Altitude: 1000-2500 Meters

Massif des Aravis in short

  • Unspoilt ski area
  • Excellent freestyle possibilities
  • Varied skiing for all levels

The Massif des Aravis ski area extends across the Aravis mountain range in Savoie and Haute Savoie. Located in eastern France, the picturesque ski area is renowned for its off-piste terrain and dedication to freeriding and freestyling, which has seen many a professional skier and snowboarder trained here. The ski area has more than 200km of slopes in total, spread between the ski resorts of La Clusaz, Manigod, Le Grand Bornand and St. Jean de Sixt. Le Massif des Aravis enjoys international popularity thanks to its proximity to the airports of Geneva Airport, Grenoble Airport and Chambéry Airport. Getting to the Massif des Aravis from the UK is also possible by car via Calais.

The rocky summit of Mont Lachat de Chatillon rises, sparkling blue and white like a cut diamond, over the ski resort of Le Grand Bornand. Nearby La Clusaz is known as a freerider’s paradise. Quiet Manigod and St. Jean de Sixt make it possible to have a ski holiday far from the crowds while still enjoying access to the Massif des Aravis ski area. The various ski resorts are linked by lifts and free ski bus. Don't forget to visit the various panoramic viewpoints to enjoy spectacular views of the surroundings from the highest point of the Massif des Aravis ski area, the Col de Balme (2616m), and from the Col des Aravis, which grants views in the other direction towards Mont Blanc. While the Massif des Aravis is relatively low-lying, artificial snowmaking infrastructure ensures good snow cover throughout the season.

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Overview of slopes and lifts in Massif des Aravis


Ski lifts

Additional information

Green slopes56 km Drag lifts39Start of the season12 December
Blue slopes60 km Chair lifts25End of the season16 April
Red slopes71 km Gondola lifts5Glacier
Black slopes24 km Train0Min. altitude1000 m
Total211 km Capacity97608 Pers./HourMax. altitude2500 m

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Skiing at le Massif des Aravis

The ski area of the Massif des Aravis truly has something for everyone. Beginners will find lovely tree-lined slopes that wind their way lazily back down to the villages. Freestylers and freeriders flock to La Clusaz, from where some of the world’s biggest pros have emerged. The excellent snow park at Le Grand Bornand is considered one of the best in France. Experts, don’t miss the chance to test your skills on La Vraille. At 2100m long, this is the longest black piste in La Clusaz with 774m of vertical drop and natural freeride obstacles. On the nordic side, the Massif des Aravis has a well-developed network of cross-country skiing trails, including dedicated areas for children.

Off-piste & freestyle in Massif des Aravis

Snow parks 2Tables
Half pipeBoxes
Quarter pipeRails
BoardercrossOff-piste allowed
KickersOff-piste zone

Ski pass prices (low season)

Low season 6-day ski pass Children Adults Free up to
Le Grand Bornand EUR 138.00 EUR 184.00
Aravis EUR 177.50 EUR 222.00
La Clusaz-Manigod EUR 165.00 EUR 215.00 5 Years old
Manigod EUR 94.00 EUR 106.00 5 Years old

Ski pass prices (high season)

High season 6-day ski pass Children Adults Free up to
Le Grand Bornand EUR 147.00 EUR 196.50
Aravis EUR 177.50 EUR 222.00
La Clusaz-Manigod EUR 165.00 EUR 215.00 5 Years old
Manigod EUR 104.00 EUR 116.00 5 Years old

Blogs about Massif des Aravis

22 September 2020 by Danielle in 'Ski areas''

Flying into Grenoble for the holidays? Your ski trip just got a little easier! With many airlines operating flights to the UK, Grenoble Airport is a logical choice. And once you get there, there are loads of ski resorts within easy reach. Rent a car or book a transfer and you'll be there in no time. We've put together a list of easily accessible ski resorts close to Grenoble Airport - whether you're flying with the family or with a group of mates, you're sure to find one that will tempt you. So,... More ›
(Photo: © Thijs Termeer)

2 September 2020 by Danielle in 'Destinations''

The French skiing airport par excellence, Chambéry Airport comes alive in the winter and welcomes hordes of British skiers and snowboarders. A short flight to this pretty little town will drop you right in the heart of French skiing territory, with access to almost every big French ski area including Chamonix, Les Trois Vallées and Les Portes du Soleil. Chambéry Airport operates seasonal winter flights to more than half a dozen destinations in the UK, mostly with BA. This means it’s entirely fea... More ›

7 August 2020 by Danielle in 'Ski areas''

Geneva is a wonderful jumping-off point for many ski resorts. Located on the border between France, Switzerland and Germany, it is within short reach of some of the best skiing in the Alps. And with many budget airlines offering cheap flights into Geneva, there has never been a better time to plan your ski holiday starting from this international city. Once you’ve landed, renting a car is an easy way to get to your destination with all your ski gear, but it’s also possible to take trains. Here i... More ›
(Photo: © Spalder by Thijs Termeer)

Snow report
Massif des Aravis

Mountain80 cm
Valley20 cm
open - dicht

The information applies for the ski area of Le Grand- Bornand. During the ski season information is updated daily.

Slope conditions griffig
No. of slopes open 0.2
Open lifts1 from 73
Toboggan run open open
Snow park closed