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Les Carroz / Flaine

View down final red into Les Carroz, arriving at the Milk Hotel



The routedoctor was a little reserved about suggesting the Milk Hotel adjacent to the piste in Les Carroz +33(6) 17777023 www.milkhotel.fr (external link) as he is keen to return and does not wish it to be swamped !

This establishment is a classy, adult haven. That does not mean adult entertainment, but a grown up, organic great value hotel 2 minutes ski from the gondola and at the base of the red run into Les Carroz.

Its a steep climb back to the hotel if you need to go into town but it isnt really necessary. Even ski hire is taken care of as Christophe wil drive you into town and your skis will be collected at the end of your stay.

Prices

982 euros 2 people half board 4 nights inc drinks and lunch on the last day (March 2013). Try the cheeseburger at 18 euros - worth every penny.

The wine is good value - 5 - 6 euros a glass , 29 for a bottle of St Verand AB.

Beer - 10-50 2 demi pression served by waiters who would not look out of place in a Paris establishment.

Dinner is a set menu but high quality which suits the smart French clientelle.

Lift Pass

The Grand Massif includes the entire area of Les Carroz, Morillon Samoens Flaine and Sixt and you wil need this for anything other than one day. 216 euros for 6 days March 2013.

Some of the more enjoyable high speed and safe cruising is in the Morillon area especially Sairon which sweeps like a downhill course with few joining runs allowing high speed carving.

The area below Gron and the solitary black allow similar velocity.

The Flaine bowl was not as exciting as the map suggested although the Tete Pelouse area was not explored late in the season due to a lift closure.

Numerous warnings exist about snow holes above Flaine and the occasional skier comes to grief each year. The routedoctor was not tempted off-piste.

If your thighs need some punishment, try the red Belzebuth in Flaine. Rarely pisted.

The cruise down to Les Molliets will keep timid intermediates very happy and the restaurant at the bottom looked promising.

Numerous options are availble including family discounts at 10%. Each area has a fluent English speaker in the pass office to assist. However , this is a very French resort - start in French !

Some suggestions for lunch

Le Chariande

A popular self service pit-stop above Samoens 1600 with a limited menu but reasonable prices. 11 euros will fill you with quiche a fruit tart and evian. Think refuelling not gourmet dining.

Le Bissac

First on the left as you ski into Flaine from Les Carroz - cafe au lait 3-50 but lunch looked expensive.

L'Epicea

The Flaine dining recommendation (although I hear rumour of a tiny cafe inside a ski hire shop in Flaine serving homemade quiche). A two course lunch for two with two soft drinks and coffee 51 euros. Suzy's brownie is the suggestion. You will receive a knowing look from the waitress as it is superb. A good sun terrace.

L'Anfionne is a trendy piste side bar on Plein Soleil with waitress service before the descent to the Miklhotel. A good first beer for apres-ski. Demi pression - 3 euros 40.



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