Les Praz de Chamonix – the village we are in – is one of the most sought-after areas of the town. Sunny in both winter and summer, it has a traditional village feel, and is the base of the Flegere ski lift.
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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.
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. For bigger shopping expeditions, the supermarket in Chamonix will deliver your groceries to the door.
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 a nice apres bar, for vin chaud in front of the fire and 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.
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.
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 .
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.