Inexpensive lessons, free lifts, the opportunity to ski on the beginners slopes at the
top of the mountain, enjoy the views and meet the rest of the group for lunch!
Chalet Deux Freres
As a beginner we believe that it is important to be able to access the chalet during the day, for example if you forgot something or want to pop back. Chalet Deux Freres is less than 5 minutes walk from the cable car, the closest catered chalet to the lift in Les Carroz.
- Ski lessons in Les Carroz are great value. We recommend private ski lessons with either ESF or ESI (the two ski schools here).
- Private lessons are from 1-2 people with ESF and 1-3 people with ESI so if you have a friend to learn with you can save considerably.
- ESF best-timed slots go quickly so make sure to book in advance! ESI offer private lessons from 12:00-14:00 during school holiday, outside of school holiday if you book in advance there is more of a chance of requesting a time outside of these times.
We recommend ESI because ski school with ESI start on Monday whereas with ESF it starts on Sunday. Ski school with ESI is €153 for 15 hours (3 hours a day, Mon-Fri) or €170 during school holidays.
Les Carroz is very mindful of beginners and has some great lift pass options for you.
- 2 ski slopes that you can access … for FREE!
- Beginners pass from €26 per day at time of writing. This provides access to the snow-sure pistes at 1800m, a trip up in the cable car then access to the 2 more drag lifts and the opportunity to use the chair lift too.
- A smaller area pass called the Massif pass.
Where to meet for lunch
Extracts taken from our mountain restaurant guides, available in the chalet.
- (no lift pass) At the bottom of the telecabine is the Les Airelles hotel “Every time we go here, we say, “we should eat here more often”. Expect traditional local fare such as tartiflette, fondue, raclette etc. Or there are plenty of other restaurant options in the village.
- (beginners lift pass) At the top of telecabine is the Oreade “Great coffee, big portions of self-service food, sunny terrace and nice views too”. Blue run skier – You can ski down to L’Anfionne opposite the Plein Soliel chair lift which serves amazing hot chocolate and other snack foods, worth a visit!
- (Massif lift pass, blue run skiier ) “Les Molietts, situated at the end of the Marmotte piste just before the Molliets chair lift. Be aware there is a slightly steep hill to get down to the Molliets. A good tip is that the hill is shallower on the far side so head that way and if you don’t fancy the hill you can always walk down, the slope faces the sun so is never really icy … tartiflette, plats du jour and an amazing selection of freshly baked tarts await you”.
Goal for the week
Piste Marvel for blue run skiers , green (Morillion): This is where they bring the journalists when they want good reviews of the resort! A long green piste that relaxingly meanders it’s way through the trees. This is one of the longest pistes in the Grand Massif (G.M), dropping from 1800m to 1100m, it is the gradual gradient that provides this piste’s length. Entirely secluded in the trees the piste also boasts a nature trail of local mountain fauna information.