Why Flaine Ski Resort?
- Located at the heart of the vast Grand Massif ski area
- Doorstep skiing with excellent snow records
- Great car-free ski resort for families
- All amenities and services close by
- Close proximity to Geneva Airport
Flaine is a family friendly car-free resort, with all the shops, services and amenities grouped together just a stone’s throw from all accommodation. For your convenience, there is also a free resort shuttle bus service. Flaine is the largest of the Grand Massif ski villages and is in continuous renewal and expansion. This lively resort at 1600m already attracts lots of ski enthusiasts and has become even more sought after during recent years thanks to the construction of more high quality, modern and stylish residences.
Flaine ski resort is part of one of the largest skiing areas in France: the Grand Massif. With one of the best snow records in the French Alps (and the most snow-sure), Flaine is very often called the ‘Big Snowy Bowl’. Because of this, skiers and snowboarders will enjoy excellent ski conditions all winter, along with stunning scenery.
Flaine is conveniently close to Geneva airport (1 hour 15 minutes by car) and with snow on the doorstep of most accommodation, Flaine is also described as a ‘Fly-in, Ski-out resort’. Flaine is one of the most easily accessible resorts in the French Alps.
Flaine and the Grand Massif are the first ski area in the world (as at 2017) to bear the Green Globe certification; recognition of the efforts made by companies and organisations that are committed to sustainable tourism.
‘Le Flaine Historique’ was awarded the "20th Century Heritage" label by the French Minister of Culture. Flaine’s eucumenical chapel is classified as "Historic
Monuments". "Le Flaine" and "Bételgeuse" buildings are listed on the "Supplementary Inventory of Historic Monuments in France".
FLAINE SKI AREA
The resort of Flaine is nestled in the peaks of the 5th largest interconnected ski area in France, Grand Massif, with 265km of slopes which are carefully maintained and suitable for all abilities and levels, especially beginners and intermediates. This impressive lift-linked ski area is formed of 5 ski resorts:
- Morillon/Morillon 1100
- Les Carroz d'Araches
- Sixt fer a Cheval
At an altitude of 2500m and facing Mont Blanc, the Grand Massif ski area is lucky to be blessed with one of the best snow records in the whole of the French Alps. Flaine's altitude and geographical location guarantee exceptional snow coverage until the end of the winter season in 2,500m of height.
There are plenty of wide and open snowy boulevards, moguls and sunny cruising motorways - offering excellent skiing and snowboarding for all. The tree-lined pistes of Flaine are also perfect on bad weather days, offering shelter and much better visibility when the snow really starts to fall.
From Flaine, you can access the highest point of the Grand Massif ski area by gondola, which takes you to Les Grandes Platieres at 2480m. From this point, you will be able to enjoy a wide series of runs from blue to black all going back down to Flaine. The most famous run from this point has to be the Cascades blue slope which is an impressive 14km long! This run will take you on an altitude drop of 1800m right down to the village of Sixt Fer-à-Cheval, with glorious scenery in the Ger Valley - not one single ski lift all the way down and the reward of seeing the frozen waterfalls at the bottom! At a relaxed pace, you should allow approximately 4 hours for the round trip. From Sixt the free shuttle bus will take you back to the main cable car in Samoens or Morillon – be sure to check the bus and lift closing times before you head off as we don’t want any stranded skiers!
Access to the Grand Massif ski area from Flaine is very easy via the 8-seater Grands Vans lift. This is a high-speed lift and so queues are very short. The blue Dolomie run will then start you off on your journey into Samöens, Morillon and Les Carroz.
- For Samoens, Morillon/Morillon 1100, Les Carroz d'Araches and Sixt fer a Cheval, see details with our sister company Peak Retreats
Additional ski fact info 2018/19, main ski info in resort facts box at top of page
Flaine only - 24 lifts (2 gondola, 1 bucket lift, 9 chairlifts, 9 draglifts, 3 moving carpets), 64 slopes:
Green slopes: 8
Blue slopes: 26
Red slopes: 25
Black slopes: 5
Flaine is great for beginner and low-level skiers/snowboarders. Good nursery slopes are located in Flaine and the rest of the Grand Massif, making this an ideal ski resort for beginners and families with young children.
