It’s that time of year when the ⛸ seasonal ice-skating rinks begin to appear in town centres throughout the 🏔 Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond) . . . a lovely way to spend some time en famille . . .
Sometimes, next to the ice-skating rink, you might find yourself rewarded with 🥃 a vin chaud stand or a small 🎄 Christmas market!
[ ⇒ for more information about the 🏔 Pays du Mont-Blanc indoor rinks, see separate MBFF article here ]
Colour code for listings:
Chamonix Valley (Chamonix, Argentière, Les Houches & Servoz) and Vallorcine
Passy & environs
Sallanches, Combloux, Cordon & Domancy
Saint-Gervais-les-Bains, Le Fayet, Saint-Nicolas de Vérone & environs
Megève, Praz-sur-Arly & environs
Les Contamines-Montjoie & environs
🇫🇷 Further France
What to WEAR . . .
- ✅ it is a good idea to dress very small skaters in their ❄ WINTER SKI SUITS, in order to keep them warm and water-proofed (in case or when they fall!);
- ✅ GLOVES – very important to avoid a skate injuring the hand, and to keep hands warm and dry!
- ✅ HELMET for little ones;
- ✅ COVID 19 regulations & FACE MASKS – you’ll need to check regulations!
AU PAYS du MONT-BLANC & CHAMONIX VALLEY
Stade Olympique (Chamonix)
The stade olympique’s ⛸ anneau de vitesse (a reminder of the 1924 Olympics!) opens for ice-skating (weather dependent) over the winter season! Located in front of the indoor ice skating rink, it has FREE access at the weekend, and you can rent out skates Monday to Friday 12h until 16h.
Patinoire des Houches (Les Houches)
Located in the heart of Les Houches village, next to the Tourchet pistes, this is ⛸ an outdoor ice-skating rink with a stunning view! It measures 26m x 56m. It used to be entirely natural, thought these days it is artificial! / ⇒ more information on website;
🗓 FRIDAYS during the holidays: « Nocturnes Givrées » – FREE ice skating from 20h to 22h;
🗓 opening dates: from late December until March, 14h until 19h / outside school holidays: Wednesdays and weekends, 14h to 17h / school holidays: every day, 14h to 17h30;
💶 price: entrance: 3€ (FREE for under 6s) / skate hire adults & children – 4€ / abonnement saison (entrée + location patins) : 30€ / FREE entrance and skate rental for holders of Via Cham / FREE skate with Mont-Blanc Unlimited 3 to 21 day pass (skate rental: 4€);
🅿️ parking: Le Tourchet / Olca / bus stop: Le Tourchet / La Griaz / train stop: Gare des Houches;
address: (next to the Le Tourchet pistes) 25 avenue des Alpages, 74310, Les Houches;
good to know: during the warmer months, it is used for roller-blading and roller-skating . . .
Résidence & Spa Vallorcine (Vallorcine)
Non-residents can also skate here for an entrance fee . . .
🗓 opening dates: from December 2021 until March 2022 (weather dependant);
💶 price: 5€/pers (entrance and skate rental);
🅿️ parking: Le Tourchet / Olca / bus stop: Le Tourchet / La Griaz / train stop: Gare des Houches;
address: 44 route des Confins du Valais, 74660, Vallorcine;
Patinoire de La Grenette (Sallanches)
The ice-skating rink sets up in the old grain market – La Grenette. In the evenings and on December weekends, you’ll find a small and festive Christmas market here: mulled wine, pretzels, concerts . . .
