The purpose built ski resort of Flaine in the Haute Savoie region of France
between Mont Blanc and the Portes du Soleil offers some of the best skiing in France. Flaine is set in a snow sure bowl, it is a family orientated resort welcoming and relaxed with good children’s facilities. The village is split between two levels; the heart of the resort Flaine Forum is traffic free and linked by a free funicular which operates 24 hours a day to Flaine Forêt.
A photograph is not required for lift passes at this resort the lift pass covers all lifts in the Grand Massif area. Novice skiers can learn and improve on the wide nursery slopes close to the village centre. If you want to use the services of the ski school to help improve your skills it is recommended you pre-book lessons as they are booked up in the most popular winter months.
This resort is perfect for intermediates; the range of skiing is first rate with plenty of red and blue runs including a huge choice of demanding pistes. The runs that lead to adjacent resorts follow narrow tree-lined trails.
Expert skiers can enjoy the 265kms of pisted runs and never-ending off piste trails. The fresh snow in the Flaine bowl permits endless powder runs. If you want a demanding black run go for the Diamond Noir!
Snowboarders will find some fantastic riding here lots of varied terrain; the off piste is excellent for freeriders. The area above the Samoens lift is recommended, Flaine has one designated snowboard park for those of you who prefer jumping and spinning!. There are other snow parks in the Grand Massif area if weather permits you can enjoy them to.
The resort has 265km of marked piste 14 black runs (Grand Massif) and around 50 red intermediate runs; there are 68 green and blue easy runs. The village height is 1,600m the highest lift at 2,500m and the longest run 14kms, there are approximately 125 snow canons.
If you are a non-skier there are some fun and exciting activities you can enjoy. The resort has an indoor swimming pool, fitness centre, sauna and solarium. If you want something more energetic there are opportunities to try hang-gliding, para gliding and snow mobiling. You may prefer ice-skating or to join one of the organized snow shoe walks. Flaines does not have as many choices of activities for non-skiers as some of the other ski resorts in France.
Flaine is a fairly small resort there is a reasonable choice of bars, cafes and restaurants one or two with live music mainly centred round Flaine Forum and Florêt. Many hotels put on a varied entertainment programme for their guests but nightlife here is fairly limited.
Flaine is approximately 7km from the ski resorts of Chamonix and Les Carroz, the nearest airport is Geneva. The resort is a good family resort and you receive excellent value for money.