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Ski area: Grand Massif, France
Resort height: 700m, ski 1100m
Resort top height: 2480m

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
Intermediates starstarstarstar
Experts starstarstar
Freeride starstarstarstar
Boarders starstarstarstar

Driving distance from Calais: 544 miles (7hrs 45)

resort info

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 8 years.




Morillon is one of the 5 resorts that is part of the giant Grand Massif (Flaine) ski area with 79 lifts covering 265km of piste in France.


In Morillon there are weekly torchlight descents, concerts, wine and food tasting, and a variety of activities for children are all part of an extensive winter programme of entertainment. Value-for-money restaurants make eating out a pleasure while a ‘traiteur’ produces first class regional food to take away.


Morillon 1100 (also known as Les Esserts), is a purpose built resort above Morillon village & is very much a pedestrian family friendly resort. Morillon 1100 offers a small selection of restaurants and bars, a few shops and mini-supermarket. The ’Village des Enfants’ children facility is based at Les Esserts.


Verchaix is in the middle of the Haute-Savoie, placed on a sunny slope of the Giffre Valley. Verchaix overlooks Morillon Village and has good road links to Annecy, Geneva and Chamonix. Verchaix’s typical hamlets compose of country cottages, farms, chalets and offers plenty of Savoyard charm.


Morillion is only 35 miles (1 hour) from Geneva airport and a 15-minute drive from the motorway exit & TGV train terminal of Cluses.


  • Opening Dates
  • Child Care
  • Activities
  • Apres Ski/Eating
  • Access
  • Other Amenities
Opening Dates


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


Child Care


The Village des Enfants is conveniently located at Morillion 1100 Les Esserts near to the main gondola and welcomes little ones from 6mths to 8yrs in their creche. If you are coming from Morillon Village you will need to come by car or cable car. There is no bus.

With child specialists and local carers, you can trust you are leaving your children in safe hands.

Tel Morrillon:+ 0033 450 907 215

Village des Enfants RESERVATIONS from 1st October 2013

Mornings are 9h - 12h30 and afternoons from 13h30 – 16h20 (17h20 during French school holidays)
Day 9h00 - 16h20 (17h20 during French school holidays).


Childcare and Garderie Prices 13/14 (without meals)


NURSERY (6 months - 3 years)
Half day € 29.00
Day € 41.00
5 half days € 120.00
5 days € 167.00
6 half days € 145.00
6 days € 205.00
CARE WITHOUT SKI (3 years - 8 years)
Half day € 28.50
Day € 38.00
5 half days € 115.00
5 days € 155.00
6 half days € 142.00
6 days € 190.00


Child € 8.50
Baby 6 to 20 months € 6.50
5 days/half days are from Monday to Friday.
6 days/half days are Sunday to Friday.
For children above the age of 5 and you have accommodation and are staying in Morillon village (and not Morillon 1100/Les Esserts), you will need to obtain a cable-car ticket if you do not have a ski lift pass. Free for children under 5 upon presentation of written proof of age. Passes are only reimbursed in the event of a child falling ill and where a medical certificate is presented. Otherwise you can drive to Morillon 1100 to drop off the child/children.


For a list of babysitters consult the tourist office.


Childrens Ski Lessons in Morillon Les Esserts 1100

Children can ski from 3 years old with ESF Morillon Les Esserts although we can only pre-book from 4 years old.

Peak Retreats can pre-book your ESF Morillon ski lessons.

See here for details for Morillon Ski Schools.



Morillon Dog sledging

Accueil Nordique Bâtiment de l'Office de tourisme
74340 Samoëns
Phone: 0033 4 50 96 64 19  
Les Vallons plain, 1 km from the village centre.

Experience the joys of a ride in a dog sled driven by a musher. Pulled along by the dogs, you'll discover the snow-covered scenery of the Upper Giffre Valley. Available once a week only. Advanced booking strongly recommended. The dogs will take you through the snow-bound scenery of the Upper Giffre Valley.


Two persons per sled (plus one or two children, depending on age). This trial ride lasts for 20 to 30 minutes and, depending on snow conditions, takes place in Samoëns or Sixt Fer à Cheval.

From 21/12/13 to 31/03/14: open daily.

39€ adult and child over 10 years old
19,50€ child from 4 to 10 years old (accompanied by an adult). Free of charge for children under 4 accompanied by an adult.

