Grand Massif ski area
If you are looking for beautiful panoramas and amazing landscapes then travelling to Grand Massif in the centre of the Alps is your answer. It's located perfectly in the middle of Chamonix and Geneva and Mont Blanc towers above the Grand Massif resorts. Home to the five charming villages of Flaine, Samoens, Les Carroz, Morillon and Sixt, it offers suitable skiing for all standards with over 70 ski lifts that access the 265 km of pistes.
Running from December through to April Le Grand Massif is great for family holidays and group parties. Its high altitude offers excellent snow conditions meaning visitors can be confident for good skiing throughout the full season. This underated ski doman also offers some hidden treasures including a 14 km long run called the Cascades in Flaine.
Club Med Grand Massif Samoens
Ski Resorts in Grand Massif
Flaine is the highest resort in the area with the village sitting at 1600m and the mountain peaks stretching up to 2500m. This is a car free resort where most activities are done on skis. Fact - Flaine ski resort was discovered during a snowshoe hike by Rene Martens and Gerard Chervas.
If you are looking for days filled with sunshine then the resort of Les Carroz is perfect for sun worshipers and nature lovers. The traditional village of Morillon offers gentle slopes and lots of activities off the slopes perfect for families. If you are a more relaxed skier and looking for a more chilled out welcoming yet lively resort then Samoens is the perfect pick. It doesn't always have to be about the skiing there are lots of other activities to be enjoyed in Sixt including hiking, climbing or winter walks. Sixt is also perfect for young children and beginners looking to practice their techniques.
Skiing in Grand Massif
One of the largest interconnected ski areas in France with a total of 148 slopes made up by 20 green runs, 64 blue, 50 reds and 14 black runs. The high altitude area offers fantastic skiing conditions throughout the whole season with its perfectly positioned location. With just one lift pass you can enjoy skiing in all five resorts. The 265 km of downhill skiing and outstanding panoramic views won't leave you disappointed.
Le Grand Massif is great for snow sports enthusiasts and ideal for beginners through to advanced skiers and snowboarders. For those children looking to show off their skills in the snowpark then Kids Jam Park in Morillon is the perfect way to do so with kickers, boxes, rails and more. For the more advanced freestyle skiers and snowboarders there is the Flaine Jam Park Pro.
Ski Holidays in Grand Massif
This diverse ski area is great for family and group ski holidays. With five resorts to ski in between there is enough going on for everyone to enjoy. Very much a family friendly area there is plenty of childcare options with a number of British nanny companies. Club Med Grand Massif Samoens is the perfect base for a family ski holiday, featuring dedicated family areas, kids club from 4 months to 17 years, swimming pools, ski-in ski-out location as well as an all-inclusive package.
If it's not only skiing or snowboarding you are after on your winter holiday you can also enjoy other activities including ice-skating, cross-country skiing, husky sledding, snowmobiling, sleigh rides, tobogganing, a cinema and even an alpine market for all you food lovers. All five resorts have their own unique qualities, although much quieter than other resorts like Morzine. Flaine has a couple of bars for après antics after your day’s skiing and even a nightclub for late night drinks!
Best of Grand Massif from the Iglu Ski Experts
Best ski runs in Flaine -
- 14km blue run Cascades
- The Serpentine red run
- Awesome off piste couloirs at Grandes Platières when there is fresh snowfall (get a guide)
- Experts head to the Gers bowl
Best resturants in Flaine -
- Le Sucré Salé for cheap eats
- Ancolie for traditional alpine cuisine
- Le Ferme du Sartot (book in advance)
Best bars in Flaine -
- The White Bar
- The Flying Dutchman
- La Cascades