Perfectly situated in the centre of a giant bowl at the heart of the Grande Massif, the ski lifts of Flaine give great access to its surrounding areas. The shops, bars and restaurants at the bottom of the piste cater for every taste. Strategically placed and purpose-built Flaine has a friendly and laid back atmosphere. The resort has two 'centres,' one at the base, and one half-way up the hill with a funicular connecting them. Offering some of the best snow coverage in France and a pedestrianised centre, it's a particular favourite for family skiing holidays.
Skiing in Flaine
The Grand Masif skiing area links resorts Morillon, Les Carroz, Samoens and Flaine, spread across 265kms of pisted trails. Skiers of all abilities will find enough here to challenge them, and as Flaine is not as glamorous as some of its neighbours, queues aren’t such a problem. The position of the north facing bowl means that the snow conditions here have an excellent record. Flaine is an excellent beginner-friendly resort with easy access to the nursery slopes at the top of the Grand Platieres skiing area. Amongst the many tree-lined runs, intermediate skiers and snowboarders should seek the long 14km blue run which takes you back down to resort-level. The terrain is varied with big wide sweeping reds, off-piste, fields and mogul runs. Experts will feel the buzz on the 12 blacks to choose from. There is also an opportunity to ski the Vallee Blanche in Chamonix with regular day trips from the local ski school, Ecole du Ski Francais.
Snowboarding in Flaine
Freeriders will find plenty of off-piste trails to ride down, particularly towards the tree runs of Samoens and Les Carroz. Serious extreme boarders should throw themselves down the Combe de Gers steep bowl that has a 700m vertical drop. Set beside the Calcedoine run is the big Jampark, the best funpark in the area. Heli-boarding is also available in Flaine.
Accommodation in Flaine
Accommodation for skiing holidays are big purpose built blocks, almost Eastern European in style. There are two hotels. The 1960’s architecture mainly consists of convenient ski in-ski out apartments. Flaine benefits from granting access a big skiing area whilst boasting a cheap range of skiing accommodation. The great advantage of Flaine skiing holidays is the proximity to Geneva, just over an hour away, making it ideal for families or short breaks. Have a look at some of our top ski deals for Flaine today.
|Resort altitude||1600m||Skiing altitude||700m-2480m|
|Transfer time||1hr 30mins||Longest run||9km|
|Total kms of piste:||265km||Cross country||10kms|
|Snow canons||236||Slope direction||N, S|
|Nursery area||2||Number of lifts||133|
|Night skiing||Yes||Snow making||Yes|
|Ski bus||Yes||Linked resorts||Les Carroz, Morillion, Samoens & Sixt|
|Summer skiing||No||Terrain parks||1|
|Half pipe||1||Tree runs||Yes|
Summary: Skill level, features and activities
|Type of resort||Alpine|
|Suitable for families|
|Apres ski (nightlife)|