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Flaine Ski Resort

Flaine Resort Guide

Flaine, France

Rated: 3/5 (from 7 ratings)

Flaine Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForFreeriders, Expert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners and Apres-Ski!
Total Piste Length140km87 miles
Highest Lift2,500m8,202ft
Resort Height1,600m5,249ft
 Nearest AirportsGeneva and Annecy
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Flaine at a glance

Purpose-built and snow-sure, Flaine has some great skiing at the head of the Grand Massif ski area. Lifts radiate out in a skier-friendly natural basin, extending to Les Carroz, Morillon, Samoëns and Sixt.

 When will it snow in Flaine?

The next notable snow forecast for Flaine is 2cm1in, expected on 28 September, with around 2cm1in forecast over the next 7 days.

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Flaine Facts, Stats and Ratings

Flaine Rated

Ratings for Flaine
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

How High is Flaine?

Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Flaine
Highest Lift2,500m8,202ft
Lowest Piste1,600m5,249ft
Resort Altitude (Flaine)1,600m5,249ft
Max Vertical900m2,953ft

Ski Area, Pistes and Lifts

Flaine Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Flaine
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
Total Length
140km87 miles
Cross Country
Total Length
13km8 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts

Grand Massif Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Grand Massif
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
Total Length
265km165 miles
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
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Flaine Summary

The French Ski Resort of Flaine is part of the Grand Massif ski area with access to 265km165 miles of downhill skiing, with 351 marked pistes, served by a total of 78 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Flaine itself (140km87 miles of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Grand Massif ski resorts of Les Carroz, Morillon, Samoëns and Sixt Fer à Cheval.

The ski resort itself is at 1,600m5,249ft, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 2,500m8,202ft, snow cover is generally reliable.

Flaine Piste Map

Flaine Piste Map

Flaine Overview

Flaine - the village - is not a sight that suits everyone, although the famous concrete-block architecture actually includes listed buildings! Flaine the ski area, on the other hand, offers a tremendous variety of well connected skiing for all levels. Absolute beginners can start on the tennis courts near the town and can progress on long meandering Blues further up. Unusually, beginners are also served by a couple of runs beside the highest restaurant.

Flaine sits on a forested hillside in a natural snowy bowl only 30km (18 miles) from Mont Blanc.

The resort is located at a snowsure altitude in the huge Grand Massif ski area, with lift-links across and down to quaint traditional villages like Samoëns and Sixt in the valleys below.

Flaine - On the Mountain

The longest possible descent in Flaine is 14km9 miles long and the most difficult run is the 'Styx'.

Skiing in Flaine

The Grand Massif is one of the more precisely measured of the larger ski areas - with 265km (167 miles) of prepared trails linking the resorts of Morillon, les Carroz and Samoens to Flaine. Sixt, also on the Pass, has its own small ski area but there's no lift link in to the main Grand Massif skiing, the closest is Samoens. However it is possible to take a wonderful long (14km /9 miles) blue down which comes out close to the resort. Although the lifts do not go as high as at some of the other big areas (and higher than some others!), the resort has an excellent snow record thanks to its largely north facing slopes and proximity to Mont Blanc. Another unusual factor for the Grand Massif is that a good part of the skiing is below the tree line on trails cut through the forest.

Flaine is a good choice for beginners with wide gentle nursery slopes by the resort. There are also nursery slopes at the very top of the ski area, accessed by the Grandes Platières cable car and served by Petit Balacha and Colonné drag lifts.

Intermediates will get the most from the Grand Massif as all its extremities may be accessed by easy or intermediate level trails, so there's plenty of touring to be had on long tree-lined slopes. All types of descent known to man are here - from long motorway cruises to short steep mogul fields. Experts sill also find a lot to entertain them in the Grand Massif, both on the 12 black pistes and off. The Diamant Noir, the Styx and the long black option down to the base of the Samoens access lift are all popular as is the Combe de Gers bowl of powder snow.

The Ecole du Ski Français and the International Ski School are both here in force - both offering trips over to nearby Chamonix to tackle the famous Vallée blanche (For good intermediates and better) as well as ski touring, heli-skiing and on or off piste tours in the Grand massif. In addition three specialist teams offer special classes.

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Snowboarding in Flaine

The Jam Park in the Aujon area is the area especially reserved for freestylers. It contains a Boarder Cross and other features.

Both the main ski schools offer snowboarding tuition and the ESF operates its own 'Rabbit Club' and Club Piou-Piou for children aged 6 to 10 providing supervision and equipment (board, helmet, knee and elbow pads).

When is Flaine open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates for Flaine.

Usual opening is late December, and usual closing is Late April.

NOTE:- Lift and Piste openings are always subject to Snow Conditions in Flaine.

Snow Making

Flaine is able to make snow, on 10km6 miles of ski runs, with 100 snow cannons.

Ski Lift Capacity

The 26 ski lifts of Flaine are able to uplift 32,000 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Where is Flaine?

Flaine is in the French Alps in Grand Massif, Haute-Savoie, France.

How can I get to Flaine?

 By Air

The nearest airports to Flaine are Geneva, Annecy and Chambery. There are nine airports within three hours drive. Geneva is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.

Flaine - Off the Mountain

Flaine Aprés Ski

As with most of the purpose-built resorts of its generation, Flaine's night life is concentrated in buildings within the apartment and hotel complexes. Popular bars include the White Pub (famous for its range of beers and whisky) and the Flying Dutchman. There's one nightclub.

History and Development

Established in 1968, Flaine dates to the baby-booming years when France was building big ski resorts in big ski areas very quickly. The emphasis was on constructing resorts that were cheap to stay in but offered doorstep skiing in some of the world's biggest and best ski areas. Nothing else really mattered very much. Twenty years on, with the emphasis switching to quality, the concrete rectangles deposited in areas of great natural beauty have drawn much criticism but Flaine has hit back pointing out that its architecture is purposely stark and functional and that it was designed by Marcel Breuer, a master of the Bauhaus school. Although its design may at first appear incongruous it in fact echoes patterns of light and shade that are to be found in the rocks and crags at the base of the valley. What Flaine also points out, is that whatever your first impressions of its concrete monoliths, you should not judge a book by its cover!

The origin of the resort's name is rather romantic - legend has it that a huge giant slept in the mountains and valleys, resting his head on the spot where Flaine now stands. Flainoz was an old French word for pillow.

The main, original, part of the resort is split into three sections - Forêt, Forum and Front de Neige, linked together by pedestrian walkways and lifts - the design is very functional.

A more recent development, the 'Hameau De Flaine' - despite the resort's complete confidence in its original concept - is a complete architectural and design contrast. Wooden chalets built to Scandinavian-style design using a range of delicate colours stand apart from the main resort.


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