Flaine – France

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Flaine was meticulously designed in the 1960’s by architect Marcel Breuer, a master of the Bauhaus style, during the wave that spawned many high-altitude utilitarian ski resorts. The artistic theme goes beyond the architecture, with several art works at the base of the slopes, including a Picasso. The name ‘Flaine’ (Flen) comes from the French ‘Flainoz’ meaning ‘pillow’ as this glacial bowl is rumoured to have been where the giant of the Giffre Valley laid his head! Flaine is nowadays the jewel in the crown of the Grand Massif ski area and it has links to 4 other villages at lower levels via wonderful long tree-lined runs - a nice contrast to the bleak landscape higher up.

 

Like most purpose-built ski resorts, après ski is on hand-but not a highlight and for non-skiers the options are quite limited. Access is easy as the Grand Massif is one of the closest ski areas to Geneva Airport, with a transfer taking just an hour.

 

 

 

  1. Visit the Cultural centre to view works by regional and international contemporary artists.
  2. Get a real buzz by having a go at Ice Driving.
  3. Have a fun night at the bowling alley, open until 3am if you are in the party mood.
  4. Try some snowshoeing trips - either day or night-time with some trips including a typical Savoy meal in a mountain chalet. Guide and equipment provided.
  5. For a lazy afternoon head to Le Desert Blanc and relax on their sun drenched terrace and do a spot of people watching - weather permitting.

At a glance

Resort altitude1600 m
Highest lift2480 m
Lowest lift700 m
km of piste265
Number of lifts70
Beginner pistes57%
Intermediate pistes33%
Advanced pistes10%
Snow parks1
GlacierNo
SnowmakingYes
Nearest airportGeneva
(91 km)
Lift pass price€225 / 6 days Grand Massif area
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