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Flaine

Part of the Grand Massif and fondly known as the “big snowy bowl”, Flaine was purposely plonked on the mountain for direct access to some of the greatest terrain around. While the village may not be brimming with Gallic charm, the skiing and facilities more than make up for it, a place much loved by powder hounds and families alike.

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At a glance: • All round resort • 265km well-groomed pistes • Ski in/ski out accommodation

Great for: • Families • Intermediates • Snow-sure • Late season holidays

Part of the Grand Massif and fondly known as the “big snowy bowl”, Flaine was purposely plonked on the mountain for direct access to some of the greatest terrain around. While the village may not be brimming with Gallic charm, the skiing and facilities more than make up for it, a place much loved by powder hounds and families alike.

Flaine Resort

Flaine’s known as a “fly in, ski in/ski out” resort, and the ease of skiing that families and keen skiers rave about here’s no accident – legendary architect Marcel Lajos Breuer designed it to be as ski friendly as possible and he did a jolly good job. A ski lift or piste is never far away and the town itself is completely traffic free, with cars only allowed to enter to drop off and pick up luggage.

Whilst it won’t be winning the gong for chocolate box charm, Breuer’s work has seen Flaine classed as ‘architecturally significant’. He described his buildings as ‘cut like diamonds’ to reflect the sunlight from different angles - if you can draw your eyes away from those gorgeous Haute-Savoie peaks, see if you can spot the glittering effect he aimed for.

The resort’s divided into two areas, Flaine Foret and Flaine Forum. Foret sits at 1700m and Forum slightly lower down at 1600m. Both are very similar although the latter’s considered slightly better in terms of facilities. A new development just outside the resort, Hameau de Flaine, is still ski in/ski out but with a more traditional feel.

One claim to fame here is that Flaine had Europe’s first ever snow making machine in 1973 - not that the ski area needs much help creating the white stuff; the slopes are snow sure throughout the season thanks to a lofty top altitude of 2500m. The resort has an efficient lift system providing easy access to the “big snowy bowl”.

Being in the middle of the Grand Massif ski area, skiers also have excellent access to the slopes around resorts including Samoëns, Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval and Les Carroz – and if you do end up craving a bit of olde worlde, a trip to one of these delightfully traditional villages should more than suffice.

Stats & FAQ

Location: France, Alps.

Established: 1969

Open: December – April

Downhill: 265km

View our detailed Flaine snow forecast or snow report and see all live webcams, piste maps, road and travel maps and lift pass prices. For a picture of historic snow conditions see the snow depths month by month with our Flaine snow history.

Nearest Airport & Transfer Time:
Geneva airport1hr 15mins
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  • 66runs 52%

  • 46runs 37%

  • 14runs 11%

Top Altitude:2500m
Bottom Altitude:1600m
Resort Altitude:1600m
Longest run:Cascade 14km
Slope Orientation:N, E, S
Vertical Drop:914m
Skiable Vertical:914m
Night Skiing:Yes
Glacier:No

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Downhill Runs:265km
Beginner slopes:52%
Intermediate:37%
Advanced slopes:11%
Lift Pass Price: € 216 (adult 6 day)
Nearby resorts: Chamonix, Megeve, Samoëns, Morillon, Les Carroz and Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval

Skiing/BoardingSkiing in Flaine

With its high altitudes producing wonderful ski conditions throughout the season, Flaine is famed for offering an all-round ski area with plenty of slopes for all abilities - the perfect place for some quality skiing or snowboarding.

This is a popular place to learn to ski or snowboard and even has free beginners lifts for those who are finding their feet. The schools all have English speaking instructors who can guide you through the basics and have you gliding down the slopes in no time. Once you’re comfortable on the nursery slopes, purchase the complete lift pass and venture further afield - Tourmaline is a great blue run.

Perfect for intermediate skiers and snowboarders, Flaine has an excellent amount of more challenging terrain. Head to the Grand Massif area just outside the main mountains for the ultimate intermediates paradise. Lower level intermediates should try the Serpentine piste while a must-ski for those looking for more of a challenge is the Mephisto.

