It’s that time of year when the ⛸ seasonal ice-skating rinks begin to appear in town centres throughout 🏔 le Pays du Mont-Blanc . . . a lovely way to spend some time en famille, or to let the youngsters play with their friends. Sometimes, next to the ice-skating rink, you might find yourself rewarded with a mulled wine stand or a small🎄Christmas market!
As well as the ⛸ ice-skating rinks au Pays du Mont-Blanc, there are plenty in 🇫🇷 neighbouring France and 🇨🇭 Switzerland . . .
And don’t forget that the year-round indoor rinks in Chamonix, Saint-Gervais-les-Bains and Megève offer festive fun during the school holidays:
⛸ Chamonix – « Nocturnes à la Patinoire » – Thursday evening opening of the indoor ice-skating rink during the school holidays;
⛸ Saint-Gervais les Bains – « Jardin des Glaces » with Charlotte the Marmotte / on Tuesdays from 10h to 12h during school holidays / children from 3-12 years (two accompanying adults max);
⛸ Megève – Jardin de la Glisse for under 10s (certain Sundays), ice-hockey matches, figure-skating shows, curling, some THEMED PARTY EVENTS . . .
. . . see ⛸ MBFF post Ice Skating au Pays du Mont-Blanc for more details about the indoor rinks;
Colour code for listings:
Chamonix Valley (Chamonix, Argentière, Les Houches, Servoz & Vallorcine)
Passy & environs
Sallanches, Combloux, Cordon & Domancy
Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, Le Fayet & environs
Megève, Praz-sur-Arly & environs
Les Contamines-Montjoie & environs
🇫🇷 Further France 🇫🇷
🇨🇭 Switzerland 🇨🇭
What to wear
- ✅ it is a good idea to dress very small skaters in their WINTER SUITS, in order to keep them warm and water-proofed (in case / when they fall!);
- ✅ GLOVES – very important to avoid a skate injuring the hand, and to keep hands warm and dry!
- ✅ HELMET for little ones;
AU PAYS du MONT-BLANC
Located in the heart of Les Houches village, this is an outdoor ice-skating rink with a stunning view! It measures 26m x 56m / FRIDAYS « Nocturne Givrée » – FREE ice-skating during school holidays from 20h to 22h.
🗺 address: 25 avenue des Alpages, 74310, Les Houches;
🗓 opening hours: from late December 2017 until March;
price: adults & children: 2€ / skate hire: 3€ / FREE entrance and skate rental for holders of Pass’Sport / FREE skate with Mont-Blanc Unlimited 3 to 21 day pass (skate rental: 3€);
Located opposite the bubble lifts in Vallorcine, in the complex of the Résidence Vallorcine Mont-Blanc, this small ice-skating rink is open to the public during the winter months.
🗺 address: Residence Vallorcine Mont-Blanc, Chef Lieu, 74660, Vallorcine / tel: +33 (0)4 50 54 75 20;
🚙 parking: FREE parking at bubble lifts;
🗓 opening hours: Vallorcine’s outdoor rink is open from mid-December until March;
price: 5€ (including skate rental) / weekly deal: 39€ for the week for up to 5 people;
Sallanches’ winter ice-skating rink (200m2) is open as part of the Festivités de Noël, from early December to early January (NOW SHUT). It is a festive little ice-skating rink located inside La Grenette (the old grain market), next to the cute little Marché de Noël. This is an added bonus for adults, as they can have a mulled wine and a 🥨 pretzel while the little ones skate (if not skating with them, of course!). Or, little ones can warm up after their skating session with a hot chocolate and pretzel!
There are some themed soirées and live music here: La Boum des Enfants & Dancing on Ice and Les Démo’ et Initiations de Patinage Artistique . . .
🗺 address: Place de la Grenette, 74700, Sallanches;
🚙 parking: you can park in the underground car park Pré de Foire or in the adjacent streets (some FREE parking nearby in the Lévaud and La Frasse car parks);
🗓 opening hours: from 8th December 2018 to 6th January 2019 / Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays: 16h30 to 19h / Wednesdays and weekends: 10h to 20h / school holidays: every day from 10h to 20h / Christmas Day and New Year’s Day: from 15h to 19h;
price (including skate rental): adults and children: 3€ per hour (including skate hire) / children under 4 years: 2€ per hour;
NEWS – Combloux’s seasonal ice-skating parcours WILL NOT OPEN for the 2018 / 2019 winter season, but there will be other activities in its place;
We experienced Megève’s outdoor ice-skating rink for the first time just before Christmas a couple of years ago. Our then 6-year old son had a great time; he could have kept going for hours and we eventually had to drag him away to pick up his younger brother from crèche! The ice-skating rink is located right next to the Puck restaurant/café, which has a sunny terrace – the perfect spot for parents/accompanying adults to have a drink while watching the little ones skate! During the Christmas holidays, the Village de Noël sets up right next to the rink.
