Massif des Aravis
The Massif des Aravis comprises Le Grand Bornand, La Clusaz, Manigod and St-Jean-de-Sixt, which offers around 220km of pistes to suit all levels of experience.
Le Chinaillon is a perfect family ski resort, directly linked to both Le Grand Bornand and La Clusaz. You can purchase a "forait Aravis" giving you access to the entire Aravis area. As well as the interlinked pistes and ski-lifts, ski busses link all the resorts. For non-skiers, there are regular ski busses which take you to Le Grand Bornand, where you can then take the cable car up the mountain to join skiers for lunch on the piste.
There are hardly ever any lift queues in the Aravis resorts, and ski passes are considerably cheaper than the larger resorts of Chamonix, Val d’Isere, Tignes and Courchevel.
Grand Bornand offers 90km of alpine ski runs, 60km of nordic skiing, 31 lifts and rises up to 2100m. The resort generally starts to open end-November, and is normally fully open mid-December, running right through to the end of the winter season in late April. An interactive piste map is available here.
For young children there are snow gardens, sledging, and a multitude of other activities. A creche is also available to look after children from 3 months old up to 5 years.
La Clusaz is 6km away and offers 132km of alpine ski runs, 50km of nordiq skiiing, 54 lifts and rises up to 2600m. There is a snow park and boarder-cross track. There are also racket walking pedestrian tracks, ice skating, husky sledging, winter quad biking, indoor/outdoor heated swimming pool. The resort is generally open from early December to late April. Several times a year the resort hosts a "Full Moon" event, where the pistes and lifts stay open late into the night. For young children there are snow gardens, sledging, and a multitude of other activities. A creche is also available to look after children from 8 months old up to 6 years.
Manigod is 23km away (half hour drive, linked via ski bus) and offers 25km of alpine ski runs and 20 km of nordic skiiing. There is a snowpark and a boarder cross track. Raquet walking is also available. The resort is generally open from early-December to late April. Manigod is directly linked to the La Clusaz ski domain.
St-Jean-de-Sixt is 9 km away (15 minute drive, linked via ski bus) is a smaller resort, perfect for beginners and young children, with 5 alpine pistes, 2 ski lifts and also 6km of nordic skiing, husky sledging, racket walking, and for thrill-seekers the new Bun-J-Ride
Other resorts within proximity
The larger ski resorts of Chamonix, Val d’Isere, Tignes and Courchevel are within 1-2 hours drive. These are more expensive ski resorts, and during peak-season expect overcrowded pistes and long lift queues.