A great ski resort for Family skiing or groups of mixed...
A great ski resort for Family skiing or groups of mixed abilities, mainly suited to the improving skier with a good mix of red and blue runs.
Long queues at peak times can be a problem at the bottom of the Morillon tele siege up to Morillon 1100 Les Esserts, generally between 9am and 10 am. The telecabin officially opens at 8:50am , however I found that if you get there for 8:40am you were allowed to go up early, beating the ski school rush.
The Grand Massif lift pass, is worth the extra 30 Euro for a week, as skiing in the Flaine bowl was a treat, and skiing the 14 km Cascades route was fun if not a little bit of a challenge over the final 4km into Six Fer A Cheval, mainly due to the steep twisting narrow pistes, awful snow conditions, slushy, icy and heaped up in moguls all at the same time and crowded.
The only weak link in the resort is the bottle neck experienced at the Lanche Chairlift, this is extremely busy at times, as it is the most direct route to the top of Tete des Saix, which you need to access if you want to ski the slopes at Samoens or make your way over to Flaine and the Cascades. One day during the week I was there, the queue at Lanche was reported to be about 2 hours, people were walking back up the slope that goes down to Lanche to ski back towards Les Esserts. I stopped short of descending down to Lanche and took the other way to Tete des Saix, via Les Carroz and Les Molliets, which takes about 1 hour.