Our off-piste instruction weeks in Flaine are without a doubt some of the most popular holidays in our programme, as they really do offer something quite special.
The winning combination of first class instruction with Yann, Diane, Alain and their team, and a warm welcome from our chalet staff is the top choice for many of our regular customers who return to Flaine again and again. Our two chalets are very similar in layout and style and are both located in the colourful Scandinavian-style development, Les Chalets du Hameau. Close by, you’ll find a grocery store, restaurant and bar, plus there’s free transport which runs to and from the main resort until midnight. Each chalet has six bedrooms, with a large open-plan kitchen/lounge/diner complete with scandinavian wood-burner, flat screen TV and wi-fi. In true Scandinavian style, a sauna comes as a prerequisite in order to help you relax and refresh ready for another day off-piste! The chalet staff will be serving up hearty breakfasts, scrumptious afternoon teas and delicious three course evening meals (with one day off). Rest assured, we have chosen a good selection of wines to accompany the food!
The chalets are almost identical in layout - take a look at the floor plan.
A typical day
…will start with a hearty breakfast – eggs, bread and jams, fruit and yoghurt, porridge and cereal – the choice is yours! You’ll speed off to the slopes for a prompt 9.15 start – a few minutes later than last year to allow the option of skiing down from Le Hameau to the meeting point. Alternatively you can take the public bus – the stop is just a 2 minute walk from the chalet. The instructor team will then put you through your paces in the off piste for the whole day - with a stop for lunch of course. At the end of the ski day you can either stop for an après drink or two or head back to the chalet for a mug of tea and slice of cake. Then start the evening with an aperitif and a catch up of the days events before a delicious three course dinner.
For more information on our Flaine holidays, have a look at the video below made at the beginning of last season…
At the heart of the Grand Massif, Flaine has fantastic, vast and varied terrain for skiers of all levels. As a resort built because of its majestic mountains and generous dumps of snow, Flaine benefits from one of the best snowfalls across the Alps, with an average of almost six metres a year. With its runs being predominantly north-facing, the resort is renowned for maintaining fantastic snow throughout the season.
Situated in the centre of a snowy bowl, there’s a wealth of off-piste terrain to ski both within the bowl and also over the top of the mountain ridges; in between pistes, tree runs, couloirs, gullies, powder fields and backcountry routes dropping from 2500m down to 700m.
Staying in the Freshtracks chalets is made even better by the epic on-snow experience that we want to give you! After an exploratory warm up day, you’ll be taught, guided, coaxed, tweaked (and entertained!) by some brilliant instructors.
Yann is our head instructor in Flaine and has been managing our weeks for the past 18 years. He first arrived in Flaine in 1969, the same year the resort opened, and has returned every season since! His intricate knowledge of the area and leading expertise means that he'll always take you to the best snow. An ISIA qualified instructor with years of technical knowledge and experience, Yann is held in very high regard amongst Ski Club members. Aside from skiing, as an outdoor sports enthusiast, Yann spends his summers windsurfing, road and mountain biking as well as playing tennis.
Diane is based in Flaine all winter, every winter, and has a tremendous knowledge of the local mountains. Passionate about skiing and extremely well versed in Flaine’s terrain, Diane knows exactly where to take you to ensure you find couloirs, gullies and mountainsides that will always leave you wanting more. Being a patient teacher who’s always open to new ideas makes Diane very popular with Ski Club members. Her husband and young family are based in Flaine too, and Diane enjoys spending time with them when she’s not on the mountain.
Many regulars will already be familiar with Alain who has been a key part of our programme for the past couple of years. Previously director of the ESI ski school in Flaine, he will now be working with us all season so he can teach what he loves the most – off piste and powder! Alain has been instructing in the Grand Massif all of his career and is an expert at getting the most from each individual he teaches whether skiing, snowboarding, telemarking or ski touring! Off the snow his he is kept busy by his young family but if he has time will be found on either a mountain bike or sailing boat.
*Included in the price – Set transfer from Geneva airport, seven night's chalet board accommodation, twin share, five days instruction, transceiver and Ski Club Leader.