Flaine - Resort
Proof that the best things really do come in small packages.
Flaine is a resort that caters well for families, couples, groups of friends and for individual skiers. Did we miss anyone out? Yes you've guessed it, Flaine is a fabulous resort catering for all kinds of visitors. The Grand Massif is an outstanding area, able to provide plenty of fun, keeping everybody entertained.
First established in the 1960s, Flaine was built completely from scratch and is made up of lots of cute, cosy looking chalets with a road passing through the middle. The resort is smaller than some of the larger surrounding areas, but access to local villages and skiing areas is good, so if you decide to hire a car when visiting Flaine you can easily incorporate visits to Portes du Soleil, Megève or Chamonix into your holiday.
Suitable for beginner skiers
Suitable for intermediate skiers
Suitable for expert skiers
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There's always a good amount of snowfall in Flaine, but the most fresh powder tends to fall between January and February. The main ski season in Flaine runs from November to April so there's plenty of time to visit, with snow starting to fall in considerable dumps from December onwards. In 2014, Flaine had a total of 41 snow days and the total snowfall came to 447cm. For times when the weather isn't quite playing ball and the natural snow isn't falling Flaine has over 218 snow cannons to ensure the slopes stay open for visitors.
Flaine caters really well for families, especially children and has many beginners’ slopes as well as three completely free ski lifts. Once your basic skills are perfected and your confidence is boosted, there are plenty of intermediate and expert runs to explore. These runs require a ski and lift pass to use. The slopes themselves tend to be open around the Flaine bowl with the lowest slopes offering charming wooded runs. The Grand Massif offers a large area to play in with around 5 ways to travel down to the terrain taking you back to Flaine. The 14km Cascades blue run is a particular highlight for those who love flowing, interesting runs. It starts off tricky and ends scenic and downright exciting! For those wanting even more excitement and a challenge, the Gers bowl is the place to head to.
Regardless of your skill levels, skiing always requires practice. For refresher lessons or to get the basics mastered, we recommend you consider investing in a few lessons. Whether you’re beginner or seasoned skier, skier or snowboarder, there are lots of great ski schools for you to choose from, the majority of them having English speaking instructors with plenty of experience. Ski equipment hire is available throughout the resort and we recommend researching the different providers before you go on your trip so you can find the best deal.
There's no getting around the fact Flaine was built for skiers because it was built before snowboarding was even thought of, so it's still got some catching up to do in terms of boarder-friendly facilities. That being said, it still offers snowboarders some interesting and varied terrain. If you get to know the terrain, there are actually lots of places to play in, it's just a case of exploring. The best thing to do to avoid the flatter areas in Flaine when boarding is to ask a friendly guide and they’ll show you the best routes to take, depending on your snowboarding ability.
The main Flaine bowl slopes are quite open so offer decent space for turns. Boarders need to be aware that the beginning of the famous Cascades blue run is particularly tricky for boarders, so only attempt if competent and confident in your sport.
Flaine nightlife is fairly quiet compared to larger ski resorts in France as it is still relatively undiscovered and plays on its appeal to families . That being said, it's still not short of options for those wanting to enjoy a bit of nightlife; the resort has plenty of watering holes, not to mention bars and restaurants that double as night clubs. There are also many fabulous restaurants to enjoy as well; Chalet La Cascade is one of the cosiest restaurants in Flaine – perfect for relaxing after a day out on the slopes. It only has a small menu, but you won't care as you snuggle up by the real log fire sipping on wine.
Going on a ski holiday is never really going to be unhealthy for several reasons, including the fact that on average we burn 500 calories an hour snowboarding, 400 calories an hour skiing and 60% more calories walking in the snow than we do walking on a pavement. However, if you want to boost the healthiness of your trip to Flaine even more, there are lots of healthy activities for you to enjoy. Hotel Terminal Neige offers buffet style food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Part of this buffet is the ‘Healthy Corner’ which has a delicious spread of vegan food and other healthy treats to feast on. The menu varies every day so you’ll never have that ritual of eating the same thing – you can look forward to a different healthy dish every day.
For R&R, The Spa Altitude, available in the CGH Residences, offers exceptional customer service and fabulous treatments. Unlike other spas in The Alps, they also offer specially designed treatments to younger skiers which means all the family can enjoy the pampering experience. Le Refuge Golf is also a good choice for those wanting high-quality facilities, with a Turkish bath, solarium and sauna being just some of the relaxing rooms to enjoy when you visit.
On the second to last week of April, Flaine celebrates that last day of the season. This free event gives you the chance to make the most of the last day on the slopes. Food is freely available at this event for all to enjoy; from breakfast baps to BBQs, there are plenty of ways for you to fill up before pounding the slopes the last time for another year.
At the beginning of February, the annual carnival takes place. Everyone dresses up in masks, makeup and fancy dress, and there is singing and dancing throughout the streets of the resort. It's quite the sight to behold and makes for a lovely, exciting day out for all members of the family.
In Flaine there is an onsite medical centre, which has both English and French speaking doctors and nurses and the centre accepts both cash and card. Although it is likely you'll enjoy your holiday without anything more than aching muscles from all the skiing you've enjoyed, we do always recommend taking out travel insurance just in case you do get ill or have an accident. Paying for any sort of treatment abroad can be really expensive. Investing in holiday insurance will enable you to prepare for the worst happening and give you peace of mind, enable you to completely relax and enjoy yourself.
Nearest airport and directions
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