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Peak Transfer | Flaine & Les Carroz Winter Ski Guide
18th September 2016

Flaine & Les Carroz Winter Ski Guide

High atop the Haute Savoie region, you’ll find one of the largest linked ski areas in France, the Grand Massif. Flaine and Les Carroz are two of the best-known resorts in this area, and both are excellent options for skiers of all levels looking for an authentic Alpine experience. Family-friendly and quiet Les Carroz lies in a wooded valley on the road up to Flaine. Once you reach Flaine, there is a minor descent into the small resort nestled in a bowl of the mountain.

Flaine is a car-free ski-in-ski-out resort built in the ’60s, and lacks the “Alpine village” feel of lower Les Carroz. However, there are a few satellite resorts near Flaine such as Hameau de Flaine and Montsoleil which have a more traditional look and feel.  Both Les Carroz and Flaine are excellent options for the family, with a wide-range of runs and a sleepy after-hours scene. Les Carroz is an easy 60 minutes from Geneva airport, and Flaine just 30 minutes further, making both ideal for a weekend ski retreat. To help access further the free ski buses link the all resorts of Grand Massif.

Grand Massif and Les Carroz has excellent skiing for all the family this winter

KEY FACTS

REGION: Haute-Savoie, Rhône-Alpes, France

 

ALTITUDE: Flaine – 1,600m, Les Carroz 1,200m

 

HIGHEST LIFT: Grandes Platières – 2,500m

 

SKI TERRAIN: Le Grand Massif – Groomed Piste: 265 km (42 Green, 140 Blue, 132 Red, 37 Black)

 

CLOSEST AIRPORT: Geneva – 90 km / 90 min (Flaine) & 74 km / 60 min (Les Carroz)

SKI

Les Carroz lies at an altitude of about 1.2km, and Flaine is just above it at 1.6km. The Grand Massif tops out at about 2.6km on the slopes above Flaine, which are easily accessed from Les Carroz and the other lower resorts, too (Les Carroz is closest though). While there is a small handful of blacks and greens at Flaine, the resort is dominated by blues and reds, making it particularly appealing to intermediate and beginning-intermediate skiers, along with advanced skiers looking for a relaxing, scenic ski weekend. One of the most impressive runs in the resort, is the 14km-long blue trail, Cascades, which runs from Les Grandes Platières all the way to Sixt at the far end of the Grand Massif. In addition to the Grandes Platières gondola, there are chair lifts leading up to the various other peaks surrounding Flaine, but you’ll need to relay onto a second lift to reach the top from these.

Grand Massif Flaine and Les Carroz Piste Map

In Les Carroz, you’ll find a few more green trails, which are a bit longer than those available in Flaine. There are ski and snowboard parks in both resorts and throughout the rest of the Grand Massif, too. Les Carroz is even more connected to the other resorts of the Grand Massif than Flaine, including Sixt, Samoens, and Morillon. If the higher altitude trails of Flaine don’t interest you, it’s possible to choose a lift pass only for the four lower resorts (known as “Massif” as opposed to “Grand Massif”) to save a few bucks. Beware, though, while snow isn’t usually a problem in either area, the higher altitude of Flaine makes it more certain here than in Les Carroz and the lower resorts. The majority of runs in the lower Massif are also below the tree line, unlike those in Flaine making for beautiful surrounds.

For lessons, check out ESI Grand Massif, who offer ski schools in both Les Carroz and Flaine or Ecole de Ski Francais for children’s or adults’ group and private lessons in Flaine. ESF in Flaine also offers ski-guiding, heli-skiing, and other off-piste options. For weather and lift status for the entire area, visit Grand Massif website, where you can also find webcams.Flaine and Lez Carroz ski resorts and ski schools are great for familes

EAT

For the most part, Flaine eats are in the budget category, and include the typical mountain huts and fast food along the slopes. Of these, the self-service Le Desert Blanc at the top of the Grands Plattieres lift is your best bet with a beautiful terrace. L’Eloge is a cheaper little brother to attached Chalets du Michet, which is a good mid-priced option serving up local recipes. Le Blanchot on the slopes is a reliable spot with self-service and table-service areas. For a classier bite, head to L’Ancolie in Hameau de Flaine, which serves rich and delicious Savoyard fare.