With the snow quality being some of the best around, advanced skiers and boarders can discover some trying descents on and off-piste - take the white knuckle Styx and Le Diamant Noir for a real challenge. The off-piste and freeriding terrain is amazing and seriously steep - head out with a local guide to find the best powder safely.

Freestylers will find some great natural obstacles and purpose-designed developments to conquer. One of the biggest and best snow parks around, the HO5 Jampark can be found on the Calcédoine run over in the Aujon area. Well maintained by specialist staff and expert freestylers, it’s available to all lift pass holders from beginners to pro’s and offers moguls, jumps, kickers and half pipes of varying difficulties including a friendly Acticross for newbies – look out for regular competitions and activities.

Flaine Apres Ski

The excellent skiing in the resort is matched by fun après ski and there’s something to suit everyone - from a family night out to an all-night party thanks to a range of places to eat, drink and dance. If you’re staying in Flaine Forum you’ll enjoy all the restaurants and bars right on your doorstep. The après is a short bus ride from Flaine Foret which is considered the slightly more residential part of Flaine. You can get a ski lift or shuttle bus into the town for après so you won’t be missing out.

Le Diamant Noir is a popular bar that has a great atmosphere. It serves amazing cocktails and you’ll have an unforgettable night here... and possibly a sore head in the morning! Another great drinking venue is Le White Pub - a favourite with British tourists with karaoke nights and live music. Perdrix Noir is considered an upmarket venue so is perfect if you want to get your glad rags on and dance the night away.

You’ll find a good number of restaurants ranging from venues serving traditional French cuisine to home-from-home British classics. L’Ancolie is a delicious French restaurant well worth a visit for their outstanding traditional deserts (which usually involve a lot of alcohol) and Le Desert Blanc serves all kinds of cuisine and is famed for its hearty meals including fabulous hamburgers.

There are plenty of non-ski activities to keep you entertained off the slopes - try ice driving, race your friends at high speed on snow buggies or if you feel extremely daring, go paragliding over the mountains. More traditional winter activities include ice skating, curling, sleigh rides and snow shoeing. If you just want to relax after a day on the slopes many of the hotels have pools and spas for some well-deserved pampering.

Best time to go

Best time to ski Flaine

When is the best time to ski Flaine?

With the resorts high altitudes and the best snow record in the Alps, skiing in Flaine is excellent throughout the whole season. Whether you fancy and early Christmas break or something late in the season then you can be sure to expect fantastic ski conditions! Ski the south facing sunny slopes in early in the season and then head to north facing slops for the best preserved snow later on. There is good snow making technology with 218 snow cannons topping up any slopes where the snow is a bit sparse. This is a very popular resort with visitors flocking here throughout the ski season. Peak dates, such as Christmas, New Year and Half Term are especially busy so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment.

Peak Dates

If you are looking for an amazing festive ski break, spend Christmas in Flaine. There are a number of fantastic Christmas events to take part in, such as festive markets and live music celebrations and with the ski area’s great snow record you can be sure to have an excellent time on the slopes. Browse Flaine Christmas ski holidays ‣

Start your New Year off in the best way possible and head to Flaine for some unforgettable skiing and partying. New Year in Flaine is a big event with fireworks and big parties and the slopes are in excellent condition to top it off. Browse Flaine New Year ski holidays ‣

Half term in Flaine offer the perfect time and place for a week of skiing. If excellent snow fall and well groomed slopes sound good, this is a fantastic Half Term holiday destination. There are great ski schools and with free beginners lifts its really well suited to a family holiday. Browse Flaine Half Term ski holidays ‣

Easter in Flaine is a wonderful time to book a ski holiday! The skiing is still likely to be excellent thanks to high altitude, snow sure slopes, making this the perfect place for a late season ski break. Browse Flaine Easter ski holidays ‣

