Posted on 27 November 2017
Perched on a plateau at an altitude of 1140 metres, Les Carroz is the most easily accessible of the five resorts in the Grand Massif ski area – Europe’s fifth largest. Its position in the heart of the Upper Savoy region of the northern Alps means this increasingly popular alpine destination is just an hour’s drive from Geneva airport – or a five a half hour drive from Paris if you fancy a Eurostar inspired road trip. Convenient access to the neighbouring resorts Flaine, Samoëns, Morillon and Sixt ensures approximately 265 kilometres of skiing terrain is at your disposal.
The village itself sits at the foot of pine tree-clad slopes, with a mix of cosy chalet-style timber Savoyard buildings, bars, restaurants and shops. Parents looking for a family friendly resort will find Les Carroz caters for snow sports enthusiasts of all ages. As one of 44 French ski resorts that have been awarded “Famille Plus” status, Les Carroz has proven its ability to provide families with a warm welcome. Here children of all ages can partake in a range of activities, clubs and ski schools. Head there on 1st April next year and you and your brood could enter the Family and Friends Games, a fun competition for anyone aged seven and over, which includes slopestyle kickers, giant slalom skiing and boardercross.
Les Carroz is more than just a ski resort. Visitors and residents can try their hand at tobogganing, dog sledding, snowshoeing, glacier trekking and ice skating. While in the summer months the snow disappears but the visitors don’t, with the well signposted trails that criss-cross the area attracting mountain bikers and hikers to the verdant slopes. If you fancy trying your hand at something a little more adrenaline inducing, why not give paragliding a go? The views are breath-taking whether you pluck up the courage to fling yourself off the mountainside in the summer or the winter.
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