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Ski area: Grand Massif, France
Resort height: 1140m
Resort top height: 2500m

Grand Massif
(Samoens, Morillon, Sixt, Les Carroz, Flaine)
Km piste: 265
Lifts: 70
Snow cannons: 349
Snow parks: 2

No. of slopes: 145

Green slopes 18 Blue slopes 67
Red slopes 46 Black slopes 14

Beginners starstarstar
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Driving distance from Calais: 540 miles (7hrs 40)


Perched on a plateau at 1140m, Les Carroz d'Arâches 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 cafés and interesting little shops centred around a main square.


The traditional village of Les Carroz d’Araches has a pleasant ‘lived-in’ feel and animated atmosphere. Les Carroz ski resort has been popular with French families since the mid 1930s and holds the ‘Famille Plus Montagne’ label for its superb children facilities. Non skiers have plenty to do - try an Air balloon flight, a night time luge’, dog sledding, indoor tennis, ice skating, snowshoe outings…


Interested in buying an apartment in Les Carroz d'Araches? See our Buying in the Alps section


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Opening Dates


Grand Massif/Les Carroz ski area opens on 20/12/14 – 19/04/15


Child Care


Les Carroz has acquired the Famille Plus label for its childcare facilities. Please view here for more information on the Famille Plus label.




La Souris Verte (CRECHE)

Tel 00 33 450 47 95 18  


La Souris Verte offers all typical activities of a regular day-care establishment: indoor manual activities, singing, physical activities in the balls pool, and outdoor games...All children staying after lunch time at la Souris Verte will nap in beds. Even if the child is not sleeping, the time is designated for resting in a calm environment. If the child really doesn't want to sleep during the nap time, he will be sent back to the activity room.


Situated in the centre of Les Carroz village, near to the cinema. From 3 months to 3 years, open from 8h30 to 17h until 31/1 and then 17h30 from 1st February.


Day is from 8H30-17H/17H30
Half day is from 8H30 - 12H30 or 13H-17H/17H30


Rough prices 14/15:
Day price - 38 €

Half day price - 25 €   

6 days - 202 €

6 half days - 128 €

Meals - 5.60 €

 Rules of procedure


Club des Loupiots (NURSERY)

From 3 - 12yrs - Tel +33 450 90 24 58  


Situated 5 minutes from Les Carroz village, the club offers a wide range of activities to children, during the day, from 3-12yrs. Please note that the club works with both skiing schools. The club has its own minibus, which takes the children to and from their skiing lessons.


Open Mon-Fri from 8h30 to 18h30 amd everyday during French school holidays.


Rough prices 14/15:

1/2 day - 18.50 €

Day - 34 €

5 days - 136 €

6 days - 170 €




Aquacime Indoor and outdoor pool in Winter
Over 1000 M2 space divided into 3 spaces: water, well-being and form…  Dive into a serenely calming environment, whilst admiring the outstanding panoramic backdrop of Les Carroz’s mountains.

A tranquil indoor pool

Outdoor pool heated to 30ËšC


Aquacime Well-being space Les Carroz

The leisure centre’s appeal lies in its large heated outdoor pool with an unspoilt view of the Timalets piste and the snow-capped peaks. In the middle of winter,
you will appreciate the sauna, steam room, indoor relaxation pool as well as the impressive cardio-fitness room.
The extra plus? Swimming at night time: the Aquacîme centre is open until 9.30pm on Tuesdays (and Thursdays during French school holidays).

Welcome to the Aquacime from 13th december to 26th april 2015.

The well-being space is open during French School holidays: on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday  2 to 8pm - Tuesday (Thursday during French school holidays) 2 to 9:30 pm
other periods: on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 8pm, on Tuesday from 2 to 9:30 pm

Aquacime prices:
Relaxing space: indoor and outdoor pool + sauna + turkish bath: 15 euros - From3 to 12 year olds: 12€
Relaxing and fitness space: 20 €
Fitness space: 10 €

Aquafitness sessions on Wednesday and Fridays at 11:15 am - 30 min - 10 € - Limited spaces
Infos: 0033 450 90 24 80


Les Carroz ice rink

Feel the thrill of the ice… on our outdoor artificial ice rink 36m x 18m

1 session 5.50 € adult or child - Wednesday promo 4€ sessions from 10 am to 12: noon and from 2 to 7 pm.

