First Sprinkle of Snow for 2021/22

Based on those who have been in Praz-sur-Arly recently, it has been an unbelievably sunny autumn. I’m glad to see that is starting to change, as we need to lay down a lot of snow before the season opens in December. And it looks like the first started to fall – high up on the Ban Rouse on 1 Nov.  More snow looks likely to fall – and lower down – as the temperatures drop further on Thurs 4 Nov.

Indian Takeaway Opens on our Doorstep

Surprised and excited to hear from a recent visitor to Praz-sur-Arly that a restaurant offering Indian food to take away has opened just 5 mins away – Sri Lankan food to be precise.

Called Lanka Food, it offers a small menu (see below) – plus specials that change every day apparently – of Sri Lankan food and Indian curry staples, for food to go or delivery.

Lanka Food is located on the Route de Varins – on the path from our apartment into town – right next door to the Derby Sport equipment hire shop and opposite the Doctors. Apart from K-Bane it’s now the closest restaurant!   

It’s getting a full 5 starts from it’s first 30+ reviews on Facebook.

We are blessed with so many amazing restaurants in the area but from time to time we crave something spicy and aromatic and now we have an option other than cooking it ourselves.

 

  

Getting to Praz-sur-Arly without a Car

Train + bus option from Geneva is available all year round and “seamless”

A friend just returned from an autumn break in Praz-sur-arly (lucking-out with wall-to-wall sun in  late October) and has just proven that it’s not so hard to get to our apartment from Geneva airport without a car, even outside the main seasons. 

Our previous recommended  carless solution was to catch a shared bus for around 30 euro (such as Alpybus or Chamexpress) to Sallanches.  From there it’s a 20 min car  journey up the mountain – either a taxi or a pickup from someone already at the apartment.

But given this trip was outside the main season, this option wasn’t open – so Jeannie took a train from Geneva airport to Sallanches and from there a bus straight to Praz-sur-Arly, dropping off at the Tourist Office – just 10 mins walk from the apartment. The  Timetable is below – but Jeannie mentioned that she thinks SNCF – the train company – runs additional buses, so worth looking into it as an option.

We were concerned there would be a lot of hanging around, but Jeannie described the trip both ways as “seamless.” 

NB – The bus was cash-only, so have some euros handy (€3.50 inc baggage)

See here for more info: https://www.prazsurarly.com/en/praz-sur-arly-2/access-and-transport/

Restaurant Le Toi du Monde

Megève does not have a monopoly on Michelin -recommended restaurants! Just 5 mins drive from the apartment, heading out of Praz-sur-Arly in the direction of Flumet/Albertville and just set back on the right – is the Toi du Monde. It’s a barn converted into an acclaimed restaurant.

Somehow we’ve not yet been since it opened a couple of years ago. But this summer our sister/in-law and family visited Praz for the first time and came back raving about it – the best of all the great places they ate at.  And everyone else would seem to agree, based on its near perfect review scores and it’s Michelin stars!

They also have a few rooms to rent.

Checkout their website. Facebook and Tripadvisor.

Hello Les Ronins!

We shall miss Les Trappeurs, a stalwart of the Praz restaurant scene, always standing alongside Le Bergerie and Les Sapins in the heart of the village with a pretty decent french onion soup. But in it’s place has risen Le Ronins!

We noticed the newcomer it on our brief pandemic visit in the Summer of 2020 but didn’t get a chance to try it . Our friends in Les Sapin told us it has been opened by a chef from a top Megéve restaurant looking to strike out on his own with his wife. So happy they have chosen our little Praz. And going by the reviews on their Facebook page and TripAdvisor, the food sounds amazing!

COVID-19 Guidance for 2020/21 Ski Season

France has been preparing guidelines that will allow winter sports to go ahead this coming Ski Season. And Praz-sur-Arly has been working with the Val D’Arly and Espace Diamante ski areas to prepare for safe activities. Details can be found below and here

The great news is that the slopes of Praz-sur-Arly – and the entire ski area – is serviced exclusively by open lifts, rather than the enclosed cabins of cable cars and gondolas, meaning there will be little limiting of numbers on the lifts as there is bound to be in many ski resorts. Also, its far from being one of the most crowded resorts, so the day-to-day impact of COVID-19 will also have far less impact than at most resorts.  

COVID-19 guidelines for winter sports in France
COVID-19 guidelines for winter sports in France

 

The information below is translated from the page found at the link above…

Our Commitments for a safe stay:


The practice of sliding sports is an outdoor practice, where equipment (gloves, ski, poles…) promotes barrier gestures. In some public places, the capacity may be reduced. The mask is compulsory from 11 years old. You will find below the protective measures put in place during your journey in the resort.


To access the station, by public transport


  • Wearing a mask is compulsory on the platforms and in the buses.

Lifts


  • Wearing a mask is compulsory in the queues and on the ski lifts.
  • Daily disinfection of contact areas.

At the equipment rental company


  • Wearing a mask is compulsory.
  • Disinfection of rented equipment.
  • Hydroalcoholic gel available.

In your accommodation and at the Tourist Offices


  • Wearing a mask is compulsory in common and enclosed areas.
  • Hydroalcoholic gel available.
  • Disinfection of contact surfaces and increased cleaning frequency.

In bars / restaurants


  • Consumption seated only.
  • Table spacing of at least 1 meter or the presence of a fixed or removable wall ensuring physical separation.
  • Wearing a mask is compulsory for customers when traveling in the establishment.
  • Hydroalcoholic gel available.
  • Disinfection of contact surfaces and increased cleaning frequency.

At the Ski School


  • Wearing a mask compulsory during gatherings at the start and end of lessons, for the instructor and for students aged 11 and over.
  • In buildings, for public spaces:
    • Wearing a mask is compulsory for people aged 11 and over.
    • Hydroalcoholic gel available.
    • Surface disinfection.
  • Disinfection of loaned equipment (bibs, DVA, etc.).