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Average Rating 4.2 out of 5
I had a lovely first ski holiday in Flaine and I would definitely go back to the same place again. We couldn’t have asked for better weather really, it snowed a lot on the Sunday so they closed a lot of the lifts in the afternoon but the rest of the week was lovely. I broke my elbow on the third day but the ... + more
Josiane,
5 out of 5
I researched high resorts before booking because I was a little worried about the snow conditions this year. Flaine worked very well for us, the snow on the higher levels was good, even though we had noticed that some of the lower resorts in the valley had no snow at all when we came from the airport. It also s... + more
Jonathan Akehurst, Bristol
4 out of 5
Flaine is a great resort for families and we had a fantastic week of amazing April sunshine! The kids had skied once before so we booked them into ski school, after the first day they moved the little one down a class which ended up being a good thing because it meant both children got the relevant tuition the... + more
Francis Family, Warwickshire
4 out of 5
Flaine is a big resort with a massive ski area and something for everyone. It’s quiet so not the best place if you’re planning on going out and getting leathered but there are a couple of decent bars if you want a drink. There was a big dump when we arrived and we spent the week on 4 feet of powder, right u... + more
Stephen,
5 out of 5
This is a really good resort, it has guaranteed snow - you can never not have snow in Flaine. Flaine is great for all sorts of skier; there are blacks around for advanced skiers and lots for families. The ski schools are really good from what I saw of them. There isn’t a great deal of nightlife so it probabl... + more
Mr Schoefield, Nottingham
5 out of 5
We go to Flaine every year because it’s snow-sure and not too busy; you never really have to wait long for a lift and there are always loads of runs open. Even really late in the season the skiing is pretty good – especially higher on the mountain. Get the Grand Platieres bubble all the way to the top and cru... + more
Jesse, London
4 out of 5
Really enjoyed our week here, the skiing is fantastic and the area covered by the Grand Massif pass is brilliant. The snow was brilliant for the end of March and we had 5 days of sunshine. There are lots of reds, blues and greens but I think the rating of the slopes is underestimated – a blue in Flaine would h... + more
Jessica Sharples,
4 out of 5
Flaine isn’t the best resort in the world (it doesn’t come close to Meribel or Tignes) but we went for beginners and it was perfect for that. The only thing was that the snow wasn’t great so not all the lifts were open when we were here. The ski school was very good with the older kids (9 & 10 y/o) who loved... + more
Leanne S, Putney
3 out of 5
Snow was a bit touch and go over Christmas but we had lots here in January – it was almost too good to be true. Flaine is a really family friendly resort, the private lessons we had were good and you’re only a short transfer from Geneva which makes a difference. Have skied here on 2/3 occasions and would reco... + more
Mr Gardner, Sterling
5 out of 5
Flaine is very good and the ski school were great (we had the blue people instead of the red people). The only thing was that it’s slightly difficult to get back to the Flaine bowl in time for the ski school pick up as there’s only one lift that comes all the way back. Overall we'd really recommend it. + more
Lisa Burns, Fife
5 out of 5
There wasn’t a lot of snow when we went so there were quite a few runs that weren’t open, I don’t ski but my son did -he still skied all week and had a good time. Flaine is a great resort, I didn’t know anything about it before the holiday but it’s not just a resort, it’s really interesting in terms of ... + more
Marie-Louise Berry, North Ayrshire
5 out of 5
It was our family’s first experience of Flaine and we had an excellent week. Everyone who was skiing thoroughly enjoyed themselves, there was more than enough for them all to explore. I go as a babysitter for one of the children, there's less to do here as a non skier during the day than you get in other place... + more
Cheryl, Surrey
5 out of 5
We had a good week (could have done with more snow but you can’t control that!). It’s a nice wide ski area – more intermediate to advanced around Flaine with more runs for beginners over towards Les Carroz. We had a go at some après ski sledding which was pretty fun and some other people in our chalet did t... + more
Kirsty, Leighton Buzzard
4 out of 5
We have some friends who own an apartment out there who we visited for a few days over New Years. It’s a lovely resort and really pretty. We all had a bit of a scare on the drive there as there was an unusual snowstorm which added an extra 3 hours onto our 9 hour drive and was quite stressful. I skied one morn... + more
Mrs H, Southampton
4 out of 5
The weather wasn’t brilliant this time round, we’d been the year before and it was really sunny but this time we had quite a lot of snowfall during the day and it was quite windy which was hard work when you went out to ski! The access to the slopes gives quite a lot of variety from a central location. In t... + more
Benjamin Fallows, Bredbury
4 out of 5
We picked Flaine because it looked like a good big resort and we liked it. We were skiing as a group of different levels and it was fine for everyone, there wasn’t much hard stuff on piste but there was a bit of off-piste. The weather was quite warm which was unusual considering we were here at the start of Ja... + more
Elizabeth,
4 out of 5
We’ve been to Flaine before and like it because our two young girls are learning to ski and there are an awful lot of blue and red runs. The ski instructor they have (Catherine Pouppeville) is great and we’ve already booked her for next year. Snow over Christmas was really good. + more
Helen Alder, Stamford
4 out of 5
We liked Flaine, there’s lots of skiing - mainly for intermediates, we didn’t manage to go on all of the runs by any means. It was a very snowy week (1 metre of fresh snow) and we only had one day of sunshine. Generally visibility was low and you couldn’t distinguish between the ground and the sky, so we did... + more
Ewan, Stirling
4 out of 5
We’ve been to Flaine a couple of times and have already booked to return again, the reason being that it’s a short transfer to the airport and the area is pretty family orientated. The skiing’s good for all abilities and there was a dump before we arrived, so we timed it perfectly! Both children used ski sch... + more
James Gardner, Stirling
4 out of 5
We had fabulous weather, it snowed on the first and last day and between that we had sunshine. The resort itself is quite ugly but we were expecting that anyway. It’s not buzzing, and I wouldn’t recommend it to a group of 25 year olds, but we’d go back. The skiing is pretty good, we went down to the lower re... + more
Lisa, Essex
4 out of 5
I have been to Flaine on three occasions. There are loads of lifts up the mountain so mornings and evenings aren't too busy. It's pretty high up and hence I have never had any issues with a lack of snow even in late April. Overall a very good resort with a good choice of runs. + more
Timothy Journeaux,
4 out of 5
Unfortunately I don’t think I would go back, the area isn’t that great for snowboarders as there are a lot of flats and half of our group were boarding. The rest who were skiers were absolutely fine and I’d definitely recommend it for intermediate skiers. We went out most nights and there was just about enou... + more
Mr Phillimore, Bedfordshire
3 out of 5
Having skied the 3 Valleys I wasn’t as keen on Flaine but I think places like the 3 Valleys spoil you! Having to get on gondolas the whole time isn’t ideal with children and on the whole lifts aren’t very fast or easy to get on – the lift passes cost just as much as the 3 valleys anyway so I’d rather go so... + more
Mrs Lane, St Albans
3 out of 5
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Families in Flaine

