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Les Carroz Resort Reviews

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Les Carroz Resort Reviews

Visitor reviews for Les Carroz Ski Resort

  • February 10, 2015
    from United Kingdom

    Been twice every year since 2004. Easter is a fantastic time to go if you want the mountains to yourself!!
    The sunshine at this time of year means skiing in light weight tops; always take an extra in the rucksack next to you sun cream.
    Used the ski lockers for the first time. It's a no brainer; warm dry boots first thing in the morning, It's much easier and way more comfortable putting on warm boots
    The resort has all you need.
    Always booked through Ian and Gill at Snowbeds; good service, good food, very nice people.
    One year our hire car had a sporadic problem and having to leave @4 in the morning Gill gave us her personal phone number and said "If your car lets you down call me and I will take you to the airport."
    What great service to offer us a lift to Geneva at 4 in the morning.
    Just one of the reasons why we are regular repeat customers.

  • Les Carroz Ratings

    Overall: 4.2. Based on 17 votes and 31 reviews. Vote

    Access: 5.0

    (1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Les Carroz.

    Public Transport: 3.9

    (1) There are no buses or taxis to Les Carroz, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

    Scenery: 4.8

    (1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

    Accommodation: 4.7

    (1) No places to stay in/near Les Carroz, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

    Cheap Rooms: 3.8

    (1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

    Luxury Hotels: 3.2

    (1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Les Carroz.

    Ski in/Ski out: 4.1

    (1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

    Childcare: 4.4

    (1) There are no child care facilities at Les Carroz, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

    Snowsure: 4.6

    (1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Les Carroz is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

    Snowmaking: 4.2

    (1) Les Carroz relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

    Snow Grooming: 4.8

    (1) There are no snow groomers at Les Carroz, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Les Carroz are groomed daily.

    Shelter: 4.7

    (1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Les Carroz is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

    Nearby options: 4.4

    (1) If snow conditions are poor at Les Carroz, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

    Regional rating: 4.4

    (1) Les Carroz usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

    Lift Staff: 4.4

    (1) The staff at Les Carroz are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Les Carroz are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

    Crowds/Queues: 4.0

    (1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

    Ski Schools: 4.2

    (1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

    Hire and Repairs: 4.9

    (1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

    Variety of pistes: 4.9

    (1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Les Carroz has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

    Beginners: 4.6

    (1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

    Intermediates: 4.8

    (1) No intermediate terrain at Les Carroz, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

    Advanced: 4.4

    (1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

    Snow Park: 2.3

    (1) Not even a kicker at Les Carroz, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

    Off-piste: 3.9

    (1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

    Cross-country: 3.7

    (1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Les Carroz, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

    Luge/Toboggan: 2.0

    (1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Les Carroz has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

    Mountain Dining: 4.1

    (1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

    Eating: 4.5

    (1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

    Apres-Ski: 3.9

    (1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

    Other Sports: 4.0

    (1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

    Entertainment: 3.8

    (1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

    Winter Walks: 4.2

    (1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

    Ski Pass Value: 4.1

    (1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

    Value (National): 4.5

    (1) Overall, Les Carroz is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

    Value (Global): 4.3

    (1) Overall, Les Carroz is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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  • September 24, 2013
    from United Kingdom

    We visited Les Carroz Christmas 2012, for our first ski holiday. We loved the village and skiing that much we returned in April 2013 to perfect snow and empty slopes. After a further visit to the village in July, for a long weekend in the sun and great mountain walks, we have purchased an apartment here and would highly recommend a winter ski holiday or summer break. Perfect for any season. We stayed at apartments D'IZE Please visit.
    go-lescarroz for quality apartment rental.

  • April 01, 2013
    from United Kingdom

    Not brilliant weather when we went; poor visibility and rain lower down (lots of snow as well though), but I think this resort and the linked resorts compare well with any of the other big areas.
    Good central town with lots of usual facilities, good restaurants and bars/shops etc, Good ski bus and plenty of free parking near the main lift.
    The skiing in Les Carroz is good and mostly tree lined, most of the more challenging stuff is at Flaine. Takes about 20 minutes to get over there if a reasonable skier.
    The lift system has seen some investment but could do with a bit more in places.
    A good resort for beginners and intermediates, but not so much in the way of challenging runs.
    We booked here partly because they advertised a new leisure center with sauna/swimming etc. Unfortunately, this did not open (some dispute with the contractors). That was a bit disappointing but it should open next year (2014).

