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1 of 12 Les Carroz ski village at night (©G.Piel)
2 of 12 Les Carroz - Tete des Saix chairlift (©Soremac)
3 of 12 Les Carroz ski slopes - timalets red resort run (©D.Bouchet)
4 of 12 Les Carroz beginner ski slopes at top of Kedeuze gondola
5 of 12 Skiing in Les Carroz
6 of 12 Les Carroz tree-lined slopes
7 of 12 Les Carroz ski village
8 of 12 Les Carroz - Cool Zone Oasis (©MilloMoravski)
9 of 12 Les Carroz - Cool Zone Oasis (©MilloMoravski)
10 of 12 Hot Air Ballooning in Les Carroz
11 of 12 Les Carroz snow activities (©MilloMoravski)
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Les Carroz d'Araches

Thinking of skiing in Les Carroz? This traditional alpine village is situated in the heart of the mighty Grand Massif ski area, just one hour from Geneva and Chamonix.

Why Les Carroz Ski Resort?

  • One of the most accessible resorts in the French Alps - just 1 hour transfer from Geneva
  • Family ski resort with plenty to do
  • A great base from which to explore the vast Grand Massif ski area

Les Carroz Resort Information

Perched on a plateau at 1140m, Les Carroz is a spacious, sunny, traditional family resort with pavement cafés and interesting little shops which are centred on the main square. The village has managed to preserve its traditional charm in harmony with the beauty of the surrounding mountains. 

Les Carroz d’Araches has a pleasant ‘lived-in’ feel and animated atmosphere. It has been popular with French families since 1936 when it officially became a ski resort.

The resort has been awarded the ‘Famille Plus Montagne’ label for its superb facilities for children. As well as ample skiing, there's also plenty on offer for non skiers - try an air balloon flight, a night time luge, dog sledding, ice skating (some evenings until 10pm), snowshoe outings…

In 2014 a new leisure centre was opened. Its large heated outdoor pool offers an unspoilt view of the Timalets piste and snow-capped peaks. It also features an indoor pool, sauna, steam room and an impressive cardio-fitness room. There is late night swimming on some evenings.

Peak Retreats offers a choice of self-catered apartments in Les Carroz d'Araches. All our ski apartments have been hand-picked and are of a high standard (3 & 4*), providing an ideal base for a Les Carroz ski holiday.

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


Les Carroz - one of the nearest major ski resorts to Geneva - is linked to the huge Grand Massif region, the fifth biggest in Europe (Samoëns, Morillon, Sixt and Flaine). From the gentle slopes at the foot of the resort to the towering peaks reaching up to an altitude of 2500m, the Grand Massif offers a broad-ranging expanse of pistes. It provides extensive skiing for all levelswith very few queues. The gondola and chairlift 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 its snow quality in spring. As much as 80% of the slopes are north-facing, allowing the snow to lie for longer and remain in good condition.

In Les Carroz itself, there are 103 snow cannons which get their water supply from the Airon Lake and the new Gron Lake. As soon as weather conditions are right, i.e. at least -4°C, the pistes get a top-up of snow ready for skiers the next day.

The Grand Massif offers a variety of pistes for all levels - from complete beginners through to experts wanting to seek off-piste potential. Reaching around 2500m and mostly north-facing, the slopes of the Grand Massif are relatively snow-sure.

Aside from the extensive network of pistes in neighbouring Flaine, the ski runs at Les Carroz are relatively 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 - great on bad weather days!

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

  • For Flaine, see details with our sister company Ski Collection

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

Massif (all of above exc. Flaine)

145km of pistes, 45 lifts, 81 slopes:

Green slopes: 11
Blue slopes: 38
Red slopes: 23
Black slopes: 9

254 snow cannons & 1 snow park



Beginners will find nursery slopes and free drag-lifts in Les Carroz village to practise on. There’s the green Mollachets run at the top of the Kédeuse gondola, and lots of blue runs to progress on. Last winter a new covered travelator (magic carpet) opened at the beginners’ area at top of the Kédeuse gondola.


Intermediates will find a variety of runs to improve and progress on with plenty of blue and red runs 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 the Les Carroz ski area. Otherwise, Flaine has some seriously challenging terrain (mostly off-piste though).


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

New snow-making equipment was installed on the blue Combe piste in 2012, which means that skiers of all abilities can now ski back to the resort. There are now 26 snow cannons on the descent from the Combe de Gron, 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.


