PISTES de LUGE au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

[ UPDATE February 2021 – over the February holidays 2021, many of the fronts de neige have added new pistes de luge (in lieu of ski alpin, which is curtailed due to the ski lifts being SHUT! ]

The ❄️ FIRST SNOWFALL au Pays du Mont-Blanc . . . when the ❄ first snow arrives, the delight and excitement is catching: walks knee-deep (or shoulder-deep for the little ones!) in the white fluffy stuff, snowball fights, ⛄️ making a snowman (or perhaps a snowcat or other snow animal) . . . and 🛷 SLEDGING FUN!

With the first ❄️ snowfall of the season, the MBFF team regularly head up to 🗻 Plaine-Joux in Passy for some fun on a luge . . . one year, we were in such an excited hurry 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!).

A couple of years ago , we headed up to 🗻 Le Tour for the ❄️ first December snow, and guess what? Yes, we left our luges in the garage! Thankfully, our friends found some and we had plenty of fun with just two!

Last year, we headed to 🗻 Notre Dame de la Gorge for some sledging action at the ❄️ Domaine Nordique, and we REMEMBERED to take the 🛷 sledges . . . but there wasn’t enough ❄️ snow for real sledging action! Still, we had a fabulous time: the boys made snowballs and Daddy pulled them FAST on their sledges and we discovered the beautiful cliff-hugging chapel La Sainte-Chapelle!

La Sainte Chapelle © montblancfamilyfun.com

Where to go sledging au Pays du Mont-Blanc?

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 and soft fixtures;
  • are set apart from other folks using ski pistes (ie skiers, snowboarders, etc . . .);

[ NB – these areas will be set up officially from around 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 from last season: 🛷 LaLuge at 🚠 La Princesse in Megève or 🛷 Crest-Voluge in 🚠 Crest-Volant!).

🏔 Au Pays du Mont-Blanc, you’ll also find:

  • 🛷 snow-tubing;
  • 🛷 paret sessions;
  • 🛷 yooners;
  • 🛷 options to sledge down from a refuge at night;

. . . and at the end of the article there are some suggestions of:

  • 🛷 lovely places to take tiny ones for a walk with a luge;
  • 🛷 and our all-year luges here au Pays du Mont-Blanc . . .

[ 🛷 DISCLAIMERplease 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 ]


Colour code for listings:

🗻 Pays du Mont-Blanc

🗻 Chamonix Valley (Chamonix, Les Houches, Servoz, Argentière & environs) and Vallorcine

🗻 Passy and environs

🗻 Sallanches, Combloux, Cordon & Domancy

🗻 Saint-Gervais-Mont-Blanc, Le Fayet, Saint-Nicolas de Véroce & environs

🗻 Megève & Praz-sur-Arly

🗻 Les Contamines-Montjoie & environs

🇫🇷 Further France 

🇨🇭 Switzerland 

🇮🇹 Italy 


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

I’ve included a 🗺 GOOGLE MAP of all of these 🛷 luge spots, to make locating them a little easier:


CHAMONIX VALLEY

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 mid-December until April (snow conditions permitting);

[ FREE! ]

☕️ escape from the cold: Micro-Brasserie de Chamonix (MBC) – address: 350 route du Bouchet, 74400, Chamonix / Le Robinson (in the woods nearby, chemin de la Crèmerie);

🅿️ parking: Parking du Bouchet;

address: chemin des Gourgnes, Bois du Bouchet, 74400, Chamonix-Mont-Blanc;
Piste de Luge, Bois du Bouchet in Chamonix © montblancfamilyfun.com
Espace de Luge des Chavants (Les Houches)

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

🗓 opening dates: from mid-December until mid-March (snow conditions permitting);

[ FREE! ]

☕️ escape from the cold: La Guinguette at Lac des Chavants (🗓 open December until April, from 10h to 20h);

🅿️ parking: Parking du Prarion / Les Chavants;

address: 148 allée des Dilligences, Les Chavants, 74310, Les Houches;
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 late November/early December until mid-April (same hours as remontées méchaniques and snow conditions permitting);

price: you need to buy an 🚠 aller-retour piétons at the ticket office;

🅿️ parking: Parking du Prarion / Les Chavants;

address: Sommet du Prarion, 74310, Les Houches;
Luge du Prarion © chamonix.com
Vallorcine Sledging

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

[ FREE! ]

🗓 opening dates: from late-December until late March (snow conditions permitting);

☕️ 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;

🅿️ parking: Le Betté;

address: Office de TourismeLe Betté, 74660, Vallorcine;
© Vallorcine Tourisme

You’ll also find the Moon-tine piste de luge in Le Buet . . . They rent out snowtubes, and this year the restaurant is open for take-away!

