grand massif

The Grand Massif: Lakes, mountains and picturesque villages

The origins of the Grand Massif

The history of the resorts that make up "the Grand Massif" is linked to the arrival of winter sports in France. In 1939, the “Les Carroz” site was equipped with the first ski lift. As for "Flaine", his discovery took place during a snowshoe walk. In 1977, the site was linked with “Samoëns”. “Morillon” and “Les Carroz” joined forces the following year. But, "Le grand Massif" was truly created during the winter of 1982 - 1983 thanks to the development of connections between the resorts. From now on, the great massif is made up of 5 large stations:  

  • the Carroz d’Arâches; 
  • Flaine;  
  • Morillon; 
  • Samoëns;  
  • Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval.
Grand massif resorts

In total, the Grand Massif has an exceptional ski area of 265 km spread over more than 40,000 hectares. It has 148 trails for all levels. 80% of them are exposed to the North. The snow is therefore particularly abundant there. Culminating at an altitude of 2,500 meters, this characterful ski area located between Chamonix and Geneva, delights thousands of skiers and lovers of beautiful landscapes every year.

          The charm of the resorts that form the area

          The “Grand Massif” benefits from “Green Globe” certification. The latter is granted when the estate meets approved sustainable development principles. by 182 governments on a program of 40 themes. Environmental protection, as well as support for local sectors through sustainable development are in the spotlight. An audit is carried out every two years during which the company's commitments are evaluated again. Each of the stations of the “Grand Massif” has its own characteristics. Infrastructure, panoramas, ecotourism: all the ingredients come together to that everyone finds something to their advantage.

          The “Les Carroz d’Arâches” site is located on a large plateau at 1140 meters above sea level. Its village resort welcomes its visitors in a family atmosphere. Charm and authenticity are present in this place with reasoned architecture. 

          • The "Flaine" site has an exceptional panorama with a 360° view of the Mont-Blanc, Aravis, Belladonna and even Jura massifs. 
          • The “Morillon” site will appeal to nature lovers with its immense fir forests, its lake and its wild river. Morillon is also a village of character with traditional houses built around a magnificent 16th century church. 
          • The “Samoëns” site located in the heart of the Giffre valley invites its visitors to discover its preserved village, with breathtaking landscapes as a backdrop. 
          • The site of “Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval” is famous for its magnificent cirque with impressive walls and waterfalls. It also has a very rich fauna and flora. diversified.

            Summer at the Grand Massif estate

            Living in Grand Massif

            The Grand Massif area is also a summer destination full of surprises. You will discover traditional villages anchored in preserved nature where local gastronomy and a change of scenery will be there. Rest, wonder, discovery and pleasure will be the key words of your summer vacation at the Grand Massif area. Discover real estate in the Grand Massif with the Barnes Mont Blanc agency.

            The charm of the surrounding nature

            In Samoëns, you can discover the wonderful Jaysinia Alpine botanical garden which brings together more than 2,500 species of mountain flowers. The Tines gorges, located in the Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval area, will delight families looking for freshness. 

            The summit of “La Bourgeoise” at an altitude of 1770 meters will offer you a breathtaking spectacle thanks to its 360° view of the surrounding mountain ranges and Mont Blanc. Also remember to discover the “Plate desert” whose large limestone expanses are home to numerous fossils. You may also encounter a few ibexes or chamois there.

            Gastronomy, shopping, and relaxation in the Grand Massif

            Souvenir shops, local crafts, mountain cheese and traditional restaurants will punctuate your stay in the Grand Massif. You will also let yourself probably seduced by the numerous seasonal activities organized by the municipalities in the area. This magical place is also conducive to relaxation and well-being. You will find relaxation areas in all resorts offering spas, massages and even yoga classes.

            • Summer activities

            Randonnée au grand massif

            At the "grand Massif", there is no shortage of outdoor activities during the summer period. In Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval, you can go on pleasant family hikes in the nature reserve. For one hour, you will have the opportunity to discover the fauna and flora of this wonderful place. If you like climbing, you will enjoy going to the Haut Giffre valley at the “Via Ferrata du Mont”.

            In this magical place, you will cross between dizzying footbridges and ladders. You will be amazed by the splendid panorama offered by “Pointe de Sales” and “Le Bourg de Sixt”. If you are looking for family activities, go to the “blue lake” near Morillon. You can practice tree climbing, horse riding, games for children including an inflatable games park. You will also find picnic areas, pétanque and volleyball courts. You can also enjoy the joys of fishing, kayaking and paddle boarding. Concerts and events are also frequently organized there.

            Winter activities

            At an altitude of 2,500 meters, the area has 148 ski slopes including:  

            • 20 greens for beginners; 
            • 64 blue; 
            • 50 red; 
            • 14 black ones for experienced skiers.

              You will also find 62 ski lifts there. Experienced riders and experts will also enjoy the presence of 6 freeride zones which will leave them with memories. unforgettable. 

              • Flaine - The valley of Véret; 
              • Flaine - The valley of Gers; 
              • Les Carroz - Corbalanche; 
              • Samoëns - Horn; 
              • Samoêns - DVA park.

              Open from mid-December to mid-April, you will enjoy the joys of skiing in complete freedom during the winter period of your choice. Do not hesitate to consult the prices practiced by the domain to determine the package that suits you best. The connections between the different stations will allow you to benefit from very varied. For example, you can have fun at the Flaine ice rink, follow a snowshoe route on Les Carroz or go cross-country skiing near Morillon.