone else’s was excellent – highlights included lamb cooked for seven hours, a game confit, and the lovely side dishes.

Puddings were inventive, tasty and beautifully presented – my shortbread with nougat icecream and figs was really special.

Overall it was a lovely evening. Personally, I slightly prefer the food at the Eden, as it’s a little lighter, but La Cabane definitely has the edge in terms of decor, it’s really very pretty inside – the warmth of the wood keeps the spacious interior cosy. It’s quite a smart place, though relaxed, and perfect for a special occasion, or a romantic dinner.


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