Haute Savoie / France
1 hour from Geneva Airport
1100m - 2600m
125km of pisted runs, 49 ski lifts
110km of trails
Hiking, swimming, tennis, yoga, spas and more
Manigod is a very special mountain secret. Traditionally a farming village the stunning scenery of the Manigod valley, along with its beautiful chalets and proximity to the famed resort of La Clusaz, have made it increasingly popular with visitors. Come and discover this mountain secret for yourself!
Originally called ‘Maningot’, the village of Manigod dates back to the start of the 11th century when it was ruled by a wealthy family from the Tarentaise.
Hidden in the Aravis mountains, Manigod played an important part in the Second World War - on 9 March 1943 the committee for the Resistance was created here, headed up by P Bozon-Laydier. Today farming is the main livelihood for many Manigodins, with the valley famed for producing Reblochon, Charvin and Tomme cheeses that you can buy directly from the farmers.
With a family friendly ski area, links to La Clusaz, stunning scenery and excellent tuition, Manigod is an Alpine secret waiting to be discovered.
The ESF ski school at Manigod offers tuition for all levels, with children benefiting from safe, enclosed areas while they find their ski legs. Once they’re ready there’s a choice of wonderful blue runs across the slopes of la Croix Fry and Merdassier to help build confidence and skills. For more experienced skiers there are some challenging red runs, off-piste skiing and all the slopes of La Clusaz to explore. Take a Manigod and La Clusaz ski pass and you can access 130km of runs, while a full Aravis pass gives you 220km to enjoy. For cross country skiers there is exceptional skiing at the Plateau de Beauregard, with incredible views of Mont Blanc.
Manigod also offers one of the largest night skiing areas in France. With floodlit slopes you can experience the magic of skiing under the stars!
Combining the areas of la Croix Fry and Merdassier, and linking in with the renowned resort of La Clusaz, Manigod has something for all ski abilities.
The drive up the mountain from Manigod village brings you first to the ski area at la Croix Fry. Here you will find an ESF ski school, together with the Plateau de Beauregard cross country skiing. This side of the mountain offers some fabulous blue and red runs, and you’ll see the Manigod ski club testing their speed on the red Vrailles run! Ski down Girolles or Bolets on the other side of the mountain and you’re in Merdassier with some more challenging reds including Edelweiss and the black Joubarbes. From either Merdassier or la Croix Fry you can easily link into the La Clusaz ski area opening up 130km of ski runs! For novice skiers there is a fantastic circuit down to La Clusaz, and with stunning views of the Aravis mountain chain, including Mont Blanc, the Manigod ski area is one that everyone can enjoy. You can also enjoy incredible night skiing here, with Manigod offering one of the biggest night skiing areas in the Haute Savoie!
Manigod is a fantastic winter destination for families, with fabulous ski areas, quiet slopes, great tuition and beautiful ‘Cool for Kids’ chalets.
The Manigod ski areas of la Croix Fry and Merdassier are perfect for children, with excellent ski schools and a wide choice of beginners slopes. The tourist office also organises various activities such as Paret (the traditional Manigod sledge) racing which is great fun to watch or even try! Many of OVO Network’s chalets in the Manigod valley also have some excellent facilities for children - playrooms, games, DVDs, and more at our Cool for Kids chalets! .
Enjoy a real taste of Alpine life in Manigod, with a relaxed pace of life, plenty of family time and getting back to nature.
The choice and quality of chalets in the Manigod valley is very high and family focused, with many offering facilities such as playrooms, games and more - look out for our ‘Cool for Kids’ logo to find the best family chalets. Explore the valley on foot with a range of marked footpaths, picnic areas and plenty of opportunities to see the wildlife and enjoy the stunning views for which this valley is famed. In the summer you’ll find a summer market in the village centre, plus the area is fabulous for road biking and mountain biking. Outdoor swimming pools and tennis are available at the top of the mountain (Merdassier) or in nearby Thones, and with La Clusaz just a short drive away it’s easy to keep children entertained.