A few tips to get the most out of the Flaine beginner zones:
- Start off learning to ski on the Pré or Bissac pistes,
- Move on to the Mélèze green slope accessed via the Ballacha draglift
- Improve your technique by taking the Gèrats chairlift to get to the Balaken fun zone on the Opale green slope and ski on your first blue slope
- You can take chairlifts or even the Grandes Platières cable car to admire the view of Mont Blanc
There are 4 free ski lifts in Flaine: 3 covered magic carpets - Le Pré, Le Michalet and Le Bissac, as well as the Télébenne gondola lift.
There is an excellent range of blue slopes. Serpentine, Cristal and Olivine are wide and gentle and great for progressing beginners to start practising their carving turns.
A must! Don't forget to try the Cascades blue run - watch the 14km landscape unfold at the heart of the Sixt-Fer-à- Cheval nature reserve, without taking a single ski lift! This blue run is accessible to all ability levels and is perfect for skiing as a family.
Flaine is very good for intermediates, the majority of the slopes being blue and red. The challenging Faust red slope runs from the top station all the way back down into the resort, with a few short and fairly steep sections that are sure to get the adrenalin going!
Good blues include Tourmaline and Mephisto (blue verging on red).
Runs not be missed include the Fred red run and the Styx and Le Diamant Noir blacks. By taking the Aup de Véran gondola you will find the steep terrain below the Tête des Lindars at 2561m and from here you can cross Le Diamant Noir and take the long Almandine red which will take you back towards the village. Another great red from this sector is the Célestine run which takes you on a lovely winding, twisting and turning run through the forest and will bring you back right beside the village.
The semicircular Combe de Gers offers a great off-piste location for freeriders who love steep slopes, thrills and spills. The Grand Massif ski area overall is a huge playground for freeriders and off-piste thrill seekers. As always, for your complete safety and to get the very best out of the whole ski area we would strongly recommend always hiring a mountain guide when partaking in off-piste skiing.
Flaine Fun Zones
- ZE BALAKEN - a veritable family zone covering the entire Opale green run; a fun course to enjoy in the company of Balaken the octopus and his friends the Tootizz.
Access: Gérats chairlift
- ZE CROSS - a genuine boardercross on the Méphisto run. Fun route comprising moguls and banked turns. Have the thrill of your life, individually or in a group.
Access: Aup de Veran cable car
- ZE FOREST - it features a mix of black country and snowpark. The routes criss-cross, giving you the chance to take a new path as you continue down the run.
Access: Aup de Veran cable car or Bois skilift
- URBAN’Z - a protected and accessible zone dedicated to kids and beginners. This learning area, which is served by a covered moving walkway, allows you to discover woops and banked turns in a gentle slope.
Access: Beginner’s area of Pré
Snowboarders will enjoy the Grand Massif thanks to the variety and good snow record of the skiing domain. Throughout the Grand Massif, 3 snow parks are at the disposal of all snowboarders.
Flaine’s Ski Nordic is situated at 1844m at ‘Le Col de Pierre Carrée’. This cross-country skiing area is one of the highest in Europe, with the best snow cover in the French Alps. You can enjoy 5kms of marked tracks for skating and traditional cross-country skiing. The ‘Agy’ area, about 30 minutes from Flaine offers 30km of additional tracks. Pedestrians and snowshoe walkers can also enjoy 5km of marked footpaths.
The free shuttle bus provides easy access to the area and tickets are on sale locally.
FLAINE SNOW RECORD
Flaine has a high level of natural snowfall averaging close to 6m per season at resort level and 15m (annual average) at the top of the 2500m Grandes Platières, making this one of the snowiest skiable mountains in the Alps. One of the reasons the top of the mountain at 2500m is so snowy is that it is one of the highest points on the windward side of Mont Blanc. So this means that not only does it get the full force of storms moving in from the north-west but also Flaine benefits from its proximity to the mountain which forces the air to rise (on a more macro scale) and purge itself of extra moisture.