🗓 opening dates: from 4th December 2021 until January 2022;
💶 price: details to come;
🅿️ parking: La Frasse car park opposite (FREE) or paying underground car park, or Sallanches parking spots;
address: La Grenette, 74700, Sallanches,
Patinoire de plein air de Megève (Megève)
We experienced ⛸ Megève’s outdoor ice-skating rink for the first time just before Christmas a few years ago. Our then 6-year old elder 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 🥘 Restaurant Les Voiles, which has a little food hut over the winter – the perfect spot for parents or accompanying adults to have a drink while watching the little ones skate (but keep moving!). Across the road, you’ll also find La Yourte and Le Vieux Megève, selling take-away food! / ⇒ more information here;
🗓 opening hours: from 18th December 2021 until 6th March 2022 / from 13h30 to 19h30 (over the holidays 10h until 19h);
💶 price (skate-hire included!): adults: 6€ / children (5 to 14 years): 4,60€ / skate hire: 3,90€ / FREE for under 5s!
🅿️ parking: Le Casino (paying);
address: place de la Résistance, 74120, Megève;
Patinoire Jean-Christophe Simond (Contamines-Montjoie)
Located near the centre of Les Contamines-Montjoie, in Les Loyers, you can skate at this semi-natural outdoor ice-skating rink (1400m2) with views of 🏔 les Dômes de Miage! / 🌠 themed events and nocturnes during the holidays;
🗓 open from 18th December 2021 until late March 2022 / ⇒ exact opening hours, see website;
💶 price: adults 4€ and children 3€ (FREE for under 5s) / skate hire: 3€ / discounts for those with a carte d’hôte! / FREE Friday evenings from 19h (except skate hire), with 80s tunes;
NEW since 2019 – a new playground and pumptrack (when not covered in snow!). Also new is the hut, so that you can put on your skates in comfort and warmth!
🅿️ parking: centre of town OR car park at junction of route de Notre Dame de la Gorge and route de Nant Fandraz;
address: route de Notre Dame de la Gorge, Les Contamines-Montjoie / tel: +33 (0)4 50 47 06 23/04 50 47 01 58;
🇫🇷 FURTHER FRANCE 🇫🇷
Patinoire de Cluses (Cluses)
The ⛸ outdoor ice-skating rink in Cluses is one of the first seasonal rinks to open for the winter season near the 🏔 Pays du Mont-Blanc! Located in the centre of town, its 450 m² of ice hosts plenty of themed events over the season / NB – it is obligatory to wear GLOVES! / 🌠 nocturnes and themed evenings / ⇒ see FB page for updates;
🗓 opening hours: OPEN already and until early March 2022 (opening times and dates may vary, depending on the outdoor temperature and weather!);
💶 price: adults: 5€ for two hours;
address: place des Allobroges, 74300, Cluses / tel: (+33) 07 68 11 69 44;
Patinoire des Carroz (Les Carroz)
The synthetic (and eco) ⛸ ice-skating rink in Carroz is located in the heart of the village and measures 36m x 18m / why not combine with a go on the Speed Carroz (luge sur rails) ? / ⇒ more information on website;
address: chemin du Club, 74300, Les Carroz-d'Arâches;
Patinoire de Samoëns (Samoëns)
The articficial ⛸ ice-skating rink in Samoëns (56 m x 26 m) is located in the Grenette, in the centre of town / ⇒ more information here;
🗓 opening hours & price: see website;
Covid-19 regulations – ” Nous avons l’autorisation d’ouvrir en extérieur seulement. Ce sera différent qu’en temp normal, l’accès aux vestiaires est interdit c’est pourquoi nous avons installé plusieurs tonnelles pour vous permettre d’être à l’abris. Interdiction totale de stocker vos affaires personnelles ( sac à dos, chaussures, vestes etc ) venez avec le minimum ou avec un sac à dos vous permettant de patiner avec. Il y aura plusieurs séances de 2h30 par jour limitées à 180 personnes maximum. Nouvelles animations pour cette période le curling et isstock ! Vous pourrez essayer les activités les lundis et mercredi de 9h00 à 10h30. L’accès à la patinoire est réservé aux patineurs SEULEMENT. Les accompagnants ne sont pas autorisés.Le port du masque est obligatoire pour tout le monde dès 6 ans à partir du moment où vous entrez dans la file d’attente de la patinoire. ”
