Paragliding - Grand Prarion (les Houches) Launch Site

The Prarion Gondola is 5mins walk from Viaduc Ste Marie train station. Once at the top station, the site is 25mins walk. Turn right immediately after leaving the station and follow the path marked ‘Grand Prarion’.

Beginner to XC Pilots.

West, this site is best in the afternoon. It is possible to take off from here in a light foehn wind, but beware of turbulence in front of the launch area.
Altitude: 1900m. Vertical drop: 1300m. GPS: N 45° 53' 46" E 006° 44' 62"

High tension cables 500m below launch. The launch area is only big enough for one glider at a time. The take off is short and steep – beware of the bushes at the end of the take off. Because of the limited space available, you must only commit to the launch with a balanced wing.


Click on the links below for guides to specific sites:

Launch sites:
  • Aiguille du Midi (Chamonix)
  • Flégère/Index (Chamonix)
  • Grand-Montets (Chamonix)
  • Grand Prarion (les Houches)
  • Merlet (les Houches)
  • Mont Blanc Summit
  • Passy-Plaine Joux (Passy)
  • Plan de l’Aiguille (Chamonix)
  • Planpraz (Chamonix)
  • Prarion N/E (les Houches)

  • Landing sites:
  • Bois du Bouchet (Chamonix)
  • Les Chavants (les Houches)
  • Passy-Chedde (Passy)
  • Passy-Marlioz (Passy)
  • Savoy (Chamonix)
  • The Cachet Gravel Pits (Chamonix)