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The Ski and Snowboard Short Break Specialist

The Aravis Lodge and Annexe

Our own sociable Chalet-Hotel with exceptional service & convenience

Home of Ski Weekender

Our own base for high-quality, friendly service and a fully-supported, hassle-free ski holiday.

  • Sociable chalet-style dining – great food & wine included
  • Amazing afternoon tea and cakes
  • Full bar, sauna, gym and ski hire on-site
  • Our ski team on hand to help throughout
  • Minibus shuttles to / from ski lifts

The Aravis Lodge

Our home base and longest-running location, the Aravis Lodge is a sociable chalet-hotel, exclusively for the use of Ski Weekender’s guests. As such, everything we provide here has been set up specifically to cater to your short ski break needs, including great food, on-site ski hire and a high level of personal service from our resident ski team, with everything tailored to get you the most skiing with the least hassle.

Aravis Lodge Afternoon Tea
The Aravis Lodge combines the best aspects of staying in a catered chalet, with many of the same benefits as a hotel. For example, it has a lot more communal space and facilities than typical chalets, but retains an easy-going, sociable feel. You’ll regularly find guests sharing a drink in the bar, unwinding in the sauna, or simply dozing in the comfy lounge after (another) slice of cake, as our highly popular afternoon tea is included at the Lodge.

The dining room also plays host to some memorable meals, with 40+ people around large banquet tables, sharing stories and making new friends, so our guests regularly tell us the Lodge is like their home away from home. Then for advice about snow conditions and the best places to ski, where to have a leisurely lunch on the piste, or to go for some fun après ski, our friendly team are always around to pass on their first-hand experience.

The Aravis Lodge Advantage

With this being our own home base we have much more flexibility as to what we can offer our guests over and above many other accommodation providers, which we believe is a great advantage! In addition to all of the above, we provide you with a meal regardless of what time you arrive in the evening, you can get your skis fitted the same evening you arrive however late that is so you’re all ready to go the following morning, and you can keep your room until 16:00 on your departure day, enabling you to shower and change before heading off to the airport for your flight home.

Plus there are so many more ways we go the extra mile to make your short ski break with us a truly memorable and hassle-free experience, which you can read about here >>>

Our Location

As the name might suggest, we are located in the midst of the Annecy – Aravis Mountains Ski Domain – in the village of Saint Jean de Sixt. The resorts of La Clusaz and Le Grand Bornand – with their fantastic skiing – are just 5 minutes or 2km away.

With our own fleet of minibuses, we drop you off right at the foot of the ski lifts first thing in the morning and pick you up again at the end of the day, making it the height of convenience. So no need for public ski buses or long treks with your gear (although the free ski buses also run regularly throughout the day too, should you wish to come and go as you please).
Ski Weekender's fleet of minibuses


So all of this combined, along with the excellent skiing in the area, is why we get to welcome back so many of our guests to the Aravis Lodge time after time, and we hope you will be one of them. Though if you’d like a little sneaky preview of what you could be experiencing for yourself when you come to stay at the Aravis Lodge, check out our short video below, taken in the Aravis resorts of La Clusaz and Le Grand Bornand, and features some of our fabulous team.


The Ideal Setup for Short Ski Breaks

Everything aimed at maximising your ski time; hire, bar, sauna, great food & hospitality under one roof.

  • 18 ensuite rooms in the main hotel, 4 rooms in the Annexe with shared facilities
  • On-site ski hire open until late
  • Large licensed bar with English TV
  • Full professional kitchen & chef team

Aravis Lodge Bar

Aravis Lodge – Rooms

The Lodge has 18 ensuite bedrooms on its first and second floors, with all bathrooms having recently been fully renovated in a fresh, contemporary style. Most rooms are 2 person twin / doubles, plus there are also 4 larger family rooms, which sleep up to 4 in twin / double beds plus an adult-sized bunk bed. All rooms have fluffy duvets and cosy blankets. Bath and hand towels are provided, along with complimentary toiletries. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel.

Aravis Lodge – Social Facilities

The ground floor of the Lodge has a spacious dining and breakfast room, with complimentary tea and coffee available throughout the day. It also has a large, sunny lounge with comfy sofas, a smaller TV room, and a welcoming licensed bar. The bar has local Mont Blanc draught beer on tap, along with a wide range of spirits, bottled beers and soft drinks.

On the basement level you will find the ski/board/boot room with heated bootwarmers, and all the latest hire equipment on-site for your convenience. This is kept open until the last person has been fitted out on the day you arrive, regardless what time that is, so that you’re all ready to go the following morning – all part of helping to maximise your precious time on your ski short break.

There is also a fully equipped gym and fitness room, with CV and weights machines – in case you haven’t had enough exercise already. The modern sauna and massage room always seems to be much more popular however!

Aravis Lodge – Food

We are told time and again by our guests that the food and wine we serve here really stands out compared to many ski chalets. We believe food is an essential part of a good holiday, particularly a ski holiday, which is why we ensure all our meals are wholesome, filling and delicious.

Our professionally trained chef team cook all our meals with care and attention, using local suppliers and healthy ingredients. Our homemade cakes always seem to disappear in a flash at afternoon tea time too!