Morillon Walks

On foot or snow shoes.
15 different signposted tracks to help you discover the Giffre valley.
Itineraries on sale at the tourist office: 5 €
Each itinerary described with an illustration and a simplified map

Morillon Paragliding
Profeel parapente Hermine 2
74440 Morillon
Phone: 0033 4 50 90 30 08
Start at Samoëns 1600 and land at Samoëns, behind the swimming pool. An original way to discover the Giffre valley in summer or winter. Rodolphe will take you flying over the valley in a tandem paraglider.

All year round: open every day.
Adult: 75 €
Child: 65 € 
Grand Massif Helicopter flight 
Les Vallons
74340 Samoëns
Phone: 0033 4 50 92 78 00
Maiden flights in a helicopter from Samoëns. 25 years of flying experience at your service. Take off for a maiden flight full of thrills around the Giffre Valley. Magnificent views to be seen with Mont-Blanc Hélicoptère during an unforgettable flight! Fly over magnificent panoramas, and enjoy a bird's eye view of some incredible locations. Departures from Samoëns, Annemasse, Avoriaz and Megève.
Throughout the year: open daily - 190€ to 290€ 
Morillon Ice skating
In Morillon just near the blue lake (village) and in Samoens 4km.

Open every day from 14:30 to 19:30.

Wednesday opening 14h to 16h and from 16h to 18h animation given by the tourist office and night music from 20h to 23h.

4 € child until 16yrs

6 € adult
Entry for Wednesday animation 3€


Morillon Markets

Market in Morillon is on Wednesday from 16h-20hr in Le Bourg.


Other markets:
Cluses on Monday morning
Bonneville and Annemasse on Tuesday morning
Samoëns on Wednesday morning
Taninges and Les Gets on Thursday morning
Sallanches on Saturday morning


All the above information is for information only. For the most up-to-date information please visit the resort tourist office website


Morillon Tourist Office (OT Morillon)             

Tel +33 4 50 90 15 76

December to April Monday to Saturday from 9am to 12.30pm and from 14h to 18h30 and Sundays from 09h to 12h and from 14h30 to 18h30.

Apres Ski/Eating


10 bars/restaurants


Mountain restaurants  

L’Igloo, Le Telemark, Chez Martine et Eric


Restaurants & bars

Le Bon Coin

Bar and concerts.
Le Bois du Seigneur

Menu savoyard

Restaurant Le Caribou
Cuisine savoyarde, free WIFI gratuit
Le Yéti

Snacks and pizzas
La Carline

Restaurant savoyard
La Cashta

La Covagne

L’Etoile des Neiges

Le Morillon
Spécialités savoyardes
Restaurant Le Potet

Savoyard, pizzas
La Terrasse de Verchaix
Restaurant panoramique Spécialités savoyardes
Le Tourne Pierre




By Road: Driving distance from Calais to Morillon 537 miles (approx 7hrs30)

From Calais, take A26 Motorway towards Reims and Troyes, then Dijon, Mâcon then ‘Autoroute Blanche’ Motorway (A40 Mâcon – Cluses) Exit Cluses Scionzier. Follow signs to Samoens. After the Chatillon pass, follow signs to Morillon. It takes approximately 15 minutes from the motorway exit to Morillon.


By Rail: Cluses 20km

For information on timetables and availability ...
There are shuttle buses from the station in Cluses to Morillon. These buses run only as far as Morillon village and do not go up to Morillon 1100. If you arrive during the opening hours of the cable car, you can use it to complete your journey.
One-way ticket Cluses-Morillon about €7.

Information on timetables 04 50 34 40 09.

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



Geneva to Morillon is 59km (1 hour)

Shuttle bus (about c€64 per pers return children 4-12 half-price)

Chambery is 110km from Morillon (1 ½ hours)

Grenoble is 196km from Morillon (2 hours)

Lyon Saint-Exupéry is 197 km from Morillon (2 hours) 


Public shuttle bus transfers from airport:


Geneva Airport - Morillon Village via Annemasse ( From 20/12/14-23/03/15 (up to 6 per day). Adult return €75.


Getting around Morillon Village and Morillon 1100

Shuttles run between Samoens and Morillon but no shuttles run between Morillon Village and Morillon 1100. To get from Morillon Village to Morillon 1100 you must take the cable car only during the day or by car.

View here for 12/13 Grand Massif area shuttle bus timetable


Airport Transfer – pre book your Morillon transfer

Pre-book your taxi transfer with Peak Retreats

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

For all other transfer prices please click here.


Other Amenities


In Morillon village – hairdressers, tabac, 6 bars/restaurants, pharmacy, sport shops, ATM cash point.

