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Ski area: Grand Massif, France
Resort height: 800m
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 starstarstar

Driving distance from Calais: 543 miles (7hrs 40)

resort info

At the end of the Giffre Valley, set in an area of outstanding natural beauty with the magnificent 'Fer à Cheval' and its wonderful waterfalls and natural reserve, Sixt is still largely unknown outside France.


However years ago the well known climber and founder of the Alpine Club, Sir Alfred Wills, made Sixt his base for discovering the area and built a chalet in the village.


Ranked among the “Most Beautfiful villages of France”, Sixt combines nature with architecture and originality with 24 hamlets scattered overna area of 12000ha. The most notable are Mount, Passy (where chalet Le Penoutlay is located), ​​Salvagny, Le Fay, Hauterive, or The Molliet The Frenalay, and most of them conceal treasures from a long and rich history.


Life is centred around the 12th century Abbey and is quite simple - a few shops, post office, mini-market, a few cafés and restaurants and a bakery that makes some 'sinful' cakes. Wonderful walks, snowshoe outings, dogsledding, a challenging 'via-ferrata' (a type of ladder fixed directly onto the rock), ice climbing and village discovery visits, are also available. Discover the making of Tomme de Sixt at 1800 meters     at l'alpage de Salvadon!


There is a regular ski-bus service from Sixt to Samoëns and Morillon.


Only a 10-minute drive beyond Samoëns, Sixt is only a 30-minute drive from the motorway exit near the TGV train station of Cluses and only 1-hour drive from Geneva.


Why Sixt?

·          A very pretty, undiscovered village, set in outstanding scenery

·          Superb walks, uncrowded pistes

·          Access to the massive Grand Massif ski domain

·          Easy access from the motorway, train station or Geneva airport



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


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

Sixt local domain open 20/12/14 - 11/03/2015

Grand Massif ski area stays open until 19/04 so you can get the gondola from Samoens just down the road. There is a large free car park by the Samoens Grand Massif Express lift that takes you to Samoens 1600.


Child Care


See Samoens info, please see here




Snowshoeing, ski touring, dog-sledging, ice-climbing, Via Ferrata climbing (depending on the weather)…


Sixt Luge/Tobbogan

2 sledging tracks are available:
- Sledging track of the Cirque du Fer a Cheval:
In the heart of the great site of the Cirque du Fer aCheval, come enjoy a securely laid out sledging track for unparalleled family fun. Great laughter and wonderful scenery are awaiting you!
- Sledging track of Salvagny:
Located at the edge of the beginner's slope of fontaines, in the hamlet of Salvagny, below the Kindergarten, this track is also securely laid out for small children. You can keep an eye on the older ones skiing on the fontaines ski run while the smallest are having great fun sledging!


Samoens Dog sledding

Information on the rides (20 to 30 mn long)

Before the winter season :

During the winter (since december 22nd):

Tel: 0033 4 50 96 64 19

Reservation at the nordic area's reception of the Samoëns tourist office.


RATES 2014/2015:
Adult 40 €
Children (from 4 to 10 years of age, accompanied by an adult) 20 €

Children under 4 years of age, accompanied by an adult Free

Sixt Mountain activities

Ski touring, Vallée Blanche, rock climbing, ice climbing, via ferrata ...

Bureau des Guides et Accompagnateurs de la Vallée du Giffre

Tel : +33 (0)4 50 34 43 12

Internet :


Samoens Parapente / Paragliding

Les Tontons Volants

Opposite Grand Massif Express - Samoëns

Tel : +33 (0)4 50 89 82 30



Sixt Walking

Over 100 km of signposted footpaths providing access to 5 mountain huts and conservation areas: “Cirque du Fer a Cheval”, the Cascade “du Rouget”, the “Gorges des Tines”


Sixt Icefalls

Sixt Fer à Cheval is one of France's main icefalls site. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced sportsman, you will find around 60 routes from 40 to 500 m awaiting you. It is strongly recommended to go with a mountain guide who knows this uncommon, extremely weather-dependent activity well. The area of the small valley of Sales is perfect for initiation. The scenery is spectacular and the conditions perfect. The area of the Cirque du Fer à Cheval is more athletic and offers ascents up to grade 7.


Le Bureau des Guides de Sixt Fer à Cheval

Tél: 0033 4 30 07 66 63



Library in Sixt Fer à Cheval is open all year long.

Opening times: Outside school holidays - Every Wednesday and Saturday from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.
During school holidays: Every evening from Monday to Friday from 5.30pm to 6.30pm

Tariffs :
0,70€ per book



Market Samoëns:

Every Wednesday morning (from 8am to 13H), year round, will wander about the market in Samoëns Savoie. You will find all products of our region as well as numerous articles and household textiles, and accessories.

