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Experience life in a traditional Savoyard village at Les Carroz d'Arâches, a thriving community surrounded by magnificent mountains.

An authentic French ski town nestled in the heart of the Haute Savoie Alps. Picture ancient chapels (including one built in 1733 in honour of Mary Magdalene), countless old farms, chalets and barns dotting the picturesque landscape. It's a great location - a sunny plateau with spectacular views down towards the valley. A fantastic family resort, it's only 40 km from Geneva, making it a lot easier to bring kids. It's also perfect for short stays.

Generally Les Carroz favours beginner and intermediate skiers, but it is linked to Grand Massif, one of the biggest ski areas in France, where there's skiing for every level and virtually no queues! The Grand Massif ski area comprises 5 linked ski resorts - Les Carroz, Flaine, Morillon, Samoëns and Sixt Fer à Cheval. With 265km of pistes (ranging from 750m to 2500m in altitude) surrounded by pine forests, fuffy snow-packed bowls and fairytale settings, we definitely recommend you grab a ski pass for the whole area...and go wild!

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Les Carroz for Different Ski Abilities 

beginner skiers

For beginner skiers, Les Carroz d'Araches offers a small area close to the village. There's a further beginner's area, along with the lifts accessing the main ski area above Les Carroz d'Araches. Lots of good options for learners in the wider Grand Massif area, the area definitely favours beginner and intermediate skiers and boarders. 

intermediate skiers

Intermediates are the best served by the area, although beginners also enjoy a fairly good range with long green runs in the Flaine bowl, before progressing to gentle blues. Nervous intermediates can also try the green run at Vernant to build confidence, whilst the more confident can enjoy the runs in the immediate area down to Les Carroz. 

expert skiers 

While intermediates have the best pick of skiing at Les Carroz d'Araches, experts have a huge amount of choice in the greater Grand Massif area.You can explore the rocks and crevasses of the Flaine bowl, or the notorious Diamant Noir, with its narrow moguls, and the Lindars Nord or the ominously named Styx Piste, with its near 45 degree slopes. Boarders can access the park in Flaine and enjoy fantastic off-piste that constantly delights. 

Les Carroz Ski Schools 

Gain confidence, improve your technique or try out new sports with one of Les Carroz's ski schools. If you want more variety, there are hundreds of instructors spread out through the Grand Massif area.

Gain confidence, improve your technique or try out new sports with one of Les Carroz's ski schools. If you want more variety, there are hundreds of instructors spread out through the Grand Massif area.

Ecole du Ski Francais
14 route des Servages

Nouvelle Dimension
247 route des Moulins

Après Ski and Off the Mountain Activities 

Après Ski 

There are plenty of bars and restaurants in the village and although not one of the liveliest resorts, there is enough to keep everyone amused during their stay. There are some charming and authentic bars in the centre that are a long way from the artifical feel of bars built in other resorts. There's twenty restaurants and eight bars all up, along with one nightclub - Club 74.

off the mountain 

On Tuesdays, on the Aravis Square a Savoyard market takes place all the year round, where you can pick up some traditional treats, and from April to November every first Friday of the month a farm market in Ballancy (5 km from les Carroz). All the usual activities are laid on with style, try: Snowshoeing, dog sledding, winter walks, ice skating, ice climbing, hot air ballooning, hangliding, para-gliding, parapenting, tennis, badminton, table tennis, bowling, billiards, weekend in an igloo, tobogganing, floodlit skiing, massages, shiatsu and beauty treatments and a wood painting workshop. The ski school's torch-lit descent is a must-see, starting off with fireworks and ending with vin chaud and live jazz in the square.

How to get to Les Carroz 

Les Carroz d'Arâches is just 10 km from the A40 motorway, 45 min from Geneva international airport and 13 km from Cluses train station making it one of the most easily accessible resorts in France.  Further afield, Les Carroz is only 2hrs from Lyon and 5 hrs from Paris.

by air

The closest airport is Geneva Cointrin (55 km), other options are Lyon Saint Exupéry and Annecy.

by train 

Cluses is the closest train station, only 13 km from the resort. A direct TGV (fast train) runs from Paris on the weekend, or you can also travel Paris to Annecy and then jump on another train to Cluses. Regular TGV trains also run from Paris to Geneva, a 3 hour 30 minute trip.

SNCF - by telephone on 3635

Bus links between Cluses and Les Carroz   Timetable/reservations

by car 

Take the A40 motorway from Geneva to Chamonix, exit at junction 19 Cluses Centre, then take the N205 road towards Sallanches. After about 3 km turn left at the junction signposted "Les Carroz d'Arâches", (D6). Be aware that there's no petrol station in the resort, so you'll need to fill up at the BP station on the N205 near the motorway exit 12km from Les Carroz.

Les Carroz Childcare


Merinannies provides first class childcare in Chamonix. Their testimonials and returning clientele show the level of care they provide which relies on the quality of their nannies. Merinannies offers flexible a reliable private nanny service to suit every family's requirements. Their team consists of qualified, experienced and checked nannies, first aided, specialh needs trained and multilingual nannies. They take care of babies from the age of four weeks to 14 years for short weekends or full weeks and long term.

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les carroz quick facts:

A traditional and authentic French ski village with access to the huge Grand Massif ski area

Convenient access, just 40km from Geneva airport

Excellent skiing for beginner and intermediate skiing and boarding

Relaxed and chilled out scene perfect for families

Grand Massif resorts: 

  • Flaine

    Flaine Skiing Holidays

    One of largest ski areas in France, Flaine is a fantastic convenient ski area for intermediates and families.

  • Les Carroz

    Les Carroz Skiing Holidays

    An authentic French ski town nestled in the heart of the Haute Savoie Alps. A wonderful traditional alternative to Flaine