If you want a break from skiing or snowboarding, then there’s a choice of other winter activities to keep you busy.
The Paret is the traditional sledge of Manigod and it’s a great sport to try. Watch one of the Paret competitions to get inspired and then give it a go! Alternatively there are traditional sledging runs at both la Croix Fry and Merdassier, or try snow-shoeing. Head to the nearby resort of La Clusaz for a swim in the outdoor pool or ice-skating, or take a day trip to the historic city of Annecy, just 25 minutes from Manigod.
Manigod offers wonderful peace and quiet, but not far away you can enjoy fabulous sports and activities throughout the summer.
Set on the road of the famed Col de la Croix Fry, a climb that has challenged Tour de France riders, it’s no wonder that cycling is so popular here. Whether you’re road biking or prefer mountain biking there are plenty of routes to choose from. Alternatively put on your walking shoes and explore by foot. With an extensive range of footpaths exploring the Manigod valley and beyond you can choose the distance that suits you. You can enjoy farm visits to try the local cheeses such as Reblochon, take a pottery class or find out more about the Resistance. There are also tennis courts and outdoor swimming pools at Merdassier and Thones, plus via ferrata, paragliding, and more.
With fresh Alpine air and stunning scenery all around you, it’s hard not to sit back and relax in Manigod.
This really is a very special location and part of its beauty is that it is still undiscovered by so many. Book into one of the spas in the valley for a beauty treatment or massage, or take a walk to explore the valley. Alternatively, simply relax with a book or a glass of wine in your chalet and take in the views from your balcony.
Completely unspoilt, Manigod offers a wonderful insight into the natural sights and sounds of the Alps - all from the comfort of a hand-picked OVO Network chalet.
The scenery of the Manigod valley is truly breath-taking, with mountain peaks all around you, including the majestic Tournette which drops down to Lake Annecy on the other side. With beautiful, traditional wooden chalets dotted all around, you’ll find no high rise buildings here and the only sounds you’ll hear are cow bells and birds singing! A choice of walks lets you discover the wild flowers and fruits that grow on the slopes, and you can see the famed eagle that is the symbol of Manigod, soaring overhead.
Manigod may be small but it still has a choice of restaurants for all tastes and budgets.
Right on the slopes at la Croix Fry try FonFon, which serves delicious meals and snacks, while over the mountain at Merdassier try Happy Chalet, set on the piste and offering a good choice of dishes and a warm welcome. Also at la Croix Fry try Les Sapins for quality food and wonderful views over the Manigod valley plus the acclaimed Christophe Pessey’s accordion nights. In the centre of Manigod village you’ll find the Auberge de Sulens, a real local restaurant serving tasty food. For a special occasion try Chez Marie-Ange, which offers top-end dining in a spectacular setting on the road up to the ski area, or try La Maison des Bois, the restaurant of acclaimed French chef Marc Veyrat, who is originally from Manigod.
With a boulangerie, post office, craft shop and choice of potteries, Manigod offers a little retail therapy, but you’re just a short drive from Thones and La Clusaz for more!
For general supplies the closest supermarket is in Thones, about a 10 minute drive away, where you will also find a good range of stores selling items such as shoes, fashions, homewares, jewellery, perfumes and more. In Manigod village itself there’s also a hairdresser, pottery courses, plus you can visit the farms to buy cheese directly from the farmer, along with butter and eggs.
As well as being a charming village with great skiing, Manigod is also just 25 minutes from the historic city of Annecy. Set on its lake, Annecy is stunningly beautiful with ancient houses lining narrow streets and waterways. Explore the boutique shops, try some of the renowned restaurants, and in summer head to the beaches to relax or try watersports such as water skiing and paddle boarding.
The Manigod ski area takes in La Croix Fry and Merdassier, both of which link into the vast La Clusaz ski area, so there is plenty of choice for snow sports in the winter and hiking and mountain biking in the summer. Take a look at the area’s piste map to start planning your trip...
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