Formerly Le Refuge du Golf, the 3* Superior les Portes du Grand Massif is located in the Hameau de Flaine area which is linked to the main centre by the regular resort shuttle buses (free daytime shuttle bus from the residence every 30 minutes from 08.30 – 18.30 so not available late evenings). It is possible to ski from the residence down an easy pathway, to the Gerat chairlift and then down a blue run to Flaine Foret, however, to return guests must use the free resort shuttle buses. Guests also benefit from an indoor swimming pool and fitness room which is free for residents, as well as a spa centre with jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and treatments payable locally.

Les Portes du Grand Massif is composed of luxury south-facing apartments and chalets which are beautifully built using traditional wood, most of which are south facing with fabulous mountain views. The reception area has a bar and restaurant and it is possible to book evening meals and/or breakfast packages in advance, please ask Snow Options for prices. A ski hire shop is located at the Les Portes du Grand Massif ski apartment complex; equipment can be pre-booked with Snow Options.

Facilities at les Portes du Grand Massif include:

Free access to the private indoor heated swimming pool and fitness room; hot tub, sauna, steam & massage room (payable, by appointment only).
Covered parking (height limit 2.30m, payable);
Reception in main building where the spa is.
Bar and restaurant in main building with a panoramic terrace (open in the evenings, take-away, evening meal and half-board options available)
A few shops in the main building
Free Wi-Fi internet access (in the reception area & all accommodations);
Bakery delivery service for daily fresh bread and croissants.
Cots and highchairs can be hired (free, request at time of booking).

The luxury 1 to 5 bedroom apartments and chalets here are fitted and furnished to a very high standard of comfort and convenience. The interior decor and design is modern and stylish, with the use of neutral colours and light wood throughout. They are spacious and all have a fully equipped kitchenette with ceramic hob, cooker hood, oven, coffee machine, toaster, kettle, microwave & dishwasher, LCD TV and complimentary Wi-Fi. All apartments have a balcony or terrace with chairs. Given the quality the prices here are extremely competitive and with the on site spa facilities…hard to beat.

Apartment & Chalet Types :

1 bedroom apartment sleeping 4 (c 40m2): Living area with a double bed,
1 bedroom with 2 single beds, 1 bathroom & WC.

2 bedroom apartment sleeping 6 (c 55m2): Living area with a double sofa bed, 2 bedrooms each with a double or 2 single beds, 1 bathroom or 1 shower room & WC.

3 bedroom apartment sleeping 8 (c 65m2): Living area with a double sofa bed, 3 bedrooms one with a double bed and 2 with 2 single beds, 1 bathroom and 2 shower rooms (some apartments can have bedrooms with interconnected bathrooms with bath & WC). Separate WC. Balcony. Some apartments are duplex.

4 bedroom apartment sleeping 10 (c 85m2): Living area with double sofa bed, 2 bedrooms with a double bed  and 2 bedrooms with 2 single beds, 3 bathrooms or shower rooms (some apartments can have bedrooms with interconnected bathrooms with bath & 3 WCs. 1 separate WC. 2 balconies

4 bedroom chalet sleeping 10 (c 110m2): Living area with double sofa bed, 4 bedrooms each with 1 double or 2 single beds, 2 bathrooms, 2 shower rooms & WCs.

5 bedroom apartment sleeping 12 (c 105m2): Living area with a double sofa bed, 2 bedrooms with a double bed and 3 with 2 single beds, 3 bathrooms, 2 shower rooms & WCs. Separate WC. 2 balconies. Some apartments are available with a larger area, terrace & balcony.

5 bedroom chalet sleeping 12 (c 120m2): Living area with a double sofa bed, 3 bedrooms with a double bed 1 bedroom with 2 single beds, 1 bedroom with bunk beds, 4 bathrooms with showers & WC. Separate WC. Terrace.

The 4 and 5 bedroom chalets can also be offered with your own chef if preferred on a chalet board basis, or we can offer a meal delivery service for any apartment/chalet where your 3 course evening meals are pre cooked by a chef and brought round for you to your chalet/apartment to re heat and eat. Thus you have a number of catering options as well as being offered on a totally self catered basis, perhaps then with the fresh bread and croissants morning delivery service.

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France is the most popular Alpine country for British skiers and snowboarders and generally offers a more modern aspect of skiing in relation to towns and villages with many villages built around convenience for skiers and boarders alike.

There are of course a number of traditional French ski resorts. Courchevel is a key gateway to the vast area of the ‘Les Trois Vallæcopy;es’ which claims to be the biggest linked ski region in the world. Its rival is the Portes du Soleil network of ski areas (with Avoriaz and Morzine at its heart) which spreads across the French border into Switzerland.Pretty much the same size as the 3 Valleys, but both argue as to which is the largest, but its a close call.

The Three Valleys is dominated by four major resorts: Courchevel, Mæcopy;ribel, Les Menuires and Val Thorens – the highest ski resort in the Alps. Each of these four resorts has more than enough terrain to keep a skier or boarder happily and easily occupied for a week or more during a skiing holiday in France, so the opportunity to ski all four, as well as La Tania and St Martin de Belleville, provides innumerable options.

In the Portes du Soleil, neighbouring Avoriaz and Morzine are gateways to a dozen or more family ski resorts in France and Switzerland. Chamonix, dominated by the Mont Blanc Massif, is another major attraction with several resorts scattered along the valley, including Argentière, rated by some keen off-piste skiers and boarders as one of the best ski resorts in France – or the entire Alps for that matter. They will also be keen to try the Vallæcopy;e Blanche – a classic off-piste descent – with a high-mountain guide.

Another resort overlooked by the impressive Mont Blanc is Flaine, linked with a handful of resorts including Les Carroz and Samoens, with some of the most extensive slopes in France. That’s even more true of the Tignes-Val d’Isère Ski Area – the linked areas of Val d’Isère and Tignes – formerly called Espace Killy after the celebrated Olympic triple-gold medallist Jean-Claude Killy. Together these  neighbouring resorts provide some of the most exciting skiing in France, particularly for off-piste enthusiasts. Tignes has the added advantage of regular glacier skiing on the Grande Motte glacier and like Val Thorens is regarded as THE most snow sure French resorts.

Two more giants of the French skiing world which are co joined and undoubtedly among the best family ski resorts in France, are La Plagne and Les Arcs.The area is known as Paradiski, linked by a huge cable car. La Plagne has a dozen or so linked hamlets and villages spread across slopes in all directions, while Les Arcs too, like Courchevel, has a handful of ski villages and satellite resorts at various altitudes.Arc 1950 and Vallandry are favourites.

La Clusaz is a traditional pretty village with some great skiing and ideal for people looking for a short transfer from Geneva.Great for families, short breaks or just for a week its a lovely traditional village we rate highly.Megeve, also offering a short transfer from Geneva, is a larger traditional village with a modern twang and again rates highly on our list for aesthetic beauty and convenience.Definitely another must see and ski resort.

Further south in the French Alps and accessed via flights to Grenoble and Lyon, are two more great resorts: Les Deux Alpes and Alpe d’Huez. High and snow sure and in the same part of the world, one the same ski pass, is the fabulous Serre Chevalier ski network, linked with the UNESCO world heritage site of Briançon and enjoying the wonderful Roman baths in Montier.

Montgenèvre also deserves a mention and if flying into Turin, the transfers are short, plus you have the opportunity to ski in both France and Italy during your ski holiday. Montgenèvre also boasts some of the best snow conditions in the French alps. Family friendly and snow sure La Rosiere also shares the same pass with La Thuile also in Italy and comes recommended especially as peak times as its quieter than other French ski resorts.

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