Flaine also has excellent snow preservation qualities which is partly because most of Flaine's slopes face north or north-west but also because of the ring of high mountains that surround the village. This partially protects the main bowl against the worst effects of mild west or south-westerly winds.
With thanks to Fraser Wilkin for the technical information
Flaine Ski Verhuur
We hebben Skiset geselecteerd, om zeker te weten dat alleen de hoogste standaard materiaal en service geleverd wordt voor alle ski niveau's. Meer informatie over Ski Verhuur hier.
Our hire shop is located within 15 minutes walk from Montsoleil - Les Terrasses d'Eos & Les Terrasses d'Helios, in the Forum shopping area (please use the special shuttle bus service operating from/to the residence). For guests staying at Les Chalets du Hameau & Portes du Grand Massif, our hire shop is located within Les Chalets du Hameau. Our hire shop for Le Centaure & Les Pleiades is located 50-100m away, in the Forum shopping area. Our hire shop for Le Panoramic is located 200m away, within the La Forêt residence.
You have the choice to purchase a lift pass which covers the whole ski area or the smaller local ski area. We suggest that you purchase the larger area lift pass, unless a complete beginner.
Lift pass delivered FREE to your home. Book your lift pass for Flaine at least 14 days prior departure and we can arrange hands-free lift passes delivered to your home, meaning you can ski straight through the gates, giving you more piste time - at no extra cost! Please note you will not be required to hand over a voucher at the kiosk in resort (non applicable for free passes as you will be asked for a photo and a proof of age on site). Conditions apply. Please enquire with a member of the Ski Collection team for more details.
Other lift pass on offer (to buy locally in resort):
Draglift Ballacha (2 pts), Chairlift Gérats (2 pts), Chairlift Désert Blanc (8 pts), Chairlift Verds (10 pts), Cable car Aup de Véran (12 pts),
Cable car Grandes Platières (16 pts) Draglift La Forêt (2pts) - 20 points is €21.20
Grand Massif ski pass – ½ day and daily rates 2017/18:
1/2 day - €31.70 children, €42.30 adults
Day - €35.30 children, €47 adults
Flaine ski pass – ½ day and daily rates 2017/18:
1/2 day - €28.40 children, €37.80 adults
Day - €31.50 children, €42 adults
There are 4 free lifts so you can learn to ski without having to count the pennies.
Flaine Ski School
Ski school for children is available to book from 3 years to 11 years, in Flaine, with Ski Collection.
Ski School: Please note that lesson times are subject to change right until the last minute. Outside French school holidays the ski school reserves the right to cancel group lessons should numbers be insufficient. For peak periods (22/12-4/1, 9/2-8/3 & 6/4-26/4) we strongly recommend that you book as early as possible and in any case at least 6 weeks prior to the required dates. Morning lessons tend to get booked up first and therefore we may only be able to offer afternoon classes within 6 weeks of departure. In some resorts English speaking instructors may not always be available, particularly at peak times.
We cannot always guarantee that prices will be cheaper than in resort. When ski packs prices are calculated, the currency is bought at the exchange rates that apply at the time. You can be assured that once you have booked your extras, if the pound depreciates, you will not be charged.
Flaine Private Lessons (17/18 prices, NOT pre-bookable)
Individual tuition can only be purchased directly from the ski school. Ski Collection cannot pre-book these.
From €46 for 1 hour for 1-2 pers
From €59 for 1 hour for 3-5 pers
From €66 for 1 hour for 6-8 pers
Please note that prices are only an indication and are subject to change
TEL: 00 33 4 50 90 81 00
Parents can entrust their little ones to the child-care centre of the resort "Les P'tits Loups", from the age of 6 months to 3 years old and Les Choucas child-care for 3-11 yrs old.
