Pistes de Luge au Pays du Mont-Blanc

❄️November snowfall au Pays du Mont-Blanc!❄️ . . . walking knee-deep (or shoulder-deep for the little ones!) in the snow, snowball fights, making a snowman (or perhaps a snowcat or other snow animal) . . . and sledging fun!  When the first November snowfall arrived last year, the MBFF team headed up to Plaine-Joux in Passy for some fun on a luge . . . except that we forgot to take our luges!  So the kids just slid down the slopes on their tummies penguin-style (until we managed to borrow some sledges from friends!).

November snow at Plaine-Joux © montblancfamilyfun.com

So, where to go for some family fun on a luge?  You may be lucky enough to know someone with a wonderful sledging slope in their garden or on their land . . .

If not, then I’ve compiled a list of some of the designated sledging areas here au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond) . . . The designated areas have protective netting/soft fixtures and are set apart from other folks using ski pistes (ie skiers, snowboarders, etc . . .). NB these areas will be set up officially from about mid-December, so do take due care if out and about on a sledge before that!

On the list you will find the smaller slopes, where you drag up your luge to slide back down the slope, and also some of the options for longer sledging trails (like the new ones for this season: LaLuge at La Princesse in Megève or Crest-Voluge in Crest-Volant!).

*Disclaimer – please remember that sledging is at your own risk and that you are recommended to wear a helmet when partaking in this activity / ski boots are forbidden on pistes de luge.*

Map of Pistes de Luge au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

To make locating these pistes de luge a little easier, I’ve made a Google Map:


Piste de Luge du Bois du Bouchet (Chamonix)

This sledging area is located in the Bois du Bouchet, near the Ski de Fond circuit.

Opening dates: from 15th December to 30th March 2018 (snow conditions permitting);

Address: chemin des Gourgnes, Bois du Bouchet, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc;

Parking: Parking du Bouchet;

FREE!

Escape from the cold: Micro-Brasserie de Chamonix (MBC) – address: 350 route du Bouchet, 74400, Chamonix;

Piste de luge, Bois du Bouchet in Chamonix © montblancfamilyfun.com

Espace Luge des Chavants (Les Houches)

Located at Lac des Chavants in Les Houches, this sledging has an area for 2 to 6 year olds (Petite Tortue) and a piste for children 6+ years (Petit Lièvre).

Opening dates: from 15th December to 15th March 2018 (snow conditions permitting);

Address: 148 allée des Dilligences, Les Chavants, 74310, Les Houches;

Parking: Parking du Prarion / Les Chavants;

FREE!

Escape from the cold: La Guinguette at Lac des Chavants (23rd December to 29th April 2018 from 10h to 20h);

La Guinguette, Lac des Chavant in Les Houches © montblancfamilyfun.com

 Piste de Luge du Prarion (Les Houches)

This sledging area is located at the top of the Prarion télécabine, in the beginners’ ski area.  Also, at Ski Camp, you will find snow-tubing slopes and other activities (tyrolienne, curling, swings, and other activities).

Opening dates: from 9th December to 15th April 2018 (snow conditions permitting);

Address: Sommet Prarion, 74310, Les Houches;

Parking: Parking du Prarion / Les Chavants;

Price: need to buy aller-retour piétons at the ticket office;

Luge du Prarion © chamonix.com

Vallorcine Sledging

There is a small piste de luge behind the Office de Tourisme in Vallorcine.

Opening dates: from 21st December to 3rd March 2018 (snow conditions permitting);

Address: Office de Tourisme, Le Betté, 74660, Vallorcine;

Parking: Le Betté

FREE!

Escape from the cold: Café du Comptoir (address: chemin rural dit du Plan de l’Envers, 74660, Vallorcine) and L’Arrêt Bougnette (address: avenue de la Gare, 74660, Vallorcine) – both a short walk away;


Servoz Sledging

In Servoz, behind the tennis courts, pumptrack and playground at La Grangiat, there is a small piste de luge calle Le Tour.

Opening dates: from 15th December to 31st March 2018 (snow conditions permitting);

Address: La Grangiat, 74310, Servoz;

Parking: Parking du tennis / Parking de l’Eglise;

FREE!

Escape from the cold: Chez Max (address: 95 rue du Bouchet, Servoz); la Sauvageonne (address: 1 rue du Bouchet, 74310, Servoz), Hotel Restaurant Gorges de la Diosaz (address: 81 route du Mont, 74310, Servoz);


Plaine-Joux Sledging

There is a piste de luge at Plaine-Joux, and also a piste reserved for snow-tubing (sliding on an inflatable tyre!).