This excellent ski resort prides itself in being perfect for families, whether this is everyone’s first time on the slopes or you’re all confident skiers. A traffic free, purpose built resort, Flaine is a fantastic location with lots of amenities and all accommodation conveniently near the slopes and facilities.

With most properties like Hotel Club Le Flaine being directly in the centre of town, everything is easily accessible and you won’t have to walk far to get to the ski school meeting point or the nearest lift. The majority of the accommodation here is ski in/ski out, such as self-catering apartments Residence Terrasses De Veret – ideal for a cheap family getaway where you won’t have to walk long distances carrying ski equipment.

Flaine has great beginner’s facilities with good ski schools and accessible nursery slopes. The ski school’s English speaking instructors will have beginners skiing in no time and little skiers will love the kindergarten which takes children aged 3-12. There is a fantastic beginner’s lift system that offers four free lifts (Pre chair lift, Bissac carpet and forum bucket lift) which beginners can use until they feel ready to purchase a complete lift pass and try out some of the blue slopes. A lot of the hotels offer daycare and evening babysitting services and the Gardiere Les petits Loups crèche in the resort caters for small children aged 3-6 months.

There are some fantastic non-ski activities in the area including bowling, ice skating, swimming, sleigh rides and husky rides for some quality time off the slopes. Flaine is very popular with families and can get busy during peak season such as Christmas and Half Term - make sure that you book in advance to avoid disappointment!

