The utilitarian nature of this resort is echoed in many of its restaurants and it is best to book somewhere in advance to ensure that you end up eating ‘good food’ as opposed to just ‘food’! There are only around 20 restaurants in total in this compact resort, but the huge apartment blocks can hold a lot of people in high season. The après ski scene is limited but sufficient for a long weekend, after which time it is likely to become very repetitive and you may suffer a feeling of cabin fever!
There is no doubt that Flaine deserves its reputation for providing some of the best skiing in the world, but if the partying is more important to you than the skiing you really should be booking elsewhere. There are around 10 bars concentrated in the ground floors of the apartment blocks as well as a bowling alley and a nightclub. On the mountain food side of things there are a few real gems in Flaine and even more in the wider Grand Massif area. However, the ratio of restaurants to numbers of visitors is nowhere near as high as in other ski areas, so the better ones get full very quickly. It may be worth considering eating on the lower slopes of the Grand Massif so that you are skiing against the crowd who tend to be based in the satellite resorts (Morillon, Les Carroz, Samoens and Sixt) and travel towards Flaine for lunchtime.