The ice rink is open from 19th December up to 24th March.


Les Carroz Ice Climbing

Bureau des Guides – 00 33 450 90 06 55


Les Carroz Hot Air Ballooning

Les Carroz is the only resort to have its own Hot Air Balloon. From €200/pers.


Les Carroz Handgliding/Paragliding

Learn to fly or improve technique

Air Passion –

From around €65.


Les Carroz Snowmobiles at night

Tel: 00 33 6 12 21 40 60

Adult: between 85.00€ and 95.00€


Les Carroz Dog sledging

Evasion Nordique

Discovering of dog sledging.

Tel: 0033 6 82 09 50 03

Les Molliets (5km from Les Carroz, 10 mins)
From December 2014 to Sunday 19 April 2015.

Adult: 60 €, Enfant: 40 €  


Les Carroz Taxi horse-drawn carriage drives
From 20/12/2014 to 19/04/2015 from 14h to 19h. Closed on Sats. Sundays during French school hols only.

20 min, 25 € - 40 min, 48 €


In Les Carroz: on Tuesday mornings
In Italy: AOSTA on Tuesdays; COURMAYEUR on Wednesdays
Nearby: List available at the Tourist Office 


All the above information is for information only. For the most up-to-date information please visit the resort tourist office website. All prices for activities are in local currency (€ Euros) and are bookable and payable locally in resort.


Les Carroz Tourist Office

Les Carroz tourist information      

Tel +33 450 90 00 04  


French school holidays from Sunday to Friday from 9am to 7pm. Saturdays from 9am to 7.30pm
Outside French school holidays from Monday to Friday from 9am to 12.30pm and from 2pm to 7pm. Saturdays from 9am to 12.30pm and from 2pm to 7.30pm. Sundays and bank holidays from 9am to 12.30pm and from 3pm to 7pm.

Apres Ski/Eating


20 Restaurants and 7 bars.

1 nightclub: ‘Club 74’, in the heart of Les Carroz. Phone: +33 450 90 04 69. 

1 Cinema: ‘Le Schoucas’ with 2 screens.


Les Carroz has their very own DJ on the floodlit Timalet slope in the village. Free drinks served (alcohol free). The piste is open from 5.30pm to 7.30pm from 20th Dec to 7th Feb and from 6pm to 8pm from 7th Feb to 7th Mar. On Tuesdays and Thursdays during French school holidays and on Saturdays at all other times. 5€ for children and 7€ for adults. Cancelled if the weather is bad. Take the shuttle bus from the centre of the village.


Village restaurants

04 50 90 00 78
G2 Centre - Place de l’Ambiance
A.P.O. (Aux Petits Oignons)
04 50 90 36 93
G2 entrance to Les Carroz, direction Carroz Ouest
Les Airelles
04 50 90 01 02
H2 Foot of drag Figaro
Bistrot-Grill Le Gron
04 50 18 62 12
H2 Route des Moulins
Les Campanules
04 50 90 15 63 - 06 74 10 01 04
Chalet des Molliets
04 50 90 05 09
HP Molliets - route de Flaine
La Croix de Savoie
04 50 90 00 26
J2 Le Pernand - direction Flaine
La Ferme du Laÿs
04 50 90 48 97
D3 le Laÿs
La Fringale
04 50 90 03 17
G2 Centre - Route de la Télécabine
Le Névé
04 50 96 53 56
G2 Centre - Place de l’Ambiance
L’Ours Blanc
04 50 90 02 77
G2 Centre - Place de l’Ambiance
Le Phare
04 50 90 38 48
G1 opposite télécabine
Le Poirier
04 50 90 05 45
H2 Route des Moulins
IL Piccollo
04 50 90 51 57
H3 Route du Serveray
Les Servages d’Armelle
04 50 90 01 62
I1 Route des Servages
La Spatule
04 50 90 07 64
G2 Centre - Place de l’Ambiance