GroupsGroup Holidays Flaine

Choosing the right accommodation for your group is important and in this purpose built resort you can be sure you will find centrally located, ski in/ski out properties to suit everyone. Hotels are great for groups as you can enjoy the facilities together while having your own space in your room. Village Club du Soleil is a large hotel – perfect if you think stragglers might want to join the group later down the line. Self-catering apartments are also really well suited to a group of skiers and are often the cheapest way to ski. Residence Vega Apartments offer simple and comfortable accommodation for small groups in a fantastic central location, just 1 minute from the town centre, slopes and lifts.

Part of the Grand Massif ski area, Flaine offers a great variety of terrain with plenty of skiing and snowboarding for all abilities! With its high altitudes it has an excellent snow record and a good reputation as an all-round ski resort. The beginner’s facilities are really excellent and newcomers can quickly find their feet whilst the rest of the group tries more advanced terrain.

Flaine has plenty of non-ski activities to keep any non-skiers in the group entertained. Anyone feeling adventurous can try out high speed ice driving and everyone can race against each other steering buggies through icy terrain. A lot of the hotels have good facilities where you can relax in a spa and have a swim or a work-out. You can also try ice skating, curling, bowling and sleigh rides.

With good places to eat and drink in the area, everyone can spend quality time together in great venues. There are a good number of bars to drink and dance in - head down to Le Diamant Noir for a fun night in a home-from-home environment at the most popular bar for Brits.

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"Fantastic for families"

Josiane
5/ out of 5
I had a lovely first ski holiday in Flaine and I would definitely go back to the same place again. We couldn’t have asked for better weather really, it snowed a lot on the Sunday so they closed a lot of the lifts in the afternoon but the rest of the week was lovely. I broke my elbow on the third day but the ESF instructor was really good and took me straight to the medical centre, where the staff were fantastic. It was only 2 hours from the time I fell to the time I got back to my apartment, and they’d had me x-rayed, plastered up and with medication from the pharmacy in this time. Our experience of ESF was amazing and the instructors were absolutely fantastic. My youngest daughter is 6, she had lessons all week and by Friday she was up the gondola and skiing all the way down which was brilliant. After my accident, I’d spend the mornings going for a walk and then meet up with everyone else at lunch – there are plenty of good places to eat and everywhere was really welcoming to the children. There was a lot on for children like an outside pancake and hot chocolate evening, with mulled wine for adults – I’d definitely recommend the resort to other families.

"Very good skiing. Apparently better than the Rockies according to our American friends!"

Jonathan Akehurst, Bristol
4/ out of 5
I researched high resorts before booking because I was a little worried about the snow conditions this year. Flaine worked very well for us, the snow on the higher levels was good, even though we had noticed that some of the lower resorts in the valley had no snow at all when we came from the airport. It also snowed about 12 inches while we were there. The skiing was very good. It was varied which was what we needed. We are more experienced skiers but my daughter was learning, and she found there were sufficient runs to get started. She had a few lessons and then progressed very quickly. Towards the end of the week she even tried some red and black runs. She has caught the ski bug now after going to Flaine, and later in the year she went on another ski holiday to Tignes. There were some very picturesque runs down through the woods in the Flaine ski area, and you could ski over to other resorts so the area is quite large. There were a few difficult drag lifts where the terrain was rough and heavy, I actually got lifted up off the ground by the T-bar! These lifts were not ideal for beginners because if you fell off the only way down was through the trees and onto a black run. But the resort is a good place to learn. We met a group of Americans while we were there who were adamant that the ski area in Flaine is better than the Rockies! In the town of Flaine there was everything we needed: shops, restaurants and so on. We liked it, we would definitely go back.

"Flaine April 15"

Francis Family, Warwickshire
4/ out of 5
Flaine is a great resort for families and we had a fantastic week of amazing April sunshine! The kids had skied once before so we booked them into ski school, after the first day they moved the little one down a class which ended up being a good thing because it meant both children got the relevant tuition they needed. Their instructors’ English was good enough as well, so they could understand everything and the kids were chuffed to get their badges at the end. For us, the runs were a lot harder than we anticipated. We can ski blacks but ended up staying away from them as the reds were quite difficult – even some of the blues were trickier than we expected. There’s still a good variety and though it’s good for those who are more experienced, there are still some good runs for beginners. The access to all of them is so easy, we didn’t have to jump on any buses. Flaine’s a nice little town – it’s great for kids because it’s such a short distance from Geneva airport (though we did have to wait at the airport while another flight came in).

