Les Carroz - Where People from Geneva Choose to Ski
This beautiful Alpine village is at the heart of the Grand Massif region, which also encompasses Flaine, Samoëns, Morillon and Sixt. Much prettier than its neighbour, Flaine, Les Carroz is a patchwork of traditional wooden chalets and more modern properties sympathetic to the wooden Savoyard style. And with its locker and boot-warmer facilities based at the telecabine, virtually the whole village could be considered Ski In - Ski Out!
A bird's eye view of Les Carroz
Situated only (ONLY!) an hour - 50kms - from Geneva airport, savvy travellers time their flights to be sure of being on the piste before noon the same day they fly. Both weekend and mid week breaks are a popular choice for this conveniently located ski area, with our catered chalet offering providing flexible check-in days and a large range of self-catered apartments.
The village itself, situated at 1140 metres, benefits from the area's enviable snow record and Flaine, its neighbour at 1600 metres, stays open only one week longer than Les Carroz. A further 16 kilometres (33% further to travel from Geneva than Les Carroz) or 35 minutes on skis, Flaine offers further spectacular views of Mont Blanc, as well as of Les Houches, the Aiguille du Midi at Chamonix and the Aiguille Vert at Argentiere. Well worth lunching at the top on a clear day!
Variety of Skiing
The versatility of the skiing offered in Les Carroz is well-known among the French, particularly the Parisiens. With its tree-lined pistes offering a range from green to black, skiing is possible even in the poorest visibility. The village can proudly boast that when Chamonix and Morzine are shut due to high winds and stormy weather, the sheltered resort of Les Carroz is open for skiing. With easy links to the neighbouring resorts of Morillon, Samoens and Flaine, a huge range of pistes is available, whether the long, winding, five-kilometre, tree-lined green, loads of challenging off piste throughout the domaine, the 14km Cascades blue run to the 'retro' resort of Sixt, or Flaine's death-defying Diamante Noir black!
First run of the day - the fabulous 'Plein Soleil' blue piste, Les Carroz
Recently awarded the 'Famille Plus' status for its family-focused activities and awareness, Les Carroz can now boast three new 'bubble covered' moving mats to help children up the mountain, a designated sledging piste with a moving mat to uplift, two free skiing pistes for learners in the village, a second designated sledging area for under 6s, special tariffs at the ice rink on a Wednesday, attached accro-bungy activity in the centre and apres-ski events aimed specifically at families with young children. Particularly of note is the new outdoor/indoor pool complex and well-being centre with hot tub areas, steam room, sauna and solarium. No wonder Les Carroz is fast becoming a popular destination.
'Bubble covered' moving mat lift' on the Nursery Slope
Apres ski in Les Carroz is comparatively laid back - a live band at the Tire Fesses Bar near the telecabine, the last of the sunshine and watching the world go by at the Marlow, or a pichet of lager and a game of pool (or traditional table football) at the centrally positioned Pointe Noire Pub, even cabaret acts at the stage in the centre of the village. The village may be traditional but it is feisty in its offerings to holiday makers.
For evening eats head to the Agora in the very centre of the village, or the Poirier near the Figaro lift, for delicious home-baked pizzas; Le Refuge for typical Savoyard Specialities; the waffle and pancake specialist La Spatule; or the Petits Oignons if you wish to go a little more up market. Phillippe at the Bistro du Gron will cook your 220 gram Charolais Steak to perfection over an open fire, if you can get booked in as he has just 20 covers.
L'Agora Pizzeria (and other great offerings) - try the 'Salade Agora' with hot chicken livers and a poached egg!)