Grand Massif Skiing
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). Although the ‘Massif’ ski area is very large in itself, we suggest that intermediate skiers /snowboarders or above purchase the ‘Grand Massif’ ski pass. If you are staying in Morillon, the whole Grand Massif ski area is accessed by taking the main Morillon cable car. If you are staying in Samoens, the whole Grand Massif ski area is accessed by taking the Grand Massif Express.
Grand Massif Piste Map (click to enlarge)
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Altitude – 700m – 2561m
Total Ski Area – 265km (135 pistes)
Green Runs – 15
Blue Runs – 53
Red Runs – 51
Black Runs – 14
For Beginners there is great variety throughout Le Grand Massif resort – in particular there are special beginner areas at Morillon 1100 and Samoens 1600. Morillon also boasts one of the longest green runs in Europe, a lovely gentle run through the trees called Marvel that takes you back to the top of the main Morillon cable car.
Grand Massif Ski Guide – Morillon
Intermediates will be pleased to hear that there are more blue runs in The Grand Massif than any other colour, including the beautiful 14km Les Cascades. This is a spectacular run through the alpine wilderness, starting at the top of Flaine and finishing at the bottom of the village of Sixt. There is an excellent restaurant called Lac du Gers half way down Les Cascades where you have to call up the owner who comes and picks you up on a Skidoo! There are also a number of beautiful tree runs heading into Morillon and Samoens, while the Flaine bowl ensures that you can dip your toe into powder skiing just off the edges of the piste.
Grand Massif Ski Guide – Samoens
Experts can head to Les Gers bowl in Flaine that offers a feast of off piste skiing. Indeed, this area is so good that the Good Ski Guide gives The Grand Massif its highest possible rating for suitability to advanced skiers. Flaine is one enormous bowl with very few trees, so when it snows it becomes a huge powder park! Snowboarders and Freestyle Skiers can take advantage of the 3 snow parks in resort, the most advanced being in Flaine offering half-pipes, boarder cross, big air jumps, tables, rails and quarters.
Grand Massif Ski Guide – Flaine
Grand Massif Ski Guide – Flaine Off Piste
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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.