"Some of the best off piste!"

Stephen
5/ out of 5
Flaine is a big resort with a massive ski area and something for everyone. It’s quiet so not the best place if you’re planning on going out and getting leathered but there are a couple of decent bars if you want a drink. There was a big dump when we arrived and we spent the week on 4 feet of powder, right up to the top of our legs. Even though it was late March it was some of the best off piste I’ve ever been on! You can also speedride here which we did all week and was really fun.

"A really great resort"

Mr Schoefield, Nottingham
5/ out of 5
This is a really good resort, it has guaranteed snow - you can never not have snow in Flaine. Flaine is great for all sorts of skier; there are blacks around for advanced skiers and lots for families. The ski schools are really good from what I saw of them. There isn’t a great deal of nightlife so it probably wouldn’t suit a 22 year old snowboarder who wants to party all night, but there is lots around for families. We did snow shoeing one evening that was organised by the resort reps which was great. The rep met us in the evening in a restaurant on the bottom of the slopes, where the guide then met us, gave us the snowshoes and took us up in a minibus to the middle of nowhere. Doing it at night was amazing; we snowshoed high up under the full moon on deep virgin snow. Then the bus took us back to the resort where we had a fondue in a restaurant, a fantastic evening and I’d definitely recommend it to anyone staying there!

"Loads of great runs!"

Jesse, London
4/ out of 5
We go to Flaine every year because it’s snow-sure and not too busy; you never really have to wait long for a lift and there are always loads of runs open. Even really late in the season the skiing is pretty good – especially higher on the mountain. Get the Grand Platieres bubble all the way to the top and cruise down Serpentine, a long, easy blue. At the bottom it splits up – stay to the right where there are massive, rolling dunes and a rapid, narrow path and their base. The top’s pretty slow, so we usually miss it out and come down Lucifer – which is a lot quicker – before re-joining. All the reds on this part of the mountain are good fun, with plenty of variety; although the last section of one of them (I think Faust) can get pretty icy and difficult. The Diamont Noir is the run we usually steer clear off – it’s an impossibly steep and icy black that just terrifying – really good skiers will love it though. One of the best things about Flaine is the size of the Grand Massif ski area; it’s great for a day out to other resorts. We’ll often head up the Grands Vans and take runs like Marvel and Marmottes to get to one of the other villages for lunch; Morillon’s great for that and so are Samoens and Les Carroz. Then you can stay and have a go at more runs in the area or mosey on home however you like. Tourmaline’s our favourite run at the end of the day; it twists around under the Grands Vans, starting out really wide and spotted with moguls, before contracting and widening again loads. If you time it when the sun starts to get low, then it’ll glisten beautifully off the massive slope on your right – it’s fantastic. The town itself is pretty quiet – just how we like it! There are a couple of bars though; the aptly named ‘Flying Dutchman’ (because it’s rammed with plastered young Dutch people) is a good laugh, or there’s Perdrix Noir (above the bowling alley) where you can pick up a quiet pint. We pop down the funicular from Flaine-Foret to a place called Chez Danielle (next to the little ice rink) for a meal every time we go. They do the best traditional Alpine food – the tartiflette is amazing! I’ve never had a bad meal in Flaine – all the restaurants have got great pizza and pasta options.

"Brilliant skiing with Grand Massif pass"

Jessica Sharples
4/ out of 5
Really enjoyed our week here, the skiing is fantastic and the area covered by the Grand Massif pass is brilliant. The snow was brilliant for the end of March and we had 5 days of sunshine. There are lots of reds, blues and greens but I think the rating of the slopes is underestimated – a blue in Flaine would have been a red somewhere else, which is surprising as it’s said to be so good for families. About food, there is a Spar food shop at each end but you need to be aware that it’s quite pricey.

