Discover the hidden (and new improved) gem of the French Alps – The Grand Massif

The Grand Massif

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The Grand Massif ski area has long been home to skiers looking for a little more Alpine charm and traditional French experience than it’s bigger neighbours of Meribel or the super-swish Courchevel. The ski area, though smaller, is perfectly formed. Think of tree-lined sweeping runs, and plenty of easily connected blue and red pistes to keep you occupied on a week’s holiday. Most resorts in the area; Samoens, Morillons and Les Carroz, are just a short hop from Geneva airport (1 hour) which means the most decedent of all ski trips – the ski weekend…leave your desk on Friday afternoon and be in resort for a Savoyarde pizza before hitting the slopes on Saturday and Sunday, and then resting your sore legs back at your desk on Monday morning. If this sounds like your kind of ski area then you’ll be pleased to know this season it just got a whole lot better!

Grand Massif
Les Carroz. Picture Credit: Louise Boxall

 

So, what new delights do you have to look forward to if you have already visited the Grand Massif? And what can you expect as a newbie?

#1 Hop on Europe’s longest ski lift of its kind

The Coulouvrier Bowl Development has been worked on for a while now, and in the first phase of this completely new area of skiing, two new blue runs will be opened and served by a six-seater chairlift that will take you from 1200m to 2120m in less than ten minutes. The new area will also be equipped with 70 snow cannons, so the pistes are likely to be extremely well groomed.

#2 Ten times more snow-making

The creation of a new 110,000m3 reservoir in the highest of the Grand Massif resorts, Flaine, will mean a massive increase in the resort’s snow-making capabilities. This extra snow will be used to ensure the pistes are well-covered throughout the entire season including early and late months. Longer season means more skiing time!

#3 Improved linkage between resorts

The remodelling of the Tete de Saix area of the Grand Massif will mean even better linking between resorts and a jaw-dropping 360’ view at this summit.

Grand Massif
Picture Credit: Flaine Tourist Office

 

#4 Green Globe Certification

The fact that The Grand Massif was awarded “Green Globe” certification in the Autumn of 2016, and is the first resort for the entirety of its services (ski lifts, pistes and associated services) is pretty impressive.

There’s no denying that this ski area is definitely pulling out all the stops to make it the destination to holiday this season, and with a further 2 new pistes in the Coulouvrier Bowl set to open in 2018/19, there’s still more to come. Our advice is visit before the secret gets out! Need to book your winter sports insurance? Click on the link above and use code ERV15 to get 15% off your policy. Happy skiing!