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5 Things You Never Knew About the Grand Massif

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The Grand Massif is a ski area in the French Alps, found just 50km from Geneva (looking for ski resorts near Geneva?). It's a beautiful ski holiday destination which combines the ski areas of 5 resorts. There are 4 charming traditional resorts: MorillonSamoënsSixt-Fer-à-Cheval and Les Carroz d'Araches; and the more modern and lively resort of Flaine (available through our sister company, Ski Collection).

Quick facts about the Grand Massif resorts

  • Morillon: An easily accessible family resort with 2 altitudes
  • Samoëns: Great snow quality throughout the season and a village that's truely retained its original charm
  • Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval: A listed village with a large natural reserve
  • Les Carroz d'Araches: Plenty of sun, a tranquility that will appeal to nature lovers and slopes for every level
  • Flaine: The highest resort in the Grand Massif and a listed historic monument

5 things you might not know about the Grand Massif

  1. Massif by name, massive by nature – the Grand Massif is the fourth largest linked ski area in France, with 265km of pistes (over 145 slopes) for your enjoyment!

  2. A total of 218 snow-making machines add to the natural snow cover on the lower and most exposed parts of the ski area. The Grand Massif is highly regarded for the reliability of the snow cover.

  3. There are 31 piste grooming machines that operate at night across the ski area. On the steepest slopes, the grooming machines are held by a 1000m cable which can hold up to 4 tonnes!

  4. 270 lift operators ensure a comfortable ride and help to reduce queues during busy periods.

  5. There are 65 ski patrollers who are permanently on duty in the Grand Massif, working to keep skiers and snowboarders safe. Their work includes rescuing injured people, blasting avalanches after heavy snow falls and marking the pistes.

Take a virtual tour of the Grand Massif!

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