Market Morillon:

Wednesday evening, from 16H.


Sixt Guided tours

The various guided tours for both individual and for groups, by the Heritage Guides for Pays de Savoie Sixt Fer à Cheval you will discover much of this history and enter the abbey. A circuit of the chapels can tour the nine small buildings of which two are in the mountains, one in the village d’alpage des fonts, the other in l’alpage de Sales.


Most activities take place in the nearby villages of Samoens and Morillon. 


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.


Sixt Tourist Office

Tel +33 450 34 49 36  or check

Out of season opening hours:
Open everyday from 9.30 to 12.30 a.m. and 2 to 5.30 p.m. (except on Sundays and Mondays and bank holidays).
In season opening hours:
Open everyday from 9.30 to 12.30 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m.

Apres Ski/Eating


6 restaurants, some snack restaurants and bars. Le Chalet du Lignon has a panoramic terrace.


Restaurants and bars 

Auberge de la Feuille d'Erable

Open lunchtime and dinner. Closed Monday.SIXT FER A CHEVAL. Tel:+33 (0)4 50 34 44 47

Le 27

Open every day except Wednesday and Thursday Sixt fer à cheval. Tel:+33 (0)4 50 89 87 95



Chalet Restaurant du Cirque du Fer à Cheval

Open from 9:00 am to 06:00 pm SIXT FER A CHEVAL. Tel:+33 (0)4 50 89 13 88



Pizzeria La Chaoune

Open every day except Monday lunchtime SIXT FER A CHEVAL. Tel:+33 (0)4 50 91 21 52


Le Chalet du Lignon

Parking, open from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. SIXT FER A CHEVAL. Tel:+33 (0)4 50 34 99 90


Restaurant Le Rouet

salvagny sixt fer à cheval. Tel: 0033 450344089


Le Carrousel

Open to the 1st may, every day, to 10:00 am from 08:30 pm. SIXT FER A CHEVAL. Tel:+33 (0)6 18 88 66 53


Le Gite du Lac de Gers

Unique restaurant, located in a remote and beautiful area which is only accessible via a 14km long run, La Cascade. At the bottom of the run, skiers need to press a button to call the restaurant’s owner who will come to pick up skiers with his snowmobile.




By Road: Driving distance from Calais 543 miles (approx 7hrs40)

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. Sixt is 5km after Samoens.

It takes approximately 25 minutes from the motorway exit to Sixt Fer a Cheval.


By Rail: Cluses 30km - Shuttle bus +33 450 98 07 81 or Taxi +33 450 34 90

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



Geneva is 86km from Sixt (1 ¼ hours)

Chambery Airport is 124km from Sixt (1 ½ hours)

Lyon Airport is 207km from Sixt (2 ¼ hours)

Grenoble Airport is 214km from Sixt (2 ¼ hours)


Public shuttle bus transfers from airport:


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


Airport Transfer

Pre-book your taxi transfer with Peak Retreats

From Geneva Airport to Sixt - from £77 per person return based on 4 people sharing. 

For all other transfer prices please click here

Resort News



Events in Sixt







Santa Grand Massif
Come meet Santa on the ski area. Distribution of twists.
From 14h to 16h, Salvagny.


24th December 2012





Torchlight descent New Year
For adults and children over 12 years.
Mulled wine and chocolate offered by the tourist office. Inscription from the ESF. 18h, the Feulatière Lifts. Salvagny ski area.
31st December 2012

La Grande Odysée - IN SAMOENS

This year, the opening ceremony of the Great Odyssey is taking place in Samoëns. The programme includes a whole range of convivial events, a chance for the whole family to find out about sledge dogs and just have fun, ending with a fireworks display.

9am - 4pm: vet checks on the car park at the Lac aux Dames.
From 10am: sponsor village.
2pm - 7pm: hospitality and entertainment at the Lac aux Dames leisure complex:
- Sleigh rides for under 8's. Limited numbers. Book on site - 2 €.
- See Nordic equipment for the disabled (suitable for all ages). Try out the Nordic equipment for the disabled over a short course.
- Nordic workshops. Skijoring, snowshoes, instructors' stand etc. (suitable for all ages - free).
- Snow sculpture and snowman building competition (suitable for all ages - free).
- Ambulatory entertainment and balloon shaping.
- Demonstration of ice sculpture.
- Refreshments (hot drinks and snacks), stands run by Samoëns' associations.
6.30pm: Opening ceremony - presentation of teams to the public - demonstration course around the Laces aux Dames.
7.15pm: Fireworks.
8pm: Party - Function room at the Bois aux Dames - for organisers, the media, mushers, guests and councillors only.


