Flaine is often overlooked by British skiers, yet it offers some of the best skiing in France. Many visitors return year after year to enjoy the fantastic Grand Massif ski area in the Haute Savoie, with over 265kms of dazzling ski runs. Lying in a vast open snow bowl, the resort is renowned for excellent snow conditions and plenty of sunny days. Flaine is compact and purpose-built, with the village divided between two levels. Flaine Forum is the traffic free heart of the resort and is linked to Flaine Foret by two free funiculars, operating all day and night.
f you are new to ski you will love the wide, gentle nursery slopes close to the village centre and there are some free beginners lifts. The friendly ski school uses the "Ski Evolutif" short-ski method to quickly improve your technique, so you will soon be tackling some of the easy runs from the top of the mountain, back to the village.
The range of skiing for intermediates is first class, with an extensive lift system and huge choice of challenging pistes. The red slopes in the Flaine bowl are perfect for improving your skills, whilst the runs leading to the neighbouring resorts follow narrow tree-lined trails. From long motorway cruising to mogul fields, there is plenty to keep you occupied!
The more advanced skiers will relish the awaiting opportunities, with endless off-piste trails in addition to 265kms of pisted runs. Taxing black runs include the Diamond Noir, Styx and the wooded run down to Samoens or try the off-piste in the Gers Bowl
There is some fantastic riding here to cater for any type of rider. For freeriders there is the area above the Samoens lift to exploit and trees are abundant in Les Carroz. For those more concerned with jumping and spinning the snowboard park should satisfy your needs. For the budding nipper there is a kids half-pipe called Fantasurf.
Approx Transfer Time Geneva 2 hrs Village Height 1,600m (5,249ft) Highest Lift 2,500m (8,250ft)
Informal, mostly concentrated in the hotels, bars and restaurants - White Grouse Pub for traditional pub food and good value! La Diamant Noir or Flying Dutchman for live music and good value.
Indoor swimming-pool Ice-skating Fitness centre, sauna and solarium Ice-driving circuit Bowling Hang-gliding Snowshoeing Skidoos Helicopter tours Paragliding Climbing wall
A good choice of restaurants and bars, offering reasonably priced regional speciality evenings. - La Perdrix Noire for a great family menu, Chez Daniel for fondue, the Hotel Totem, and 'La Cascade' located on the piste for Savoyard evenings (with transport!)
Supermarket Shops Art gallery Library with English books Cinema Concert Hall