La Grande Terche is a traditional Savoyard village perched above the valley of the river Dranse and St Jean D'Aulps. Geneva airport is approx 60-75 minutes drive (depending upon route) and Lake Geneva is only a 40 minutes drive.
Part of the vast Portes du Soleil ski network - which includes the excellent ski resorts of Morzine, Les Gets, Avoriaz and Chatel - the village also has an extensive ski area of its own with lifts only 100m from the apartment.
There is plenty of skiing right on your doorstep (literally), there are runs to suit all from easy greens and blues to longer and more challenging reds and blacks. There are nursery slopes for beginners at the top of the lifts. There are some 40km of pistes entering three different valleys, and 14 lifts directly accessible from the village. If you should wish to venture further afield the Navette bus serves the village along with Morzine and Les Gets, however, car hire makes Avoriaz and the neighboring Swiss resorts of the Portes Du Soleil a mere 10 minute drive via the Ardent lift.
Neither La Grande Terche, nor the village of St Jean d'Aulps in the valley below, has any British packaged accommodation, a significant attraction for some. Instead, its surprisingly international clientele is dotted around in private chalets and apartments, and the resort is run by locals who are genuinely welcoming and friendly. Most of the apartment buildings are modern, but low-rise, and of traditional style. A number of genuine old Savoyard barns survive to add to the charm.
La Grande Terche has a seasonal community of its own, and is equipped with all the necessary amenities you would expect; the village has 4 restaurants/bars, a launderette and a small supermarket. There are ski hire shops and an ESF ski school which offers private, group and children boarding and skiing lessons, along with child care facilities. We recommend Muffat sports who are very helpful and should give you a discount if you tell them where you are staying
St Jean is five minutes drive down the hill, and offers further shops and restaurants, pharmacy, doctor's surgery, banks, mini-market and tourist office. An excellent 'Champion' supermarket is also only 5 minutes drive away.
Morzine only 15 minutes drive away, is well-heeled and chic, with some expensive shops, ice-skating, cinemas and excellent restaurants.
La Grande Terche is about as distant from industrialised skiing as you can get. Whether you are expert skier or intermediate, the 7km long circuit, the longest red run in the Portes due Soleil, from La Grande Terche through Bellevaux takes you from forest to hamlet, and is both exhilarating and extremely beautiful.