Opening dates: from 17th December to 18th March 2018 (snow conditions permitting);

Address: chemin des Parchets, Plaine-Joux, 74190, Passy;

Parking: Parking de Plaine-Joux;

Snow-tube rental: you can rent snow-tubes or luges at Skifiz;

FREE!

Escape from the cold: La Bergerie (address: 314 chemin des Parchets, 74190 Passy) – this family-run restaurant is warm and cosy and is well set up with books and toys for children; there are a couple more restaurants at Plaine-Joux and a Salle Hors Sacs (indoor picnic room);

Piste de luge at Plaine-Joux © montblancfamilyfun.com

Piste de Luge du Cuchet (Combloux)

With a view of Mont-Blanc, this piste de luge is set next to the departure zone for raquettes circuits.

Opening dates: from 23rd December to 31st March 2018 (snow conditions permitting);

Address: Le Cuchet, 74920, Combloux;

Parking: Parking du Cuchet, Combloux;

FREE!

Escape from the cold: Chez Emilie (address: 3736 route de la Cry, Cuchet, 74920, Combloux), or Au Petit Cuchet (address: 3800 route de la Cry, Cuchet, 74920, Combloux);

Snowdog in the making at Le Cuchet, Combloux © montblancfamilyfun.com

Piste de Luge de la Cry (Combloux)

This piste de luge is set next to the pistes de ski.

Opening dates: from 23rd December to 25th March 2018 (snow conditions permitting);

Address: 207 route des Brons, 74920, Combloux;

Parking: Parking des Brons Combloux;

FREE!

Escape from the cold: O’PB (address: 2772 route de la Cry-Cuchet, 74920, Combloux) and there is also a Salle Hors Sacs (indoor picnic room);


Piste de luge derrière la Mairie (Combloux)

This piste de luge is ideal for very young sledgers, as it is a gentle slope in the centre of town! Some sledging action here can easily combine with some ice-skating (check opening hours).

Opening dates: from 23rd December to 18th March 2018 (snow conditions permitting);

Address: Office de Tourisme/Mairie, 132 route de la Mairie, 74920, Combloux;

Parking: Parking centre de Combloux;

FREE!

Escape from the cold: Le Coin Savoyard (address: 300 route de la Cry-Cuchet, 74920, Combloux); 


Piste de Luge Domaine Skiable (Cordon)

There is a small sledging area at the Domaine Skiable in Cordon.

Opening dates: from 21st December to 23rd March 2018 (snow conditions permitting);

Address: Domaine Skiable, Frébouge d’en Haut, 74700, Cordon;

Parking: Le Dandry, Parking du Frébouge, 74700, Cordon;

Escape from the cold: Chez Mireille, Le Darbelin (address: 1780 Route de Frebouges d’en Haut, 74700, Cordon) – a short walk downhill;

Morning view on Darbelin, Cordon © cordon.fr
Morning view on Darbelin, Cordon © cordon.fr

 Piste de Luge du Bettex (Saint-Gervais-les-Bains)

Up at the Bettex ski area, there are two sledging areas set up: one for children 2 to 6 years and one for children 6+ years.

Opening dates: from 22nd December to 12th April 2018 (snow conditions permitting);

Address: just below the télécabine arrival station at Le Bettex, 74170, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains;

Parking: Parking du Bettex or take the télécabine up);

FREE!

Escape from the cold: Hotel la Flèche d’Or (address: 138 route des Crêtes, 74170 Saint-Gervais-les-Bains);

Good to know: the Bettex is the departure point for lots of snow-shoe circuits . . . and the circuit ludique de Charlotte la Marmotte (new).


 Piste de Luge Plateau de la Croix (Saint-Nicolas-de-Véroce, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains)

There is a small sledging area at Plateau de la Croix, in Saint-Nicolas-de-Véroce.

Opening dates: from 22nd December until 1st April 2018 (snow conditions permitting);

Address: Plateau de la Croix, Saint-Nicolas-de-Véroce, 74170, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains;

Parking: Parking du Plateau de la Croix, Saint-Nicolas-de-Véroce, 74170, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains;

FREE!


Pré de Saint Amour (Megève)

You will find a small piste de luge for 2 to 6 year olds in the centre of town, on the Pré de Saint-Amour (across the road from the gare routière).

