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Aravis Domain is a stunning ski area located in the French Alps, renowned for its picturesque landscapes, diverse terrain, and vibrant après-ski scene. Nestled within the Aravis Mountain Range, the resort offers a unique blend of traditional village charm and modern amenities, making it an ideal destination for skiers of all levels.
The history of Aravis Domain dates back centuries, with several traditional alpine villages forming the backbone of the resort. These villages, such as La Clusaz, Le Grand-Bornand, and Manigod, have preserved their authentic character and architectural heritage, providing visitors with an authentic mountain experience.
Unlike purpose-built ski resorts, Aravis Domain offers a more intimate and genuine atmosphere, where visitors can immerse themselves in local traditions and culture. This area does sit at a relatively low altitude, so it could be a good option for a last minute decision when conditions are favourable.
However, its proximity to Geneva and Annecy is both a blessing and a curse as it's a popular day spot for many locals. Want even more of a thrill in the middle of your ski day? The Passarelle au Col de Balme - a long suspended walkway and bridge at the top of La Balme in La Clusaz - will take you out across the void at the rear of the Aravis mountains, you'll even be able to enjoy a stunning view of Mont Blanc.
When it comes to après-ski, Aravis Domain offers a lively and diverse scene. The resort villages are dotted with charming bars, restaurants, and cafes, where visitors can unwind after a day on the slopes. From cozy alpine huts serving mulled wine and local delicacies to vibrant nightlife spots hosting live music and themed events, there is something for everyone. The après-ski culture in Aravis Domain strikes a balance between relaxed and vibrant, catering to both families and those seeking a more lively atmosphere.
Overall, Aravis Domain offers a captivating blend of natural beauty, authentic alpine charm, and excellent skiing opportunities. Whether you're seeking a family-friendly ski vacation or an adventurous getaway, this resort has something to offer for everyone, making it a beloved destination among winter sports enthusiasts.
(Airports, trains, shared options)
6 day pass
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The alpine ski area of the Massif des Aravis includes the resorts of La Clusaz, Le Grand-Bornand, Manigod, Saint-Jean-de-Sixt (shuttle connections between resorts)
Train + Bus Option
Train to Annecy [all available direct]
1.75 hr Grenoble
Bus to La Clusaz or La Grand Bornand [1hr 10]
8 Euro each way
Every day of the week, several departure times
Easiest to book on Altibus
Line Y62 / Y63
There's 10min between Le Grand Bornand & La Clusaz, and 5 between SAINT-JEAN-DE-SIXT and La Clusaz
The easiest way to plan train travel is use The Trainline (click the logo below)
This is because it's the most comprehensive integration of all European train operators, so you can even plan cross-border travel.
On average you can book 3-4 months in advance, read our full Guide to European Rail travel
Bus Geneva-Aravis (Aéroskibus by Bllanfat)
Stops in La Grand Bornand, St Jean de Sixt and La Clusaz
1hr 50 (37 euro one-way)
on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays or
5 shuttles a day from Geneva to the Aravis Domaine
Regular service from Lyon St Exupéry airport [1hr 45]
Then connect via Bus to resort (See train section)