In Morillon 1100 – Sherpa minimarket, 4 bars/restaurants, sport shops

(no cash point in Morillon 1100).

ski info

Morillon village has its own nursery slopes and - snow conditions permitting - you can ski back to the village.  The main skiing starts from Morillon 1100 (Les Esserts), the modern ski centre on the mountain above the resort. It can be reached by fast gondola or by car (an eight-minute drive). Snow record from Morillon 1100 is generally good, and well above other resorts of same altitude. Snow cannons allow a useful top-up early and late season (from mid-April). There is tree lined skiing at lower levels in Morillon, idea for bad weather conditions.


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



The villages own complex of nine lifts is directly linked to Flaine, Samoens, and Les Carroz with runs for all abilities.


The Chamonix Valley and the Portes du Soleil (Les Gets, Morzine and Avoriaz) are only a 30-minute drive away. Morillon is also an ideal starting point for cross-country skiing, walking and snow- shoeing.



For beginners there are a few green slopes at Morillon 1100 Les Esserts, and some blues to progress on. These all link back to the resort centre, making it a great environment to learn in. There is a moving carpet for beginners at Morillon 1100 and small slope to practice first turns.



For intermediates, the Morillon slopes are excellent – the long green Marvel forest run to Morillon 1100 (5km of piste) is an easy cruise with excellent signs along the way explaining the local wildlife. Intermediate and boarders will enjoy the 49 red pistes and 15 black pistes of the Grand Massif. The Grand Massif itself has extensive intermediate slopes with big lift networks.



Experts can find some tricky red and black runs above Morillon ski resort.



Extensive off-piste opportunities are an added bonus around the Morillon ski resort and surrounding resorts of the Grand Massif.



Snowboarders and twin-tip skiers have a choice of three purpose built terrain parks (see below).



If you are staying in Morillon village, depending on snow conditions you can take the ‘Doina’ red run which winds under the Morillon gondola to the bottom or there is a blue run too (but its not always open). If you are staying at Morillon 1100, the pistes coming directly into the resort are the green ‘Marvel’ and 2 blue runs – ‘Sairon’ & ‘Charnia’.


  • Ski Hire
  • Ski Passes
  • Ski School
  • Activities
  • Historical Snow
Ski Hire


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

Ski Passes


Grand Massif (265km of pistes covering Morillon, Samoens, Flaine, Les Carroz 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: €1.60/pass for hands-free pass included in price (hands free pass can be re-used annually)

Your hands-free lift pass cards will be sent to you in your voucher pack, so you won’t have to queue at the lift pass office with a voucher on arrival.

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).


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


For complete beginners 14/15:

Morillon beginner pass - €18 for adults and €13.10 for children (day)

Morillon beginner pass - €16.30 for adults and €11.70 for children (1/2 day - 4 consequetive hours)

(2 x trips Morillon gondola, drag beginner and Chairlift Esserts)


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

Ski School



Adults + Children



Cost of medal is included for children

Lessons only; lift pass not included

6 half-days Ski



6 half-days Snowboard (+8yrs)* - Beginners + Level 1



6 half-days Snowboard Levels 2+3 (+12yrs)**



SKI for Kindergarten, Children (4-15) & Adults 21/12-2/1: 9.15-11.30 or 14.00-16.15 - 4/1-6/2 + 8/3-24/4: Sun 14.00-16.30, then Mon-Fri 9.30-12.00 - 8/2-6/3: 10.00-12.15, 14.55-17.10 - SKI COMPETITION (Only 21/12-2/1 + 8/2-6/3): 9.30-12.30 - SNOWBOARD (+8yrs) * Afternoons only 14.55-17.10, **Only 8/2-6/3 9.15-12.15


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

Nursery with skiing - Winter 13/14 prices for information only)2

6 days

6 1/2 days

3-4yrs old. 1hr of ski tuition and nursery 2

€ 270.00

€ 223.00

4-7 yrs old with 2 1/4 hrs of ski and nursery ** 2

€ 295.00

€ 245.00

2 Lunch €8.50 extra NOT pre-bookable through Peak Retreats but we can forward a booking form for you to book directly.


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.  