  • December 14, 2011
    from United Kingdom

    Really good varied skiing linking with Samoens, Morillon and Flaine. Although the village is relatively low (1hour drive from Geneva) Les Carroz seems to benefit from an excellent micro climate. The snow record is good and the runs to the village are amongst the best in the area. Not a purpose built resort, but a real French village with character, good restaurants and friendly. Great for families, easy access to the ski school.

  • February 10, 2011
    from United Kingdom

    Just completed 10 days skiing in The Grand Massif, staying in Les Carroz. The village itself is charming and friendly (for the girls, check out Jacques at ZigZag Sports) with enough restaurants and small bars to keep you going.
    Despite the low snow levels this year the skiing is excellent with the pistes being kept superbly, they should even have signs up next to the pistes saying 'go faster' as the lack of crowds and grippy conditions encourage you to do just that.
    Snow conditions dictate that the usual vast choice of 'off-piste' is limited although challenging crusty powder was found when Gers was opened in Flaine and Tete Des Lindars offered steep moguls, again with grippy snow.
    A day trip to Grand Montet, in Chamonix, showed that the Grand Massif's snow record is no fantasy, as apart from the glacier, there the snow was as good if not better back around Flaine.
    Now saving for a return trip in late March to see if the snow has been topped up and I would recommend this area for anyone from beginners to experts.

  • February 03, 2011
    from France

    Les Carroz is a fantastic skiing area, just one hour from the airport, so beat that. 250+ km of slopes that are well groomed. Great snow making machines so invariably abundant snow throughout the G Massif. So Les Carroz for me as a living French village as well as the centre of the Grand Massif. Summer and Winter are always alive.

  • January 15, 2011
    from United Kingdom

    Just back on the 14th Jan '11 after 5 days skiing at Les Carroz. Conditions at lower levels very thin with some pistes now closed. Middle levels still ok but best conditions at Flaine though busy as more skiers go there because of Les Carroz conditions. Snow in 09 and 10 at same time of year much better.

  • March 03, 2010
    from United Kingdom

    The pistes in the Les Carroz/Morillon/Samoens area are limited and will not satisfy the experienced skier. Including Flaine, there are a lot of off-piste possibilities - but - thanks to a huge building program, also now a lot of people.

  • February 10, 2010
    from United Kingdom

    We are lucky enough to be renting a chalet here for the whole season. We did not know Les Carroz or the surrounding resorts at all when we chose the chalet, but we liked the property, its position in the village, the price and the proximity to Geneva airport. So far (mid Feb 10) we are delighted with our choice. I was a bit worried about the relatively low altitude and whether there was enough challenging skiing for us (we are all advanced to experts who like to nip into the powder when we get the chance). I am a 3 valleys enthusiast so you see where I am coming from. The runs back to Les C (Les Carroz) are probably the nicest in the Grand Massif-good snow through huge trees. Higher up there are great bowls with easily accessed off-piste. Lifts are good, not done much queueing either. The village is pretty and compact. Mountain food is good and relatively inexpensive, and the people are really friendly. Jacques at Zig Zag Sports is charming and very helpful. It's not a resort for party animals but all the better for it!

  • January 22, 2010
    from United Kingdom

    We returned from Les Carroz last weekend. We've had a great week skiing the Gand Masiff. Snow conditions and weather were really very good for the time of year and there were virtually no lift queues to speak of either. We sampled the skiing in most of the area apart from Sixt. They were mainy cruising blues and reds athough we did try a few of the blacks as well.
    We stayed at the Chalet Coquelicot. The accommodation was spacious and en-suite. The hosts were great and the food was plentiful and glorious. The chalet (lescarrozski) is a little way out of the village but that didn't matter as they provide a lift to and from the lift when you are ready to go or return. Definitely be going back there for another relaxing skiing holiday!