The Espace Diamant was created by grouping together 6 individual ski stations in the Beaufortain region: Praz sur Arly, Flumet, Notre Dame de Bellecombe, Crest-Voland/Cohennoz, Les Saisies and Hauteluce. This encompasses areas of both the Haute Savoie and Savoie departments and links the Beaufortain mountains to those of the Val d'Arly (Megève). It consists mainly of mid-altitude ski stations but the prevailing weather systems of Mont Blanc ensure a good winter snow record for the area. There is diversity in the Alpine skiing of the area but also on offer are excellent Nordic ski pistes. Great care is being taken, as the area expands its infrastructure, to ensure considered and sustainable development. The area has a large farming and agricultural tradition, so new buildings and developments are carefully controlled in order to respect the environment and natural beauty. The Espace Diamant has built up a loyal clientele, due in no small part to the welcoming attitude of the permanent inhabitants, combined with a warm and festive ambiance all year round. A considerable budget has been invested in the development of a wide range of summer activities to ensure a year-round resort. These include the creation of summer bathing areas, a 600km network of VTT and walking routes, via ferrata, climbing, canyoning, rafting and paragliding. This up and coming region offers good investment potential.
Praz sur Arly is situated 5km from Megève. It is possible to extend the ski pass to include the free ski bus and access to the whole of the Megève and Evasion Mont-Blanc ski domain, with its 450km of pistes. Not forgetting the annual hot air balloon spectacle of 'Les Montgolfiades Internationales', which takes place every January.
Situated 5km from Praz sur Arly, Flumet offers tree-lined slopes in the winter and a summer bathing and sports area. Continuing along the Col des Aravis route from Flumet, you reach La Giettaz, a typical small ski village which is linked to Megève (Le Jaillet) and Combloux.
Notre Dame de Bellecombe is situated 4km from Flumet. The ski slopes are directly accessed from the village, taking you to the ski domain of Reguet and Mont Rond, with their exceptional alpine vistas. Notre Dame de Bellecombe plays host annually to the celebrated 'Grand Odyssée', the most challenging international dog-sled race in the world. In the summer, there is a wide range of walking and VTT routes, plus the local fêtes and folklores to discover.
Crest Voland/Cohennoz is situated 3km from Notre Dame de Bellecombe. Links between the skiing are provided by a free ski bus running between Crest-Voland and Notre Dame de Bellecombe. It is also possible to access the pistes from the village centre. Cohennoz is situated 3km from Crest-Voland and also has direct access to the ski slopes. In summer, there are beautiful walks and VTT routes in and around this peaceful and picturesque village.
Just 7km from Crest-voland, the Col des Saisies is the only way between the Beaufortain valley and the Val d'Arly. Hauteluce is a village 7km from Saisies with a chairlift to gain access to the Contamines Montjoie ski area. Les Saisies has always been a spot beloved of paragliders and hot air ballonists and more recently there has been a huge investment in the mountain bike trails.