Ski Accommodation in Grand Massif
Located just an hour’s drive from Geneva, Grand Massif offers a huge variety of terrain across its five main resorts of Flaine, Samöens, Morillon, Les Carroz and Sixt.
There’s an impressive 265km of well-groomed pistes for skiers of all aptitudes in this gorgeous ski area situated in the Northern Alps underneath Mont Blanc. Despite its size, Grand Massif is a bit of a hidden gem ̶ its main resort Flaine is well-known amongst the snowsports community but the charms of the other outstanding resorts, less so. However, there are many reasons that this could be your ideal ski area and Erna Low has a range of awesome accommodation options to help make your stay memorable and magical.
Every resort here offers fab facilities and amenities as well as sublime skiing and scenery. Centrepiece Flaine is a purpose-built resort constructed in the 1960s in a huge natural powdery bowl which was developed under the expert eye of the late, great skiing champion Emil Allais. Although the skiing tops out at around 2500m, the microclimate created by the surrounding mountains creates a natural fridge effect, which means it’s extremely snow-sure. Meanwhile, Les Carroz has a resort altitude of 1200m but it’s snow-reliable on- and off-piste thanks to wooded slopes above the village, and rustic Morillon boasts some of the most popular accommodation and has easy access to some of the most prominent pistes. Samöens sits on the valley floor and although it doesn’t offer doorstep skiing (you hop on a cable car to reach the slopes), the standard of accommodation is high in this authentic old town. Last but not least, Sixt is an ancient, beautiful and serene village which is a haven of tranquillity ̶ again, this isn’t the closest to the slopes but if you’re prioritising peaceful accommodation it can still be a good pick.
As you can see, Grand Massif is diverse enough to cater for any type of Alpine holidaymaker ̶ from dedicated skiers who want to take advantage of the ski-in/ski-out convenience of a resort like Flaine and clock up as many piste miles as possible, to visitors who want to soak up the old world ambience and preternatural beauty of Sixt. And with high class cafes, restaurants, bars and clubs across the area, as well as ample amenities for kids, it’s a great choice for families as well as couples and solo skiers.
As the original Alpine ski package provider, no one is better placed than Erna Low to arrange the ideal Grand Massif ski holiday for you, with everything from accommodation down to ski passes designed to deliver maximum satisfaction!
Ski chalets in Grand Massif
The iconic French Alps ski chalet, with its sloping roof, wooden walls and beams, stone base and decoratively carved windows and balconies, will be familiar even if you’ve never holidayed in the Alps.
It has become synonymous with Alpine hospitality and many a movie and TV series has featured chalet settings where families in festive jumpers gather in living areas to share vin chaud or fondue, or couples cosy up for the evening on rugs in front of roaring fireplaces.
Yet the chalet has much more humble beginnings as an agricultural building used by shepherds to shelter stock and make butter, and arguably it might never have become the iconic ski holiday accommodation had it not been for the pioneering efforts of our founder Erna Low, who introduced the first catered ski chalet vacations to the world way back in 1932.
Classics never go out of style and this adage certainly applies to the ski chalet ̶ although the versions you’ll find in Grand Massif have been expanded to accommodate various suites and apartment units, the exterior still displays the distinctive silhouette. Here are a few of our favourite chalet-style accommodations in this super ski area:
Les Chalets de Léana in Les Carroz is a classic chalet style accommodation crafted from wood and stone, with fully furnished family-friendly apartments designed for self-catering ski breaks in the heart of the resort, just 700m from the ski lift. Wireless is available throughout, baby packages are available on request, linen packages (including bed linen and towels) can be arranged, final cleaning (except the kitchenette area) is part of the package price, small pets and dogs are permitted to stay and private parking is available for a fee. In addition to the well-appointed accommodation, there’s a plush wellness centre with a jacuzzi, hammam and sauna, a large indoor pool and separate kids pool. Apartments are available with 1-4 bedrooms sleeping 2-10 guests comfortably, space is maximised by discreet sofa beds in living areas and there are ample shower rooms and WCs.