Altitude restaurants

04 50 90 20 61
Télésiège de Plein Soleil
Haute Combe
04 50 90 32 91 - 06 14 83 91 55
Vallon des Molliets
Le Croc Blanc
06 61 48 26 08
Tête des Saix.
04 50 90 14 31 ou 06 87 81 17 05
Sommet télésiège de Bergin (Morillon)
04 50 90 41 75 - 06 33 13 24 22
Sommet télésiège du Sairon (Morillon)
06 07 65 42 36 - 06 17 64 10 31


Bars and pubs

Le Carpe Diem
04 50 90 34 59
G2 Centre - Place de l’Ambiance
04 50 18 31 56
H2 Centre - Route des Moulins
Le Marlow
04 50 90 05 67
G2 Centre - Place de l’Ambiance
Le Saint Jack
06 10 76 74 87
G2 Centre - Place de l’Ambiance



By Road: Driving distance from Calais to Les Carroz 539 miles (approx 7hrs 30) from Calais, take A26 Motorway towards Reims and Troyes, then Dijon, Mâcon then ‘Autoroute Blanche’ Motorway ( A40 Mâcon – Cluses) exit Cluses Centre (no 19), follow N205 road towards Sallanches. After 3 km follow signs to ‘Les Carroz d’Araches’ and turn left towards Les Carroz on the D6 road.


By Rail: Direct TGV to Paris/Cluses at weekends. Takes 5 hours. Bus between Cluses and Les Carroz. Alpbus – 00 33 450 03 70 09.

Cluses 20km.   

From Cluses to Les Carroz private transfers – from £58 per person return based on 4 people sharing. Prebookable via Peak Retreats. 



Geneva to Les Carroz is 73km (1 hour)

Shuttles between Airport and resort. One way €45.50, return €78. Everyday with SAT company via Taninges or direct at weekends.

From Les Carroz – Geneva booking is essential 48hours in advance from Tourist Office.

Chambery Airport is 111km from Les Carroz (1 ¼ hours)

Lyon Saint-Exupery is 193km from Les Carroz (2 hours)

Grenoble is 200km from Les Carroz (2 hours)


Public shuttle bus transfers from airport:


Geneva Airport - Les Carroz via Annemasse ( From 20/12/14-23/03/15 (up to 6 per day). Adult return €80.


Getting around Les Carroz

Car parks

There are 1250 free car parking spaces for you to use at the bottom of the pistes…

a. Telecabine departure Les Carroz parking – 550 spaces

b. Les Molliets sector (5km from village towards Flaine, 10 mins) – 700 spaces (there is a chairlift at Les Molliets)

There is also parking in the village (270 spaces).


Shuttle buses around Les Carroz ski resort

To get to the lifts, to the ski school or to go shopping, the shuttle buses are free and run every day from 8:30 am. View the 14/15 timetable here 


Airport Transfer

Pre-book your Les Carroz transfer with Peak Retreats

From Geneva Airport to Les Carroz – from £77 per person return based on 4 people sharing. 

For all other transfer prices please click here


Resort News




Events in Les Carroz 14/15







Giant Snow sculpture


From 8th to 11th January 2015 from 11h to 19h.



8th - 11th January 2015





La Grande Odyssée Savoie Mont Blanc 2015

On 11th January the far North adventure is back for the dog sled teams in the Grand Massif area, a stage 100% Les Carroz: departure from Les Molliets area and arrival in the village ski resort centre.


11th January 2015

Fire show: 'La Joyeuse Gravité'

From 19h to 19h30.


18th February 2015





Carnival face painting

From 14h to 17h30.