Moon-Tine snowtubing © montblancfamilyfun.com
Servoz Sledging

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

🗓 opening dates: from mid-December to late March (snow conditions permitting);

☕️ escape from the cold: La Sauvageonne (address: 1 rue du Bouchet, 74310, Servoz), Hotel Restaurant Gorges de la Diosaz (address: 81 route du Mont, 74310, Servoz);

🅿️ parking: Parking du Tennis / Parking de l’Eglise;

address: La Grangiat, 74310, Servoz;

[ FREE! ]

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PASSY PLAINE-JOUX

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 mid-December until mid-March (snow conditions permitting);

[ FREE to sledge! / you need to pay to use the snow-tubing ]

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

☕️ 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);

🅿️ parking: Parking de Plaine-Joux;

address: chemin des Parchets, Plaine-Joux, 74190, Passy;
Piste de luge at Plaine-Joux © montblancfamilyfun.com
Plaine-Joux sledging © montblancfamilyfun.com

MBFF also really enjoys sledging down from Plaine-Joux to Lac Vert on the road. But this path you have to share with ski randonneur, and snow-shoers, so you must be careful! We wear helmets, as there are plenty of trees to avoid! We then walk back up to Plaine-Joux through the forest – this is lovely!

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SALLANCHES, COMBLOUX & CORDON

Refuge du Tornieux to Burzier car park (4km) (Sallanches)

This is an absolutely brilliant place to 🛷 sledge with older children, but it does take effort to get there (and the descent can be hairy, as you do pick up speed!) – a 1,5 hour walk up a piste that is well damée (usually no need for snow shoes), with your own luge. You must be careful on your walk up, as there will be children (and adults) hurtling down on sledges, parets, yooners and various other sledging creations! [ good to know: Refuge du Tornieux, which is a lovely mountain refuge, also organises dinner + night time descent on one of their luges (price: 40€) / you can also spend the night at this comfortable refuge! / 🧀 great food! / see here for more details ]

🅿️ parking: Burzier car park (road leaves from behind Eglise St Jacques in Sallanches);

⛷ interesting fact: in the 1980s, a small family ski resort was built in this area of Sallanches . . . sadly, three consecutive years of poor snow brought an end to this activity (Refuge du Tornieux was originally established as a on-piste restaurant, and instead re-branded itself very successfully as a summer and winter hiking or ski rando destination!);

NEW for winter 2021 – foodtruck & luge!

Hike from Burzier to Tornieux © montblancfamilyfun.com
Espace 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 mid-December until late March (snow conditions permitting);

[ 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);

🅿️ parking: Parking du Cuchet, Combloux;

address: Le Cuchet, 74920, Combloux;
Espace de luge du Cuchet © montblancfamilyfun.com
Piste de Luge de la Cry (Combloux)

This 🛷 piste de luge is set next to the Loupiots garderie, the Beauregard chair-lift and near the Tanière de Tilou softplay / it is small, so more suitable for very young sledgers.

🗓 opening dates: from mid-December to until late March (snow conditions permitting);

[ FREE! ]

☕️ escape from the cold: O’PB (address: 2772 route de la Cry-Cuchet, 74920, Combloux), Chez Albert (big, spacious indoor area), La Taverne, and there is also a 🍏 Salle Hors Sacs (indoor picnic room);

🅿️ parking: Parkings des Brons or Le Cry Combloux;

address: 207 route des Brons, 74920, Combloux;
Le Cry sledging © montblancfamilyfun.com
NEW for 2021: Piste de Luge du Cuchet au Cry (Combloux)

There is a new (and long!) piste dedicated to sledging, leaving from Cuchet, and ending at Le Cry. You can use the free navette to get from Le Cry to Cuchet, or you can walk! For children 5+ years (and for children 5 to 8 years, they must be accompanied by an adul! / casques and gloves essential!

