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Chalet Location in Chamonix

Close to everything you need, south facing and sunny, in a magnificent setting ringed with woods and mountains, the chalet is in the outskirts of Chamonix, in the village of Les Praz. The valley is flat here, so all these are on level ground.

* Ski lift – Flegere is 5-10 minutes walk (600m)
* Bars 5-7 mins walk (450m)
* Restaurants 5-10 mins walk (300 – 600m)
* Shops including (3 ski rental shops) 5-15 mins walk (400-700m)

Map

The position of the chalet in relation to the Flegere lift, restaurants, bars, shops and so on is marked on here – click to see a bigger version.
Map of the location
You can also see it on  on Google maps here. Please don’t hesitate to call us if you’d like further information, we are always happy to answer any questions!

Need more info about the different areas of the valley? Take a look at this blog post – Where to stay in Chamonix

Winter access

Winter equipment for cars is obligatory in the Haute Savoie. In some winters we have a lot of snow and you may well need it. In general, if you don’t have winter tyres I recommend snow socks rather chains, as you don’t usually need them for long. If you have chains, I recommend testing them before you arrive, as trying to get them on for the first time in the freezing cold is not fun!


Normally the main roads are cleared quickly, and our short, flat lane is also normally cleared at the same time. However as it has almost no traffic, it remains white, and you may need chains or socks for this last 200m. Here’s a typical view of the end of the lane, the driveway and entrance to the parking in winter. This is for reference only, of course things can change a lot! But it gives you an idea of the terrain.

Driveway and parking in winter

So keep an eye on the forecast and plan accordingly. If you are here in a period of heavy snow, you can sometimes need them even on the motorway. Route conditions and webcams here.

Getting to the slopes

The Flegere ski lift, accessing Brevent-Flegere (Chamonix’s largest and sunniest area) is a five to ten minute walk from the chalet, and the central position of the chalet makes the other lift systems of Chamonix: Grands Montets, Le Tour and Les Houches –  easily accessible by the free buses and trains. The ski bus stops at the road entrance, about 70m from the chalet, or at the Flegere lift base (600m, more frequent) and the train station is a five to ten minute walk.  The cross country skiing tracks weave through the trees close by the chalet, you can walk or ski from the chalet to the crosscountry trails, it’s about 100 metres.

Our location within the ski areas

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

Flegere & Brevent

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Our nearest ski lift, a short walk from the chalet. These linked ski areas have some of Chamonix’s most spectacular views,  over the Mont Blanc range and the Mer de Glace.   Photos, tips and where to eat at  Flegere & Brevent

Les Praz de Chamonix

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

Les Praz, a five minute walk from the chalet, is a sunny and charming area of Chamonix with a traditional village feel. A small grocers stocks necessities such as local cheese, wine and charcuterie, has freshly baked bread and stays open until 7.30pm

There are several friendly, English speaking ski and snowboard shops, a newsagent and a post office. Half a dozen restaurants and a couple of bars, including a nice apres bar, for vin chaud in front of the fire and regular live acoustic music. It’s five minutes from the centre of Chamonix by car, a 10 minute bus or train ride, or a pleasant 20-30 minute stroll along the woodland paths on a quiet road.
More about Les Praz

In summer, some of Europe’s most spectacular mountain hikes can be started right from the door – or the Flegere lift, within a 5-10 minute stroll, can whisk you up to the start of the high alpine walks. Cycling at all levels is great here, from relaxing flat valley floor trails to challenging all day routes, on roads or trails. The Chamonix golf course, a short walk away, is a world class eighteen hole course with superb views. The leisure centre with its tennis courts and excellent outdoor and indoor swimming pools is about 15 minutes walk.

Les Praz church in summer
Les Praz church in summer