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Les Carroz & Morillon Ski Resort and Ski Holidays

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Les Carroz & Morillon
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  Resort Information
Season Dec - Mid April
Nearest Airport Geneva (60 mins)
Ski Area 265km (Grand Massif)
Ski Lifts 80
Ski Runs 350
Longest Run 11km
Resort Height 1140m
Snowball Ratings
Beginners 4 / 5
Intermediates 4 / 5
Experts 4 / 5
Families 4.5 / 5
Nightlife 3 / 5
Affordability 4.5 / 5
Non Ski Activities 4 / 5

Les Carroz and Morillon Villages, (as well as Samoens) within the Grand Massif ski area are without doubt the best kept secret in the Alps for family skiing.

These wonderful alpine Villages and resorts have everything you need including; A great atmosphere, 265 km of piste accessible from the village centre , regular free shuttle bus service, all shops and amenities situated around the lovely picturesque Village centres, ample free car parking next to the main telecabin from where you can ski the whole of the Grand Massif including Flaine, Samoens and Sixt fer a Cheval.

Les Carroz is not a purpose built resort; it is a pretty Village with origins of the resort dating back to 1939 when the first drag lift was installed, which at the time was the longest in Europe. It is often said that Les Carroz appears to have its own micro climate with consistently excellent snow and skiing conditions as envied by higher altitude resorts.

The main hub of the Village is a traditional busy square where you can find cafes, restaurants, numerous ski hire outlets, butchers, bakers, supermarkets, tourist information, cinema, local food specialists, some very nice boutiques and even a nightclub! Marlow's is a great apres ski sun catcher and has happy hour specials, Club 74 is the only club within a 50km radius that fills up with locals and tourists alike from other resorts and towns every weekend.

 There is also an outdoor ice skating rink in Les Carroz centre which is great fun for children and adults of all ages in Winter. In Summer the sports centre offers a heated outdoor pool, tennis courts, a skate park, a brand new fitness and exercice circuit, a beach volley ground, and suggests a lot of varied entertainment.

 Les Carroz is a pleaseant change from the hustle and bustle of many main stream ski resorts and makes for a perfect family ski holiday destination.

Turning to the actual skiing,when skiing at Le Carroz you can choose to buy one of two passes, the Massif (comprising Les Carroz, Morillion, Samoens and Sixt - a total of 128 kms pistes) and the Grand Massif (the Massif resorts and Flaine - 265 km pistes). Access from Les Carroz to the other areas in by gondola or chairlift from the station at the top of the village. To get to the station there is a rather steep climb of some 300m; also, while the hotels are all pretty central, much of the self catering accommodation is a bit of a walk to the lifts.

Les Carroz is perfect choice for the beginner and intermediate skier,with a wealth of choice of long sweeping runs networking all over the Grand Massif. Novices are well catered for with the ski schools teaching all levels and ages on the nursery slopes and there are kilometres of wide easy piste on which to hone technique. Two lifts in the village operate free of charge for beginners. Experts, too, will find themselves with plenty to test their skills. Throughout the Massif /Grand Massif there are several tough black runs including moguls fields and the powder skiing here can be as good as it gets. Please note that, because of the nature of the terrain, which is rocky and has hidden crevasses, you are strongly advised to hire a local guide when heading off piste.

Les Carroz is relatively low altitude and west facing so snow here can be less than reliable early in the season and spring afternoons may turn the snow to porridge. However, the Grand Massif with its height and north facing slopes is almost always assured of good snow and plenty of it. It is well worth exploring the area to its fullest extent and visiting the other villages in the linked pass - Morillon, Samoens and Sixt, which have a delightful rustic charm.

The runs down to Morillon are intermediate, Samoens is accessible by snow to better skiers (the runs are red and black) while the little community of Sixt and its small but excellent ski area is reached by the recently constructed piste down the Gers bowl - strictly for experts. Although a lift is planned to link Sixt with the Grand Massif, for the time being, a shuttle bus takes skiers back to Samoen or Morillon for uplift.Flaine has some of the best skiing on the Grand Massif pass and it also has one of the best snow records in France, due to its location and micro climate.

When touring around always make sure you know how and when you get back to where you started as taking the wrong connection or missing the last lift can lead to a difficult journey home.Night skiing is offered twice a week throughout most of the season.Truly a great choice for everyone.

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