Grand Massif Resort Guide
Le Grand Massif ski area is the most accessible large ski area in the Alps from the UK. By plane, it is a 70 minute flight from a southern UK airport to Geneva then just a 50 minute drive from the airport. It is possible to hire a car at the airport however the most convenient and cost effect travel from Geneva is by airport minibus transfer. We can organise this for you. By car, Le Grand Massif ski area is a 9 hour drive from Calais. By train, Cluses station is 15km from Le Grand Massif. For more information please see our Travelling to Grand Massif section.
Samoens and Morillon are situated in the middle of the Giffre valley. Both Samoens and Morillon have cable cars that directly access Le Grand Massif ski area. It is possible to ski down into Morillon Village on either a blue or red run. Samoens and Morillon are 3km apart and there is a free ski bus that connects the two towns. The buses stop in the early evening, and after that there are a number of Grand Massif taxi services that operate into the small hours.
Grand Massif for Families
Le Grand Massif is a fantastic child friendly winter resort. Being just 50 minutes from Geneva airport it is the most accessible large ski resort in the Alps. Le Grand Massif ski area is also located at a child friendly altitude with beginner slopes starting as low as 1,100m, despite the skiing going as high as 2,550m. Le Grand Massif ski area is enormous with a number of excellent nursery slopes. There are two excellent ski school options for children, one local creche in Samoens and one local creche in Morillon, and a great British run nanny company. Please click here for more information on Grand Massif Childcare services.
Explore Grand Massif
At The Tasty Ski Company we have luxury catered ski chalets in both Samoens and Morillon. They are towns in Le Grand Massif ski area and are located just 3km apart from each other.
Le Grand Massif’s proximity to Mont Blanc assures that it has an outstanding snow record. Ski passes can be purchased for the ‘Vill4ge’ ski area (Samoens, Morillon, Les Carroz and Sixt) or the ‘Grand Massif’ ski area (Samoens, Morillon, Les Carroz, Sixt, and Flaine).
We recommend that ski hire be organised in advance before you arrive in Le Grand Massif. This is particularly important during the school holidays when the best ski hire companies in Le Grand Massif book out all of their equipment before the week has started.
It is possible to purchase a ‘Vill4ge’ ski pass (beginners and beginner / intermediates) or a full ‘Grand Massif’ ski pass (intermediates and above). You are able to organise ski passes in advance and have them delivered to your home address.
We highly recommend taking lessons during your ski holiday in Le Grand Massif. Ski lessons are a great option for beginners to gain confidence, or for anyone else looking to brush up on their technique.
Having attained the national tourist label ‘family plus,’ Le Grand Massif is very much a family friendly resort and really does meet all the criteria to ensure a really easy family ski holiday.
Whether a skier or non-skier, your ski chalet holiday in Le Grand Massif would not be complete with a bit of pampering and a massage.
During your stay at one of our catered ski chalets in Le Grand Massif your chef has one day off a week on a Wednesday. This means that you will eat out one day of the week during your ski chalet holiday with us.
A ski chalet holiday would not be complete with the obligatory vin chaud at the bottom of the mountain. Morillon and Samoens are still much quieter ski resorts compared to other big French ski area such as Morzine, Val d’Isere and Meribel.
Le Grand Massif is one of the most accessible ski resorts in the Alps. Situated in the Northern Alps, Le Grand Massif is just a 70 minute flight from southern UK airports, and the airport transfer from Geneva is just 50 minutes.