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Where to land in Chamonix

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Where to land in Chamonix

Area Orientation Access & Ability Site Specifics Landing field for:
Bois du Bouchet
N 45° 55' 53"
E 006° 52' 43"
Altitude: 1040m
Access: By car, leave the Mont Blanc roundabout (in the centre of town) heading towards Argentiere and the landing area is 500m further on, on the left just after the sports centre.
Ability: Beginners to XC pilots
This large landing field surrounded by trees is the principle landing area for Chamonix. It is important to go no further downwind than the small road leading to the gravel pit in order to ensure you hit target. In the afternoons, valley winds can reach speeds of up to 20/30km/h. In winter time, cross country skiing takes priority at the Bois du Bouchet so check with one of the clubs or schools for the alternative landing area. Planpraz,
Plan d’Aiguille,
Grands Montets,
Aiguille du Midi.
Clos du Savoy
N 45° 55' 42"
E 006° 51' 65"
Altitude: 1050m
Access: By car, leave the Mont Blanc roundabout (in the centre of town) heading towards Le Brevent and at the cross roads by Hotel Alpina turn right – direction Les Praz/Argentiere. After 500m, turn left and the landing is on the left, opposite Hotel Sapiniere.
Ability: Autonomous to XC pilots
Although this site is large, it is enclosed and surrounded by buildings so you need to be careful especially later in the day when the valley breeze picks up. There has been more than one errant pilot landing on the roof of the nearby hotel! This area transforms into the nursery ski slopes in winter when landing is completely forbidden. Check with one of the clubs or schools for the alternative landing area. Planpraz
Cachat Gravel Pits
N 45° 53' 60"
E 006° 49' 24"
Altitude: 950m
Access: From Chamonix, take the Route des Gaillands in the direction of Les Houches. After Taconnaz, turn right into a narrow lane by the roundabout on the main road.
Ability: Autonomous to XC pilot
Essential to visit this site before take-off to ensure that the landing area is free of obstacles and that work is not being carried out moving gravel. Approach can be turbulent. Merlet
Le Fayet/Passy-Marlioz

Altitude: 585m
Access: Le Fayet/Passy is at the bottom of the valley and the landing area is on Avenue Grange Vallet (opposite Batistock).
Ability: Supervised beginner XC pilots
Landing area is in the north-east corner of the field by the windsock. Be respectful of the crops that grow in the remainder of the field and pack your glider up along the edge of the road.

Prarion - Les Houches

Les Chavants

Bois du Bouchet
UTM 0327610
E -5085185
Altitude: 1010m
Access: Pass by the Prarion cash desk, turn right at the roundabout and follow the metalled road to the end. Do not enter the private gravelled road.
Ability: Autonomous pilots
The use of this landing field is highly sensitive and your care and consideration when using it will help further negotiations to fully register this site with the FFVL. Please respect the indicated packing and landing areas and do not drive upon, unfold your glider or even look at (!) the small track to the south of the landing field. Once the valley wind picks up (from around 11am) landing conditions can be variable and difficult here. To be avoided later in the day. Prarion North Easterly