Le Grand Massif: It's too big to miss
The resorts and skiing area of Le Grand Massif are too often overlooked and under-rated, and the team here at The Summit struggle to understand why. When considering what is needed to make a great ski holiday, there are a number of things we look for: i) Skiing area and its lift system; ii) How easy it is to access the resort; iii) The accommodation on offer. And here's why Le Grand Massif scores highly on all three...
It's easy to make the case for the skiing and snowboarding opportunities in Le Grand Massif, it is the fourth largest ski area in France after all! What that means is that you've got 265km of piste to go at, served by 69 lifts. And there's something here for everyone: beginners have a range of ski schools to choose from, and can then hone their skills on nursery slopes served by free lifts; more experienced skiers have good blues and reds (including the devilishly named Faust and Mephisto red runs) as well as excellent off-piste that should be explored with a guide. Boarders in Le Grand Massif are sure to enjoy the variety on offer and true powder-heads will no doubt head off-piste. All this is served by an increasingly modernised lift system, which helps you beat the queues on your skiing holiday.
And Le Grand Massif is a great destination for a skiing holiday from the UK because of how easily it can be accessed. If you've followed our advice and decided to drive to this year's skiing holiday, then you need look no further than Le Grand Massif, as Morillon is just 7 and half hours away once you've crossed the channel! And if you're flying, Morillon is just an hour from Geneva airport, making it a great option for a short-break ski holiday.
With four resorts in Le Grand Massif (Samoens, Morillon, Flaine and Les Carroz), there's accommodation to meet every possible holiday requirement. Whether you're looking for a catered or self-catered holiday, whether you're skiing on your own or with friends and family, there's something to suit your needs. In general, Flaine, which is by far the highest settlement (at 1600m) and its accommodation is functional, with apartment blocks common. The other resorts are further down in the valley, and have more alpine charm, with many chalets built in the traditional style.
For a holiday that ticks all the boxes outlined above, and comes with heaps of alpine charm, why not head to Morillon on this year's ski holiday? Dating back to the 16th century, the village is attractively traditional, with many traditional style chalets offering both catered and self-catered ski holiday possibilities. Located down in the valley is no hindrance as a network of cable-cars and chairlifts take you quickly up to Morillon 1100 (a small resort with ski-in/ski-out accommodation as well as basic amenities and a bar/restaurant) and then beyond, to the entirety of Le Grand Massif. And at the end of the day the location is a boon, with Samoens easily accessible for bars, restaurants and a range of non-skiing daytime activities.
If you're interested in a luxury holiday in Morillon's relaxed and family-friendly surroundings, check out the Reves de Montagne chalet. Catered holidays in this converted farmhouse give you everything you need to unwind after tackling all Le Grand Massif has to offer, including a hot tub under the stars.