The cableway and chair are reached by efficient ski-bus from Les Carroz village centre, and are within easy reach of the hotels. The local ski area is made up of long wide pistes and forest trails, most of which stay fairly quiet.
Some of the best skiing in the immediate area is on La Combe de Gron, particularly in the spring. Beginners and families can ski back to the resort on Lou Darbes and La Forestiere runs and there is floodlit skiing on the Timalets piste two to three evenings a week, depending on the time of year.
The 14km Cascade run is a great route for an unforgettable day’s skiing: you start at the top of the Flaine cable-car, cross the Sixt Fer a Cheval Nature Reserve and the Gers bowl, and at the bottom a free shuttle bus takes you up to Samoens or Morillon from where you can ski back to the resort again.
The Grand Massif is a wonderful ski area, but the best skiing is in Flaine’s snowy bowl and the peaks encircling it – which is quite a trek to reach from Les Carroz for anyone who isn’t a particularly strong skier. You need to allow up to two hours to get back from Flaine during peak skiing time. “The ski area is a bit disjointed and we missed the last lifts one day, being directed back by clocking-off pisteures,” said a reporter.
Freeriders might do better in Flaine
It might be better to stay up in Flaine rather than down in Les Carroz, since you’re more likely to get the best snow in Flaine’s powdery bowl. However, freestylers are now well catered for with the new Zone Oasis park, which includes a boardercross course, a snowpark with more than 30 modules, a slalom run and seven cameras with a large screen and a wifi spot to shoot and share your tricks.