IFP French Property Network

Chamonix Valley

Overview:

Situated across the French\Swiss boarder le Grand Massif comprises of 5 linked villages\ski resorts. The oldest of which is Les Carroz which has been attracting skiers since 1936, by 1939 its first draglift opened and, at the time, was the longest in Europe.

  • Flaine, the modern resort, built to compliment the mountains.
  • Les Carroz, the village resort situated on a sunny plateau.
  • Morillon, relax in this perfect setting or try one of the Mountain Bike descent courses.
  • Samoens, an authentic village that you may just fall in love with. Featuring the famous tree "Gros Tilleul" which is over 550 years old.
  • Sixt Fer a Cheval, with over 9200 hectares of national park land to enjoy.

Other Activities Include:

  • Dog sledding
  • Snowshoeing & winter walking
  • Croq'raquettes
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Hanggliding and Paragliding
  • Ice rink
  • Tobogganing
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking

Based in Flaine, are 105km of Mountain Bike tracks which are distributed across 8 different routes. Offering green runs for beginners right through to black runs for veterans of the sport, there is something for all experience levels. In Morillon you will also find 2 descent courses for MTB which are sure to test even the most experienced biker.

Apres Ski:

Le grand massif is a favorite during summer too, it's popularity stems from the fantastic scenery and panoramas seen in this region of France. Renowned for itís natural beauty Sixt Fer a Cheval is set in over 9000 Acres of national park. The village is rich in 9th century architecture which is a stark contrast to other alpine ski resorts.

Highly recommended is the resort of Flaine, founded by Eric and Sylvie Boissonnas, set onto a natural mountain plateau it was designed by architect Marcel Breuer in the 1960's. After completion the founders gathered some significant works of art in the resort from the likes of Picasso, Vasarely, Dubuffett and Bury. The resort is extremely well laid out and has been listed as a French National Monument since 1991.

Resort Facts:

  • Snow Range: 700m-2500m
  • Village Heights: 1600m
  • Highest Lift: 2500m
  • Longest run: 14km
  • Slopes face: N W
  • Snow Cannons: 128
  • Largest vertical drop: 1800m

Piste and lift information:

The valley of Giffre offers 400 km of marked piste to enjoy which is split in the following fashion:

  • Green runs: 14
  • Blue runs: 56
  • Red runs: 48
  • Black runs: 15
  • Cross country trails: 65km

In Le Grande Massif ski domaine, there are a total of 79 lifts split in the following way

  • Drag lifts: 38
  • Chair lifts: 28
  • Cabin Lifts: 7
  • Rope tow: 3
  • Inclined: 2
  • Bucket: 1

Winter activities:

  • Snowparks: 3
  • Ice rink
  • Tobogganing
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Dog sledding
  • Snowshoeing & winter walking

Ski hire and lift passes:

Lift passes are available for each of the resorts individually, alternatively you can purchase passes for the entire Grand Massif area. Further details are available direct from http://www.grand-massif.com/.

Travel:

Located in the Northern Alps Le Grand Massif is one of the most accessable of ski areas in France.

Rail:

Easy access on the TGV via Cluses railway station; and only 1hr from Geneva international airport.

Car:

Travel on the A40 Autoroute from Geneve to Chamonix
For Sixt Fer a Cheval, Morillon and Samoens take exit 18 signposted "CLUSES SCIONZIER"
For Les Carroz or Flaine take exit 19 signposted "CLUSES CENTRE"

For more information regarding busses in this area visit: http://www.sbb.ch/en

Accomodation:

Please visit our rental section for accommodation in this area, there is something to suit all tastes and budgets. Alternatively, hotels are available through our hotel partners please click here for further information.

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