Ski holidays in Flaine

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

  • Buy one get one half price on all 6 day prebooked lift passes for 30 March and 6 April 2024 departures
  • Resort altitude of 1,600 metres
  • Over 160 kilometres of slopes
  • Skiing to 2,500 metres

Flaine is a mountain resort famed for its monumental outdoor sculptures by artists such as Pablo Picasso and its concrete buildings inspired by the Bauhaus style of the 1960s, many of which house ski-in/ski-out accommodation. It's the only 1960s-era ski resort to be classified a French Historical Monument. Flaine is a really friendly, casual, and family-oriented resort with excellent value and facilities. It has a compact centre with numerous cafes, bars, restaurants, and shops. There are plenty of off-piste activities such as swimming, ice skating and a cultural centre with an art gallery that features the work of local and international artists.

Skiing and snowboarding in Flaine 

The majority of the skiing is in a large snow bowl, which offers incredible views of Mont Blanc and superb skiing for all abilities. It's also possible to explore the tree-lined runs leading down to the nearby resorts of Les Carroz, Morillon, Samoens, and Sixt with the Grand Massif Lift Pass. The blue Cascades piste is one of the longest pistes in the Alps, descending down into the historic Haut Savoyard village of Sixt Fer-à-Cheval. For advanced skiers, get the Grandes Platieres bubble and follow the signs to the Diamant Noir run, a demanding and steep black run.

Where to stay in Flaine 

We offer a selection of accommodation in Flaine Forum and Foret, many of which have easy access to the slopes, including the stunning Residence at Montsoleil and the unique and stylish Hotel Totem.

Bars and restaurants in Flaine 

Flaine has a number of bars and restaurants dotted around, both on and off the mountain. There's a variety of shepherd huts on the mountain serving Savoyard specialities, we recommend sampling the fondue in Le Michet. For an after ski drink head to Le White Pub which often has live music and a variety of beers to choose from.

What's included in an Inghams holiday to Flaine 

Flights, transfers and accommodation based on self catering or half board. Optional add ons include equipment hire, lift pass and tuition, please see the 'Ski extras' tab below for more information on these.

Added value

Save £100pp on your 2024/25 ski holiday when you pre-buy your lift pass and equipment hire/carriage (Book by 3 June 2024)

Ski hotels in Flaine

  • from£669pp
  • @accommodation.PropertyRating

    5 Rating

    We rate all of our accommodation based on their facilities, service level, character and customer feedback. Our ratings may vary from the official star rating.

  • 136 rooms
Residence Montsoleil Terrasses d'Eos, Exterior

These outstanding self catered apartments are 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£1319pp
  • @accommodation.PropertyRating

    3.5 Rating

    We rate all of our accommodation based on their facilities, service level, character and customer feedback. Our ratings may vary from the official star rating.

  • 96 rooms
Terminal Neige Totem whirlpool

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£679pp
  • @accommodation.PropertyRating

    3 Rating

    We rate all of our accommodation based on their facilities, service level, character and customer feedback. Our ratings may vary from the official star rating.

  • 50 apartments
Le Panoramic, Flaine.jpg

Located 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. These apartments are on a self catering board basis.

  • from£689pp
  • @accommodation.PropertyRating

    5 Rating

    We rate all of our accommodation based on their facilities, service level, character and customer feedback. Our ratings may vary from the official star rating.

  • 119 rooms
Montsoleil Terrasses d'Helios Apartments, Exterior

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£649pp
  • @accommodation.PropertyRating

    4 Rating

    We rate all of our accommodation based on their facilities, service level, character and customer feedback. Our ratings may vary from the official star rating.

  • 62 rooms
CGH Le Centaure-Ext-Hiver_studiobergoend (8).JPG

The impressive Résidence Le Centaure is located just opposite the Grandes Platières lift with skiing back to the doorstep. These self catered apartments are very popular with Inghams guests. Great ski to door access and is close to the resort centre.

  • from£649pp
  • @accommodation.PropertyRating

    3 Rating

    We rate all of our accommodation based on their facilities, service level, character and customer feedback. Our ratings may vary from the official star rating.

  • 81 rooms
335298.jpeg

The modern and comfortable residence enjoys one of the best ski-in ski-out location in the resort, located in the quite sector of Flaine Forêt yet only two minutes’ walk to the centre of the village.

  • from£1429pp
  • @accommodation.PropertyRating

    4 Rating

    We rate all of our accommodation based on their facilities, service level, character and customer feedback. Our ratings may vary from the official star rating.

Belambra Club Panorama Double Bedroom 2

The Hotel Panorama is an all inclusive hotel with a piste-side location in Flaine. With a heated indoor pool and wellness area, regular entertainment and a kid club, it ticks all the boxes for a family ski holiday.

