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Located in the Haute-Savoie region, its snow-sure, sunny slopes are part of the gorgeous Grand Massif ski area, which encompasses neighbouring resorts Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval, Morillon, Les Carroz and Samoens. This is one of the world’s largest dedicated snow sports areas, with 265 km of interconnected pistes for skiers of all aptitudes, 126 ski runs and 77 ski lifts.
The resort’s high altitude pistes offer awe-inspiring views of Mont Blanc, but its most notable man-made feature is probably its distinctive modernist architecture, which was designed to blend in with its Alpine backdrop.
The resort is split into different levels, which are connected by footpaths and the resort’s well-known red funicular lift. Most accommodation is self-catering, which is often the most hassle-free option for families who want to do their own thing at mealtimes and shop for essentials independently.
Flaine offers a lot of different walking routes if you want to take a break from skiing. You can take an architectural walk through the village, where the buildings have been designed to blend in with the mountain. You can also put on a pair of snowshoes and walk up the mountain and get to places you can’t on skis.
If you want to relax you can visit the spa or swimming pool located in the village, or you could go to the cinema and watch one of the films they are showing, which does show films in English on certain days.
The natural snow cover in Flaine facilitates a long winter season which lasts from mid-December right through to mid/late April, so the piste conditions are usually excellent for the duration. Here are a few savvy tips on making the most of this fantastic French Alps ski resort.
Flaine is nestled at the bottom of a huge, north-west facing powdery bowl and has more than 100 snow cannons that provide extra snow cover when it’s needed. Local skiing mainly comprises long runs of around 1000 m rolling down from the 2500 m Grand Platieres, with beautiful views of Mont Blanc.
The ski area has a wide variety of ski terrain suitable for all levels of skiers and includes some expansive tree-lined runs and a plethora of powder runs and adrenalin-charged off-piste areas.
Flaine boasts one of the best snow records in Europe and the snow cannons supercharge 10km of pistes, which accounts for 25% of all runs and means that awesome ski conditions remain consistent even during unusual weather periods.
Flaine is reknowned for its natural snow coverage and with and extra 280 snow making facilities across its pistes skiers can guarantee there will be snow throughout the whole season.
The nearest international airport to resort is Geneva (GVA) the next closest would be Chambery (CMF) but there are a few other airports including Lyon (LYS) and Grenoble (GNB) which are also within a short driving distance of the resort.