🅿️ parking: Parkings des Brons, Le Cry or Cuchet (Le Cry and Cuchet are charging 5euros at the moment, to use the car parks; this if a fair price for the multitude of FREE activities on offer at the moment: sledging, maintained ski rando and raquettes routes;

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 late-December until mid-March (snow conditions permitting);

[ FREE! ]

☕️ escape from the cold: Le Coin Savoyard (address: 300 route de la Cry-Cuchet, 74920, Combloux) and various other cafés and bars in the centre of Combloux;

🅿️ parking: Parking centre de Combloux;

address: Office de Tourisme/Mairie, 132 route de la Mairie, 74920, Combloux;
Piste de Luge Domaine Skiable (Cordon)

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

🗓 opening dates: from mid/late-December until late March (snow conditions permitting);

[ FREE! ]

☕️ escape from the cold: Chez Mireille, Le Darbelin (address: 1780 Route de Frebouges d’en Haut, 74700, Cordon) – a short walk downhill and there is a tiny 🍏 Salle Hors Sacs behind the Caisses;

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

address: Domaine Skiable, Frébouge d'en Haut, 74700, Cordon;
Morning view on Darbelin, Cordon © cordon.fr
Morning view on Darbelin, Cordon © cordon.fr

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SAINT-GERVAIS MONT-BLANC & SAINT-NICOLAS de Véroce

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

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 late-December until April (snow conditions permitting);

[ FREE! ]

🛷 special dowhill luge outing: 4km of descent, with guide / 10+ years / price: 25€;

☕️ 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) ]

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

address: just below the 🚠 télécabine arrival station at Le Bettex, 74170, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains;
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 late-December until April 2018 (snow conditions permitting);

[ FREE! ]

☕️ escape from the cold: the new Armancette – Hôtel, Chalets & Spa has a lovely, cosy room to have cake and warm up! (address: 4088 route de Saint-Nicolas, Saint-Nicolas-De-Véroce);

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

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

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MEGEVE & PRAZ-sur-ARLY

Megève Tourisme has up-to-date information about luge areas here;

🛷🚠 LaLuge longer piste de luge (Mont d’Arbois, Megève) 🚠🛷

New in 2017, this 🛷 3km piste du luge (similar to the one at Val Thorens and Colorado Park at La Plagne) opened at 🚠 La Princesse in Megève!!! The piste commences 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 – and alone 11+ years – one person per luge).

🗓 opening dates: see Megève Tourisme;

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);

🅿️ parking: Parking la Princesse;

address: Point Luge, Gare intermédiaire de la Princesse74120, Megève;
LaLuge © megeve.com
Espace Luge Côte 2000 (Megève)

🗓 opening dates: from late December until April (snow conditions permitting);

[ FREE! ]

🅿️ parking: Côte 2000, 74120, Megève;

address: Côte 2000, 74120, Megève;
Espace luge – Cote 2000 © megeve.com
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 and 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 mid to late December until April (snow conditions permitting);

[ FREE! ]

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

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

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

[ good to know: 🐺 « La Grande Odyssée Savoie Mont-Blanc » (husky racing event) – from 9th ⇒ 20th January 2021 – this event normally passes through Megève, though this 17th edition there will be no spectators! / see website / HIGHLY recommended – MBFF was there in 2019!

Grande Odyssée 2019 © montblancfamilyfun.com
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 also pleasant to walk around the lower fields of Jaillet, around the children’s ski area.

🗓 opening dates: from late December until April   (snow conditions permitting);

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; and at the top is a foodtruck, the Moby Dick;

🅿️ parking: Parking du Jaillet;

address: arrival station télécabine du Jaillet, 74120, Megève;
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 covered tapis roulant (Le Schuss) which allows you to transport your luge back up to the top easily!

🗓 opening dates: from late-December until mid-August (snow conditions permitting);

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);

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

address: La Caboche, 74120, Megève;
Espace Luge Caboche © megeve.com
Village Lutins des Neiges (Megève)

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

🗓 opening dates: from 22nd December 2019 ⇒ 6th January 2020, every day 11h to 16h; from 7th January ⇒ 30th March 2020, from 11h to 16h (shut Tuesday and Thursday); from 9th February ⇒ 10th March 201, very day 11h to 16h and from 11th ⇒ 30th March, from 11h to 16h (shut Tuesday and Thursday) – ❄️ snow conditions permitting;

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

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

🅿️ parking: Parking Rochebrune;

address: Sommet de Rochebrune, 74120, Megève;
Espace de Luge Praz-sur-Arly (front de neige)

