The most well-known resort of the Grand Massif – the 4th largest, linked ski area in France – Flaine is an exceptionally friendly and family orientated ski-village and offers superb value for money. Compromising the five diverse villages of Flaine, Samonëns, Morillon, Les Carroz and Sixt, the Grand Massif offers skiers and boarders of all abilities a varied mixture of terrain to explore. From the 2500m, high altitude Grand Platières and incredible off-piste to beautiful tree-lined runs near the traditional villages of Les Carroz and Morillon, this ski area is also characterised by its exceptional snow-record – one of the best in the French Alps.
The snow in Flaine stays on the ground for longer, and remains in good condition thanks to its ideal orientation and location in a wide snow-bowl. The unrivalled, panoramic views from the highest point in resort provide spectacular views of the mighty Mont Blanc. The innovative architecture of Flaine was designed to blend in with nature and created with skiers in mind. The traffic free centre is easy to navigate in your ski boots, and much of the accommodation is ski-in/ski-out.
The proximity of Flaine, in the Haute Savoie, to Geneva Airport means that this huge network of exhilarating skiing and intriguing variety of villages is one of the most accessible in the Alps. And the short transfers and exceptional value for money are ideal for families.
Beginners skiing and snowboarding in Flaine
Flaine’s reassuring location in a snow-bowl and excellent snow record means beginner skiers and boarders needn’t be concerned about icy conditions underfoot. The ski school in Flaine has an excellent reputation for both adult and child tuition making it ideal for families. And there are several wide, easy runs and nursery slopes located around the Flaine Foret area, ideal for finding your ski legs.
Coming off the Serpentine the joyous, blue Cristal run leads into the blue Olivine and all the way into resort. It’s a rewarding and easy route to follow for confident beginners and a great way to ease into your ski holiday. Further afield, the Marvel run in Morillon is one of the most delightful green runs in the Alps. This tree-lined run winds gently into the village and at 5km in length is one of the longest green runs we’re aware of.
Intermediates skiing and snowboarding in Flaine
The Flaine snow-bowl has an incredible network of red runs, ideal for intermediate skiers and the extensive groomed runs and lift system of the Grand Massif are perfect for spending a day touring the mountainside. An excellent start to the week is surely taking the Serpentine all the way from the top of Les Grandes Palatieres, at 2480m high, all the way back to Flaine village. This enjoyable, long blue run affords stunning views of the Grand Massif as you skirt around the edge of the bowl. For a more challenging alternative tackle the red Mephisto run, which heads the opposite way around the bowl.
Also offering up spectacular views is the famous Piste des Cascades, which at 14km long, is sure to test your stamina. This challenging run also starts at the top of Les Grandes Palatieres and it ends in the delightful village of Sixt. From here you will have to take a shuttle bus to get back to the main ski area, but it is certainly worth taking a day of your ski holiday to visit.
Advanced skiing and snowboarding in Flaine
The steep Diamond Noir plunges you off the top of Les Grandes Palatieres and down one of the most challenging runs in the resort. The Agate is another fun black which can be pretty steep in parts and accessed from the same part of the mountain.
The Styx, located in the Gers snow-bowl, is one of our favourite black runs in resort and a consistent challenge to even expert skiers and boarders. Perhaps even more of a challenge is the long, steep drag-lift (snowboarders beware!), which more than makes up for the relative absence of drag lifts across the rest of resort. Powder lovers head to the Gers bowl for the best off-piste skiing on the mountain. A local guide will help you to find the freshest powder and safest places to ski and board.
Freestyle and terrain parks in Flaine
There’s no snow park in the Grand Massif but freestyle skiers and boarders are still catered for with a series of ‘Fun Zones’ dotted around the mountain.
15km of trails.
only with guide
The superb ski-inclusive hotel has everything that you need for a week's skiing included in the holiday price; a 6 day lift pass, standard skis or snowboard and boots, child helmet hire, full board including lunches and wine, English-speaking children's clubs, evening entertainment and much more.
This outstanding apartment is located in the Montsoleil area of the resort, split between two buildings (the other being the Terrasses d'Helios Apartments), the Terrasses d'Eos has been beautifully designed and built in Savoyard style using wood and stone and are surrounded by peaceful pine forests.
Located in the Montsoleil area of the resort, the Terrasses d'Helios Apartments are the newer, and higher standard, of two residences, the other being the Terrasses d'Eos Apartments. Both residences have been beautifully designed and built in Savoyard style using wood and stone and are surrounded by peaceful pine forests.
Situated 5 minutes drive to Flaine Forêt with fantastic panoramic views over the Flaine bowl, this stunning ensemble of Scandinavian style wood chalets and apartments, all south-facing, offer spacious, quality accommodation, perfect for groups and families.
Restaurants, food and drink
There are plenty of excellent restaurants where you can grab a bite to eat in Flaine, both on and off the mountain.
Le Bissac is the perfect, on-piste restaurant, an excellent stop for lunch or a quick refuel. Ideally located at the cross-roads of Flaine Forêt and just above the Ballacha beginners run, this friendly restaurant serves everything from soups and bolognaise to burgers and tartiflette.
Also on the mountain the combined restaurants of Le Michet and L’Eloge are located in an ancient sheepfold, over 100 years old. Le Michet is a charming restaurant serving authentic, local specialties in a warm, welcoming atmosphere, while its sister restaurant serves fast food in a similarly rustic setting.
In the village, L’Ancolie is one of the most luxurious restaurants in Flaine and an excellent place to relax after a day’s skiing. Not only do they have a superb menu of traditional mountain recipes but they also serve a large selection of wines, many of which can be sampled during wine tasting sessions around the central fireplace.