12th January 2013

Winegrowers - IN SAMOENS

Calling all wine lovers! For one exceptional week, specially invited vignerons will tell you about the products they love so much. After a good day's skiing, take time to appreciate the flavours that are such a part of French heritage. Various regions of France will be represented e.g. Alsace, Champagne, Côtes du Rhône, Languedoc, Burgundy and Loire etc. 
The winegrowers will give you a chance to taste their products and will host a range of workshops on various topics.
 The vignerons present at the week-long event are:
 - Rhône Valley: Domaine du Grand Tinel
 - Beaujolais: Domaines des Fonterouilles
 - Burgundy: Domaine Dureuil Janthial and Domaine Christian Clerget
 - Languedoc: Domaine de Cambis
 - Roanne: Domaine Le retour aux sources
 - Alsace: Domaine François Braun and Domaine Meyer
 - Bordeaux: Domaine Schröder and Schÿler
 - Champagne: Domaine Legras
 - Vins de Savoie: Domaine Philippe Grisard and Domaine André et Michel Quenard.


Thursday 17 January 2013 16h00 to Monday 21 January 2013 19h30





All information provided by Samoens or Sixt tourist office, see or for more information

 Other – lift news, workshops

Every Monday at the Tourist Office from 17h - Mulled wine and hot chocolate offered by the tourist office.

Other Amenities


Sherpa minimarket open from 8am-12.30 and from 4.30-7pm.

Non stop opening in French school holidays.

Open from 22/12/2013 to 15/04/2014 (Snow chains on sale, local products, stamps, meat counter, takeaway cheese, raclette or fondue loan)


Boulangerie open from 06.30am-12.30 and from 3.30pm-7.30pm

Souvenir shop from from 9am-12.00 and from 3pm-7pm.

Regional products open from 8am-12.30 and from 4pm-7.30pm

Cash point, library, 3 x sports shops.

On Sundays, at 18.30: welcome drink at the Tourist Office with an introduction to the resort.

In Samoens (5km): Market on Wednesdays, doctors, pharmacy, physiotherapist, hairdresser, laundry/dry cleaning, bakeries, several sports shops…

There is also a farm situated in the very picturesque Hameaux Palme-Dessous, just 2 km outside Sixt Fer à Cheval. The farmer sells local traditional farm products.

ski info

Sixt has a small and uncrowded domain with a mix of slopes for all abilities. It is linked to the massive Grand Massif (265 km of pistes) and it is possible to ski back from Flaine to Sixt via the very scenic 14km 'Cascades' blue run (just go to Samoëns or Morillon via the regular free bus service.


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


Sixt local ski area – 32km of piste, 2 GREEN, 4 BLUE, 4 RED, 1 BLACK, 6 lifts and 4 snow cannons



With over 34 km of ski trails, Sixt is great for families, with an easy access beginner area, a snow garden for children from 3 years and a secure sledging area.


You can’t ski from Sixt to the other areas of the Grand Massif, but you can ski back to Sixt using ‘Les Cascades’ piste - this 14 km piste takes you from the summit of Les Grandes Platières at 2,500 m down to the village of Sixt located 900 m further down the mountainside. A great descent through alpine meadows and forests on one of the finest pistes in the Alps. A forest ski run on the edge of the Sixt Fer-à-Cheval Nature Reserve where it’s not unusual to come across mountain goats. 14 km of quiet surroundings and breathtaking landscapes!


If you wish to try skiing outside of Sixt’s small domain, take the shuttle bus or drive to Samoens just down the road (10 mins). From here you can take the Grand Massif express gondola up to the main ski area.


Alternatively try Les Gets and the wider 'Portes du Soleil' which are only a short drive away. Alternatively try Les Gets and the wider 'Portes du Soleil' which are only a short drive away.



In Sixt you have a few green runs accessed via drag lifts then a further few blues to progress on. Otherwise skiing in Samoens couldn’t be easier with an excellent nursery slope area at Samoens 1600 for beginners to practise on with 7 lifts. The area for beginners is separated from the other sectors of the domain, to enable users to ski in complete safety, and avoid having users with different levels of experience on the same pistes. The restaurant terraces overlooking the pistes enable you to make the most of a relaxing rest in the sun while keeping an eye on your children.  



In Sixt, there are 4 blue and 4 red slopes. Otherwise intermediates 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.



In Sixt there is only 1 black slopes so for the more advanced there is also a testing terrain with Grand Massif domain: The steep north-facing mogul slopes from the Tête des Saix, the central point of the entire Grand Massif system, down to Samoëns are particularly enjoyable. There is also extensive off-piste in Grand Massif.


Please note that lift passes will need to be collected in Samoens. Ski school is arranged in Samoens (10 min drive or shuttle bus).


Video of the famous Cascades 14km piste down into Sixt fer a Cheval


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


Samoens ski hire prices start from £33 for children (skis and boots) & £48 for adults (skis and boots) for 7 days. View here for Samoens 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:

Sixt beginner pass - €8.90 for adults and €8.90 for children (1/2 day)

Sixt beginner pass - €10.10 for adults and €9.50 for children (day)

Drags Fontaines and Cascades.


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

½ day - €12.20 children, €12.20 adults

Day - €13.10 children, €17.40 adults

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



Lessons only (lift pass not included)



6-14 yrs

Ski Kindergarten 3-5yrs

6 half-days AM or PM*




6 days*




Snowboard 6 half-days (10yrs+) **




*AFTERNOONS AND FULL DAY SESSIONS ONLY AVAILABLE AT PEAK DATES (21/12-2/1 + 8/2-6/3) SKI: Adults, Children & Piou Piou: 21/12-2/1 9.30-11.45 or 14.00-16.30; 4/1-6/2 + 8/3-24/4 Mornings ONLY 9.30-11.45 for Adults & Children - PIOU-PIOU: Mornings 9.30-11.45 or afternoons 14.00-16.30 (Jan/Feb) or 14.30-17.00 (Mar) or 13.30-16.00 (Apr) (am + pm only for +5yrs); 8/2-6/3 10.00-12.15 or 15.00-17.15; PLEASE NOTE 1ST LESSON SUNDAY PM 14.00-16.30 from 4/1-6/2 and 8/3-24/4 **SNOWBOARD: Adults & Juniors (10-15 years old): 21/12-2/1: 14.00-16.30 - NOT AVAILABLE 4/1-6/2 - 8/2-6/3: Sun-Fri 15.00-17.15 - 8/3-18/4 Sun-Fri 09.30-11.45



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.


Samoens/Sixt Individual Tuitions

(13/14 prices, NOT pre-bookable)





1-2 pers



1-2 pers



3-4 pers



3-4 pers




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 Samoens contact numbers for private lessons:

Ecole du Ski Francais Village +33 450 34 43 12

Ecole du Ski Français Samoens 1600  +33 450 34 40 86



Mountain Restaurants in Grand Massif

Many located in Grand Massif.


Cross Country in Grand Massif

The nordic Haut Giffre area is well-known and appreciated among cross-country skiiers. From Samoëns to Sixt Fer à Cheval, there are 80 km of marked trails in the valley that are also laid out for ski skating. In Sixt, the network of runs is perfectly blending in the lanscape and allows practising cross-country skiing both for beginners, in the area of Glière (2 km), and experienced skiiers, at "Molliet" (9km), on the Fer à Cheval circuit (16 km) or by joining Morillon (10 km). Fer à Cheval is a wonderful site for a change of scenery. The area of Col de Joux-Plane (1700m) sur Verchaix is laid out with 30 km of ski runs (cross-country / skating ski). The quality of the snow cover is guaranteed in this nordic high mountain area offering a unique view on the Mont Blanc and the Haut Giffre valley.


RATES ADULTS 2014/2015:
Full-day flatrate  8 €
One-week flatrate  32 €
RATES JUNIOR (6-16 years old) 2013/2014:
Full-day flatrate  4 €
One-week flatrate  16 €


Snowshoeing in Sixt

Several marked trails are set up for the practice of this activity. The guidebook is available at the tourist office at a price of € 5.50.


Outings organized every winter to make you discover the mountain fauna, its adaptation to winter, learn to identify animal tracks ...


Le Bureau des Guides de Sixt Fer à Cheval

Tél: 0033 4 30 07 66 63


Ski touring in Grand Massif

Wonderful organized ski tours allow nature enthusiasts to discover the Great site of Sixt Fer à Cheval and its surroundings. Physically very taxing, ski touring is meant for experienced skiiers and it is advised to be accompanied by a professional guide with excellent practical knowledge.


Le Bureau des Guides de Sixt Fer à Cheval

Tél: 06 77 00 99 71


Historical Snow


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


This for the Samoens ski area, not just Sixt alone.


Samoens 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. Samoens also benefits from North-facing slopes which greatly helps to retain snow longer. Here is the snow record data for Samoens. 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:












































Upper Slopes (cm)





















Lower Slopes (cm)






















Other Accommodation In: Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval

More details
Le Penoutlay
Sleeps 6. Bedrooms: 3
Chalet Penoutlay is less than a mile from the village centre. The chair lift for the local Sixt domain (limited) is 100m away.
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