Le Pays du Mont-Blanc has three indoor ice-skating rinks that are open all year round, and so are good places to head to escape the heat or rain during the summer months, as well as to visit in the wintertime! In addition, during the winter holiday season, there are several seasonal outdoor ice-skating rinks (usually set up right in the centre of towns au Pays du Mont-Blanc), that open for a limited period; these are full of festive fun, sometimes next to a Christmas market and with mulled wine to keep any spectator (rather than active ice-skaters) adults warm! Both indoor and outdoor options are well-equipped for small children, as they offer sliding chairs and other skating aids like penguins & seals, and attachable skates.
This post highlights the indoor ice-skating rinks in Chamonix, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains and Megève; for seasonal offerings (updated each year), please see separate post.
*NB – don’t forget to wrap up warmly and protectively: waterproof clothing (ski suits work well!), helmets and gloves!*
Chamonix’s indoor ice-skating rink is part of the Centre Sportif Richard Bozon. It measures 60m x 30m and houses the 100 year old Ice Hockey Club, and offers figure-skating, curling and ice-hockey lessons and matches.
165 route de la Patinoire,
Tel: +33 (0)4 50 53 12 36
Parking: there is some FREE parking next to the sports centre, otherwise there are plenty of paying carparks nearby.
Adults: 6,40 € (with a carte d’hôte: 5€)
Children: 4,80 € (with a carte d’hôte: 3,70€)
Skate hire: 4,30 €
See here for opening hour details, as these vary according to the time of year;
Saint-Gervais has an indoor, all-year round ice-skating rink, suitable for small children and older children alike. Young skaters can borrow penguins and chairs to help them find their balance on the ice. The ice-skating rink offers lessons in: figure-skating, ice-hockey and curling.
Jardin des Glaces: during the school holidays, on Tuesdays from 15h to 17h, children from 3-12 years (two accompanying adults max) can skate with Charlotte la Marmotte (the Saint-Gervais-les-Bains mascot).
77 impasse de la Cascade,
Tel: +33 4 50 93 50 02
Parking: there is a small FREE car park next to the ice-skating rink.
Adults: 4,50 €
Children (5-14 years): 3,50 €; FREE for under 5s!
Skate hire: 3€
See here for opening hours, as these vary according to the time of year;
CLOSED on bank holidays!
*NB – St Gervais Tourist Office also has a brochure highlighting all of its extra autumn and winter sports activities (other than skiing); here you will find the prices and opening hours of the ice-skating rink, among other activities*
Megève’s all-year Olympic ice-skating rink is located within the newly renovated Palais des Sports et des Congrès. The ice-skating rink offers lessons in: figure-skating, ice-hockey and curling and – with its large spectator capacity – it can transform into an events stadium, hosting fun events like a themed Halloween Party, ice-hockey matches, etc . . .
247 route du Palais des Sports,
Tel: +33 (0)4 50 21 15 71
Parking: there is plentiful paying parking in the car parks just opposite.
Adults: 5,50 €
Children (5-14 years): 4,20 €; FREE for under 5s!
Skate hire: 3,50 €
Check website for details, as opening hours vary according to the season;
CLOSED on bank holidays
* For information about the seasonal ice-skating rinks au Pays du Mont-Blanc (from December to March) in Vallorcine, Les Houches, Combloux, Sallanches, Megève and Les Contamines-Montjoie, see post Seasonal Ice-Skating rinks au Pays du Mont-Blanc*