address: La Grenette, 155 route des Drugères, 74340, Samoëns / tel: 04 50 34 13 92 (reservations required);
During 🎄 Annemasse’s Christmas celebrations « Bonjour L’Hiver », a small ⛸ ice-skating rink is set up in the centre of town;
Patinoire sous la Grenette (La Roche-sur-Foron)
🗓 opening date: from 20th November 2021 (over the Christmas holidays: every day 10h to 19h30 (except the 24th & 31st December, caisse shutting at 17h / SHUT 25th December & 1st January);
💶 price: 5€ for illimited skating from 12h to 14h and after 18h30;
Covid-19 regulations – pass sanitaire and mask from 12+ years;
address: centre of La Roche-sur Foron;
🇨🇭 SWITZERLAND 🇨🇭
Patinoire de Salvan (Vallée du Trient)
Ice skating and ice hockey at Salvan’s outdoor artificial ice rink / ⇒ more information here;
💶 price: under 4s FREE, under 12s CHF 3 and adults CHF 4 / skate rental (+ 4 years): CHF 5;
address: Tinderet, 1922, Salvan, Switzerland;
Patinoire du Parc des Bastions (Geneva)
Ice skating in the lovely Parc des Bastions in Geneva! / be sure to visit the Reformation Monument, the playgrounds and the old town of Geneva, while there! / ⇒ more information here;
🗓 opening hours: 20th November 2021 ⇒ 20th February 2022;
💶 price: FREE (take your own skates!) / skate rental: CHF 2;
address: Parc des Bastions, Geneva, Switzerland;
Patinoire de Carouge (Carouge)
If you visit Carouge over the winter period (lovely Christmas lights!), then you can stop off at the ice-skating rink! / ⇒ more information here;
🗓 opening hours: 13th November 2021 ⇒ 20th February 2022;
address: Place de la Sardaigne, Carouge, Switzerland;
Patinoire de Terre Saint (Coppet, Lac Léman)
Coppet is a lovely lakeside village, and the winter ice rink ( made with the ” les fondus de glace de toute la région “) is located within the Parc du Château / can be combined with a visit to the Marché de Noel du Chateau du Coppet, which is lovely (10th to 12th December 2021) / ⇒ more information here;
🗓 opening hours: see here;
address: Patinoire de Terre Sainte, rue de la Gare, 1296, Coppet;
Patinoire Quartier du Flon (LAUSANNE)
[ CANCELLED for winter season 2021-2022 ! ]
If you head to Lausanne during the festive Bô Noël and Lausanne Lumières, then you might want to indulge in some ⛸ skating action at the Patinoire du Flon . . . It is FREE to skate here and you can rent skates on-site for CHF5 (many Swiss folk have their own skates!) / ⇒ more information on website;
💶 price: FREE / skate rental: CHF 5;
address: Esplanade du Flon, CH-1003, Lausanne;
🇨🇭🇫🇷 FURTHER AFIELD SWITZERLAND and FRANCE NATURAL ICE-SKATING 🇫🇷🇨🇭
None of the accessible 💦 LAKES au Pays du Mont-Blanc freeze over solidly enough to allow for ⛸ ice-skating fun au nature during the winter months . . .
However, look at these fabulous photos of skaters this year up at Lac des Cheserys (Tristan Shu Photography). I’ve also seen some photos of skaters up at the Lac d’Anterne!
[ disclaimer: you should NOT attempt to skate on an outdoor lake, unless you are with professionals! / the ice could easily break if not thick enough! ]
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 « Où patiner en Suisse Romande? » for more details: Lac de Joux (VD); Lac des Taillères (NE); Lac Noir, Schwarzsee (FR);
At nearby 🇨🇭 Lac de Champex (Champex-Lac, VS), the lake ❄️ freezes for ice skating (weather dependent) and there is an artificial rink too! It is nicknamed “ petit Canada ” / dimensions: 70m x 150m / see here for more information;
In the 🇫🇷 French Jura mountains, several lakes ❄️ freeze over for skating, at the ⛷ ski station Les Rousses for example! / see here for more information;