Next door, in Les Carroz, you’ll find far more mid-priced and upscale restaurants. Chalets des Molliets is a warm and friendly spot for a steak. Aux Petits Oignons and Bistrot Grill du Gron are similarly mid-priced and cozy, yet high-quality. La Croix de Savoie and Restaurant Les Servages are more upscale and also well-reviewed.

Peak Transfer recommend Aux Petits Oignons in Les Carroz

For a truly unique experience in the Grand Massif, book ahead at Gîte du Lac de Gers. When you have a reservation, you can use the phone along the Cascades run to call the restaurant, which will send a snowmobile to fetch you for your meal.

APRÈS

Nightlife in Flaine and Les Carroz is very limited, but if you’re just looking for a quiet tipple after a day of skiing in Flaine, La Cascades (which also has good food) and Le White Pub are fair bets. Le Perdrix Noire and The Flying Dutchman both keep going later, but neither is particularly raucous. In Flaine, try Marlow or CarpéDiem for the closest thing to an après-ski setting. There is also Cave 59, which is a wine bar with a casual-chic atmosphere.

Peak Transfer recommend skiing Flaine and Les Carroz in the Grand Massif ski resort

SLEEP

Apartments are the dominant form of accommodation in Flaine, where there are options to suit every budget. For a 5-star experience, try Terrases d’Eos or Terrases d’Helios in Montsoleil, both of which have a spa, pool, sauna, and hot tub. The centrally located, 4-star Centaure provides a fitness centre, pool, and spa. Budget apartments, though nothing special, are also available, and can typically be booked through an agency.

Unique ski in ski out apartments available in Flaine

In Les Carroz, apartments are still abundant, though there are a few hotels, too. However, in the main Les Carroz boasts an abundance of beautiful traditional alpine chalets ranging in size and facilities. There are many chalet rental agencies on hand to help you find the perfect accommodation for your needs but if you would prefer hotel type accommodation head to Servages d’Armelle for a traditional Alpine feel in restored chalets. Milkhotel is a contemporary and inexpensive hotel with excellent food.

ACTIVITIES

Skiing is the dominant attraction in both resorts, though there are a handful of other activities to keep non-skiers entertained. Les Carroz offers a cinema and Aquacime, a large fitness facility with a spa and heated pool. Be sure to catch “Springtime in Flaine” a series of week-long music festivals from classical to techno.

Grand Massif Winter Ski Guide by Peak Transfer Airport Transfers

GETTING THERE

Once landed in Geneva transfer times from airport to resort will take you along the Route Blanche before entering the Grand Massif domain. Airport transfers to Les Carroz (75 km) take on average 60 minutes and transfers to Flaine which continue on past up traditional alpine road take approximately 90 minutes (90km). Chambery and Lyon airports are also good options you might want to consider.

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Peak Transfer Flaine and Les Carroz Winter Ski Guide

Peak Transfer are a reliable, fully insured and licensed transfer service providing airport and resort transfers across the French, Italian and Swiss Alps (view our license here). We provide a comfortable private service transporting you directly to your accommodation door in resort without any hassle or waiting around for other passengers. Quotes are fully inclusive of luggage, booster, child and baby seats with no hidden or additional charges for skis, snowboards and sports equipment. Why not take advantage of our modern well equipped vehicles that can carry up to 8 passengers and get a quick quote now on our Home Page. Still not sure perhaps our raving reviews and Testimonials Page could persuade you?

USEFUL LINKS

For ski passes and other resort information, visit the Grand Massif main website, or contact the Flaine and Les Carroz tourism offices directly.

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