The demand for car-free resorts is on the rise for various reasons including sustainability, clients wanting a peaceful holiday surrounded by nature and general safety precautions by not having vehicles in resort centres. We have listed a few resorts that are ahead of the game for their car-free efforts...
Recently awarded with the Flocan Vert certification for the resort’s sustainable efforts, Avoriaz is an entirely vehicle-free resort with two entry points, both with a car park. Upon arrival in the resort, guests follow a guide for a smooth arrival on foot, horse-drawn taxi-sleighs or snow vehicle! Part of Avoriaz’s charm is that it is an entirely ski-in resort, regardless of where you stay there is no need to take a shuttle or walk, all you need to do is clip in those skis and off you go.
The family-friendly resort of Flaine is conveniently located a short transfer from Geneva airport and has an entirely car-free centre. Upon arrival/departure, the resort allows you 90 minutes to drive your car to your accommodation to allow you to unload/reload and then make use of the free shuttle buses to and from the resort. All amenities in Flaine are within walking distance making it a convenient location for a real escape.
Les Arcs became the first Savoyard resort in 2020 to become certified with the Flocan Vert accolade for its sustainable commitment to the mountain destination. Part of this is that the majority of the ski area is car-free with covered walkways between buildings and doorstep skiing throughout, you really can relax and be at one with nature in this resort.
The modern and car-free resort Belle Plagne has incorporated a touch of tradition with the pedestrianised resort, ideal for families. Cars driven to the resort can be left in the residences and hotels underground car parks. Access to the entire La Plagne ski area is not a problem with the extensive lift system and a free shuttle bus running until midnight. The car-free centre gives Belle Plagne a warm atmosphere and home from home feel.
Below we have listed four great places to stay, but if you would like advice on which accommodation would suit your group best, please send an email or call our friendly team on 023 9283 9310.
Kouria is ideally located in the Falaise area of Avoriaz, just a stone’s throw from the resort covered car park and the main selection of shops and services. Kouria also benefits from ski-in/ski-out possibilities (snow and level depending). Facilities include a swimming pool, hot tub, steam room and ski lockers.
Le Centaure in Flaine is a 4* luxury residence superbly situated by the 'Les Grandes Platieres' cable car, nearby the resort centre and offers ski-in/ski-out possibilities (snow and level depending). The residence is superbly situated in Flaine Forum, the highest resort in the Grand Massif. Facilities include spa access, swimming pool, children's pool, hot tub, sauna, steam room and fitness room.
At the foot of the slopes in the pedestrianised Villards district of the Arc 1800 village, l'Ecrin is a newly built residence. The ESF ski school is a 2 minutes’ walk away. Facilities include a hammam, sauna and ski lockers. You will find various lifts at the foot of the slopes (such as Carreley chairlift, Dahu gondola, Vegere chairlift, Transarc and Villards chairlift) no more than a few minutes walk away.
4* Carlina in La Plagne is ideally located next to the slopes of Belle Plagne and offers ski-in/ski-out possibilities, allowing easy access to the vast Paradiski ski area. The residence is just a 5-minute walk from the resort centre, with its selection of shops, restaurants and services. Facilities include a swimming pool, sauna, steam room and spa treatments available.