Les Chalets de Jouvence are another comfortable accommodation option in Les Carroz d’Araches. This four-star prestige establishment is a mere 400m walk from the centre of the village and nestled at the foot of the slopes, close by the covered magic carpet that whisks you to the Kedeuze cable car and on to the delights of the Grand Massif mountain snowsports playground. With sumptuous Savoyard styling and scenic views, this is a ravishing romantic bolthole for couples but suitable for families too thanks to its fab facilities proximity to the ESF Piou Piou Kindergarten meeting point. As a guest you can enjoy free access to the luxury wellness centre which features hot tubs, steam rooms and saunas, while additional services like beauty treatments and massages can be arranged for a fee. Wi-Fi is available and this is also a pet-friendly accommodation. Suites are available with 1-4 bedrooms, sleeping 2-10 people.
Les Chalets de Laÿssia is a centrally-located Samoëns accommodation that’s certainly worthy of your consideration. With panoramic mountain views of the snow-capped peaks of Le Tuet, Le Criou and Le Môle, this is one of the world’s best places to wake up and sip your coffee as you gaze at the beautiful scenery from your balcony. All apartments have double or twin beds, with shower rooms, WCs, satellite TV, Wi-Fi, and fully-equipped kitchenettes containing everything you need to create family snacks or entertain guests. There’s a communal area in reception with a pool table and cosy fireplace and superb spa facilities feature a hammam, sauna, fintness room, indoor pool and children’s pool. Apartment configurations are available with 1-4 bedrooms that sleep 4-10 guests. If you’re looking for a lovely location and accommodation that’s stylish and practical, welcome home.
As you can see, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to classy chalet accommodation in Grand Massif!
Ski apartments in Grand Massif
Are you yearning for accommodation that combines the charm and comfort of a chalet with the luxe amenities of a hotel?
Sounds like a ski apartment in Grand Massif will be pretty much perfect. There are several advantages of this type of accommodation ̶ you can live independently, enjoy the privacy, imagine you’re a full-time resident for the duration (wouldn’t that be bliss?), come and go as you like and take advantage of doorstep skiing and easy access to your resort’s apres-ski attractions. Here are some excellent examples of the apartment accommodation options available:
Le Centaure in Flaine is another brilliant home base for your Grand Massif skiing or snowboarding break. Located in Flaine Forum, the centre of the original resort, it’s close to the facilities and slopes ̶ in fact Les Grands Platières ski lift is very close by. Apartments are spacious, modern and available in 1-3-bedroom versions sleeping 4-8 people comfortably. Each apartment has free Wi-Fi access, large TV and spa bath, while baby beds and highchairs are available upon request from reception. The expansive reception area is a welcoming social space with a warm fireplace, billiard table and staff on duty to cater for your needs, and there’s also a cardio room, heated pool and spa area with wellness treatments available for a fee.
La Reine des Pres ski apartments in Samoëns are highly-rated by guests and conveniently located between the Grand Massif Express and resort centre. 1-3-bedroom configurations are available which can accommodate 4-10 guests with ease, and each apartment has double or twin beds, shower room or bath, WCs, telephone, Wi-Fi, and well-equipped kitchenette with microwave, hobs, oven and fridge. Constructed from wood and stone in the authentic Savoyard style, these awesome apartments also have an onsite swimming pool, hammam and fitness room, and a breakfast bakery delivery service can be arranged for those lazy mornings when you want to spoil yourself with breakfast in bed.
Les Fermes du Soleil in Les Carroz are a family- and pet-friendly accommodation option with 1-4-bedroom apartments available that sleep between 4-8 guests. Crafted from authentic lauze tiles and a rustic wooden façade, the interior décor in each apartment beautifully blends earthy tones with sublime soft furnishings and natural wood features. Balcony views of the winter wonderland outside are standard and for vital rest and relaxation between fresh powder adventures you can splash around in the indoor heated pool or enjoy a purifying steam or sauna. When you’re ready to ski, regular shuttle buses leave from reception and there’s also a supermarket nearby to pick up any essentials. If you want a family-friendly accommodation option that’s close to the resort centre and wonderfully welcoming, this is it.
It’s evident that there are several super apartment options up for grabs in Grand Massif ̶ if you’re still swithering, we’re happy to help you choose!