A generous allocation of red and white table wine is provided throughout dinner.

We are able to cater for most dietary requirements, including for vegetarians and vegans (we are one of the few places in the French Alps certified by the Vegetarian Society – read more here). We can also accommodate people with gluten, dairy and nut-free diets. Please just let us know in advance by completing the relevant section in your online booking space, once you have made a reservation with us.

Be assured you will be welcomed with a hot meal on your first evening, however late you arrive, so you’re all set for the energetic days ahead.

Please note – the evening meal is not provided on Wednesday evenings, as this is our chefs’ night off. However, there are plenty of great options to eat out nearby and in La Clusaz, which gives you the opportunity to try a range of traditional regional cuisine if you wish.

The Aravis Lodge Annexe

All of the benefits of the Aravis Lodge, at a great value price

  • 4 non-ensuite rooms with shared facilities
  • Bathrobes are provided
  • Meals taken in the Lodge right next door
  • Full access to all other amenities
  • Great for small groups or 2 families
Aravis Lodge Annexe

The Annexe is located in the chalet directly next door to the main hotel on the same private site. It has 4 x 2-person bedrooms (twins or doubles) which aren’t ensuite – they share 2 separate bathrooms, with bathrobes provided to preserve your modesty.

Rooms in the Annexe are thus offered at a lower price than those in the Lodge itself, and as such offer a really great value way to experience all that the Lodge has to offer!

All meals are taken in the main Lodge, which is just a couple of metres away, and all facilities in the Lodge (ski hire, bar, lounge, TV room, sauna, gym) are freely available to Annexe guests as well.

The Annexe is very popular with small groups of up to 7 or 8 guests, as they feel like they have the space to themselves and quite often we can offer sole occupancy of the 4th room to a 7th person without a single supplement, which would apply in the main Lodge. Many people quite like being tucked away a little bit, whilst still benefitting from the full facilities next door whenever they choose.

Aravis Lodge – Location & Skiing Access

The Lodge is located in the heart of the small village of St Jean de Sixt, just an hour’s airport transfer from Geneva, ideally located between the two Aravis ski resorts of La Clusaz and Le Grand Bornand, only 5 minutes from each.

Access to the lifts and slopes is via our free shuttle service – we run you out in our own minibuses in the morning (0830 – 0900) and back in the afternoon (1615 / 1645) – or via a free ski bus which runs every 30 minutes throughout the day. In either case, access to excellent skiing is just 5 minutes away.

There are 3 restaurants, 3 bars, an ATM, post office, mini supermarket and several ski gear and regional produce / gift shops very close to the Lodge – from a few seconds to a couple of minutes walk.

On a Wednesday nights we offer a minibus service to and from La Clusaz, if guests wish to eat out there and experience the buzzy resort in the evening. Alternatively you could just grab a pizza from the take-away down the road in St Jean and bring it back to the hotel to enjoy at your leisure.

For guests looking for a night out in the central resort, we can arrange lifts up to La Clusaz after dinner on an ad hoc basis, and can provide contact details for local taxi companies to book a lift back at the end of the night. La Clusaz has a dozen or so bars and 2 clubs which stay open until the small hours of the night.

Our ‘Classic’ Package at the Aravis Lodge

Our Classic package is our tried and tested formula, refined over more than 15 years to get you the maximum time on the slopes, with excellent levels of service, yet with the absolute minimum of hassle.

All you need to do is organise your own flights, get to Geneva airport, and from there on we do all the thinking and organising for you!

Our Classic Package Ski Holidays Include…

  • Chalet-board Catering
  • Full Aravis Region Lift Pass
  • Airport Transfers from Geneva airport
  • Friendly ski team on hand to help throughout
  • Private transfers to ski lifts

A Fully-Supported Ski Holiday, with our team on hand throughout

Our fully-supported service takes the stress out of things like ski hire and getting your lift pass, with our team always on hand to help or answer any questions you may have, making this package particularly good for beginners, families or those new to the Aravis ski area.

Everything planned to reduce hassle & maximise your ski time

At the Aravis Lodge we only accommodate Ski Weekender guests, so practical timings are completely tailored for your benefit, plus we can offer you a much more personalised service.

On-site ski hire is available until the end of the night on your arrival day, so all arriving guests can get fitted with gear and waste no time on your first morning. Guests can also keep their rooms in the Lodge until 1600 on departure day, allowing you to shower and change before leaving for your return flight.

Full package details – Aravis Lodge

Our ‘Classic’ packages at the Lodge include:

  • Full ‘Chalet Board’ (except Wednesday evening meal), including buffet breakfast with a hot option, afternoon tea with cake, and wine with your 3-course evening meal;
  • Full Aravis region lift pass included in the price and ready for you on arrival;
  • Afternoon / evening airport transfers during our standard Monday/Thursday transfer windows*, included in the package;
  • Complimentary evening entertainments – sledging and snowshoe walks, with mulled wine;
  • The full service of our dedicated, resident ski team.