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);

[ FREE! ]

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

🅿️ parking: route des Varins, 74120, Praz-sur-Arly;

address: route des Varins, 74120, Praz-sur-Arly;
© Praz-sur-Arly Tourisme
Praz-sur-Arly YOONERS

Praz-sur-Arly has its own 🛷 Praz Yooner Challenge (a yooner is like the modern version of a wooden paret, like a stool attached to a mini ski) in January, and the ski station has plenty of yooners to rent out and give a ride! Le Crêt du Midi and La Rosière télésièges accept yooners, and then you have access to nine runs (6 blue, 2 red and 1 green) / great adrenalin rush!

Yooner Challenge © Praz-sur-Arly Tourisme

NEW for 2021 – snow-tubing!

© Praz-sur-Arly Tourisme

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LES CONTAMINES-MONTJOIE

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 mid-December until April (snow conditions permitting);

[ FREE! ]

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

address: to the right of baby téléski du Nivorin, Le Nivorin, 74170, Les Contamines-Montjoie;
© 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 mid-December to April (snow conditions permitting);

[ FREE! ]

☕️ escape from the cold: Restaurant le Chalet du Lac (address: next to pedalo lake, 524 chemin du Praz, 74170, Les Contamines-Montjoie / FB page) – a short walk (or stroll with luge!) away;

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

address: Foyer Ski de Fond, chemin du Praz, 74170, Les Contamines-Montjoie;
L’Auberge de Colombaz: 3km damé sledge piste

This is another brilliant place to 🛷 sledge with older children, and it only takes an hour to walk up the damée (usually no need for snow shoes) walking path and sledge run, with your own luge;

[ good to know: L’Auberge de Colombazorganises dinner + night time descent on one of their luges / see here for more details ]

🅿️ parking: on the road leading up to the Auberge de Colombaz or in one of the car parks at the Montjoie télécabine;

© Auberge de Colombaz
L’Auberge de Colombaz© montblancfamilyfun.com

[ good to know: 🐺 « Conta Musher Race » in Les Contamines-Montjoie normally takes place on the first weekend in February ]

Domaine Nordique, Les Contamines-Montjoie © montblancfamilyfun.com

  • ❄️ Grands-Montets (Argentière) – a new snowtubing piste opened last year! / see here;
  • ❄️ Les Chosalets ski area (Argentière) –  – see here;
  • ❄️ Le Buet Moon*tine café restaurant;
  • ❄️ Le Prarion Ski Camp (Les Houches) – see here;
  • ❄️ Plaine-Joux – you can rent out snowtubes from Skifiz Skimium / see here;
  • ❄️ Praz-sur-Arly – on the front de neige!

FURTHER FRANCE SLEDGING

You will find some more longer 🛷 pistes de luge further afield . . . (I already mentioned our local 4km hike and sledge option from Le Refuge du Tornieux in Sallanches and the 3km descent from the Auberge de Colombaz).

Crest-Voluge longer piste de luge (Crest-Voland)

There is a 🛷 sledging piste (opened 2017), 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 mid-April (snow conditions permitting);

price: 6€ to go up in the chair-lift;

address: 253 route d'entre deux villes, 73590, Crest-Voland;
Crest-Voluge © Crest-Voland Tourisme
Marvel in Morillon

🗓 During the school holidays, speed down the 🛷 piste de Marvel in Morillon (Le Grand Massif) on a 🛷 sledge on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings / see here for more details (you need to reserve online) / price: 7,50€;

La Mille8 (LES ARCS 1800)

Niché” in the heart of Les Arc 1800l’Espace Mille8 is a collection of fun activities for big and small: les pingouins, cabanes, luge, slalom, swimming pool, sapins (forest walks for piétons) / 🛷 the luge is a son et lumière experience! / access via télécabine des Villards / see website;

🗓 opening hours: 14h to 19h (except Sundays), and Thursdays late until 20h30;

price: 7€ and FREE for children 3 to 7 years old!

Le Toboggan in VAL THORENS

🛷 Le Toboggan is the longest toboggan run in France, with 1500m of descent (and 6km long!) and with a view of Mont-Blanc! / luge & casque from Société d’Aménagement de la Plagne / minimum height 1m40 (from 5+ years, with an adult / from 10+ years on own luge, with accompanying adult on separate luge) / ⏰ open from 13h30 / price: 1 descent 7€ and 5 descents 30€ / access: Le Funitel de Péclet / 🛷 luge rental: Chalet du Toboggan (04 79 00 07 08) / see here / 

© Val Thorens Tourisme
Colorado Luge in LA PLAGNE

See here for more details . . .

