Chalet Le Pînpiolé Chalet Rental in Sixt Fer à Cheval, France

Resort Height 765m - 2200m

Grand Massif ski area

265km of piste
78 lifts, 134 slopes
218 snow blowers
3 Jam Parks
Free Ride Domain

16 green
54 blue
48 red
16 black
Sixt Ski Area

34km of piste
6 lifts, 10 slopes
4 snow blowers

3 green
2 blue
4 red
1 black

Ski Hire & Ski School

It's usually cheaper to book ski/snowboard and boot hire in advance on the internet. One of the most popular is Sport 2000. If you book via this site, you'll be picking up your skis from Lionel Sports in the main village square, our recommended hire shop in Sixt. Again, for ski instruction it's best to book in advance, particularly in the peak holiday periods.

For group lessons in English we would recommend Ecole de Ski 360 or ZigZag ski school. Both of the above have lessons at Samoëns 1600, which for beginners has the advantage of a 'moving carpet' lift. Sixt is great for beginners - not very busy and plenty of space, though it'll probably be best to have a private lesson with an English speaking instructor from the ESF ski school in Sixt

Other Ski hire info

Our other recommendations include:
Planete Glisse
ESF Sixt fer à Cheval

Places to Eat

The sections below contain a selection of our most favourite places around Sixt and Samoëns. Be aware that, during the season, local restaurants can get really busy so it's a good idea to reserve in advance in the evenings.

On the slopes

There are loads of great places to eat on the slopes of the Grand Massif. For a map of our personal favourites, please click here

In Sixt

In Samoëns

There's a wide selection of places in Samoëns. One of our favourites right now opened in 2012 on the main square. It uses lots of local ingredients with an ever-changing menu and, at the time of writing (Feb 2014) is rated no. 1 in Samoëns - 8 M des Monts

Here's a few others to try:

Probably our other favourite: Aux becs à fleu
And some other great places:
Le Monde à l’Envers
La Tornalta
La Table de Fifine


In winter, Sixt is a busy ski resort and together with Samoens, Morillon, Les Carroz and Flaine, makes up the Grand Massif ski area, which is the 3rd largest pisted resort in France. Sixt's ski area is a compact domain with a mix of pistes for all abilities and regular ski buses providing easy transfer to the pistes. Cross country skiers can enjoy over 60km of tracks around the waterfalls of 'Fer à Cheval' and Joux Plane, at 1700m, offers a further 20km of tracks. Also accessible (by car) from Sixt are the resorts of Les Gets and Portes du Soleil.

Alpine Skiing

The Sixt Fer à Cheval Ski Area

With an altitude range of 800m to 1600m, this sector of the Grand Massif is easily accessible, with 34km of ski runs, 6 ski lifts, 10 slopes and 4 snow blowers. Sixt is an ideal place for children and beginners to find their ski legs before venturing onto the Massif Express lift in Samoëns, but there are also red and black runs in Sixt to keep the more experienced skiers occupied in the meantime!

The Grand Massif Ski Area

The free ski bus shuttle system means that you are just 10 minutes from the Grand Massif ski area, which is the 3rd largest interconnected ski domain in the French Alps. Its 265km of pistes (134 slopes), 3 Jam Parks, Free Ride domain, 78 ski lifts and 218 snow blowers makes it one of the biggest European ski areas. One descent not to be missed is The Cascades ski run which starts from the highest point of the domain at the Grandes Platières in Flaine and finishes in Sixt Fer à Cheval. It is a 14km blue run (1700m vertical descent) and is one for the 'must ski' list.

Cross Country Skiing and Skating

Between Samoëns and Sixt there are 46km of marked ski trails, offering plenty of scope to skiers of all levels. For beginners there is the Glière sector (green - 2km), Salvagny (blue - 5.2km), the Molliet (blue - 9.5km). For the more experienced there is the 'Fer à Cheval Loop' (16km) or the long trail which links Samoens to Sixt (27km). The Col de Joux Plan sector (1700m altitude) has 30km of trails and, thanks to its high altitude, snow coverage is assured.

Snow Trekking

Several marked itineraries have been created for snow trekking. Night excursions including dinner in a mountain chalet can be arranged.

Ski Touring

This is a very physical activity that calls for a good level of ability and you are strongly advised to go out with a professional guide who has an excellent knowledge of the area.

Ice Climbing

Sixt Fer à Cheval is one of the main sites for ice climbing in France. For both beginners and the more experienced there are sixty odd itineraries from 40 to 500 m high. The 'Vallon de Sales' sector is perfect for beginners. The Sixt Fer à Cheval sector is for the more experienced with ascents that progress up to grade 7.

Dog Sledding

A fun alternative to skiiing - as well as the ride itself, you are also shown how the team of dogs is harnessed. If you fancy trying this, it is best to book a few weeks ahead.