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Les Praz de Chamonix

Les Praz de Chamonix – the village we are in – is one of the most sought-after areas of Chamonix. Sunny in both winter and summer, it has a traditional village feel, and is the base of the Flegere ski lift.

Les Praz church on a winter morning
Les Praz church on a snowy winter morning

Access and maps

Chamonix's ski areas, with our position within them marked
Chamonix’s ski areas, with our position within them marked

Les Praz is five minutes from the centre of Chamonix by car. By the regular public transport options, it’s a 10 minute bus or train ride. Or enjoy the pleasant 20-30 minute stroll along the woodland paths on a quiet road or lovely woodland paths. More about our location

Map of the location


It has a charming village shop where you can get fresh bread, croissants, local cheeses and saucisson, fresh fruit and vegetables, wine and other necessities.

Les Praz shop
Snow chains on the bike for the winter baguette run

There are several friendly, English speaking ski and snowboard shops, a newsagent/tabac and a post office. Restaurants range from cheerful pizzeria at the Cremerie des Moulins to superb modern alpine at La Cabane. There are also couple of bars, including Le Petit Social – a lovely little apres bar with regular live acoustic music.


Les Praz is a great base for all Chamonix’s summer activities – sunnier and calmer than Chamonix centre, but still within easy access of all amenities.

Les Praz church in summer
Les Praz church in summer

In summer, some of Europe’s most spectacular mountain hikes , trail running and mountain biking routes can be started right from the door.

Mont Blanc reflected in Les Praz lake
Mont Blanc reflected in the lake in Les Praz

The Flegere lift, within a 5-10 minute stroll, can whisk you up to the start of the high alpine walks such as the classic Lac Blanc. Chamonix golf course, a short walk away, is a world class eighteen hole course with superb views.

Chamonix golf course
Chamonix golf course combines an 18 hole course with amazing scenery

The leisure centre with its tennis courts and excellent outdoor and indoor swimming pools is about 15 minutes walk.


In winter, the Flegere lift opens up the whole south-facing side of the valley. It connects to Brevent to make Chamonix’s largest and sunniest ski area – Brevent-Flegere which connects Chamonix town and Les Praz .

Perfect powder day at Flegere
Perfect powder day at Flegere

Snowshoeing trails wind through the woods around Les Praz. This is a lovely option for a day off or for anyone who prefers not to ski.

Panorama over Les Bois and Les Praz
Sunset panorama over Les Bois and Les Praz, from the snowshoeing trail.

Cross-country ski trails for all levels can be started right from the chalet door. Equipment can be hired easily from cross-country ski shops.

crosscountry skiing in chamonix