Luge le Colorado © La Plagne
Piste de Bobsleigh & Bob Raft (La Plagne)

Wow, the sensations on this Olympic run must be huge! The Bob Raft is available for children 1,30m upwards! / from 48€ (Bob Raft), uwards / more information here;

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SWISS SLEDGING

The 🇨🇭 Swiss do sledging par excellence, and there are some fabulous, 🛷 longer pistes over the border . . . see website Loisirs.ch for some ideas!

🇨🇭🛷 TMB La Grande Ourse (Trient, Valais) – its own, private piste! / more information here;

© La Grande Ourse

🇨🇭🛷 Col de la Forclaz (Trient, Valais) – 1km long, with a dénivelé of 155m / 🗺 where? l’ancienne route du Col de la Forclaz / FREE! / a little dameuse keeps the piste in condition to sledge and on certain days, there is a navette that takes sledgers to the piste / more information: info@trient.ch or +41 (0)27 722 21 05;

© Vallée du Trient

🇨🇭🛷 Télémarécottes (Les Marécottes, Valais)– just over the border from the Pays du Mont-Blanc (and accessible via the Mont Blanc Express train), the 🛷 chemin de luge leaves from La Creusaz, and it is a 🛷 9km descent down to Les Marécottes! / website or FB page;

© Télémarécottes
© Télémarécottes

🇨🇭🛷 Le Tobogganing Park (Leysin, Vaud) – this sledging park looks fabulous! / ❄️ a dozen pistes for snowtubing! / supported by Silvio Giobellina (🏅Olympic medal holder and world champion for bobsleigh!) / ❄️ a mini-parc for under 4s / and the ❄️Village des Neiges (with igloos!) for relaxation afterwards! / website ;

© Le Tobogganing Park Leysin
© Le Village des Neiges

🇨🇭🛷 Les Diablerets (Vaud) – daytime or nightime luge here, along the 7km descent! / more information here;

🇨🇭🛷 Moléson (Gruyères) – a 4km long piste de luge, with night-time sledging too! / see website for more details;

Piste de Luge Moléson © http://www.moleson.ch

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ITALY SLEDGING

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!

Baby brother then 💤 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 brother 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 that little ones (or accompanying adults!) avoid the laborious duty of dragging the luge back up the slope. There are also snow-tube pistes and a beginner ski zone. For sledging, you buy a card, which is stamped each time you use the magic carpets or other attractions. For more details, see here.

© Fun Park Dolonne

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 or take a turn 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:

[ more information in separate article: ❄️ Family Strolls: Winter Wonderlands au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond) ]

  • ❄️ winter wonderland Narnia 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 (at present you are not permitted all the way along the chemin du Chatelet to the ☕️ Chatelet d’Ayère refuge, as there has been rock fall along a section of the walk; but you can still walk for a while down this path with sledges in tow);
  • 💦 Lac de Passy (there are even some little slopes for some downhill giggles, snow permitting!);
  • 💦 Lacs des Ilettes in Sallanches;
  • ❄️ Saint-Gervais – from Le Bettex to Les Communailles;
  • ❄️ Megève at La Livraz or Lac de Javen . . . ;
  • ❄️ Notre-Dame de la Gorge (Les Contamines-Montjoie) – along the river in the Domaine Nordique to ⛪️ the pretty church or past the church to the cliff-hugging pretty ⛪️ chapel La Sainte-Chapelle;
  • and, if you head into 🇮🇹 Italy, Val Ferret is a lovely place to go for a walk with a luge (with other activities for older children and adults alike: cross-country skiing, snowmobiles . . . );

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

  • 🛷 Speed Dragoz in Les Carroz – last winter season, a new all-year luge opened in the Les Carroz ski station / located next to 🚡 Télécabine de la Kédeuze / for 4+ years (accompanied by an adult) / and, 🎮a virtual reality option for your luge descent – with 🐲 Les Dragoz, the little Les Carroz dragons !
Speed Dragoz © Les Carroz

🛷 Happy & Safe Sledging! 🛷

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