Opening dates: from 22nd December until 1st April 2018 (snow conditions permitting);

Address: Pré de Saint-Amour, Megève;

Parking: Parking du Village / Parking du Casino;

FREE!

Escape from the cold: there are plenty of cosy cafés/restaurants in the centre of town;


Piste de Luge LaLuge (Megève)

A brand new 3km piste du luge (similar to the one at Val Thorens and Colorado Park at La Plagne) will be opening this December at La Princesse in Megève!!! The piste will commence from the summit of Mont d’Arbois, with a route through the forest of sapins (fir trees) and then opens out towards La Princesse arrival station. The sledge (only the authorised sledges are allowed) and a helmet (obligatory) are provided when you buy your ticket / for all 5+ years (5-10 year olds must be accompanied by an adult) / 11+ years – one person per luge.

Opening dates: from 23rd December to 7th January, every day 11h to 16h; from 8th January to 31st March, from 11h to 16h (shut Tuesday and Thursday); from 10th February to 11th March 201, every day 11h to 16h, and from 12th to 31st March, from 11h to 16h (shut Tuesday and Thursday) – snow conditions permitting;

Address: Point Luge, Gare intermédiaire de la Princesse, 74120, Megève;

Parking: Parking la Princesse

Price: 1x descent luge 7€ (access remontée mécanique included) / many of the forfaits ski also include a free descent!

Escape from the cold: not far from the departure point is Café Woody (address: chemin de l’Encraty, 74120 Demi-Quartier)

Laluge © megeve.com

Espace Luge Côte 2000 (Megève)

Opening dates: from 28th December to 10th April (snow conditions permitting);

Address: Côte 2000, 74120, Megève;

Parking: Côte 2000, 74120, Megève

FREE!


Espace Luge La Livraz (Megève)

The Espace Luge La Livraz is located within the cross-country skiing zone at La Livraz, located between the centre of Megève and Côte 2000 ski station. This is a great location to come for a sledging session with children (for children under 6 years), as there is so much to find on-site: a salle hors sacs for picnics, an outdoor picnic area, a snack café/restaurant Deli’s Montagne, an indoor play area for children, and it is the starting point for many walks/snow-shoe circuits.  You will also find toilets!

Opening dates: from 16th December to 8th April 2018 (snow conditions permitting);

Address: 1250 route de la Côte 2000, 74120 Megève;

Parking: on-site (limited) or take a navette from the centre of Megève;

Escape from the cold: in Chalet de la Livraz (open 11th December to 30th April, every day);


Espace Luge Jaillet Supérieur (Megève)

The Espace Luge Jaillet Supérieur in Megève is found at the top of the télécabine du Jaillet.  For very small children, it is pleasant to walk aroud the lower fields of Jaillet, around the children’s ski area.

Opening dates: 21st December to 1st April 2018  (snow conditions permitting);

Address: arrival station télécabine du Jaillet, 74120, Megève;

Parking: Parking du Jaillet;

Price: aller-retour piéton télécabine: 9€ adults and children 5+ years 6,70€ (free for under 5s with proof of age);

Escape from the cold: 540 Café at the bottom of télécabine;


Espace Luge La Caboche (Megève)

The sledging area La Caboche (for children 2 to 10 years) is accessed either via the télécabine du Chamois (centre of Megève) or the téléphérique du Rocharbois (from Mont d’Arbois). There is a tapis roulant (Le Schuss) which allows you to transport your luge back up to the top easily!

Opening dates: from 23rd December to 15th August (snow conditions permitting);

Address: La Caboche, 74120, Megève;

Parking: Parking de Rochebrune or Parking de l’Office de Tourisme;

Price: FREE to use sledging area, but you must pay aller-retour piéton to use the remontées mécaniques: 8€ (free for under 5s with proof of age);

Escape from the cold: Restaurant La Caboche (address: 453 chemin du Moutely, 74120, Megève);
Espace Luge Caboche © megeve.com

Village des Lutins de Neige (Megève)

At the top of the télécabine Rochebrune is the Village des Lutins de Neige: giant toboggans, tyrolienne, cabanes de lutins, treasure hunts, games and picnic areas!

Opening dates: from 23rd December to 7th January, every day 11h to 16h; from 8th January to 31st March, from 11h to 16h (shut Tuesday and Thursday); from 10th February to 11th March 201, very day 11h to 16h and from 12th to 31st March, rom 11h to 16h (shut Tuesday and Thursday) – snow conditions permitting;

Address: Sommet de Rochebrune, 74120, Megève;

Parking: Parking Rochebrune;

Escape from the cold: Restaurant Super Megève (address: Rochebrune, Megève )

Price: FREE, but you must pay aller-retour piétons to use télécabine;


Espace de Luge Praz-sur-Arly

There is a designated sledging area at the bottom of the ski pistes in Praz-sur-Arly.

