Review of Les Carroz-d'Arâches

24th January 2010 by Jess 

Went to Les Carroz for a long weekend 8th-11th Jan 2010 and was pleasantly surprised. Transfer was quick and easy (thanks alp-line), MGM Fermes du Soleil was exactly as promised, in town, lovely apartments with a bit more space than usual in France and very well specc’d, friendly staff and an excellent spa/pool free to use downstairs. The spar supermarket was only about 20 yards away, as was the ice rink, and about a dozen restaurants/pubs within 200m, all very convenient. Bit of a hike to the slopes in the morning (5mins walk?) but we arranged lockers at the ski hire shops which were by one of the drags that leads to the main gondola (Carroz Sports & Abondance Sports on Rue du Moulins) so could just wander up unencumbered with skis/boots so no one had too many problems.

Both shops recommended, good quality equipment (Movement, Atomic Nomad, Dynastar Legends for example - all in decent condition) but be sure to PREBOOK if you want to use carroz sports - their ‘on the day’ rate is horrible and they weren’t open to negotiation - Abondance sport were friendlier and cheaper wink

Runs were varied and mostly easy enough for a mixed group to have fun without too much planning. The piste map is pretty useless at telling which way is UP and several key runs have flat sections but not enough that it impacted our enjoyment. The off-piste was noticeably easy to access, varied and highly enjoyable for those just starting out off piste as we are. More than anything I loved NO QUEUES - I was expecting it to be crowded and it was anything but - I don’t think I queued all weekend, and often had runs pretty much to ourselves. Off the beaten track favourite in Carroz was Pacoty red, keeping its snow wonderfully and an ideal gradient for a high speed run as is slightly easier to get to Marmotte. In good viz Belzebuth over in Flaine is hysterical, rolls up and down like a coaster wink Didn’t find a run we didn’t like all weekend, although the Cascades to Sixt is rather flat! I would note the blue to Flaine from Carroz (Dolomie) does have a steep section on it that might not be the favourite of nervous beginners or early intermediates. That said it’s easy enough for anyone past that level to get from Flaine to Les Carroz and back; we did it most days, and also visited all the other villages, including the hike to Sixt - you really can get a sense of moving around which is nice.

Highly recommended, I’ll definitely have it on my list for a return visit next season.

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