Flaine is a purpose-built resort based at 1,600m in the Haute-Savoie region, which is perfectly suited for families. The resort is made up mainly of large apartment buildings which are perfect for groups, along with plenty of bars, eateries and shops. Flaine has plenty of great skiing too, with lots of idyllic wooded piste runs and access to the larger Grand Massif ski area.
Resort Altitude: 1,600m
Resort Skiing: 2,500m
Total Ski Area: 265km
Blue Runs: 117km
Red Runs: 107km
Black Runs: 41km
Cross Country: 30km
Flaine sits in a big bowl that forms part of the Grand Massif area which includes the other resorts of Les Carroz, Samoëns and Morillon. The Grand Massif offers 265km of skiable terrain and with a good mixed bag of long, wide slopes that lean more towards intermediate skiers. That said, beginners will have plenty of blues to keep them entertained and advanced skiers and boarders can venture off the beaten track to find some really good freeride terrain.
Flaine and Grand Massif are filled with long, wide slopes that are perfect for beginner skiers getting their ski legs or advanced skiers looking to carve their way down the mountain at top-speed. With excellently maintained pistes, you won’t have to worry about mogul fields building up. Freeride skiers will be kept busy with fantastic features such as Combe de Gers, an amazing steep back-bowl (it is worth getting a guide to explore), and Les Carroz which is filled with brilliant tree runs.
If you’re a snowboarder that loves carving long, fast runs then Flaine is a great place for you, offering plenty of cruisey blues and steeper reds. Freestylers have the Jampark in Aujon, or the more advanced park option over in Les Carroz. Freeriders, will enjoy the steep powder bowls within Flaine and the hidden tree runs down to and around Les Carroz.
Flaine's main ski school option is the well regarded ESF who are renowned for offering English speaking, passionate instructors with excellent knowledge of the local area. Group or private lessons are available for all abilities.
If you are travelling with younger children, Les P’tits Loups nursery will provide childcare for those as young as six months up to three years. Les Choucas des Flaine looks after children between 3-11 years old.
Flaine is catered mainly to those who are staying in self-catered apartments, however, there are some really good budget-friendly options for nights out which offer some great traditionally Alpine fayre. Head to Le Michet for brilliant Savoyard specialities or Le Grain de Sel; a popular spot with the locals which serves great value, relaxed dishes. On the mountain try Les Servages d’Armelle for some perfect seafood dishes coupled with amazing views.
Flaine is rather quiet on the après and nightlife front - mostly being geared toward families, however, there are still some fun places to go dancing. Le Perdrix Noire opens in the early afternoon and is a great place to grab a drink after a hard day skiing. Le White Pub has a happy hour, live sport and pool tables which makes it a great chill-out spot. The favoured late night spot is Les Caves, a nightclub which keeps its doors open until around 5am.
Non-skiers will enjoy Flaine as a destination it has plenty of activities including ice driving, quad biking, snowmobiling and even parapenting. If you’re looking for some off-snow activity, Flaine has a large leisure centre with a pool, bowling and a climbing wall.