Ski holidays in Flaine

Friendly and convenient resort at the heart of the Grand Massif ski area

An exceptionally friendly, informal and family orientated resort, Flaine also offers superb value and excellent facilities. Most of the skiing is in a wide snow bowl and with the Grand Massif pass, it is also possible to sample the tree lined runs leading down to the nearby resorts of Les Carroz, Morillon, Samoëns and Sixt. We offer a selection of self catering accommodation in Flaine Forum and Foret as well as the stunning Residence at Montsoleil and the unique and stylish Hotel Totem. 



  • 81 rooms

This high quality residence enjoys one of the best ski-in ski-out location in the resort, being in a quiet part of Flaine Forêt yet only 2 minutes’ walk to the centre of the village.

  • from£1059pp
  • 96 rooms
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With its superb location and doorstep skiing, this contemporary hotel partners colourful and modern decor with great service and various meal choices within the half board dining. There is also a spa with jacuzzi and sauna and three treatment rooms where massages and beauty treatments are available.

  • from£628pp
  • 50 apartments
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On the slopes at the foot of the Grand Vans chairlift, access to the skiing and centre of resort couldn't be easier with comfortable and modern accommodation in Flaine Foret.

  • from£649pp
  • 136 rooms

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.

  • from£669pp
  • 119 rooms

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.

  • from£588pp
  • 120 rooms

These modern apartments are in an enviable location in the heart of Flaine Forêt.

  • from£618pp
  • 62 rooms
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The impressive Résidence Le Centaure is located just opposite the Grandes Platières lift with skiing back to the doorstep. These apartments are very popular with Inghams guests. Great ski to door access and is close to the resort centre.

  • from£1309pp
  • 118 rooms
RockyPop Hotel Superior Room

The RocykPop Hotel is located at the foot of the slopes in Flaine and just a minutes walk to the town centre. This colourful and chic hotel is ski in/ski out and has a spa, lounge area and great bar.

Ski and Snowboard Information
Skiing levels
Cross country

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.

Novice skiers will love the wide, gentle nursery slopes at Flaine Foret & the Forum serviced by free beginners’ ‘Magic Carpets’ which are easy to use, and they will not need to buy a lift pass for the first few days (your Instructor will advise you when you need one). Beginners should soon graduate onto the easy Green runs in the Bowl, especially with the technique & confidence given by ski lessons, and can then explore the convenient Blue runs.

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.

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 neighboring resorts below the Bowl follow narrow tree-lined trails. Ski down to Samoens/Samoens Village – take the Grands Vans chair from Forêt up to 2,200m, then ski down either Blue run to Tete de Saix, then Marmotte red down to Samoens at 1600m.  Take the Chariande Express down to the Village for a stylish lunch.  At the top of Aupe du Veran gondola/Lindars Nord chair, Fred is a lovely high Red piste giving unrivaled views. You can see the wild terrain of the Black Agate and Blue Mephisto pistes as you ride up on the chair.

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 favorite 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.

Expert skiers will relish the endless off-piste trails, on top of 265 km of pisted runs. Taxing black runs include the Diamond Noir, Styx and Corbalanche from Tete de Saix, and there's plenty of off-piste in the Gers Bowl (but please be aware of the avalanche risk – please check the Grand Massif Domaine Skiable website for the day’s safety rating).

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. 

There is also plenty of opportunities for snowboarders, particularly the endless off-piste tracks (but take care with avalanche risk and always go with a guide!)

Mountain facts
Area 265 km
Resort Altitude 1500m
Ski Alt. From 700m
Ski Alt. To 2500m
Longest run 14 Km
Lifts Chairlifts 22, Free Baby Lifts Yes, Draglifts 32, Gondolas 7, Rack Railway 1
Lift Times

9.00 am - 4.30 pm

Lift Ski LockersYes
Local Pass Lifts70
Whole Area Pass Lifts62
Night Skiing IncludedNo
Mountain Restaurants11
Cross Country Trails

15 km of trails

Off-piste OptionsYes
Off-piste Restrictions
  • Off piste skiing is only available with a ski guide
Slope DirectionN, E, S
Snowpark Info

There are no snow parks in Flaine but there are 4 Fun Zones, 2 dedicated to children, beginners and families.

Things To Do

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. 

Resort Activities

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.

Ice driving

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

  • Cinema
  • Climbing wall
  • Concert hall
  • Dog sledding
  • Ice rink
  • Snowshoeing
Ski Extras

Pre-bookable Lift Passes, Ski Hire & Tuition

Ski Inclusive – Save up to £74 per person

Book your lift pass with us and we’ll give you 50% off equipment hire or carriage. See our Ski Bundle page for details. 

Learn to Ski Packs
6 days ski/board & boot hire, 6 days tuition (2 1/2hrs per day)
Adult £200 | Child* £193

All Saver Packs must be pre-booked in the UK and are not bookable locally.

*Child 5-11yrs

Lift Passes Days Adult
Grand Massif Pass 6 £245 £185 £233

*Prices include €2 non refundable hands free card deposit.
Beginners should book in resort for reduced price passes as not needed from Day 1.

*0-4 Free (issued locally, photo required) 

Equipment (6 days) Description Blue Red Black
Adult 13+ Skis £84 £99 £111
Skis & Boots £114 £132 £149
Snowboard - £99 £111
Snowboard & boots - £132 £149
Child* 6-12 Skis & boots - £62 -
Snowboard & boots - £62 -

Please see here for description of hire categories.

*White category skis/boots available for children aged 3-5: £49

*Child snowboard & boots 8-12yrs

Tuition Days Hours Adult 13+ Child* 5-12
Ski 6  Sun 10am-1pm
Mon-Fri 9.30am- 12.30pm
£159 £149
Snowboard 6 £159 £149

From 6 Feb-5 Mar lessons are 2hrs 45mins.

*Child snowboard tuition 8-13yrs

Prices and supplements are correct at time of printing. Up-to-date prices will be confirmed at time of booking.

Useful Information
Information about Flaine
Resort Code FRFL
Languages spoken French
Time difference GMT+1
Currency EUR
Latitude 46.006660
Longitude 6.690140
Travel and Transportation

Flights depart Saturday

To Geneva

From Gatwick







Leeds Bradford




Transfer by coach 1¾ hours

Flight supplements may apply.

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

Good to know

  • High altitude skiing & guaranteed snow
  • Ski area links five neighbouring resorts
  • Free ski bus service in resort
  • Resort centre largely traffic-free
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