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Make a holiday rental chalet or apartment in Aravis, France your home away from home

Sixty miles from Chamonix in the French Alps is the secret ski area of the Aravis range. It is one of the premier free ski areas in Europe, perfect for the experienced skier who wants to find a new challenge. The ski area also boast some great pistes for the less experienced, with all the facilities you could possible hope for on an Aravis ski holiday.

Things to do on holiday in the Aravis ski area, France

The Aravis ski area has 117 pistes, consisting of downhill slopes and 56km of cross-country ski trails, split into four areas; La Clusaz, Le Chinaillon, St Jean-de-Sixt and Mont Saxonnex. Whilst the resorts offer great skiing for all abilities and instruction for beginners and young children, there is some of the best back country skiing and safaris available.

In the summer, the snow cover melts, leaving glorious Alpine meadows covered in flowers, which provides the ideal base for trekking and mountain biking. Taking an Aravis apartment in the summer also allows you to go fishing in the full melt water rivers, play golf or get an adrenalin fix on the go-karting track or in a hot air balloon. The world paragliding championships are held here too, just minutes from the front door of any of the Aravis apartments.

Places to holiday in the Aravis ski area, France

Le Chinaillon is the oldest village in the region, dating back as far as the 12th Century. The village is an authentic, picturesque Alpine village, but don’t let that fool you into thinking it is not lively. The après-ski is great fun, with some fine restaurants and bars. Taking an Aravis chalet lets you test your skills on over 200km of piste, no matter what your ability, so an Aravis chalet here is perfectly suited for mixed ability parties on an Aravis ski holiday. There is also a ski school and some exquisite climbing to be found.

St Jean-de-Sixt is the perfect resort for beginners and intermediate skiers taking an Aravis ski holiday. A chalet in Aravis has access to 107 pistes.

La Clusaz has over 400 hectares of downhill and off-piste skiing and usually plenty of snow. It is one of the leading resorts in the area, offering not only 132km of piste but also facilities for snowboarding, telemark and free riding. There are suitable runs for all levels of skier, and you can ski right down to the front door of your Aravis chalet, nestled deep at the head of the valley. In summer, the resort is a haven for walkers and mountain bikers.

Weather in Aravis, France

Summer sports are blessed with glorious temperatures reaching an average close to 24°C. The winter snows are regular in the Aravis ski area, so temperatures are cold.

Travel to Aravis, France

Geneva Airport (GVA) is the closest to the chalets and apartment in Aravis, taking just over an hour (50km) to reach. There are cheap transfers available, from mini-busses to cars. Cheap flights to Aravis are found from 12 airports across the UK.

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                                                                                                      Lovely chalet near ski slopes and amenities

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We loved this chalet! We stayed here on our family ski holiday for half term with 10 of us. It is plenty big enough, yet warm and cosy and has a lovely big open plan kitchen living area, with a log burner, which was lovely for the family to all be in cooking/relaxing/children playing games at the same time yet not on top of each other. The views from the balcony are stunning and so relaxing to look out on over breakfast. It has a lovely rustic ski chalet feel but with nice modern touches like the kitchen, lovely white bed linen and a big bathroom with a roll top bath perfect for relaxing after a long days ski. It also has a separate boot room with warmers to dry your boots out so they are lovely and warm and dry in the mornings... a real plus. It is set near to a bakery, shops, restaurants (short walk to 2 excellent restaurants) etc and yet feels nice and secluded. Nearby you have the choice of driving to either Las Clusaz or Le Grand Bornard, both lovely little towns with an abundance more and with skiing for all abilities. We loved Le Grand Bornand where you can ski right out the back and ski in powder through the trees with few others around! We also went to Annecy one night for dinner which is only 20 minutes away and a must - beautiful! I think this chalet would be beautiful in the summer too and we are thinking of coming back to mountain bike and visit Annecy again. We had such a lovely holiday with our family, the children had a ball - thank you for making our stay so memorable!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 22-Apr-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Feb 2016

                                                                                                      Great location for families

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                                                                                                      We spend one week in Carsten's house and we really had a great time. We were three families (13 persons and 2 babies) and came to Mont Saxonnex for skiing. The house is just 10 minutes from the station (quite small but great for the children). And even if the weather wasn't fine, the house was so comfy and big that we could spend the day there. Thanks for everything, we hope to come back soon.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 01-Mar-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Feb 2016

                                                                                                      Perfect!

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                                                                                                      This cosy apartment oozes charm and unlike so many other soulless rental properties has a lovely lived-in feel to it. It offers all the commodities one might want when away from home and has been well thought out. Over the years we have rented several apartments in la Clusaz and have never before had the luxury of ready made beds, towels and cleaning included in the rental price! It is also very well situated. We have young children and the apartment is a short walk away from the village centre. We used buses to go back to the apartment, which were often enough to make it easy to get back to the apartment at any time of the day. The bus stop is literally opposite the apartment, which again helps with young tired legs! It is also possible to walk a short distance down the road and put skis on to then ski down to the village centre. The owner is available, friendly and very helpful. The restaurant La Ferme which is next door looks after the property, so someone is at hand should any problems arise. All in all it was perfect for us and should we go back to la Clusaz, we would cross our fingers this place was still available...
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 24-Feb-2015
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Feb 2015