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Hooray for short transfers and ski-in/ski-out, superb value purpose-built resorts - it all makes for a hassle-free ski holiday and that's exactly what Flaine promises. It's between Geneva and Chamonix in the Haute-Savoie and is an outstanding resort with 265kms of pistes to get to grips with - well, perhaps that's the wrong phrase for skiing - schuss down and turn across would be better.

Great skiing in Flaine with its huge wide snow bowl, linking to nearby Sixt, Samoëns, Morillon and Les Carroz . It's easy to access Grand Massif skiing with some scintillating tree-lined runs, so though particularly set up for families, there's plenty to amuse a ski hound. For snowboarders, great and varied terrain for every ability, and a snow park in Samoëns perfect for intermediate freestyle dudes.

Apres-Ski in Flaine

The Flaine Forum, at the heart of the resort, has no traffic - yaaay - so it's very family-friendly and packed with eateries and drinkeries - check out Le White Pub and Les Caves nightclub - and good places to shop. The fun funicular is on the go 24/7, taking you to Flaine Forêt, where you can find Le Flying Dutchman, a lively bar. Flaine Montsoleil, a brand new, also car-free resort just 500m from Flaine, has more shops, bars and restaurants.

Galaxy Bowling, in Flaine Forêt, has plenty of lanes, a games room and big screens showing sport if the weather lets you down one day. There's also a cinema in town. The pool, gym and spa at the Centaure residence are open to everyone. There's also an ice-driving circuit if you have a car, snowmobiling and dog sledding.

Fun, fun, fun for families and all sorts of skiers and snowboarders wanting a great value, great snow experience.

Gary's Little Gems in Flaine

Flaine's name came from 'Flainoz' which is Savoyard for pillow - it's said to be where a giant once rested his head, in the dim and distant past! It's deal for families with lots of good value ski-in ski-out accommodation - added to that, transfer times are short from Geneva which is better for kids (and their parents!). The Cascade blue run from Flaine to Sixt is an amazing non-stop 14km - you'll really regret it if you miss this fabulous experience.

Resort Details

  • Resort Altitude: 1600 m
  • Highest Lift: 2500 m
  • Longest Run: 14 km
  • Directions of Slopes: N, E, S
  • Gondolas/Cable cars: 9
  • Chairlifts: 29
  • Drag Lifts: 32
  • Snow Parks: 3
  • Snow Cannons: 218
  • Good for Families
65 runs
Beginners Ski school in Flaine has an excellent reputation for both adult and child tuition
49 runs
Intermediates Flaine snow-bowl has an incredible network of red runs, ideal for intermediate skiers
12 runs
Advanced Diamond Noir takes you off the top of Les Grandes Palatieres and down one of the most challenging runs in Flaine
- runs
Snowboarders Freestyle skiers and boarders are catered for

Flight info

Approx flight time:
1 hour 25 mins
Time zone:

Chambéry-savoie Airport
Geneva Cointrin International Airport
Calais Ferry Port