Child: 3 €. Inscriptions at l'Office de tourisme.


18th February 2015





Event information courtesy of Les Carroz tourist office –



Weekly market - Throughout the year: every Tuesday at 8.30 AM.

Mini Fireworks

22 Dec 2014 from 18h30 à 18h45

29 Dec 2014 from 18h30 à 18h45.

11 Feb 2015 from 19h to 19h15.

25 Feb 2015 from 19h to 19h15.

4 March 2015 from 19hto 19h15.

Prices: Free of charge

Snow machine exhibition

13 Jan 2015 from 17h to 17h30.

20 Jan 2015 from 17h to 17h30.

3 Feb 2015 from 17h to 17h30.

10 March 2015 from 17h30 to 18h.

17 March 2015 from 17h30 to 18h.


Other Amenities


Mini-supermarkets, cash points, doctors, 1 pharmacy, physiotherapist, dentist, hairdresser, beauty salon, bakeries, several sports shops…Library, 2 art galleries, tabac.


Les Carroz is linked to the huge Grand Massif (Samoëns, Morillon, Sixt and Flaine) and provides extensive skiing for all levels and no queues. The gondola and chair lift go straight up to the Grand Massif area.


Thanks to its geographical location, the Grand Massif enjoys abundant, regular snowfalls throughout the season, and the area is well known for the quality of the snow in spring. Of course, 80% of the slopes are north-facing, allowing the snow to lie for longer and remain in good condition.


Additional ski fact info, main ski info in resort facts box at top of page.

Massif (all of above exc. Flaine)





No. of slopes 81










254 snow cannons, 1 snow park


Les Carroz – 15 lifts, 30 pistes, 63 cannons, 3 GREEN, 16 BLUE, 8 RED, 3 BLACK



Grand Massif offers a variety of pistes for all levels from complete beginners through to experts wanting to seek off-piste potential. The slopes are relatively snowsure within the Grand Massif domain with slopes reaching around 2500m and being mostly north-facing. It is also one of the nearest major ski resorts to Geneva Airport.


Back from Flaine, Les Carroz ski runs are short but offer a wide variety of trails, including more difficult sections at the top of the red runs and some good off-piste. There are some excellent woodland runs just above Les Carroz accessed via a gondola so great on bad weather days.


The ski school’s torch-lit descent is not to be missed – it starts off with fireworks and ends with vin chaud and live jazz in the square.



Beginners will find nursery slopes and free drag lifts in Les Carroz village to practise on. There is a green run at the top of the Kedeuse gondola ‘Mollachets’ and lots of blue runs to progress on. There is a new covered travelator at the beginners area at top of the Kedeuse cable car for 13/14.



Intermediates will find a variety of runs to improve and progress on with plenty of blues and reds to choose from, quite a few are tree-lined. The Grand Massif itself has extensive intermediate slopes with big lift networks.



Experts will find challenging red runs and a few black runs can be found above Les Carroz ski area. Otherwise Flaine has some seriously challenging terrain (mostly off-piste though).


Skiing back to Les Carroz village

To ski back to Les Carroz resort, there are a series of blue runs to the right of the Kedeuse gondola & Moulins chairlift, primarily the ‘Combe’ run. There is also another blue run to the left of Les Carroz ‘Sarbotte’ and a red run ‘Timalets- running down to the left corner of the resort.


New snow-making equipment was installed on the Combe piste (blue) in 2012 which means that skiers of all abilities can now ski back to the resort. The Combe run (blue) has been equipped with artificial snow (26 snow cannons from the Gron ski lift, starting at the cable car), ensuring that you can ski back down to the resort on an easy run throughout the season. Other snow cannons have been added to the Chamois and Marmottes runs.


Kedeuse Gondola

There is ample parking by the gondola departure. It takes 6 minutes to reach heart of the Grand Massif ski area from Les Carroz on the 8 seater Kédeuse gondola. There is also 176 ski lockers at the telecabine (payable). 


