Morillon, Flaine, Les Carroz & Sixt
Home to French Olympic ski champion Antoine Dénériaz, this small and pretty village is also a gateway to the Grand Massif ski area. Morillon has plenty of great runs including the marvellous Marvel, a wide, pretty and interesting 7km green run through the trees designed for beginners but everyone loves it! There’s a friendly traditional bakery, bars, a few small shops and a relaxed pace to life. Morillon also has a traditional market every Wednesday afternoon.
Uncompromisingly modern, Flaine is the architectural vision of one of the Bauhaus movement’s most famous sons, Marcel Breuer, designer of the Unesco building in Paris and the Wassily chair. Whether you consider the architecture a work of modern art or an eyesore, Flaine itself is a huge snow bowl with extensive and varied ski runs plus the area is blessed with one of the best snowfalls in the Alps – an average 6m per year. This fabulous ski area is easily accessed from Morillon and Samoëns – 5 and 9 minutes respectively from Rêves de Montagne.
Originally a traditional farming village Les Carroz ski resort was created in 1936. Ski into Les Carroz from the top of Morillon and enjoy a mix of pistes to suit all abilities of skiers and boarders. Off-piste fans will enjoy the tree runs under the gondola – a local secret! Les Carroz is also home to our favourite restaurant in the Grand Massif – the absolutely fabulous Les Servages d’Armelle.
Rich in 9th century architecture Sixt is part of the Grand Massif ski area with some lovely red runs in Sixt itself and, of course, the famous Cascades piste – a 14 km blue run starting at the top of Flaine and ending in Sixt. At the end of the valley is the stunning Cirque du Fer à Cheval, a horseshoe of huge snow covered mountains and frozen waterfalls which can only be explored on foot – or snowshoe!