"Good value beginner skiing"

Leanne S, Putney
3/ out of 5
Flaine isn’t the best resort in the world (it doesn’t come close to Meribel or Tignes) but we went for beginners and it was perfect for that. The only thing was that the snow wasn’t great so not all the lifts were open when we were here. The ski school was very good with the older kids (9 & 10 y/o) who loved it, but not so much with the younger two (3 & 4 y/o), they weren’t very sympathetic and we ended up taking the girls out of lessons. I think we’d book one on one lessons for the little ones next time. One tip would be to check the timetable of the big gondola that takes you to the top, they were doing maintenance while we were here and if we’d known when it was running, we would have been able to pick the right days to use it! Overall, it was the perfect resort for our needs, great for beginners and cheaper than other resorts – good value and at the end of the day, you get what you pay for.

"Great family resort"

Mr Gardner, Sterling
5/ out of 5
Snow was a bit touch and go over Christmas but we had lots here in January – it was almost too good to be true. Flaine is a really family friendly resort, the private lessons we had were good and you’re only a short transfer from Geneva which makes a difference. Have skied here on 2/3 occasions and would recommend to other families.

"Five out of five"

Lisa Burns, Fife
5/ out of 5
Flaine is very good and the ski school were great (we had the blue people instead of the red people). The only thing was that it’s slightly difficult to get back to the Flaine bowl in time for the ski school pick up as there’s only one lift that comes all the way back. Overall we'd really recommend it.

"Great ski resort, really interesting history"

Marie-Louise Berry, North Ayrshire
5/ out of 5
There wasn’t a lot of snow when we went so there were quite a few runs that weren’t open, I don’t ski but my son did -he still skied all week and had a good time. Flaine is a great resort, I didn’t know anything about it before the holiday but it’s not just a resort, it’s really interesting in terms of why it’s there and how it’s there. I would definitely recommend someone who hadn’t been before to do the historical tour through the museum as I really enjoyed it.

"Not best for non skiers, brilliant if you do ski"

Cheryl, Surrey
5/ out of 5
It was our family’s first experience of Flaine and we had an excellent week. Everyone who was skiing thoroughly enjoyed themselves, there was more than enough for them all to explore. I go as a babysitter for one of the children, there's less to do here as a non skier during the day than you get in other places. Usually you can get the bus to visit other resorts but that isn’t much of an option here.

"Try the sledding & torchlit skiing"

Kirsty, Leighton Buzzard
4/ out of 5
We had a good week (could have done with more snow but you can’t control that!). It’s a nice wide ski area – more intermediate to advanced around Flaine with more runs for beginners over towards Les Carroz. We had a go at some après ski sledding which was pretty fun and some other people in our chalet did torchlight skiing which they said was amazing.

"Lovely, pretty resort"

Mrs H, Southampton
4/ out of 5
We have some friends who own an apartment out there who we visited for a few days over New Years. It’s a lovely resort and really pretty. We all had a bit of a scare on the drive there as there was an unusual snowstorm which added an extra 3 hours onto our 9 hour drive and was quite stressful. I skied one morning but I’m not really a skier, it was nice to explore the area and I used the new hotel spa complex which was lovely. We went out for a meal on New Year’s Eve to a really nice restaurant and the kids went out for a boozy evening, overall we had a good few days.

"Short transfers and good variety of slopes not so pretty"

Benjamin Fallows, Bredbury
4/ out of 5
The weather wasn’t brilliant this time round, we’d been the year before and it was really sunny but this time we had quite a lot of snowfall during the day and it was quite windy which was hard work when you went out to ski! The access to the slopes gives quite a lot of variety from a central location. In theory there’s guaranteed snow because we had quite a lot of strong winds this made it a bit unpleasant. The ski area is intermediate but there are also areas for advanced skiers. As a beginner, I think it would have been quite tricky to find a number of slopes you’d like as the beginner runs they do have were always busy and quite chopped up. The transfer times are good, about an hour and 20-30 minutes. I wouldn’t go here for scenery, it’s quite full of concrete block apartments and so on.