A great place for burger fans, Monster Burger has a good choice of burgers, as well as other fast food such as hot dogs and fish and chips. Open until 2am, this is also a good place for a late night snack, especially if you’ve spent the night clubbing.
Après, bars, clubs and nightlife
Flaine has a lively and eclectic après scene. Le White Pub is one of the main party bars in resort. Located in the Flaine Forum opposite the ice rink, the pub remains open until late into the night supported by large and lively DJ sets.
Le Diamant Noir is another popular party spot, which regularly hosts live bands. The happy hour is popular with tourists, as are the pool tables. La Cascade is a great, piste side après ski spot just 5 minutes from the resort centre. The terrace ice bar is a great place to go to listen to music and admire the stunning panoramic views.
There are enough shops in Flaine that you should have no problems finding ski gear and equipment rentals. For visitors staying in a self-catering apartment food, drink and other necessities are also readily available from the local supermarché. The main centres for shopping are located in Flaine Forêt and Flaine Forum.
Spas and relaxation
Both the Montsoleil Apartments and the Hotel Terminal Neige provide excellent spa and wellness facilities which are available to their guests. The Montsoleil has both an indoor pool and an outdoor heated pool in addition to a sauna and steam room. Guests can pay locally for massage and beauty treatments. At the Hotel Terminal Neige the comprehensive wellness centre has several saunas, as well as a whirlpool and sensory shower.
The Centre Aquatique in Flaine is open to the public. This fantastic wellness centre has a heated indoor pool, a children’s pool, saunas, and spa, amongst other facilities. Entrance to the Centre Aquatique is payable locally and treatments and massages are also on offer.
Arts, culture and events
Flaine may not be a chocolate box resort built in the traditional, mountain chalet style, but it nonetheless has a unique cultural heritage and identity, perhaps more distinct than any other village in the Alps. The resort is brimming with seminal examples of Twentieth Century modern art and architecture.
The original resort buildings were designed by the celebrated Bauhaus architect, Marcel Breuer, who was also responsible for Flushing Meadows, home of the US Open tennis, and the Witney Museum of American Art, both in New York. The innovative design was intended not to intrude on the natural surroundings, and from a distance the buildings completely blend in with the mountain landscape.
Spectacular public sculptures by influential 20th Century artists, Pablo Picasso, Jean Dubuffet and Victor Vasarely compliment the local architecture. And the Flaine Art Centre hosts regular contemporary art exhibitions suitable for culture vultures everywhere.
Music is also well represented on Flaine’s cultural calendar. In early March the Electro World festival is an opportunity to discover and listen to a fabulous range of world music. Later in the month Classical Music Week includes free performances of classic works by the likes of Schubert, Debussy and Brahms.
Flaine and the Grand Massif ski area are a winter wonderland of activities, both on and off the piste. The area has a range of àpres activities which our Inghams representatives can assist you to book on your arrival or in resort.
The bowling alley inside the Flaine Foret shopping centre is a great place to spend an afternoon. The centre opens from 5pm each day (2pm when the weather is poor) and stays open until late. Alongside the bowling alleys there are arcade games and a projector showing live sports.
Ever wanted to release your inner rally car driver? The Flaine Ice Driving School lets you experience first-hand the thrill of racing a car on the snow. Instruction is provided and courses range from short introductions to several days in length.
Ice quad biking
Located at the bottom of Flaine in Front de Neige, ice quad biking is an adrenaline fuelled test of control and stamina. This exciting activity is an excellent way to spend an afternoon with friends, challenging them to see who can be the fastest to get around the 700m track.
Skiing off the edge of the mountain is rarely advisable! But when you’ve got a massive parachute attached to your back you might just find that you have a lot of fun. That’s the idea behind parapenting in Flaine.
This popular experience is offered by a number of activity operators in resort. Whether a complete beginner or an expert paraglider, our representative will help you to book the right experience for you.
Sledging with the kids is a fantastic way to spend the afternoon as a family. The sledge run in the centre of Flaine runs past the striking Jean Dubuffet sculpture, an icon of the resort.
Other activities in Flaine:
LEARN TO SKI
6 days 'Blue' ski & boot hire 6 days tuition.
Adult from £211 Child from £175
All Learn to Ski packs must be pre-booked in the UK and are not bookable locally. Child age= 3-11yrs. Lift pass not included as not required for the first few days, can be purchased in resort.
Family (2 adults & 2 children 5-15yrs)
|Grand Massif Pass
*Prices include €2 non refundable hands free card deposit.
Beginners should book in resort for reduced price passes.
|Skis & Boots||£121||£140||£158|
|Snowboard & boots||-||£140||£158|
|Child (6-11yrs)*||Skis & boots||-||£66||-|
|Snowboard & boots||-||£66||-|
Equipment Hire (6 days) – Please see here for description of hire categories.
*Child snowboard & boots from 8yrs. White category skis/boots available for children aged 3-5: £49.
|Tuition||Days||Hours||Adult 12yrs+||Child 3-11yrs*|
|Ski||6|| Sun 10am-1pm
|£163 H / £155 L||£149 H/ £141 L|
|Snowboard||6||£163 H / £155 L||£142 H / £135 L|
*Child snowboard tuition= 8-11yrs. H (29 Dec - 4 Jan & 9 Feb - 8 Mar)
Prices and supplements are correct at time of publishing but may vary up or down; correct prices will be advised at the time of booking.
Resort Code: FRFL
Languages spoken: French
Time difference: GMT+1
Flights depart Saturday
Isle of Man
Transfer by coach 1¾ hours
Flight supplements may apply.
*Only private transfers at a supplement available on these flights
Private transfers and Self drive are available.
Car hire available: Yes
Evening resort bus service: No
Local bus services:
Parking available: No
Resort Ski bus available: Yes
Ski bus info: