The Grand Massif area was born in 1980 by the combination of the Massif (Les Carroz, Morillon, Samoëns, Vernant and Sixt Fer à Cheval) and the Flaine bowl resort; the first combined ski passes were sold for the 1981 season. The area provides a tremendous variety of on piste runs, off piste and between piste skiing, scenery and height, providing good skiing in all types of weather and conditions.
The Ski area includes 5 French Ski Resorts with a combined total of 265km of downhill skiing, with 351 individual pistes, served by 78 ski lifts. The appropriate Lift Pass allows you to ski or snowboard in any of the ski areas of Flaine, Les Carroz, Morillon, Samoëns and Sixt Fer à Cheval.
The area consists of a ridgeline running between the valleys of the River Arve (coming down from Chamonix), and the River Giffre (sourced in the National Park area above Sixt), with spurs running off the ridgeline to form the Flaine bowl and the high valleys and ridges of the Massif. In the best snow conditions it is possible to ski from the Tete des Saix (2120m) down to Morillon village at 700m on a choice of runs, and from the top of Flaine (2480m) down to Sixt at 800m on the classic picturesque 14 km Cascades run.
There are a few airports within two hours’ drive, so short ski and snowboard holidays at Grand Massif are perfect. The following airports link this beautiful resort and all of them provide airport transfers to the ski resort.
There are direct buses which ply to the resort from Geneva airport. It takes about two hours to get to Flaine Grand Massif Haute-Savoie. However, if you are looking at using public transport from other airports be aware that there will be changes necessary and the journey may take a long time.
While many people do use the public transport it can sometimes be time consuming . You are much better off booking an airport transfer from the airport where you land. You will benefit from a shorter journey time and a direct route. You also get the added bonus of travelling in comfort, and of a guaranteed journey that is pre-booked. Airport transfers are also the most cost-effective method of getting to this beautiful ski resort.