There’s ample parking near the Kédeuse gondola departure point. It takes six minutes to reach the heart of the Grand Massif ski area from Les Carroz on the eight-seater Kédeuse gondola. There are also 176 ski lockers at the base area, but there’s a charge to use them.  

Les Carroz Ski Hire

Pre-book your Les Carroz ski hire with Peak Retreats.

To download the ski extras form, see 'Helpful links' further down the page.

Please note, these Pound Sterling prices are for indication only. They will fluctuate based on Euro/£ exchange rate. Please call us for the latest prices.

Special offers: *7 days for the price of 6.  Free Skis/snowboard & boots (Blue/Red) for party leaders of groups of 10 or more all taking equipment. 1 Free helmet per child aged 6 and under for every adult booking skis or snowboards & boots (must be under same booking reference and requested on form above). Other duration prices on request - Cross Country ski prices on request.

Find out more about Peak Retreats ski hire

Les Carroz 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.
Tarif examples:
1 day 15 €
2 days 20 €
3 days 30 €
6 days 57 €
7 days 66 €

Les Carroz Lift Passes

Pre-book your Les Carroz lift passes with Peak Retreats. Find out more about Peak Retreats ski passes

To download the ski extras form, see 'Helpful links' further down the page.

Please note, these Pound Sterling prices are for indication only. They will fluctuate based on Euro/£ exchange rate. Please call us for the latest prices.

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

Vill4ges ski pass (Massif, excludes Flaine) – ½ day and daily rates 2019/20:
4 consecutive hours - €29.70 children, €39.40 adults
Day - €33 children, €44 adults

Grand Massif ski pass – ½ day and daily rates 2019/20:
4 consecutive hours - €32.80 children, €43.70 adults
Day - €36.40 children, €48.50 adults

"Carroz Débutant" beginners area 2019/20:
Head for the beginner area at the top of the Kédeuze gondola. Make use of the 120m long covered magic carpet and the Crêtes draglift with the Coin Coin piste exclusively reserved for beginners, thereby providing a safe area in which to learn. You can also use the Plein Soleil draglift and chairlift as well as the free beginner ski area at the bottom of the slopes in the village with its covered magic carpet.
Child day pass - €19
Adult-senior day pass - €26

SKICARD OBLIGATORY for all passes - €1,60 (except “pedestrian return” tickets). These hands-free smartcards can be recharged but are non-refundable.

Les Carroz Ski School

Pre-book your Les Carroz ski school with Peak Retreats. Find out more about Peak Retreats ski school

Ski school for children is available to book from 3 years to 17 years, in Les Carroz, with Peak Retreats. 3-5 year olds will go into the Piou Piou lessons. Children can learn to snowboard from 9 years+.

For ski school times and prices, please download the ski extras form from the 'Helpful links' further down the page. Please note these are just guiding prices. Please call us for the latest prices.

Please note that lesson times are subject to change right until the last minute - you will be advised. Outside French school holidays the ski school reserves the right to cancel group lessons should numbers be insufficient. For peak periods - Christmas, New Year, February half-term and Easter - we strongly recommend that you book as early as possible and in any case at least 6 weeks prior to the required dates. Morning lessons tend to get booked up first and therefore we may only be able to offer afternoon classes within 6 weeks of departure. In some resorts English speaking instructors may not always be available, particularly at peak times.

We cannot always guarantee that prices will be cheaper than in resort. When ski packs prices are calculated, the currency is bought at the exchange rates that apply at the time. You can be assured that once you have booked your extras, if the pound depreciates, you will not be charged more for your ski packs, enabling you to budget for your holiday in advance.

Les Carroz private lessons 19/20 (not pre-bookable, book direct):

2hrs: 1-2 pers - €93, 3 pers - €127
3hrs: 1-2 pers - €139, 3 pers - €190

Ski school contact numbers for private lessons:

ESF Les Carroz d'Arâches
Adénora Building 74300
Les Carroz
Tel: 0033 4 50 90 02 38

Les Carroz Child Care

Les Carroz has acquired the Famille Plus label for its childcare facilities.

Booking is essential. Book direct, not pre-bookable with Peak Retreats.

