Starting to think about your next ski trip? Here’s an invitation to discover the Grand Massif and its five multi-faceted resorts. Whether you’re in Flaine, Les Carroz, Samoëns, Morillon or Sixt Fer à Cheval, we’ve tested it all out and selected the very best just for you. On your marks, get set,… glide!
How to get to the Grand Massif
The Grand Massif is a very accessible ski area. You can get there in 1 hour from Geneva international airport, 2 hours by car from Lyon, and just 4 hours by high-speed train from Paris.
By car, exit the motorway at Cluses and park 15 minutes away at the free car park located at the bottom of the Carroz gondola lift. To get to Flaine, just add another 15 minutes. Please note that car parking charges apply there.
Resorts in the Giffre valley (Samoëns, Morillon, Sixt) are just 30 minutes from the motorway by car. Want to know the fastest way to get your skis on? Park at the entrance to Morillon and climb aboard the gondola lift!
If you don’t want to take your car, you can use shuttlebuses like “Les Carroz Flaine Express” which will take you from Cluses to the resort. Perfect if you’re arriving by train.
Where to point your ski tips: Panoramic views and amazing skiing!
Skiers will love the incredible contrasts of the Grand Massif ski area.
To warm up, head to the Serpentine blue run at the Grandes Platières summit. It’s THE ski area viewing point, with a 360° panorama and uninterrupted views of the Mont Blanc massif. It’s a sunny run and the perfect way to start the day. If you’re staying in the Giffre Valley, you can warm up on the Marvel green run in Morillon. Enjoy a very gentle ski through the woods to breathe in the fresh mountain air subtly fragranced with spruce sap.
During your stay, we recommend skiing in these four places:
- The runs around the Aujon button lift in Flaine. In the shade in the mornings, this sector is loved for its perfect quality snow. Being slightly tucked away makes it a favourite for locals and those in the know.
- The Parements red run. We love this beautiful 100% natural run that passes beneath the Lac des Gouilles. It’s never very busy crowded because it’s reached via the top of the the Aigle Noir black run. It starts from La Tête des Saix, which is accessible from several ski lifts.
- The Combe de Gers, unmissable! For good skiers only, we love this unspoilt area in the heart of nature. Ungroomed, it’s an incredible place to be after a fresh snowfall.
- The Piste des Cascades starting from the top of the Grandes Platières in Flaine. Be warned, skiing down this run is highly likely to fill up your camera’s memory card! 14 kilometres of wild landscapes, without any ski lifts on the horizon. Start off in a high mountain atmosphere before tackling the long forest descent to the village of Sixt at the bottom of the run. Make your way back on one of the shuttlebuses that run every 20 minutes.
Why not take a “break” from your ski holiday?
We loved skiing on the Marvel run during the day but then we found something even better: doing it again on a toboggan or traditional paret sledge! The activity is available on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings after the run closes to skiers. It’s definitely an experience that justifies extending your weekend in the Grand Massif 😉
In the evening, we opted for a welcoming, timeless experience in Morillon. It all starts with a snowshoeing hike through the forest, leading to an authentic Mongolian hut. Warm back up by preparing a delicious fondue that you can enjoy around the wood-burning stove. Make your way back to the resort on a torchlit descent under the stars.
Our favourite: Discover a mountain refuge!
To round things off, we’ll tell you about our favourite place for a lunchtime break: Le Refuge du Lac de Gers. Although it’s accessible via the Pépinière run in Combe de Gers, we prefer to arrive via the Piste des Cascades, it’s much more fun. Want to know why? Because if you call the restaurant beforehand, they’ll come and pick you up on a snow scooter for some guaranteed thrills! Once you’re comfortably installed on the terrace, soak up this magnificent setting and enjoy simple, tasty local cuisine.
Now we’re sure that you have all the tips you need to make the absolute most of your stay and can’t wait to hear your recommendations and see your photos! See you very soon on the Grand Massif runs!
© Photos : Tristan Shu / Tim Foster