🗺 address: place de la Résistance, 74120, Megève;
🗓 opening hours: from 22nd December 2018 until 11th March 2019, from 13h30 to 19h30;
price (skate-hire included!): adults: 9€ / children (5 to 14 years): 7,70€, FREE for under 5s!
Formule Kid’s Circuit de Motos: right next to the ice-skating rink, you will find a circuit de motos, run by Formule Kid; Happy Hour takes place on Sundays . . .
Located in the centre of Les Contamines, in Les Loyers, and open from December until late March, you can skate at this semi-natural outdoor ice-skating rink with views of les Dômes de Miage! NEW in 2017 – a playground for children, next to the ice-skating rink, with trampolines! (price: 5€ for 20 minutes);
Jardin des Glaces for young skaters – on Wednesday and Sunday mornings, 10h to midday, with music and accessories for children / see website;
🗺 address: route de Notre Dame de la Gorge, Les Contamines-Montjoie / tel: +33 (0)4 50 47 06 23/04 50 47 01 58;
🗓 opening hours: open from 20th December 2018 until 24th March 2019, 9h30 to 13h and 16h30 to 20h (opening times/dates may vary, depending on the outdoor temperature) / FREE Friday evenings from 19h (except skate hire);
price: adults: 4€ / children: 3€; FREE for under 5s! / skate hire: 3€ / discounts for those with a carte d’hôte!
🇫🇷 FURTHER FRANCE 🇫🇷
The ⛸ outdoor ice-skating rink in Cluses is the first seasonal rink to open for the winter season near the Pays du Mont-Blanc! Located in the centre of town, it hosts plenty of themed events over the season / see website for more details / NB – it is obligatory to wear GLOVES!
🗺 address: place des Allobroges, 74300, Cluses / tel: (+33) 07 68 11 69 44;
🗓 opening hours: open from 28th October until 25th March 2019 (opening times/dates may vary, depending on the outdoor temperature);
price: adults: 4,50€ / children (under 12s): 4€ / skate hire: 3€;
During 🎄 Annemasse’s Christmas celebrations « Bonjour L’Hiver », a small ⛸ ice-skating rink is set up in the centre of town;
Téléphérique du Salève
From mid-December, the ice-skating rink at the top of the 🚡 Téléphérique de Salève is usually open on weekends and on certain Wednesdays (please check).
🗺 address: Téléphérique du Salève, route du Téléphérique, 74100, Etrembières / tel: +33 (0)4 50 39 86 86;
🗓 opening hours: open mid-December until end of March, weekends Friday to Sunday and some Wednesdays;
price: users of téléphérique: 3€ (for the hour) and non-users: 9€;
As part of the Christmas market🎄Village des Alpes🎄in Annecy, there is an ⛸ ice-skating rink . . .
As part of🎄Le Marché de Noël de Lyon🎄, a ⛸ seasonal ice-skating rink sets up on Place Carnot!
🇨🇭 SWITZERLAND 🇨🇭
Parc des Bastions (Geneva)
There is an ⛸ ice-skating rink set up every year in Geneva in the Parc des Bastions, this year as part of the new Christmas market🎄Noël aux Bastions🎄(until 31st December) / FREE to use rink, 2CHF for skate hire;
🗺 address: Parc des Bastions, Geneva, Switzerland / tel: +41 (0)79 445 25 64;
As part of 🎄 Noël à Carouge, a seasonal ⛸ ice-skating rink sets up (FREE for under 6s!) / Ice Bar restauration / gloves a must and helmet recommended! / discos for children once a month, 18h to 20h / more information here;
🗺 address: Place de Sardaigne, Carouge;
Château de Coppet (Lac Léman)
The ⛸ seasonal ice-skating rink at the Château de Coppet is open to the public over the weekend (Friday 30th November until Sunday 2nd December) of the lovely 🎄 Marché de Château de Coppet (the MBFF team tested it out a few years ago!);
🇨🇭 🇫🇷 FURTHER AFIELD SWITZERLAND and FRANCE 🇫🇷 🇨🇭
None of the 💦 lakes au Pays du Mont-Blanc freeze over solidly enough to allow for ⛸ ice-skating fun au nature during the winter months . . . however, if ice-skating on a natural lake is something you would like to try out, then website Loisir.ch has a detailed list of some of the offerings of 🇨🇭 lake skating in Switzerland (among other artificial ice-skating rinks) / see «Top 20 des patinoires de Suisse romande» for more details: Lac de Joux (VD); Lac des Taillères (NE); Lac Noir, Schwarzsee (FR); Lac de Champex (VS);
In the 🇫🇷 French Jura, at the ski station Les Rousses, the lake ❄️ freezes over for skating!