Slides, sledging and more – check out Grand Massif’s pleasure zones
A stay in Samoëns opens up some of the best skiing in the Alps. Grand Massif is the fifth biggest ski destination in Europe, but you’ll find so much more than stunning ski slopes here. Not only are there 139 marked ski runs in the area, but there are 18 fun parks dotted around the five resorts which make up Grand Massif.
These specially designed zones are accessible to all and offer everything from features to jumps, tobogganing to boardercross, and speed skiing to stunning sculptures incorporated into runs, rides and relaxation spots. Let’s check out just a few of the best below.
Myzterious Forezt of ZiZiPanPan
This is a fabulous, fun and safe ski park created with kids in mind. The Mysterious Forest ski run winds through the trees with secret passages to discover and bumpy sections to leap from. The slope doubles as a treasure hunt to navigate with five foam walls laid by ZiZiPanPan to block the way and the riddle of the Tootizz to solve.
The Toboggan Zone at Col de Pierre Carrée
The Col de Pierre Carrée pass lies 6,049 ft above sea level, offering stunning views across the Aravis Chain and Vallée de l’Arve. With marked paths suitable for snowshoeing, the area also offers three toboggan runs. The iconic sculptures of Jean Dubuffet stand above the sledging slopes and are near the three covered magic carpets which give access to the ski runs.
Les Carroz – Cool Zone de l’Oasis
The huge Oasis fun snow zone opened in 2015 and really is something else. The Cool Zone de l’Oasis offers boardercross, ski slalom, jumps and a restaurant with a sunny terrace overlooked by palm trees (fake) which dot around the runs.
The Oasis is also home to the Speed Experience Zone, the perfect piste on which to learn how to zoom down the slopes while remaining in complete control. The huge LED display at the bottom will tell you how fast you went – and whether you broke a record – while the large screen flashes up a video of your run that you can instantly share on social media.
There are a host of freestyle zones dotted around the Grand Massif resort. The biggest is the JamPark Pro at Flaine. In the Aujon sector, the JamPark is designed for competent freestylers and features a quarter pipe, tables, rails and a boardercross course. Events, parties and barbecues are regular features in the park.
You’ll also find the Ze Kraken beginner terrain park, various other tobogganing zones, the Speed Dragoz rail toboggan ride at Flaine, Ze KidzPark and Ze FunkyPark at Morillon and plenty more. Check them all out here.