Flaine is best known as a convenient resort catering particularly well for families, but it has a much broader appeal than that. The Grand Massif is an excellent and extensive area, with plenty to amuse anyone. Apartments dominate here. Happily, there are some pretty good ones these days, and the other options are widening. Ski Total runs some catered chalets. And we're delighted to hear that this season Flaine will again have a proper hotel - the Totem is to reopen as the first in a planned chain of funky Terminal Neige hotels 'with an urban soul'. No, seriously - it looks very promising. Flaine was built from scratch in the 1960s at the foot of a big snowy bowl. It's high, but not super-high (it is set among trees); the road in from Les Carroz actually involves a final descent from a col some 250m higher. The architecture of the main village is distinctive and uncompromising; it has its admirers, not including us. The road in passes two satellite mini-resorts: Hameau de Flaine - lots of small chalets plus the residence Refuge du Golf - and Montsoleil, developed by Intrawest. The main resort is tiny, as our plan shows. There are two parts: Forum, centred on a square blending with the slopes, and bigger Foret - up the hillside, linked by two lifts (vulnerable to snow, we hear), with its own bars and shops. With a car you can visit the Portes du Soleil, Megeve or Chamonix.

Part of the big, varied Grand Massif

Reliable snow in the main bowl

Compact, convenient, mainly car-free village, plus traditional villages on the lower fringes of the area

Family-friendly, in most respects


Still some slow old chairlifts

Original 1960s buildings block-like and austere (though newer chalet-style developments very attractive)

Bad weather can close most runs

Very quiet in the evening

Getting there

  • Chambery airport: 1.5 hours
  • Geneva airport: 1 hours
  • Grenoble airport: 2 hours

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From 20/01/2018 To 27/01/2018
Flaine is famous for its excellent off piste terrain that suits skiers of all abilities. This is a very rewarding and exciting trip that will see you shooting through tree runs, bowling through couloirs and flying down open powder fields.

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