Vicki Cheal - Ski Expert"Great for families, and groups looking for a great ski area, not so well known so well worth a ski down to the traditional villages of Les Carroz & Sixt. High altitude, great evening in the bowling alley for those looking for a bit of apres! Car free resort so very safe for children to play out in the snow"
Flaine is located in Haute-Savoie; a stone’s throw away from Geneva and Mont Blanc rendering it ideal for a weekend getaway. The resort sits right on top of one of France's largest ski areas, the Grande Massif, so there are beautiful panoramic views as far as the eye can see. Flaine is a traffic free resort and has a vibrant atmosphere, great for families and groups looking to enjoy everything Flaine has to offer. With the charming main square being spacious and full of pavement cafes and bars, it's a lovely place after a day’s skiing.
The resort is made up of two main areas, Flaine Forum and Flaine Foret; Flaine Forum being the livelier of the two. All the areas are linked by bus, which runs throughout the day – including to the Hameau de Flaine where our Ski Weekends Chalets are in the more picturesque, traditional alpine part of Flaine.
Les Carroz, located just below Flaine, offers a more traditional French village in the centre of the Grande Massif which makes it a lovely place to potentially eat out for an evening. One of the biggest benefits is that Flaine is only one hour away from Geneva and Chamonix making it one of the most accessible resorts in the Alps.
Our top hotel picks for a Flaine ski break: Hotel Terminal Neige - Totum.
SKI AREA OVERVIEW
Being the gateway to one of Frances largest ski areas, Le Grande Massif, there is no end to the amount of perfectly groomed slopes for you to enjoy on a short ski break in Flaine. The area boasts one of the best snow records in the French Alps which generally leads it to having some of the best conditions throughout the season leading to great Christmas conditions and end of season snow.
The ski area has some brilliant runs that have some stunning views of the surrounding area – including views of the Mont-Blanc region. The resort also has some very varied terrain which is perfect for mixed ability groups, ranging from some nice wide beginner runs around Flaine Foret through to the challenging Diamont Noir for the more advanced snow-goer.
The lift systems in Flaine are also impressive - with 144 slopes all linked together by 103 fast modern lifts you'll not be disappointed! These lifts are great, because it means that even in the busiest of times, you won’t always have to wait in the typical February half-term queues that plague many other resorts.
- Visit La Pente à Jules for some slope side après ski with a laid back atmosphere – if you aren’t keen on the après ski, check out the menu in the restaurant for an enjoyable mountain lunch with a view!
- On a powder day, make sure you get out early to get some fresh tracks as the terrain gets skied out pretty quickly. One place to head for this is the Combe de Gers – a great place to learn the art of off-piste skiing!
- Try out the ‘Cascades’ run – this is a 14km run which goes from the top of Flaine (Grandes Platieres lift) all the way down to Sixt. If you catch it on a nice bluebird days, you will be treated to some stunning views!
- If you are staying in one of the Ski Weekends Chalets in the Hameau de Flaine, be sure to try out the local restaurant ‘L’Ancolie’ on the chalet hosts night off.