"Good group skiing"

Elizabeth
4/ out of 5
We picked Flaine because it looked like a good big resort and we liked it. We were skiing as a group of different levels and it was fine for everyone, there wasn’t much hard stuff on piste but there was a bit of off-piste. The weather was quite warm which was unusual considering we were here at the start of January. We went out one night, the village is nice with quite a lot of things to do.

"Huge amount to ski"

Helen Alder, Stamford
4/ out of 5
We’ve been to Flaine before and like it because our two young girls are learning to ski and there are an awful lot of blue and red runs. The ski instructor they have (Catherine Pouppeville) is great and we’ve already booked her for next year. Snow over Christmas was really good.

"Lots for intermediate skiers, and lots of snow when we were here"

Ewan, Stirling
4/ out of 5
We liked Flaine, there’s lots of skiing - mainly for intermediates, we didn’t manage to go on all of the runs by any means. It was a very snowy week (1 metre of fresh snow) and we only had one day of sunshine. Generally visibility was low and you couldn’t distinguish between the ground and the sky, so we didn’t end up skiing full days all week. It’s a good resort, there’s not much night life but as I was there with my 11 year old son we weren’t looking for any. There are a few places to eat out but as we had a half board hotel we didn’t need them. We did find some good mountain restaurants. One of the hotels has a swimming pool that’s open to the public which we enjoyed. There was also ice skating but the rink was covered in snow that week! We did lessons with ESI who were good, though they had to bunch up groups a little bit and we both found ourselves at the top end of the group, waiting for other people. The ratio was about 1:9.

"Good family resort"

James Gardner, Stirling
4/ out of 5
We’ve been to Flaine a couple of times and have already booked to return again, the reason being that it’s a short transfer to the airport and the area is pretty family orientated. The skiing’s good for all abilities and there was a dump before we arrived, so we timed it perfectly! Both children used ski school and the instructors were good, no problems there. Overall very happy with our week here.

"Fabulous weather, would ski here again"

Lisa, Essex
4/ out of 5
We had fabulous weather, it snowed on the first and last day and between that we had sunshine. The resort itself is quite ugly but we were expecting that anyway. It’s not buzzing, and I wouldn’t recommend it to a group of 25 year olds, but we’d go back. The skiing is pretty good, we went down to the lower resorts of Samoens and Les Carroz (although the lifts are a little slower over there). There are loads of mountain restaurants which we thought was great.

"Flaine - TJ"

Timothy Journeaux
4/ out of 5
I have been to Flaine on three occasions. There are loads of lifts up the mountain so mornings and evenings aren't too busy. It's pretty high up and hence I have never had any issues with a lack of snow even in late April. Overall a very good resort with a good choice of runs.

"good intermediate+ skiing but not great for snowboarding"

Mr Phillimore, Bedfordshire
3/ out of 5
Unfortunately I don’t think I would go back, the area isn’t that great for snowboarders as there are a lot of flats and half of our group were boarding. The rest who were skiers were absolutely fine and I’d definitely recommend it for intermediate skiers. We went out most nights and there was just about enough for the week including a few hotspots that were OK. If you are going here, I recommend you explore, get out of the Flaine bowl with the area pass – there are some really nice runs that go towards the resort lower down including a nice forest one.

"Great for families and self-drive"

Mrs Lane, St Albans
3/ out of 5
Having skied the 3 Valleys I wasn’t as keen on Flaine but I think places like the 3 Valleys spoil you! Having to get on gondolas the whole time isn’t ideal with children and on the whole lifts aren’t very fast or easy to get on – the lift passes cost just as much as the 3 valleys anyway so I’d rather go somewhere like that where the process is a lot smoother. If we’d gone last year, which was our son’s first ski holiday, it would have been limited, but with him being able to do more runs this year it was fine. What Flaine is great for is families, the ski bus is convenient and there’s a lot of other stuff for children to do. The Ski School (we used ESI) is good and easy to find with good class sizes. It’s not too horrendously expensive either. Why we chose to ski here is that it’s a good one to drive to, very easy to find straight off the motorway with an easy mountain road.
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