Morillon also boasts one of the longest green runs in Europe, a lovely gentle run through the trees called Marvel that takes you back to the top of the main Morillon cable car. This is a spectacular run through the alpine wilderness, starting at the top of Flaine and finishing at the bottom of the village of Sixt. There is an excellent restaurant called Lac du Gers half way down Les Cascades where you have to call up the owner who comes and picks you up on a Skidoo! There are also a number of beautiful tree runs heading into Morillon and Samoens, while the Flaine bowl ensures that you can dip your toe into powder skiing just off the edges of the piste. Indeed, this area is so good that the Good Ski Guide gives The Grand Massif its highest possible rating for suitability to advanced skiers. Flaine is one enormous bowl with very few trees, so when it snows it becomes a huge powder park!
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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 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.
For Flaine this means the addition of 2, beds with a further 2, in a second phase and investments in new lifts, services and infrastructure. Les Carroz remains independent of the Flaine resort management. Sixt is permanently closed as of December Development[ edit ] As of , Sixt has been permanently closed due to lack of snow and lack of profitability to replace the 3 aging 50 year old lifts.
The resort announced for a new 6 seater chairlift called Coulouvrier in The lift was completed for the - ski season. In , the resort has announced for a new 10 seater gondala to replace the current Vercland lift which was built over 45 years ago.
The lift is scheduled for the - ski season. Les Carroz[ edit ] Until the s the village of Les Carroz was a simple farming hamlet with just a few houses. At m altitude, it sits on a large sunny plateau overlooking the Arve Valley south east of the town of Cluses, on the road to Flaine.
Whilst the busy periods are during the ski season mid December to third week of April and during the French summer holidays July and August , it has a permanent population and is open all year round. Classic cascades run[ edit ] This run goes across high mountain, down through the forests and past the cascade waterfalls to Sixt; in good weather and snow conditions it is considered to be a special day trip for those that enjoy the scenery and tranquillity of the mountains.
Good access to Cascades is from the top of the long Gers drag lift, but to reach this the black Styx run must be skied first; Styx is open when avalanche conditions permit, but is variable in condition sometimes pisted, sometimes not.
Otherwise one can reach Cascades via the blue piste off the top of Flaine, but there is some poling to do. There are some quiet and surprisingly interesting runs in Sixt accessible via the Cascades drag-lift , but as of , is only accessible via ski-touring as the 3 chairlifts were permanetly closed due to aging status and lack of profitability to replace them.
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