Flaine lies in the Haute-Savoie region of the northern French Alps. Being close to the Swiss border it benefits from a transfer time from Geneva airport of ninety minutes. Flaine is the highest resort in the Grand Massif area and as such gives an almost cast-iron guarantee of snow throughout the season. They do, of course, have snow making capabilities. Flaine is a purpose-built car free resort that offers superb skiing from the hotel doorstep for all levels of ability. There are also snow parks for boarders. There is a children's ski school and some hotels offer crèche facilities. Flaine sits on two levels which are connected by a free lift. The lower area at sixteen hundred metres has more shops and restaurants. Flaine is a family friendly resort offering exciting skiing and boarding followed by relaxing evenings.
Why Go To Flaine?
Flaine has a reputation for good snow cover with excellent skiing conditions throughout the season. It is a family friendly traffic free resort where skis are donned at the hotel door. Good facilities for children enable parents to enjoy the slopes at their appropriate level. Ski lifts provide easy access to hundreds of kilometres of terrain.
Who Is Flaine Popular With?
Flaine's slopes accommodate all levels of ability and therefore attract a wide variety of holidaymakers. It is particularly popular with families. Young adults may find the evenings a little subdued.
When To Go To Flaine
Flaine ski season lasts from mid December until mid April. Being high in the mountains it usually has good snow conditions. Flaine is also popular in the summer with hill walkers and mountain climbers.
Flaine - The Place
Flaine is a purpose built resort lying on two levels. Flaine Foret lies at seventeen hundred metres while Flaine Forum lies at sixteen hundred metres. It was planned to blend into the landscape with the upper village being out of sight of the lower. A free lift joins the two. Flaine lies in a sun filled bowl with good lift access to the rim and beyond. The bowl is ideal terrain for novices and children as well as for intermediate skiers. There are eighty lifts in the Grand Massif area giving access to more taxing runs including the Blue Cascade which is a fourteen kilometre run back down into the valley. There are plenty opportunities for advanced skiers to enjoy on piste. Ski schools provide mountain guides for off-piste skiing. Schools provide every level of tuition including children from three years. Some hotels offer crèche facilities for babies from six months. A vaccination certificate is essential and bookings must be made prior to departure.
Flaine hotels, apartments and chalets offer good accommodation and its restaurants provide a varied diet at reasonable cost. There are shops for essentials and although there are one or two lively bars, nightlife is fairly subdued.
Apart from skiing, Flaine provides a range of recreational facilities. These include a bowling alley, swimming pool, gymnasium, ice rink and a cinema. It is also possible try ones hand at ice-driving, dog sledging, paragliding and snowmobiling. For children, there is ice karting and a park at the base of the slopes for sledging.
A Flaine ski holiday offers fun and excitement for all the family.
Flaine nightlife is often hotel based reflecting the family nature of the resort. There are however one or two lively bars where there is karaoke and dancing until the early hours of the morning.
Flaine has a small number of shops supplying essential provisions as well as sports equipment. Most of the retailers are found in the lower area, Flaine Forum.
Flaine has a fair number of restaurants and cafés providing a variety of menu. There are self-service cafeterias offering a cheaper option as well as restaurants serving traditional fare. Whatever your taste, you will find a menu to satisfy your palate as well as your pocket.