Last rev: Feb 2018
A few metres above our apartments, a free drag lift runs past the car park and up to the 'La Cry' ski base. Just cross the road from L'Aiglon, walk through the parking area, pass the 'Mowgly' apartments and turn right. The top of the drag lift leads to the 'Beauregard', chair lift and near that is a wooden 'caisse' where you can buy a day-pass or forfait for the whole period.
Alternatively drive up and park at the lower car park, where you can ski down to the drag lift; or turn right into the top level of the car park and get your ski-pass from the main caisse. Alternatively (e.g. with small kids), drive 200m further up and park at La Cry; or drive 1km further up to le Cuchet car park and ski down to la Cry. In either case you will be able to ski back to your car.
At La Cry is a large ski creche, the ski school (tel: 04.50.58.60.87), nursery slopes for all ages, three restaurants and a hotel, two sports shops and frequent FREE ski buses connecting with the village centre. Our guests can be sure of the best deal on ski hire from Marin Sports which is the uppermost of the two sports shops.
First an overview, then useful tips, and itineries for beginners.
There are five sections: (see map).
The front - East face Up steps from Marin Sports is the ski school meeting point and nursery drags. The (8 mins) 'Beauregard' 4-seat chair and top of Mowgly drag are also at this level (1183m). There are 2 blues and two reds back down, but most skiers will head off to the left for 'Creve Coeur' drag or (6 mins) 'Pertuis' 6-seat chair lift. There are 5 reds and 1 blue back down, plus a small snow park and boarder cross, so this lift gets the most use and can have a 5 mins queue at weekends and peak weeks.
Jouty - North face From the top of 'Pertuis' (1757m), go straight ahead and turn right behind the top of the 'Pres' chair for the lovely Jorace red run down to the (11 mins) 'Jouty' 4-seat chair. Alternatively, turn right and run down bearing left before the 'Bachais' restaurant to pick up a red or easy black down to 'Jouty'.
Jaillet - South face From the summit of 'Pertuis' turn left and go straight ahead, down 'les Salles'. You'll find a red, blue and green run (and 3 variants) served by the (10 mins) 'Jaillet' 6-seat gondola from North side of Megève. The liaison back to Combloux is by the new (5 mins) 'Ravine' 4-seat chair, (over fun red and blue runs), then turn right.
Christomet - North face Turn right from 'les Salles' or left from the exit of 'Jaillet' gondola (1580m) for a blue run down to 'Christomet'. The right hand (9 mins) 'Pres' 4-seat chair returns to Combloux. The left hand (10 mins) 'Christomet' 6-seat chair serves a blue, red and 3 black runs.
Giettaz - North face Straight ahead from the summit of 'Christomet' (1853m) there is a 6 km blue down to the small station of Giettaz (1200m). A (15 mins) 4-seat chair brings you back to the top of 'Torraz' (1930m) where you can turn left for the blue back to 'Christomet'. There is also a series of three steep drags up 'Torraz' and the area is generally more sporty with a snow park and about 8 steep runs.
Good skiers, allow the following times for return trips:
La Cry - Les Salles summit: 25 mins
La Cry - Jaillet: 50 mins
Les Salles - Christomet: 30 mins
Christomet - Giettaz: 45 mins
La Cry - Giettaz: 100 mins
There are sixteen restaurants/bars to choose from. We recommend the following:
La Cry has Three choices of restaurant for meeting up, especially with beginners at ski school, small children, or non-skiers : Chez Albert is self-service with sunny terrace opened 2018; the OPB is a modernised restaurant/bar with fairly limited menu; and La opened Dec 2018 (formerly "tire fesse", "les clarines", "perdrix blanche"). The latter is not open full time and service is not yet(?) slick - one option is buy a panina at the window before going in.
Nicely located for easy access, just below top of 'Beauregard' lift : Coeur d'Or is good for Meeting up, enjoying sunny terrace, and light lunches.
Just above the Cuchet car park and beside the Gentiane blue run : the Petit Cuchet has lovely view and ambiance, and good a la carte evening meals or lunches - not to be hurried.
Beside la croix blue down from 'Pertuis' lift : le Bachais, is a good all-rounder with superb view, fair prices, and good service but gets busy at peak times.
On the route down to la Giettaz from Christomet : le Bonjournal has a superb view and log cabin ambiance for a superior lunch (more select than the Bachais) or a very pleasant drink stop.
The Beauregard is the main transport out of La Cry and is gentle with easy landing for beginners' first chair lift. It ascends beside the Tétras red run, which looks quite easy from the chair but steeper when standing above it! From the top of the chair there is a choice. Beginners can keep to the right all the way down the Gentiane blue run and via Cuchet (car park and restaurants) to La Cry. Alternatively, they can descend la Papa (blue) and then return to La Cry via Roitelets (green). For absolute beginners there is a green cut through from the Gentiane to Roitelets.
The remainder of this sector is served by the (fast, 6 seater) Pertuis chair up to the Sommet des Salles. Beginners can descend past the Bachais restaurant by La Croix (blue) or the easiest red, which is the Ambourzales. For more experienced skiers there are four other reds and a black. The rightmost descent, the Bouquetons, can be tricky when icy. Turn off to the right to schuss past the Creve Couer and down the Gentiane to Cuchet.
From Sommet des Salles, the Jorace is a lovely run - an easy red that is ideal for perfecting technique and a good first step up for beginners. The Porrez is a fun way down to the same lift - this starts with a schuss down the front but turn left before the rise to Bachais restaurant. After a gentle track there is a steep curve to the right with a slight reverse camber that collects a few unwary skiers, also look out for the tight left into a blue piste near the bottom. Unfortunately the Jouty chair lift is relatively slow.
Turning left from the top of Pertuis keep straight on (South) towards the Jaillet area or turn right towards Christomet. Beginners can bear right towards the top of the Jaillet lift and then turn left towards the "Pere Noel" blue through the trees down towards Megève - better skiers can take a more direct route down a short red piste. There is a longer "green" descent called "Sept Nantes" but it can often be more challenging than the blue! For good skiers there is a nice red piste (Etoile) down under the gondola. There are two ways back to Combloux from Jaillet : left down a blue, steep at the bottom, to the base of Christomet where the Pres lift returns to les Salles; or, right past the bottom of a drag lift to the "Ravine" chair from which you bear right towards Combloux or left for a couple of nice runs back down to the chair.
The right turn from les Salles is a forest road down to the base of Christomet with a red short cut under the Pres lift. The route passes a clay pigeon club (ball trap) and ends in a sharp little descent to the base of the 6-seat Christomet chair and 4-seat Pres chair. From the top you can return down a blue or red (re-graded 2018), or black run; or you can continue on to the Bonjournal. You can return from there or carry on down 5 km blue to Giettaz and return via chair to the top of Torrez and blue piste back to the Bonjournal.