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Les Carroz - a resort for all seasons

While some ski resorts in the Alps are ghost towns out of season, this is definitely not the case with the village of Les Carroz d'Araches. This delightfully traditional Alpine village, set in glorious landscapes including soaring mountains, turquoise lakes and cool, dark forests, offers a multitude of activities for all ages and tastes at all times of year. Les Carroz has access to no less than five top ski stations, and is linked to four of them, but it is so much more than just a ski resort.

The commune of Araches la Frasse

The ski resort of Les Carroz d'Araches is part of a commune made up of villages and hamlets, the resort itself having once been a small farming hamlet called Les Carroz. The commune to which Les Carroz d'Araches belongs is called Araches la Frasse. Araches la Frasse was originally two villages, Araches and La Frasse, which combined to form the commune of Araches la Frasse. Araches la Frasse is only a few kilometres from Les Carroz d'Araches, so is able to share amenities with the ski resort.

Traditional villages with a good range of amenities

For relatively small villages, Les Carroz d'Araches and Araches la Frasse have between them, a really good range of amenities. This is thanks partly to Les Carroz d'Araches's status as a ski resort. From plentiful shops, bars and restaurants, including those essential boulangeries, to all the usual services (doctors, schools, crèches for the little ones, library). There are also art galleries and museums to add a cultural element to life. The traditional Alpine design of Les Carroz d'Araches adds a rustic appeal, and the central square is home to a colourful street market on Tuesday mornings where you can find wonderful local produce as well as a variety of other goods on sale. Meanwhile the combined heritage of both villages includes lovely old churches and chapels, monuments such as the stone oratory cross, historic features like an old bread oven and authentic Alpine architecture throughout.

Sports and leisure activities on offer - in winter and summer

Excellent skiing goes without saying, of course, as Les Carroz d'Araches is linked to the illustrious ski stations of Samoens, Flaine, Morillon and Sixt, which are among the best in the Alps. Other winter sports and activities are cross country skiing, dog sledding, ice skating, snowboarding and snow-shoeing. Ski schools for all abilities are easily found, as are equipment hire and sales centres. Meanwhile there is also a swimming pool and sports centre open year round, offering alternative ways of being active. And in summer, when the countryside has turned from white to green, the sports change but are just as numerous. Try mountain biking, pony trekking, golf or white water rafting... and that's just for starters!

Explore mountain hamlets and lakes

There are many lovely hamlets and villages to discover, nestling in the folds of the mountains. There are traditional farms to see, festivals to attend and glorious natural lakes to enjoy. Most days a market can be found locally, and frequent special events take place throughout both winter and summer. If you want to get a little further afield, take a trip to Lake Geneva, where a whole new world of activities and atmosphere opens up.

How to get there

Geneva is the closest airport, served by a variety of airlines, but Chambéry, Grenoble and Lyon are all within reach. You can also travel by rail as the region is served by Eurostar and TGV services, with a ski special running to Bourg St Maurice and Moûtiers in season. Both Araches la Frasse and Les Carroz d'Araches can be found from the D6, on the D106, which is easily accessed from the main A40.

Property prices and availability in and around Les Carroz d'Araches and Araches la Frasse

Property in popular Alpine ski areas is never cheap, but there can be bargains to be found. If price is an issue, it is currently possible to buy a one bedroom apartment that can accommodate four people for just 90,000 Euros. But if you want the last word in luxury and have more Euros to spend, this is also possible with some fabulous chalets on the market.

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Les Carroz d'Araches (Araches la Frasse) AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Les Carroz d'Araches (Araches la Frasse)?

Les Carroz d'Araches lies in the south-east of France, in the south of the Haute-Savoie department.

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Population: 1,700

Access: By air: Fly to Geneva from the UK. By rail: The TGV runs to Bourg St Maurice and Moûtiers, with a ski special in season. By road: Les Carroz is located on the D106, just off the A40.

Economy: The economy is mainly concerned with mountain tourism and seasonal sports.

Interesting fact: Legend has it that Les Carroz was formed after a giant hurled a rock down the mountain, with the village growing up where the rock landed.

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