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  • Activities
  • Historical Snow
Ski Hire


Ski hire in Les Carroz prices start from £35 for children (skis and boots) & £48 for adults (skis and boots) for 7 days. View here for Les Carroz ski hire prices.


Ski lockers

Although residences we feature have ski lockers, some may prefer to store them closer to the slopes.

In a specially fitted room right at the foot of the Kédeuze telecabine, Les Carroz has installed 176 ski lockers, each capable of holding 4 pairs of skis, poles and boots
and equipped with dryers. Access to the ski lockers is recorded on the Skicard to automatically open the locker.
Open every day from 8am to 6pm. Locker rental from the main ticket desk (cashier no.1) at the bottom of the telecabine.
Tariffs: 6 nights 45€; 5 nights 37€; 2 nights 17€

Ski Passes


Grand Massif LIFT PASS 14/15

(265km of pistes covering Les Carroz, Samoens, Flaine, Morillon and Sixt)

6 days

7 days


28/3 + 4/4

10/1-30/1 + 14/3-27/3

Adult (16-64yrs)





Child (5-15)





Senior (65-74yrs)





Child (under 5) & Senior ( 75+) Free

Proof of age is compulsory; please bring ID when collecting lift-passes

Please note: there is also a cheaper lift pass called Massif covering only Samoëns, Morillon and les Carroz although we cannot pre-book this. Beginners are advised to buy this pass in resort (c €195 for 6 days).

€1.60/pass for hands-free pass included in price (hands free pass can be re-used annually)        


Other lift pass on offer (to buy locally in resort in Euros):


Massif ski pass – ½ day and daily rates 14/15:

½ day - €25.70 children, €34.20 adults

Day - €28.50 children, €38 adults

Grand Massif ski pass – ½ day and daily rates 14/15:

½ day - €30.00 children, €40.10 adults

Day - €33.40 children, €44.50 adults


Beginner draglifts in the village centre

Free draglifts available by the nursery slope Tele Ecole.
Draglifts Télé-Ecole 1 and Télé-Ecole 2: FREE!
Draglift Télé-Carroz: FREE!


"Carroz Débutant" area 14/15 - 24 €/day/adult   18 €/child
7 lifts: 2 Télécabine returns, Crêtes ski lift, Plein Soleil ski lift and chair lift + free beginners' pistes in the village centre: Télé-école 1 & 2, Télé-Carroz free ski lifts


There is a new covered travelator at the beginners area at top of the Kedeuse cable car.

Ski School


SKI SCHOOL ESF 14/15 Les Carroz

Lessons only (lift pass not included)

High Season 21/12-2/1 + 8/2-6/3

Low season-other dates


Children (5-13)*


Children (5-13)*

6 half-days Ski1





6 half-days Snowboard2 Afternoons Only (9+yrs)





Piou-Piou ³ (3-5yrs) 6 half-days





Competition4 (+12yrs) 6 x 5hrs




1 SKI 21/12-2/1 Sun-Fri 9.00-12.00 or 13.30-16.30, 4/1-6/2 + 8/3-24/4 Sun-Fri 9.00-12.00, 8/2-6/3 Sun-Fri 9.00-12.00 or 14.00-17.00 / 2 Snowboard: PM ONLY 21/12-2/1 Sun-Fri 13.30-16.30, 8/2-6/3 Sun-Fri 14.00-17.00 / 3 PIOU-PIOU 21/12-2/1 Sun-Fri 9.00-12.00 or 13.30-16.30, 4/1-6/2 Sun-Fri 9.00-12.00, 8/2-24/4 Sun-Fri 9.00-12.00 or 14.00-17.00 - 4 COMPETITION ONLY 21/12-2/1 + 8/2-6/3: Sun-Fri 09.00-14.00 ALL SKI SCHOOL TIMES GIVEN AS INDICATION ONLY

Cost of medal included for children

Please note that a booking fee of £9 per party will apply


Ski School: Please note that: Lesson times are subject to change right until the last minute. Outside French school holidays the ski school reserves the right to cancel group lessons should numbers be insufficient. For peak periods (20/12-3/1, 07/2-07/3 & 11/4-25/4) we strongly recommend that you book as early as possible and in any case at least 6 weeks prior to the required dates. AM lessons tend to get booked up first and therefore we may only be able to offer PM classes within 6 weeks of departure. In some resorts English speaking instructors may not always be available, particularly at peak times.


