La Grande Terche has an altitude of between 950 and 1800m and is situated just above St Jean d’Aulps, about 10 minutes from Morzine.
LGT is part of the Roc d’Enfer ski area, which comprises LGT/St Jean d’Aulps and Bellevaux/Le Chevrerie.
The ski resort was created in 1969, so is relatively new compared to some of the other local resorts. Morzine constructed the Pleney lift in 1934 and Chatel built its first drag lift in 1946/47.
There are now 23 pistes altogether, including 1 black, 10 red, 7 blue and 5 green pistes over a total of 50km. There are also two beginners areas. These gentle slopes make this the perfect resort for beginners and for families. There are 18 ski lifts altogether to take you to these pistes. LGT also has it’s own branch of ESF so you can have lessons here too.
The Roc d’Enfer circuit is a 20 km circuit, which was created in 1987. It is a really beautiful circuit that can easily be done in a day, and it allows you to ski the full area, with fantastic views of Roc d’Enfer mountain (which translates to the rock of hell!). It starts at the top of the first chairlift from the plateau and ends in the village of La Grande Terche.
One of the best bits about the ski area here is that it is quiet and is relatively unaffected during the busy peak season periods, so you can be guaranteed a lack of queues like you find in the bigger resorts.
Also, if you like skiing or snowboarding through soft and fluffy pow (who doesn’t?!) this is a playground for you…as the resort is so popular with families and beginners, the off-piste often remains untouched.
Skiing further afield-
To access the Portes du Soleil, you can drive to Ardent village, which is only 10 minutes away, and take the bubble up into Lindarets. You’re immediately in the heart of the Portes du Soleil. Take a chair lift and you can ski towards the Chatel area or another one takes you to Switzerland and Les Crosets.
There are also buses available to take you to Morzine where you can access the PDS via the Super Morzine bubble, or head to Les Gets via the Pleney bubble.
The village of La Grande Terche is small but has everything you need. No matter where you’re staying it’s only a short walk to the bubble or to one of the local restaurants. There’s even a shop where you can buy food and essentials. Check out L’Avanlanche Bar and Pere Bill’s for some local flavour. This village is perfect for families, with not too much to overwhelm whilst still having it all.
None of the larger chalet companies or tour operators have properties here, it is mostly self-catered apartments and chalets and means that it remains a cheaper and less commercial place to take your winter holiday.
If you are keen to explore, St Jean d’Aulps village is just down the hill, a 3 minute drive away. There are more shops and restaurants here, a large supermarket and it’s a pretty place to spend an afternoon. Morzine is a short drive away, and is a beautiful town. Here there are a plethora of shops, restaurants, cafes and bars and often events such as live bands and fairs.