La Souris Verte (Creche)
213 route des Cyclamens - G3
West Carroz
Shuttle bus line A - “Le Serveray” stop
0033 4 50 47 95 18

For children aged between 6 months and 3 years (not at school). The Souris Verte offers all of the usual nursery activities in a specially designed room as well as outdoor games in an enclosed garden. Full day care is only available to children aged over 16 months.
Child Health record and DTP vaccination are obligatory.

Situated in the centre of Les Carroz village, near to the cinema. From 3 months to 3 years, open from 8:30 to 17:00, Monday to Friday (closed on Saturday and Sunday), throughout the season. Half days run from 8.30am to 12.30pm or from 1pm to 5pm

Guide prices 19/20:

French school holidays: only formula (4 or 5 half or full days) bookings accepted.

Day care (only for those aged over 16 months)
8.30am to 5pm - 62 € incl. lunch
Half day without lunch or snacks (only for those aged under 16 months)
8.30am - 12.30pm or 1pm - 5pm - 38 €
½ day morning with lunch 8.30am -12.30pm - 45 €
½ day afternoon with snack 1pm - 5pm - 42 €

5 full days (only for those aged over 16 months)
8.30am - 5pm - 230€ with lunch
5 half days 8.30am - 12.30pm or 1pm - 5pm from 150€

Christmas and New Year weeks
4 full days (only for those aged over 16 months)
8.30am - 5pm - 184€ incl. lunch
4 half days 8.30am - 12.30pm or 1pm - 5pm from 120€

Club des Loupiots (Nursery)
Tel 0033 450 90 24 58  

The leisure centre welcomes children aged between 3 yrs old and 12 yrs old (out of nappies).

The club is run by qualified youth leaders who lay on various activities for the different age groups. Join in a range of activities such as ice skating, tobogganing, snowshoe outings as well as indoor creative activities.

During French Zone B school holidays, every day from 8.30am to 5.30pm

Christmas holidays
From 21/12/2019 to 05/01/2020

French half term holidays
From 22/02 to 08/03/2020

French Easter holidays
From 20/04 to 24/04/2020

Open every Wednesday outside French school holidays.

209 route du mont Favy - G4
West Carroz -
Shuttle bus line A: “Les Tavaillons” stop
0033 4 50 90 24 58

Guide prices 19/20:

Full day with meal and snack - 40 €
½ day without meal - 25 €
5 consecutive days - 180 €

Credit/debit cards are not accepted.
A minimum of 6 children enrolled is required for the centre to be open.
Bookings must be made in advance and at the very latest the day beforehand.

Top winter activities to experience in Les Carroz d'Araches

Please note Peak Retreats do not book any activities and most activities are payable.

Snowsport activities:

Dog sledging
2 companies to teach you how to drive a dog sledge team. Follow the lead with a qualified instructor through the Molliets snowfields and imagine that you are in the Far North. Book early as it is a very popular activity!

Bureau des guides
day ski touring outings, off-piste skiing, free-ride (e.g. Pas de Sales, Vallée Blanche).

Snake tobogganing
Fun and laughter guaranteed! Have a go at sledging on toboggans linked together, allowing them to snake across the snow in complete safety on a closed piste. Activity for 2 hrs.

Early morning or evening, come and be guided by a qualified cycling instructor to take to the ski slopes on a fatbike. Minimum 4 people. Evening runs including a mountain restaurant possible. Prices on request, contact tourist office.

Starting just above Molliets. Fantastic evening ride along pistes and through the forest. Warm log fire welcome in a tepee. Snowmobile solo or with a passenger.

Ski joëring
Afternoons only, let a horse pull you along on skis.

Ice quad Flaine
Discover the joys of driving a quad on ice in Flaine. Open every day.

Cross-country skiing
Red trail: Pierre Carrée 6km
Blue trail: The Arbaron 3.5km
Green trail: Combe Inverse 3 km. Two (timed)
Challenge trails: 3km and 6km

2 sledging slopes at the Col de Pierre Carrée for all ages





Other activities:

One screening at the end of the afternoon and one in the evening with an extra afternoon screening during French half term holidays when the weather is bad. Programme available from the Tourist Office.

Bowling alley
In Flaine (nearby). Special lanes equipped with bumper rails, for children from 2½ yrs old. Snack bar and games room. Shoe rental (size 22+). Open throughout the season. 

Swimming pool
Child tariff for 3 to 15 yr olds.