Recent feedback:

"ESF ski school really friendly for British (compared to other bigger resorts)"

Mrs S, Refuge de L'Alpage E14, Morillon 1100, 21 Dec 2013

Morillon Individual Tuitions

(13/14 prices, NOT pre-bookable with PR)


Prices given in euros are just an indication and are subject to change


1 to 2 persons:
- 1 hour: 37 €
- 2 hours: 66 €

3 to 4 persons:
- 1 hour: 47 €
- 2 hours: 82 €

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


Contact the ski school in Morillon for private lessons:

Ecole du Ski Francais Village +33 450 90 15 09

Ecole du Ski Français Les Esserts +33 450 90 11 52



Mountain restaurants in Morillon

L’Igloo (by chairlift Bergin) and La Chalet d’Clair plus many more in the Grand Massif domain.


Cross-country in Grand Massif

In Morillon:

3km of slopes free access (near Morillon Village and Lac Bleu).

The Haut Giffre Valley:

There are nearly 50 kms of slopes.

-Boucle du Lac Bleu (green)
-Circuit de la Plaine
-Bois de l'Etelley (rejoint Samoëns)

Between Morillon and Sixt Fer à Cheval from 700m-1000m altitude.

Altitude site:

For these sites you must have a car.

The “Col de Joux Plane” (1700m) about 30 kms of slopes in front of the Mont Blanc. This site is opened only when the valley is closed. About 20 km from Morillon.

Agy (1300m) is near Les Carroz and there are about 20 km of slopes.
Le Praz de Lys (1400m) up to Taninges. About 23 km of slopes.


Nordic shuttle for the sites of Fer à Cheval and Joux Plane:

- à Joux Plane Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday (départ tourist office of Samoëns)

- au Fer à Cheval Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (départs tourist offices of Morillon, Verchaix, Samoëns and Sixt)

If only one site open, then runs all the days.


Ski Joering in Morillon
Lac Bleu
Morillon village 
Phone: 0033 6 80 68 69 65  

From 21/12 to 21/04: open daily at 5 PM.
Adult (hour): 35 € 

Snowshoe in Morillon

École de Ski de Morillon : half-day walks every tuesday and thursday : +33(0)4 50 90 11 52 +33(0)4 50 90 15 09

From about €20 per person.
Bureau des guides de la vallée du Haut Giffre : Day or half-day walks every day : +33(0)4 50 34 43 12
Prices about 18 € per half day, equipment €5.


Terrain Parks - JamPark

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.

Big Air Bag  

From Dec-April: open daily. At bottom of pistes at Morillon 1100 

Adult: 1 € 50
Adult (hours): 13 €
Adult (days): 20 €
Child: 1,50 €
Child (hours): 13 €
Child (days): 20 € 


Toboganning in Morillon 1100 and Morillon

The resort has created two sledging pistes: one in the village and the other at Morillon 1100 "les Esserts", for the pleasure of the kids... and the grown ups!


Luge (toboggan) on the green Marvel piste in Morillon 

Historical Snow


Flaine Snow Report – 2004-2014 (10 season average)


Morillon 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 Samoens, which is right next to Morillon. 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.


10 year ski season average for Flaine:












































Upper Slopes (cm)





















Lower Slopes (cm)






















Other Accommodation In: Morillon

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Le Buet
Apartments. Sleeps 2-8
Le Buet is a ski-in/ski-out residence in Morillon 1100 and located just a snowball's throw from the resort centre and 50m from the nearest ski lift

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Le Morillon
Hotel - Half-board
Indoor pool, sauna, Jacuzzi
Situated in the heart of Morillon village, within a short walking distance from the shops.

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Le Refuge de l'Alpage
MGM Apartments
Sleeps 2-10
Located in a prime position at the foot of the ski slopes in Les Esserts.

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Jardin Alpin II
Apartments. Sleeps 2-8
Le Jardin Alpin II is located in a prime position at the foot of the ski slopes in Les Esserts.

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Les Marmottes
Luxury Chalet
Sleeps 14. Bedrooms: 5
Ideally situated at the edge of Morillon Village. The main gondola & the village centre with its shops & restaurants are only a short walk away.

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Les GelinottesNew to our programme
Sleeps 2-8
Les Gelinottes is ideally located in a prime ski-in, ski-out position in the pedestrianised of Morillon les Esserts.

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Bois de Champelle
Chalets. Sleeps 2-10
Indoor Pool
The Bois de Champelle is a chalet park situated in the quiet ‘Vers le Pont’ hamlet, about 1 km from the centre of Morillon Village.

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Jardin Alpin
Sleeps 2-8
Located in a prime position at the foot of the ski slopes in Les Esserts.

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Le Refuge de l'Alpage 2
MGM Apartments
Sleeps 2-10
Located in a prime position at the foot of the ski slopes in Les Esserts
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