Les P'tits Loups Nursery (6 months to 3 years)
Galerie Marchande Forum, 74300 Flaine
Tel: +33 (0)4 58 10 03 07
Open: From the 9th of December 2017 to the 20th of April 2018
Les Choucas de Flaine (3 to 11 years)
Bâtiment technique Flaine Forum, 74300 FLAINE
Tel: +33(0)4 50 90 82 75 - Tel : +33(0)9 72 45 30 68
Open: French Holidays "Zone A", Wednesday and week-end all the season
Top winter activities to experience in Flaine!
Please note Ski Collection do not book any activities and most activities are payable
As an après-ski activity or for a break in your snow sports day, discover new thrills adapted to suit all ages! Little ones and grown-ups will love gliding on the natural outdoor ice rink. It opens in the morning for electric quad biking for the over 4s and in the afternoon for skating for the over 3s. Located in Flaine Forum.
Quad bike/buggy on ice
Driving a quad bike or a buggy on the ice and learning to control skidding and steering is so cool! Day or night, it’s up to you! Children can join in the fun too with quad bikes available for the over 6s.
Ice driving school
There are certain similarities between steering your skis and steering a car: acceleration, braking, negotiating corners… Whether fast or taking it easy, the ice-driving school offers a range of packages: from introductions to multi-day courses for learning how to master a vehicle on an ice-covered road.
This takes place on the Col de Pierre Carrée Nordic areas in the upper part of the resort. Skate and Classic tracks are open to everyone via the blue run.
If you love nature, snow sports, and animals, an introduction to dog sledging is the perfect thing for you. There’s no need to go all the way to Canada to get a glimpse of this world, with our professional mushers you can discover it from the age of 5 (as passengers).
A snow scooter ride offers a combination of thrills and wild natural landscapes. Ride in between the slopes and the forest at nightfall, when the ski runs have closed. Passengers must be taller than 1.35m.
Glide effortlessly down the slopes, and enjoy even more exciting, surprising thrills… Job done thanks to the arrival of the yooner. Seated 20cm off the ground, you’ll experience real excitement on this new snow sports device, similar to a snow go-kart. It’s fun and easy-to-use and gives you total control over your descent. Lightweight and easily manoeuvrable, it is fitted with a shock absorber to provide even more comfort and a blade to let you “carve corners” just like on skis. Try it, it’s a guaranteed hit with the over 8s!
A word to thrill seekers and anyone thirsting for freedom and wide open spaces! Snowkiting is the activity for you! From the minute the kite rises into the air until it lands on the ground, you’ll glide along untouched snow, on the flat, up climbs, traversing, and downhill… you’ll glide uninterrupted along the natural contours.
Excursions: 1/2 day. Croq Raquette (in the evening with dinner), snowshoes included.
Discover the ski area and the resort of Flaine from the sky on an introductory paragliding flight with an instructor, a beginner’s paragliding flight or on an advanced level paragliding course.
Tour of Mont-Blanc, introductory flying session, drop off at a mountain refuge to discover the region’s highest summits… these are just a few of the flight packages offered by Mont-Blanc hélicoptères departing from Flaine
Wedged into an inflatable rubber ring, throw yourself down the slope and take off into the air before landing on a huge inflatable mattress. Making like a pro in complete safety is irresistible fun. Free activity for the over 8s!
torch lit descent/Savoyard dinner
If you’re more of a night owl, you won’t want to miss the “torch lit descent” and Savoyard dinner! After a delicious meal, pretend you’re a ski instructor for a while, torch in your hand, for a nightfall descent from the ski area summit at 2,500 metres!
If you’d like to experience the exceptional quality of life this resort offers, Flaine boasts a range of leisure equipment for après-ski relaxation! At the heart of the magnificent Flaine Forêt auditorium, an INDOOR CLIMBING facility is available at the end of the day: free to use with your own equipment or during lessons from Cœur De Montagne.
Also at the Forêt level in the shopping centre, the bowling alley is open at the end of the day and in the afternoons when the weather’s bad.
