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Chamonix Paragliding - Les Grands Montets Take Off Chamonix

At 3,150m (10,395ft) this launch site is another Chamonix classic.

Suprisingly the Grands Montets is less frequently flown than Planpraz. Morning flights can easily produce great flying above inversion layers. "Good flying conditions "!

GPS: N 45° 56' 52" E 006° 57' 36".
Direction: W.
Altitude: 3,100m.
Vertical drop: 2,100m.
Lift: Go up the Grands Montets lift from Argentière to the top station.
Timing: afternoon.
Landing: Bois du Bouchet. No landing site in Argentiere.

The Grands Montets has the potential to be one of the best flying areas in the world. It can also be the start of cross-country flying in the morning.

Tips for take-off

Take-off is on glacier so extreme caution should be exercised. Crevasses appear in the summer and are usually quite wide by August and September.


Take the Grands Montets cable car in Argentière to the top station. The take-off is on the Pas de Chevre glacier facing west towards Chamonix.


Steer clear of the Montenvers-Signal-Plan d'Aiguille area due to the rescue helicopter base. Also avoid the Aiguilles Rouges area near Argentière in July and August.

Great Flying at the Grands Montets 

For the advanced pilot, Les Grands Montets is "heaven" when it is at its best. 4,000m (13,200ft) cloudbases can send pilots thermalling high above such famous mountains such as Les Drus, L'Aiguille Verte and Le Chardonnet.

Restitution flying on the Pas de Chevre and Les Bec Rouges can all be reached from an evening launch from here. With the Grands Montets cable car, it is easily accessible adventure flying.

Grand Montets Cable Car in Argentière

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