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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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                                                                                                      Amazing chalet in amazing location!

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                                                                                                      Family of 5 (2 adults, 3 year old, 10 & 12) stayed for a weeks skiing holiday. The chalet was easy to find and just totally superb! Was a real home from home. To be honest was far to big for us and we didn't use 3 of the 5 bedrooms or the sauna. The open plan lounge/kitchen/diner was spacious, modern and very well equipped. Very clean throughout. Excellent location in walking distance to restaurants and shops. Children were beginners and the ease getting to the ski school was much appreciated. Enjoyed a glass of wine on the huge balcony when the children were either playing on the wii or tucked up fast asleep after a busy day on the slopes. Really had an amazing time staying in the chalet and will be booking again next year if it's available! Thank you so much for a fabulous week!! Tunneycliff family
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 06-May-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Apr 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

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                                                                                                      The adults said..... '...blue sky and powder snow - wicked! Friendly welcome, fantastic food - felt like friends and not just clients. We'll be back.' '...wonderful hosts, excellent food, made to feel very welcome and just like friends. Excellent sun and powder!' 'Superb scenery, wicked walks, rocking cakes, fab food, top tartiflette, hip hosts, scorching sunshine - the ingredients for a brilliant break!' 'Great countryside brilliant views, great place for an autumn break, looking forward to returning to sample the winter delights'. 'Fantastic holiday, great food, chocolate cake out of this world.' 'Great company, food, wine, skiing & boarding - in other words a perfect week. Sam and Dave went beyond the call of duty to make it grrrrrrrrrreat!' 'Have had a great week. The snow has been fantastic as has the hospitality - so nice to have such 'laid back' hosts. Trousers too tight now though!' 'Dumped by easyjet, rescued by Sam and Dave! Every cloud has a silver
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 06-Dec-2007
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Dec 2007