Great little ski resorts: Morillon, France

Away from the hubbub of Chamonix, the French Alps has another piste-perfect resort in Morillon, a pretty, family-friendly village close to charming shops – and bags of snow-related fun

Morillon, just 50 minutes’ drive from Geneva, lies in the Haut-Giffre valley in France’s Haute Savoie region. It’s one of five interconnected resorts within the Grand Massif ski area. Flaine, the most well-known, is purpose-built up the mountain, with 1960s Bauhaus architecture by Marcel Breuer. Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval is quiet and pretty, Samoëns has unusual cafes and shops, Les Carroz is small and handy for some steep off-piste tree runs, and Morillon is central to it all. It’s a traditional village, with good nursery slopes and links to a huge ski area. It’s the cheap, family-friendly option of the five.

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