Les Carroz Individual Tuitions

(14/15 prices, NOT pre-bookable)


Private lessons can be arranged through Les Carroz ESF:

1 hr (infant to - 6ans) - €45-47

2 hrs (1h45) - €81-89

3hrs - €113-121 


Individual tuitions can only be purchased directly from the ski school. Peak Retreats cannot pre-book these.

Please note that prices are only an indication and are subject to change


Ski school contact number:

ESF Les Carroz +33 450 90 02 38




Mountain restaurants in Grand Massif

L’Anfionne, Le Croc Blanc, La Cupesse, L’Igloo, Le Chalet d’Clair, Le Croc Blanc, Altitude 1800-Oréade


Cross-country in Grand Massif

There are no cross-country skiing trails in Les Carroz, but the Les Carroz resort organises free shuttle buses to Agy nordic skiing area, and as soon as the area is closed (usually mid March).


Place de l'Ambiance
74300 Les Carroz-d'Arâches

Open hours:
From 20 December 2014 to 31 March 2015.


Night-time Skiing in Les Carroz

Night-time skiing once or twice a week.


Starlit ski touring in Les Carroz
Bring your fondue fork!
A night time ski touring ascent to get closer to the stars at the top of the mountain, from where you can look down on the resort from on high at sunset!

On arrival: savoyard music, fireworks and a fondue tasting are organised...

Sign up at the Tourist Office + 334 50 90 00 04  


Terrain Parks in Grand Massif

JamPark Pro is in Flaine and is the main park. Has a quarter-pipe, tables, rails, a boardercross course and chill-out zone.


There is a tiny kids’ park in Samoens, a boardercross course in Les Carroz and another kids’ park, JamPark Kids, with a boardercross on the Morillon side.


Snow shoeing in Les Carroz

with Montagne Activités

Tel: 0033 6 85 66 59 42

Fax: 0033 4 50 90 07 91

Historical Snow


Les Carroz Snow Report – 2004-2014 (10 season average)


Les Carroz and more generally the Grand Massif (Flaine) has always benefited from a superb snow record thanks to the microclimate resulting from the proximity of Mont Blanc. Snow cover on at least parts of the ski area is pretty much guaranteed from mid-December until late April. Here is the snow record data for Les Carroz. The first row shows the week for which the measurement applies eg. February 3 is the 3rd week in February. Top slopes shows the average snow cover in cm at the top of the ski area. Bottom Slopes shows the average snow cover in cm at the bottom of the ski area (this is generally where the nursery pistes are located). About 10 cm is generally enough to ski but it very much depends on what’s below ie. grass or more rocky surface.


See also snow reports for SAMOENS, which is on the same ski domain (Grand Massif)


10 year ski season average:












































Upper Slopes (cm)





















Lower Slopes (cm)






















Other Accommodation In: Les Carroz d'Araches

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Les Chalets de Jouvence
Luxury MGM Apartments. Sleeps 2-8
Indoor Pool
Les Chalets de Jouvence prestige residence is ideally located at the foot of the slopes, right by the Figaro drag lift (free).

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Les Fermes du Soleil
MGM apartments. Sleep 2-6
Indoor pool
Les Fermes du Soleil is a high standard residence located right close to the heart of the village of Les Carroz.

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Le Front de Neige
Sleeps 2-8
Overlooking the resort, Le Front de Neige in Les Carroz is located at the foot of the slopes leading to the gondola.
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