Paragliding - Prarion N/E (les Houches) Launch Site

The Prarion Gondola is 5mins walk from the Viaduc Ste Marie train station. The summer launch is 100m from the lift, next to the ski tow. In the winter it is forbidden to take off from the piste, although there is a possible launch area at the plateau by the gondola station.

Beginner to XC Pilots.

North East, this is an early morning site, best with easterly winds. It is possible to fly this site in light foehn conditions, although turbulence may be encountered ahead of the take off zone. If conditions are unfavourable, this site is 20mins walk from Grand Prarion.
Altitude: 1853m. Vertical drop: 843m. GPS: N 45° 53' 46" E 006° 44' 62"

There is a track and obstacles in front of the launching area, which are easily visible if you walk to the front of the track before take off. Landing can be difficult (see landing site info).

Les Chavants. The landing site is not visible from the launch.

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)