Opening dates: from 23rd December until March 2018 (snow conditions permitting);

Address: route des Varins, 74120, Praz-sur-Arly;

Parking: route des Varins, 74120, Praz-sur-Arly;

Escape from the cold: K-Bane (address: bottom of ski pistes, Les Varins, 74120, Praz-sur-Arly)

© Praz-sur-Arly Tourisme

Piste de Luge Nivorin (Les Contamines-Montjoie)

Located next to the Nivorin téléski, this is a piste de luge for children/adults from 6+ years.

Opening dates: from 19th December to 3rd April 2018 (snow conditions permitting);

Address: to the right of baby téléski du Nivorin, Le Nivorin, 74170, Les Contamines-Montjoie;

FREE!

Escape from the cold: you are not too far from the centre of town, which has lots of cosy cafés!

© Les Contamines Tourisme

Piste du Chalet  Nordique (Les Contamines-Montjoie)

This is a piste de luge for children 3 to 6 years, located near the Chalet Nordique in Les Contamine-Montjoie.

Opening hours: from 9th December to 1st April (snow conditions permitting);

Address: Foyer Ski de Fond, chemin du Praz, 74170, Les Contamines-Montjoie;

Parking: Foyer Ski de Fond, chemin du Praz, 74170, Les Contamines-Montjoie;

FREE!

Escape from the cold: Restaurant le Chalet du Lac (address: next to Lac du Pontet, 524 chemin du Praz, 74170, Les Contamines-Montjoie) – a short walk (or stroll with luge!) away;


Crest-Voluge (in Crest-Voland)

There is a new sledging piste this year, at 1600m of altitude in Crest-Voland: 2km long with a 400m dénivelé.  The course starts at the summit of Mont Lachat (arrival station of télésiège la Logère) and your descent will take about 20mins. *You will need to be equipped with a plastic luge with 2 hand-brakes and a helmet!* See here for more details.

Opening hours: from 23rd December to 13th April (snow conditions permitting);

Address: 253 route d’entre deux villes, 73590, Crest-Voland;

Price: 6€ to go up in the chair-lift;

Crest-Voluge © Crest-Voland Tourisme

 


Across the border in Italy

A couple of years ago, when it was raining au Pays du Mont-Blanc, but snowing big fluffy snowflakes on the other side of the Mont-Blanc tunnel in Italy, we decided to head to Val Ferret with our luges . . . the first hurdle was that the road up to Val Ferret was blocked far before where we were aiming for, so we made do with a little stroll near where we had come to a halt at the snow barrier!  Next on the cards?  Pizza, of course! But then, baby boy fell asleep in the car and his big brother was still full of sledging energy (as we hadn’t actually managed any good “descents”!) . . . quite by chance, we discovered the Baby Snow Park in Dolonne, Courmayeur!  So, while baby slept, the big boy sledged for an hour with his dad (and Dad even managed to get himself a good Italian coffee!).  This snow park offers magic carpets, which means little ones (or accompanying adults!) avoid the laborious duty of dragging the luge back up the slope.  There are also snow-tube pistes.  You buy a card, which is stamped each time you use the magic carpets or other attractions.  For more details, see here.


Walks adapted to pulling a luge

When you have very young children, but of an age when they can sit up on their own, there are luges suitable for easy walks (albeit with the odd “face in snow” moment, when you go over a bump too fast . . . which never seems to produce the same giggles as downhill fun!). The first snow of the season is a lovely time to head out for this type of (flat) walk, in a forest, around a lake, through a pretty alpine village . . . over the years, the MBFF team have had some magical féerique walks of this type in the winter wonderland Narnias of Argentière village, in the Bois du Bouchet in Chamonix (which can combine nicely with a downhill luge session at the sledging zone), up at Plaine-Joux (along the chemin du Chatelet to the Chatlet d’Ayère refuge), around Lac de Passy (there are even some little slopes for some downhill giggles, snow permitting!), Lac des Ilettes in Sallanches and in Megève at La Livraz . . . and, if you head into Italy, Val Ferret is a lovely place to go for a walk with a luge!


All year sledging coasters

And don’t forget the all-year alpine coasters available au Pays du Mont-Blanc:


🛷Happy Sledging!🛷

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