The Grand and Massif is an awesome ski area rising to 2580 ms at the top of the Grand Platieres in Flaine. From there when the is sun shining, the views of Mont Blanc are quite breathtaking. Samoëns,Morillon, Sixt and Les Carroz all link at the Plateau des Saix with Flaine to form the Grand Massif.The highest ski area in the Haute-Savoie, the Grand Massif is a superb snow-sure area and holds the record as one of the top areas in the French Alps, due mainly to the proximity to Mont Blanc and its many north-facing slopes.
Besides record snow cover, the quality of snow is exceptional, thanks to the ideal orientation of the ski area. For those who love powder, Flaine is a white gold mine. And with the help of the latest artificial snowmaking equipment the resort remains open from December through to April. The continual up dating of lifts, most are high performance 4, 6 and even 8 place chair lifts, this gives you rapid access from the valley floor to all the 5 resorts of Samoëns, Morillon, Flaine and LesCarroz and Sixt, with their 75 ski lifts, 68 blue runs, 49 red runs, 12 black runs and extensive off-piste for the more advanced and adventurous.
The fantastic 265 km of skiing is great for all levels with both tree lined pistes and off piste paradise , a vast number of specially marked trails for cross-country skiing (90kms pistes), snowshoeing and ski tourers. Three exceptional pistes not to be missed “Le Marvel”, the 5km beginners paradise. A winding piste that descends through the trees kids love it. “Combe de Gers”, a black powder bowl for the most daring and, “La Cascade”, the longest blue run in Europe, which runs from the top of Les Grandes Platières, 2580 m in Flaine, down to the village of Sixt at 700 m. Absolutely stunning with a lunch stop at Le Refuge de Gers accessible by ski doo only – you call them and they come down to collect you and tow you to lunch!
Snowboarders and freestyle skiers will also love the Grand Massif, Flaine’s snowpark, with half pipes, boarder cross, big air jumps, tables, rails and quarters. And a snow park in Morillon specially designed for children.
The aprés-ski atmosphere is relaxed and friendly with plenty of traditional Savoyard bars and restaurants. There are many great authentic, cozy, warm and incredibly welcoming mountain restaurants on the slopes. They are also many Picnic areas, available both covered and open-air.
Both the Morillon Telecabine and the Samoens Grand Massif express and the Vercland lifts are only a few minutes drive from the Chalet – speeding you into the vast ski area of Le Grand Massif, one of the largest and most scenic ski circuits in the Alps.
Le Grand Massif ski area is, reasonably priced and is some of the best queue free skiing in the Alps and has managed to retain much of the charm and beauty of a traditional ski resort. Much of the valley is classified as “Parc Naturel” and Samoens is the only ski resort classified as a “Bourg Historique”.