  • from£959pp
  • @accommodation.PropertyRating

    4 Rating

    We rate all of our accommodation based on their facilities, service level, character and customer feedback. Our ratings may vary from the official star rating.

Hotel Alhéna, Exterior

The Hotel Alhena has a fantastic location in Flaine Florum with direct access to the slopes and ski lifts. After a day of exploring the slopes, make the most of the wonderful wellness centre which features an indoor pool and spa facilities. This hotel is offered on a self catering or bed and breakfast board basis.

  • from£729pp
  • @accommodation.PropertyRating

    4 Rating

    We rate all of our accommodation based on their facilities, service level, character and customer feedback. Our ratings may vary from the official star rating.

Hotel Alhéna, Exterior

The Residence Alhena is a luxury apart-hotel complex situated in the centre of Flaine Forum, offering high quality apartments with ski in/ ski out access. These apartments are offered on a self catering board basis with the option to upgrade to bed and breakfast.

Ski and Snowboard Information
Skiing levels
Beginner
Intermediates
Advanced
Snowboard
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, there are several wide, easy runs and nursery slopes located around the Flaine Foret area, ideal for finding your ski legs.

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.

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.

Intermediate 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 neighbouring resorts below the Bowl follow narrow tree-lined trails. Ski down to 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 unrivalled 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 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.

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 with the endless off-piste tracks (but take care with avalanche risk and always go with a guide!)


Mountain facts
Area 265 km
Resort Altitude 1600m
Ski Alt. From 700m
Ski Alt. To 2500m
Runs 25 59 44 11
Lifts Lifts 62
Lift Ski LockersYes
Whole Area Pass Lifts62
Night Skiing IncludedNo
Snow Cannon Coverage25%
Off-piste OptionsYes
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 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.

Shopping

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.

Bowling

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.

Parapenting

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.

Tobogganing

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.

Ski Extras Offer

Save £100pp on your lift pass & ski hire - Save £100pp on your 2024/2025 ski holiday when you pre-buy your lift pass and equipment hire/carriage (offer ends 3rd June 2024).

Valid on all departure dates between 1st December 2024 and 30th April 2025. Buy any lift pass (found within the 'Extras' tab on checkout) and add either ski/snowboard hire or ski/snowboard carriage at the same time, for the same person to receive the discount.

Lift Pass
6 days

Child

8 - 14 years

Adults

15 - 74 years

Grand Massif Area Pass £265

£331

Lift pass information

Free lift passes for children under 8 years and seniors over 75 years are issued in resort, photo ID is required for proof of age.

Prices include €2 non refundable hands free card deposit.

Beginners should book in resort for reduced price passes as not needed from day 1.

 

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

Equipment Hire
6 days Category

Child

6 - 12 years

Adult

13 years +

Skis Red - £119
Black - £135
Skis & boots Blue - £135
Red £107 £158
Black - £181

White category skis, boots and helmet are available for children aged 3 – 5 years: £59

6 days Category

Child

8 - 12 years

Adult

13 years +

Snowboard Red - £119
Black - £135
Snowboard & boots Red £107 £158
Black - £181

Equipment information

A helmet is included for children.

Please see here for description of hire categories.

 

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

Tuition
Ski tuition

Child

5 - 12 years

Adult

13 years +

6 days AM £189 £206

 

Snowboard tuition

Child

8 - 12 years

Adult

13 years +

6 days AM £189 £206
6 days PM  £171 -

 

Private tuition

2 Hours

1/2 people £99
3/4 people £123

Tuition information

  • Ski and snowboard 6 days AM timings: 9:30am - 12:30pm. From Feb 9 - 11:45am
  • Snowboard 6 days PM timings: 2:15 - 5pm

Levels of tuition

  • Beginner: never skied before
  • Level 1: advanced beginner; can control speed, snowplough and change direction on gentle slopes 
  • Level 2: low intermediate; snowplough turns and start to ski parallel
  • Level 3: good intermediate; parallel turns 
  • Advanced: fully confident on all slopes and looking to improve technique

Please ensure you pre-book tuition for high season dates to avoid the ski schools being fully booked.

 

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

Travel Information

Flights depart Saturdays

  • Geneva airport: approx. 2 hours by coach

Your transfer to Flaine will stop as chose as possible to your chosen accommodation. In some cases there may be a couple of minutes' walk due to regulations on where coaches can stop.

Transfers may be longer during bad weather conditions or French school holidays. French school holidays span 21 Dec 24 - 06 Jan 25, 08 Feb - 10 Mar 25 and 05 Apr - 05 May 25.

Private transfers and self drive are available.

Good to know

  • Ski area links five neighbouring resorts
  • Free ski bus service in resort
  • Resort centre largely traffic-free
  • Inghams rep based in resort
Feefo badge