The Manigod ski area is located on the Col de Merdassier, 10 kilometres south of La Clusaz, in the Haute Savoie region of the French Alps. Leave La Clusaz on the D909, Col des Aravis road and in 3 kilometres turn right onto the D16 signposted to Manigod. Immediately before La Croix-Fry turn left on the D160 and continue for 2 kilometres to the summit of the pass. Confusingly Manigod village is some distance from the ski area, 7 kilometres south of La Croix-Fry. There is no official campsite or aire, but no objection seems to be made for campers to base themselves in the car park at the foot of the L’Etale ski tows, (we were there in 2007 along with several other vans). A public toilet with water is available by the tows across the road from the car park. Shops; including patisserie and mini-market, bar and tourist information office are five minutes walk away in the small commercial centre whilst adjacent to the parking area is an excellent farm shop selling saucisson, hams and cheeses. Other facilities and après ski are rather limited though La Croix-Fry does offer a choice of places to eat at lunchtime and of course La Clusaz is an old and established resort with a full range of facilities and activities available.

The skiing at Manigod is suited to beginners and intermediates and is part of the Massif des Aravis ski area centered on La Clusaz, (see also Le Grand Bornand) giving access in total to over 220km of marked piste. Manigod makes a good choice for those wanting a day or two of low cost skiing in a quiet but attractive setting.


Manigod/La Croix-Fry. Alt. 1500m

Lifts 16 – 3 chair lifts,13 tows - Highest lift 1810m

Vertical descent 310m

Lift pass per day, (2007) Adult 16.50 euros, children 14.70 euros.

Runs 5 green, 10 blue, 7 red, 1 black

Massif des Aravis 1100m. (La Clusaz)

Lifts 91 – Cable car 2, gondola 6, chair lifts 27, tows 56 - Highest lift 2616m Vertical descent 1500m

Lift pass per day, (2007) Adult 28 euros, children 21.80 euros.

Runs 28 green, 42 blue, 31 red, 7 black.

Info courtesy of Ian Preistley