Alpine Coaster (new for 2018/19)
It is a 4-season toboggan on rails (winter/ summer/inter-season) starting from the Carroz gondola departure platform. Minimum height is 1.05m (approx. 3 yrs. old) and all children under the height of 1.25m (approx. 8-9 yrs. old) must be accompanied by an adult. One or two riders per sledge. Descent punctuated with banked turns, rollers and flip-flops; the whole run (up and down) takes about 4 minutes. Optional Virtual Reality headset: combining reality and virtual reality during the downhill run in the form of a 360 degree 3D film for total immersion in a virtual universe and heightened sensations. Self-service souvenir photosystem (tokens and credit/debit cards).

You can borrow books, DVDs and family games French school holidays: from Monday to Friday. Outside French school holidays: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

The Pierre a laya goat barn
Come and visit the goat barn and its farm animals and see how fresh cheeses, “crottins” (small cheeses) as well as yoghurts and goats’ milk soap are made. Visits and farm shop.

Guided tours of our heritage and religious buildings
Sign up at the tourist office. Tuesdays (only outside French school holidays). Maximum 8 people.

2 FFVL approved schools for you to discover the pleasures of the air or courses for perfecting your technique.

Aquacime leisure centre
Sessions held every Wednesday at 11.15am. Booking necessary.
Aqua fitness:
Join in our aqua fitness classes. 30-minute sessions on Mondays and Fridays at 11.15am. Booking necessary. Minimum 3 people: maximum of 12 people.
Cardio fitness room and weight training room:
For anyone who wants to keep in shape! A variety of modern equipment suitable for all forms of muscular exercise
The sauna:
Come and invigorate yourself in these wooden rooms where temperatures can reach 70 to 80o C.
The indoor pool:
For head and body well-being why not dive into the pool with its bubbles, massage jets and waterfalls. Depth 1.30m.
The steam room:
Let yourself go in the 50 oC wet heat of this room.
The Nordic pool:
Experience the pleasures of swimming outdoors in water heated to 32o C with bubble plates and massage jets, surrounded by snow and in full view of the snowy peaks Depth: 1.50m min and 2.20m max.
The solarium:
Soak up the sun on the loungers provided whilst looking out at the pistes and the pool.

Each week, two artists display their works. Artists in all mediums and styles delight us with their art ranging from paintings, abstract art, sculptures, photographs, portraits to creative designs. Come and meet the artists every Tuesday during the Christmas/ New Year school holiday and on Mondays the rest of the season. There is free admission every day.

Hair salon
Hairdressing salon. Village centre, next to the Tourist Office. For women, men and children.





Please note: 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 



Les Carroz/Grand Massif Resort News & Events 2019/20

Resort news:

  • AUTOMATIC SELFIE ON THE CHAIRLIFT - an automatic photosystem has been installed for this winter on the ride up on the high-speed Tête des Saix chairlift, with a collection terminal on arrival at the top.
  • NEW 3D 360 VIRTUAL REALITY FILM BLACK VALLEY - to complement the film used since the Alpine Coaster opened at Christmas 2018, a second film is being launched for this Christmas 2019: “Black Valley”. You will be transported to a Far West setting with Grand Canyon and mine train. On the way up, the challenge is to capture the 4 bandits that robbed the bank… and to recover the loot!


More information can be found on the tourist office website:

Les Carroz Après-ski, Bars & Restaurants

Over 20 Restaurants and 7 bars.
1 nightclub: ‘Club 74’, in the heart of Les Carroz. 
1 Cinema: ‘Le Schoucas’ with 2 screens.

Les Carroz Amenities

Les Carroz is served by a range of amenities including mini-supermarkets, cash points, doctors, 1 pharmacy, physiotherapist, dentist, hairdresser, beauty salon, bakeries, several sports shops…Library, 2 art galleries, tabac.

Getting to Les Carroz, France

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)

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 

Les Carroz Airport Transfer

For pre-bookable private transfer rates with Peak Retreats, view here

Les Carroz Opening Dates

The Grand Massif ski area (Samoens, Morillon, Flaine, Les Carroz, Sixt a fer Cheval) is open: 14/12/19 –  19/04/20.

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What our clients say

Best mountain restaurants - Chalet D'Clair, Morillon and La Pente a Jules, Flaine. Sledges can be borrowed from Chalets de Jouvence reception along with fondue sets etc.   

Mrs F April 2017
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