Paragliding, speedriding, wingsuit, and base jumping in the Chamonix valley
You can find all free flying information in the book “ Vol Libre au pays du Mont Blanc”, strongly recommended to learn about local regulations. Access to take-off/landing sites and authorisations depend on users’ behaviour.
Important: free flying in the Chamonix valley is restricted from July 1rst to August31rst by ministerial decree.
Please refer to existing regulation.
Weather radio frequency for free flying FFVL : 143.987,5 MHz
Refer to radio frequencies for free flying on the balisemeteo.com website (cell phone compatible application available). Voice server: 08 25 150 289
The complexity of the local geography is undeniable. Deep narrows glacier valleys surrounded by high peaks create challenging flying conditions.
Strong thermic contrasts, expansive ascending airflows can result in extremely strong and rough turbulences.
Generally speaking, it is not recommended to fly in this area with altitude winds stronger than 20km/hour at 2000m, resulting in very technical conditions to fly under.
Plaine Joux ends up being a safer choice as it is a rather protected flying site.
(IN THE CHAMONIX VALLEY)
Paragliding in the Mont Blanc range is very specific because of the type of environment: it involves flying in high altitude also referred to as “paralpinisme”.
Not only extremely demanding, it usually entails difficulty to access very high take-off sites, thus involving major safety precautions. Paralpinism requires good mountaineering skills.
Before setting off one should make sure that climbing and flying conditions are optimal. In any case, walking back down should remain a possible option.
Information regarding the valley takeoff/landing sites and flying characteristics are all in the book “Vol Libre au pays du Mont Blanc”.
A suitable behaviour from free flying amateurs and professionals will guarantee the continuity of free flying activities in alpine areas.
In accordance with the French flee flying organization FFVL, rules of practice are applied around ski areas (access has to be located downhill from the top of the lifts) and also in remote off-piste areas not included in the convention. Some ski areas do not allow these activities by municipal by-law.
Landing in champs du Savoy is forbidden for the moment.
Learning how to wingsuit is considered extremely difficult, entails major risks and requires a very long learning phase. Every little detail is fundamentally important. Please visit the French Paralpinisme Association website to find out more about the necessary experience to try yourself at this extreme sports activity.