*Airport transfers are included in all of our packages, for flights scheduled to arrive into Geneva airport between 1500 – 2115, and for departure flights taking off at 1600 or later on our fixed Monday / Thursday change-over days. On departure, your airport transfer will leave the resort 3 – 3.5 hours before your flight time, meaning an evening flight from about 2000 onwards will let you ski all day on your last day.

Airport transfers outside of these times can be arranged at a locally-charged supplement – please contact us for full details.

Please note – flights are not included in a our packages and will need to be organised independently by you. You can read more about travelling to your resort here >>>

Ski Holiday Dates and Prices – Aravis Lodge

Stays at the Aravis Lodge are possible throughout the winter season, from just before Christmas to mid-April. Prices are per adult, assuming 2 people sharing a twin / double room. Some larger 3/4 person rooms are also available.

The Aravis Lodge 3-Day Midweek Prices from £499ppclick here >>>

The Aravis Lodge 4-Day Weekend Prices from £619ppclick here >>>

The Aravis Lodge 7-Day Weeklong Prices from £1099pp.. click here >>>

Ski Holiday Dates and Prices – Aravis Lodge Annexe

The Aravis Lodge Annexe 3-Day Midweek Prices from £449ppclick here >>>

The Aravis Lodge Annexe 4-Day Weekend Prices from £609ppclick here >>>

The Aravis Lodge Annexe 7-Day Weeklong Prices from £1079ppclick here >>>

Availability can change suddenly at any time and may depend on your group size, so please contact us >>> for the most up to date information.

The package price at the Aravis Lodge includes chalet board – i.e. buffet breakfast, afternoon tea with cake & 3-course evening meal with wine. Evening meals are not included on Wednesday nights.
Also included is a full Aravis Region Ski Lift Pass, covering 220km of skiing across the ski resorts of La Clusaz and Le Grand Bornand, plus airport transfers on our fixed Monday / Thursday change-over days, for flights scheduled to arrive into Geneva airport between 1500-2115, and depart 1600 or later. Transfer time from Geneva to the Aravis Lodge is just 1 hour.

Please note – flights are not included in a our packages and will need to be organised independently by you. You can read more about travelling to your resort here >>>

Ski & Snowboard Hire

The Aravis Lodge has the most convenient ski hire facilities of any of our locations – it’s mere steps away, on-site! You can grab a cup of tea (or a beer!) and head down to the Lodge basement on your arrival afternoon / evening, at your leisure, and get fitted up with skis, board and boots from our comprehensive range of gear.

We have a selection of kit for all abilities and varying ski styles, and a lot of different makes of boot to help find the best fit. We can also hire helmets, alongside skis and boots.

Ski hire doesn’t need to be booked in advance, and is available from €56 – €78 for 3 days, €72 – €99 for 4 days (per person price for skis, boots and poles).

For more details and full prices please see here >>>

Ski Lessons

If any of your party need them, we can help to arrange ski lessons during your stay. We’ve been working for many years with ESF in Le Grand Bornand, who give us access to their English-speaking instructors for Ski Weeekender-only private ski lessons, which tie in with the short break format.

Simply let us know what dates you would like your lesson(s), how long for (1-2 hours at a time) and for how many people (up to a maximum of 6 people per instructor).

For more details, prices and to send through lesson requests for any dates, please see here >>>

Easter/April 2024 – FREE Group Ski Lessons

For the last 2 breaks of the season we are offering free group ski lessons for guests staying at the Aravis Lodge and Annexe. These are open to both beginners and improvers of any age (from 5 and over).

Find out more here >>>

Ski Clothing Hire

At the Aravis Lodge, hire of ski jackets, trousers, goggles and gloves can be pre-arranged.

For full details, prices and to send through a clothing hire request, please see here >>>

Crèche & Childcare

Le Grand Bornand has a good municipal crèche, which has places available for children from 3 months to 4 years.

For more details, please see here >>>


The Aravis Lodge has a sauna on the lower ground level, next to the on-site ski hire suite. The sauna is available to all guests in the afternoon and early evening, with bath robes provided. Please let the team know in advance if you would like to use the sauna, so they can get it ready for you.

Post-ski Massage

If you wish to book a post-ski massage for during your stay, our local masseuse Monique operates out of the Chalet de Bulles, a short five minute stroll from the Aravis Lodge.

We would highly recommend booking in advance.

You can email Monique at 74reflexologie@gmail.com or she can be reached on +33 (0)6 13 79 11 12 – she speaks excellent English.

Details of her pricing/massages can be found at www.reflexologie-hautesavoie.com

Le Chalet a Bulles also offers a spa/hot tub, sauna and hammam facility to ease those aching limbs at the end of a day’s skiing.

Access to the spa facility is €15 for a 2 hour slot and reservation is highly recommended as the facility operates a ‘limited numbers’ policy.

The facility can be reached on +33 (0)4 50 02 24 04.

If you anticipate heading up to the spa during your stay, remember to pack some swim wear!

Don’t just take our word for it…

We’re very proud of the great feedback our guests pass back to us and the word-of-mouth recommendations they pass on to their friends.

Click on the TripAdvisor logo to see the many reviews from guests who’ve stayed at the Aravis Lodge.

Want to stay with us at the Aravis Lodge... ?

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