Ski hotels in Grand Massif
For the ultimate in Alpine accommodation convenience, it’s hard to beat a hotel ̶ with comfy, private suites where you can rest, relax and socialise, spas and pools for gentle exercise and stretching, toning and reviving your muscles, and in-house eateries to please your palate, everything you need for a fantastic ski break is under one roof. Here are a couple of our most popular Grand Massif hotel options:
La Forêt aparthotel in Flaine is situated at the top end of this pedestrianised resort, just a short stroll from the shops and with ski-in/ski-out accommodation as standard. These roomy apartments have been recently refurbished and they’re the epitome of contemporary comfort, with luxuriant beds, fabulous soft furnishings and sunny, south-facing views across the resort from their balconies. On those days you can’t be bothered eating out, there’s a cool kitchenette where you can whip up a quick healthy breakfast before hitting the slopes, but there’s also an onsite Italian restaurant serving all of your favourite pizzas, pastas, wines and beers ̶ the perfect tonic after a day on the slopes. Wi-Fi is available, there’s a big screen TV with international channels and each apartment has its own handy locker for storing your ski equipment. If value for money family accommodation just 200m from the main ski lift sounds good, you’ll feel completely at home here.
Les Terrasses d’Hélios is another wonderful Flaine aparthotel which enjoys a commanding location at a lofty altitude of 1700m, ski-in/ski-out access to the slopes and amazing views of the surrounding snow-cloaked mountains. Salubrious wood-panelled apartments are bright and airy and some even have their own roaring fireplaces ̶ perfect for warming yourself up after a thrilling but chilly day on the slopes. Available configurations range from 1-3 bedrooms sleeping 4-8 guests in comfort. The complex has a mini-market where you can pick up everyday essentials and tasty cuisine is on offer at the onsite La Table d’Hélios restaurant. Last but not least, keep yourself in tip-top mental and physical condition between adventures on the Grand Massif pistes with therapeutic wellbeing sessions in the Deep Nature Spa, which boasts a heated pool and hot tub.
For an Alpine holiday where you feel totally pampered and recharged, one of our Grand Massif ski hotels delivers satisfaction every time.
Facilities and amenities in Grand Massif
Amenities and facilities in Grand Massif are of a superb standard and every effort has been made to ensure that visitors of all tastes and requirements have an amazing time and leave with smiles on their faces.
If you enjoy traditional pub-style apres-ski ambience, you’ll love Diamont Noir in Flaine, where there’s table football, pool and darts to keep you busy in between rounds of beer and cider, while Carpe Diem in Les Carroz is a cracking place to listen to music and let your hair down.
And if you need to polish your technique under the watchful eye of a pro instructor, there are several ski schools which cater for all ages to choose from, including the famous ESF, which is a bit of an Alpine institution, and Ecole De Ski 360 is another super choice for kids aged 4 and over.
Meanwhile, parents who want some alone time on the slopes can arrange professional childcare form the likes of Village des Enfants at Morillon, as well as several other certified providers throughout Grand Massif.
There’s also ample off-slope entertainment for children here, including the thrilling Speed Dragoz rollercoaster in Les Carroz, ten-pin bowling and even husky dog sledding.
Finally, foodies shouldn’t miss options like Restaurant L’Aero in Samoëns, which serves simple but lip-smacking food and cocktails in a scenic setting, and the Milk Hotel, which serves spectacular haute cuisine at the bottom of the Timalets piste in Les Carroz.
Selecting your ideal accommodation in Grand Massif
With so many amazing accommodation options available at prime ski areas like Grand Massif, first-time visitors can sometimes suffer from information overload when trying to choose ̶ don’t worry if you’re still struggling to work out which choice best satisfies your needs because our advisors are here to help and organising outstanding ski holidays is our passion. With a peerless ski holiday pedigree that stretches back generations, no one is more capable than Erna Low when it comes to organising customised ski holiday packages with ideal accommodation, ski passes, ski hire equipment and more.
We’re mad about mountain culture, therefore making sure you adore the Alps as much as we do is our mission. So whether clocking up ski miles is your priority, apres-ski and delicious cuisine are important, or family-focused fun is your main objective, we can steer you towards accommodation with everything you need, located close to the facilities that take your break to another level of enjoyment.
Whether you’re an absolute beginner on the slopes, an intermediate skier looking to improve or an expert who wants to flex their muscles, we can fulfil your every requirement and keeping mixed ability groups happy is also no problem at all.
If Grand Massif captures your imagination, let us create the tailor-made ski holiday you’ve been dreaming of.
Overview of Ski Accommodation in the Grand Massif Ski Area
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