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This attractive area between Geneva (50km) and Mont Blanc includes four charming traditional resorts - Morillon, SamoënsSixt-Fer-à-Cheval and Les Carroz - and the modern concrete built resort of Flaine. The Vallée du Giffre which runs through Morillon and Samoëns, ends in the spectacular 'Fer à Cheval'. 


France's fourth biggest ski area has 265 km of piste and offers a great variety of terrain for all levels, reliable snow and a lack of queues. From the central Tête des Saix, north-facing runs drop down steep mogul slopes towards Samoëns while on the opposite side of the valley, easier pistes fall through tree-lined trails towards Morillon. The runs to Les Carroz are short but varied while the small ski area of Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval also links into the Grand Massif via the 14km 'Cascades' blue run (although the return is via bus). There are outstanding off-piste possibilities and the 3 'Jamparks' offer snowboarders some of the best conditions in Europe.


The region is easy to get to via direct motorway links from Geneva or by TGV train to Cluses, with regular bus links between the resorts. 


Read an article about Morillon and Samoëns by Eric Barton on his 2010 ski trip to these ‘hidden gems’ – view article here.



Set amid forest and nestling at the foot of the imposing Criou mountain, SamoŽns has remained unspoilt by tourist developments. Despite recent growth on the outskirts, the many traditional-style bars and restaurants at Samoens ski resort still give a feel for the 'real' rural France.
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Morillon is a charming Savoyard village built around a 16th century church in the beautiful Giffre Valley. It manages to retain its individual character as a small resort much loved by generations of French families. Morillon holds the official 'Famille Plus Montagne' label for its superb children facilities. We warmly recommend the 'Village des Enfants', which cares for skiing and non-skiing children aged between 6 months and 10 years.
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Les Carroz d'Araches
Perched on a plateau at 1140m, Les Carroz d'Ar‚ches is a traditional alpine village in the heart of the Grand Massif area, just one hour from Geneva and Chamonix. It is one of the most accessible resorts in the Alps. It is a spacious, sunny, family resort with pavement cafťs and interesting little shops centred around a main square.
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At the end of the Giffre Valley, set in an area of outstanding natural beauty with the magnificent 'Fer ŗ Cheval' and its wonderful waterfalls and natural reserve, Sixt is still largely unknown outside France.
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