The vertical drop from summit to base is 1,800 m. The average difference in altitude between base and summit of Ski Resorts in France is 871 m. Most runs are therefore relatively long. The high point of the ski resort is located at an elevation of 2,500 m.
Season starts on 2 Dec and ends on 20 Apr (139 days). Average season duration in France is 122 days.
Average snow depth during the season (2 Dec to 20 Apr) is 269 cm at summit elevation and 91 cm at base elevation. Snow coverage is usually best during March, offering an average snow depth of 352 cm at summit elevation and 129 cm at the base.
Le Grand Massif features 86 sunny days on average per season. The average for all ski Resorts in France is 88 sunny days. December is the sunniest month with an average of 21 sunny days.
The Ski Resort
Le Grand Massif is one of the largest ski resorts in the French Alps with 265 km of pistes. It includes the five areas of Flaine, Les Carroz, Samoëns and Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval. Thanks to its size, Grand Massif offers a varied skiing experience for winter sports enthusiasts of all levels.
Flaine is the highest resort in the Grand Massif, situated between 1,600 and 2,500 metres above sea level. From the top station of the Grandes Platières gondola you have a fantastic 360° panorama with a view of the Mont Blanc. Via the blue Serpentine exit, you have access to the 14 km-long Cascades road, which leads to the valley of Sixt. If you are looking for a challenge, you should not miss the black Combe de Véret, Onyx and Jais descent at the Combe de Gers.
In the family resort Les Carroz children and beginners will find numerous easy to medium difficulty slopes. At the top station of the Kédeuze gondola there is also a beginners' area with a magic carpet. The Oasis' Cool Zone, which offers boardercross, slalom and a snowpark, provides variety. Here you can measure your speed or record your experience in the VideoZone. The black Corbalanche descent makes freeride hearts beat faster.
In Samoëns, take the Chariande Express chairlift to the Tête des Saix, where the black runs Aigle Noir and Chamois start. Between the two gondolas Grand Massif Express and Saix there is one of the largest beginners' areas in High Savoy. This is separated from the slopes so that beginners can practice their first turns undisturbed. The Septi Snake Park also offers a slalom course and some freestyle elements.
Morillon and Sixt-Fer-á-Cheval
Morillon and Sixt are among the smaller areas on the Grand Massif. The 5 km long green Marvel run starts at the Sairon chairlift in Morillon. The long Doïna family run leads back to the valley station. The chairlifts Vagnys and Pralet in Sixt are more suitable for advanced skiers, as the upper part of the chairlifts has only red and black slopes. In the valley area of Sixt, beginners will also find t-bar lifts serving blue and green slopes.
Snow Safety & Snowmaking
Snow Making Machines: 1100
Snowphone+33 (0)4 50 90 80 01
Average snow depth of the last years (Summit)
Les Cascades run
Just imagine: ski down 14 kilometres of blue run on the edge of the Sixt-fer-à-Cheval nature reserve without seeing a single ski lift! The run starts from Les Grandes Platières and ends at Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval, where a free shuttlebus takes you to the Grand Massif Express in Samoëns. A Grand Massif ski pass is compulsory.
Length: 14 km
Vertical Drop: 1,700 m
Length: 5 km
Vertical Drop: 637 m
Most Difficult Runs
Length: 2 km
Vertical Drop: 680 m
Dog sledding trips, Snowshoe walks, Pedestrian walks
Paragliding, Ice quadbiking and buggy driving, Ice driving and steering, Helicopter flights, Snowmobiling, Snowkiting, Big Air Bag
Cinema, Aquatic Centre, Indoor Climbing, Art Centre / Library, Bowling, Driving simulator, Ice rink, Sledge
Number toboggan runs: 5
Après-Ski and Nightlife
Its close proximity to Geneva airport, Cluse and Geneva’s TGV train stations and the A40 motorway make it an easily accessible winter sports destination. Located between altitudes of 1,600 metres and 2,500 metres, Flaine is the highest resort in the Grand Massif ski area. It is bordered by the Portes du Soleil ski area to the North, les Aravis ski area to the West and le Pays du Mont-Blanc to the South.
Follow the A40 motorway towards Geneva/Chamonix, and come off at exit n° 19: Cluses Centre. Flaine is signposted from here: turn right onto the N205 (towards Sallanches) for 2 km, then take the first on your left at the roundabout (D106 towards Flaine/Les Carroz). When you get to this point, you’re only 30 minutes from Flaine. Traffic info: Haute-Savoie traffic department: +33 (0)4 50 33 20 74 - www.inforoute.fr
The resort is easily accessible from all over France and Europe from Geneva airport (70km). Regular shuttlebuses run between Geneva and Flaine throughout the winter season.
The nearest TGV high speed train stations to Flaine are Cluses (30 km) and Geneva (70 km). Buss connections, taxis and other transport options are available from the stations.