Les Carroz Ski Resort
As an alternative base to Flaine, Les Carroz is a great option for exploring the Grand Massif.
The local slopes above Les Carroz are pretty and tree-lined, making them excellent for a snowstorm when the slopes above Flaine are likely to be socked in with cloud. Two lifts get you to the heart of the 265km of slopes in the Grand Massif at the Tete des Saix, from which point there is great skiing northwards to Morillon and Samoens, southwards to Flaine or westwards back down towards Les Carroz. The ski area tends to suit intermediates, but is also renowned as a great training ground for improving off piste skiing skills – the snowfall here is abundant and the terrain offers great progression from gentle bowls to steeper faces and tree runs.
The village itself is pretty, with lots of wood and stone buildings built in a traditional Savoyard style. It is a little spread out however, and its location on a slope means that if you're down in the lower part of the village it is a bit of a walk up in the morning to the main gondola. Restaurants are abundant, with several lively bars to choose from too – spring here is particularly good as the southwest facing village is basked in sunshine until late in the afternoon. Les Carroz is a great weekend option, with the transfer from Geneva taking around an hour.
Resort website: www.lescarroz.com