Things to do

Le Moulin des Artistes

Gite Details êt 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.

Fantastic conditions in Chamonix

Gite Details êt 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

Gite Details êt March 1st, 2009

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

The lake at Les Praz de Chamonix

Gite Details êt 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.


Gite Details êt 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.

Flegere Piste map

Gite Details êt 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

Chamonix Panorama from Flegere

Gite Details êt 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!

Sunset from the Flegere lift

Gite Details êt November 2nd, 2007

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

Pierre d’Orthaz

Gite Details êt October 1st, 2007

The massive rock known as la Pierre d’Orthaz was left behind by retreating glaciers. It’s a historical bouldering rock, and opposite it was the infamous Snell’s field campsite where the world’s greatest climbers used to camp out. Now very polished but still a beautiful and atmospheric sight…
Some tales :

Down memory lane to Snell’s field (UK Climbing)
…and another on Supertopo

Hike to Buvette des Mottets from Les Praz de Chamonix

Gite Details êt September 2nd, 2007

This little buvette is in a gorgeous spot on the way up to Montenvers – in front of the buvette itself, there are tables shaded with parasols and behind is a little glade of silver birches around a pond where dragonflies zip to and fro over the profusion of flowers.

On a clear still day, it’s a super place to watch the paragliders fly over the Dru, whilst the Mer de Glace creaks and crackles below. The food’s very nice too. We shared a lovely croute – bread soaked in a creamy white wine sauce, with mushrooms (or ham), and then baked with cheese. The owners are very friendly and helpful too.

You can get there a variety of ways, it’s signed from the Petit Balcon Nord. The walk up from Les Praz is really worth doing, taking you through an astonishing variety of Alpine enviroments, from bare glacier-riven red iron rocks, where tiny flowers bloom in the cracks, to lush ferny, mossy forest. You can also get there via the train up to Montenvers and walk down.

Usually open mid-June -September. Tel +33(0)6 14 19 36 77

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