Ski Holidays in Flaine, France
Flaine is an excellent ski holiday destination boosting a remarkable snow record. Located just 1 hour 15 minutes from Geneva, making it a great option for a long weekend, whilst the car-free streets will appeal to families. The reliable snowfall (averages of 6m per year) and 265km of pistes more than make up for the 1960s architecture. The resort itself is split into two different levels, Flaine Forum is the lower level and Flaine Foret the upper, with two lifts linking the levels.
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Skiing in Flaine
The ski area has lovely views, taking in the Mont Blanc massif at the higher points. Beginners will find the nursery slopes at the foot of the Flaine Foret area as well as a small selection of green runs. Intermediates are well catered for as the majority of the runs in the local area, as well as the wider full area, are blues and reds. The 14km-long Cascades piste down to Sixt is more suited to skiers with its flat top section, but you are rewarded for the effort with the fantastic views.
With the excellent snowfall you will be focussing all your energy on exploring the full extent of the Grand Massif ski area. The Grand Massif lift system has been well developed and maintained and makes the impressive network of nearly 80 lifts carrying 75,000 people per hour.
Home to one of the biggest board parks in Europe, ‘Jam Park’ which is almost a mile long, ski holidays in Flaine are a favourite with snowboarders. Every Sunday at the Jam Park there is a snow party, with a barbeque and DJ’s, definitely worth a visit during your ski holidays in Flaine. Other attractions you can enjoy on ski holidays in Flaine include a half-pipe, boarder cross, a range of jumps, a reception chalet and a sound system.
Snow conditions in Flaine
Flaine is reknowned for its natural snow coverage and with and extra 280 snow making facilities across it's pistes skiers can guarantee there will be snow throughout the whole season.
Apres-ski, restaurants and other activities in Flaine
The resort was purpose built to focus on skiing but the restort does have a few bars and restaurants for apres-ski entertainment with themed nights and live music from early afternoon to late into the night. For skiers looking for the ultimate relaxation after a hard days carving the slopes the Aquatic Centre offer spa and treatment rooms with jacuzzi and sauna facilities.
Other activities to enjoy are:
- Ice quad biking and buggy driving
- Ice driving and steering
- Helicopter flights
- Big Air Bag
- Dog sledding trips
- Hiking trails
For more fun off the slopes tourists can enjoy various leisure activities including:
- Aquatic Centre
- Indoor Climbing
- Cultural Centre and Library
- Driving simulator
Transfer time in Flaine
The nearest international airport to resort is Geneva (GVA) the next closest would be Chambery (CMF) but there are a few other airports including Lyon (LYS) and Grenoble (GNB) which are also within a short driving distance of the resort.
Ski Hire in Flaine
There are normally a number of shops where you can pick up your pre-booked ski or snowboard equipment from. Which shop you go to will depend on where you are staying in Flaine. Here is a guide to ski or snowboard hire in Flaine:
|Ski Hire Type||Adult 6 days||Child 6 days|
|Bronze - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£79||£55|
|Silver - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£109||£71|
|Gold - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£129|
|Platinum - Skis and Boots or Snowboard and Boots||£139|
You can book your ski hire for your trip to Flaine here
We stayed at residences d'eos self catering in flaine which was fantastic. Appartment was clean, fully equipped kitchen, outdoor pool with superb views of the mountains. Free buses to the centre but could walk easily in ten minutes. Ski in/out as long as you can ski blue runs. Covered most of the runs in flaine in first two days, but if you get a grand massif lift pass you can travel further. Night life limited but good selection of restaurants and of course the white pub! La pente a Jules provided good value for money at lunchtime. We were lucky to have a big snowfall before we arrived and three days of sun. Igloo ski provided an excellent service.
Apres Ski: 4/5
Have skied here a number of times with friends (blacks/off piste) and family (reds/blues). Top variety of skiing for everyone. Village is great with a massive range of pubs and restaurants which are good value and don't dent the credit card. I can’t wait to get back. Everyone is so friendly.