The resort’s aqua-fun centre offers a 25-metre swimming pool, a children’s pool with a waterslide and water jets, two saunas, two steam rooms and two whirlpool baths for your relaxation. And for those who can’t sit still or want to discover new sports activities, aqua gym and aqua biking lessons are also available. Open to all resort guests - Le Centaure - Flaine Forum
Here, you can combine snow and culture. Flaine is a pretty unique ski resort - it even boasts its own arts centre. Every season welcomes a series of different modern art exhibitions. A cultural guided tour is run free of charge so that visitors can discover Flaine’s architectural and artistic heritage. The Art Centre has a lending library including books in English, a youth section with a reading corner and a multimedia zone.
So you don’t miss the latest blockbuster or your favourite director’s new film, take a trip to the cinema. With 2 screenings a day, your film is sure to be on the bill. Flaine Forum.
Spa deep nature
Enjoy your moment of serenity, relaxing around the indoor pool, and in the Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. Indulge yourself with a treatment using top-of-the-range products from marine brand Algotherm.
Spa Ô des Cimes
Beauty treatments – massages - relaxation area with herbal tea - fitness room.
The spa Pure
Altitude opens its doors with 3 treatment rooms where you will find Pure Altitude’s signature treatments. The wellness area, including a fitness room and relaxation area, extends into the outdoor terrace, equipped with an outdoor Jacuzzi with breath-taking views of the mountains.
Please note: all the above information is for information only. For the most up-to-date information please visit the resort tourist office website. All activities will be in local currency (€ Euros) and are bookable and payable locally in resort.
Flaine/Grand Massif Resort News and Events 2018/19
- Investment - the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes has invested:
In Samoëns and Morillon, a 600,000€ grant went towards installing 60 snow cannons on the 2 new pistes in the Coulouvrier bowl
In Flaine, a second grant of 600,000€ went towards integrating the 110,000m2 Veret mountains reservoir into the landscape
- 2 new pistes - the Coulouvrier Bowl will have two new slopes! For 2018/19 two slopes categorised as red will be available:
"PACCOTY" on the Morillon side, running from the top of the Biollaires chairlift down to the bottom of the Coulouvrier chairlift
"CORNE" on the Samoëns side, taking the following route: from the "Marmotte" piste as far as the intersection with "Paccoty"
- Luge (mountain coaster) - Opening December 2018 in Les Carroz! Riders from 3 years old (under 9's must be accompanied by an adult). Departure is at the bottom of the Kedeuze telecabine. Open from 3pm-7pm daily.
- Christmas time - 22nd December-4th January 2019 - head to Flaine for a magical Christmas and New Year. Snowflakes, skiing, family get-togethers, a joyful atmosphere and festive decorations… Be part of traditional Christmas and New Year celebrations in a Flaine illuminated by thousands of twinkling lights…Shows, choirs, torch-lit descents, visits from Father Christmas, fireworks, a huge range of entertainment that will enchant your stay and make it… Unforgettable! Pyrotechnic arts to celebrate Flaine being 50 years old!
- Discovery January - 5th January-8th February 2019 - January in Flaine is a time to discover, learn and have fun! There are all kinds of entertainment and activities so you can discover a new passion, try out new equipment and maybe even discover your adventurous side!
- Le Fevr'ival - 9th February-8th March 2019 - Flaine Févr’ival offers an exceptional programme of events. Take advantage of your holiday as an opportunity to discover the other side of Flaine, with joy and fun as the guests of honour. With entertainment planned for everybody, fun and excitement are guaranteed. Every week boasts a number of walks, parades, shows and concerts. Traditional torch-lit descents and fireworks will light up the skies over Flaine.
- Springtime in Flaine - 9th March-22nd April 2019 - there’s still plenty of snow, the days are longer, the sun is starting to shine… Spring is a time to enjoy the gentler side of snowsports. But not just that, it’s also a time to fall under the spell of the many events popping up in the resort. Come and share some live music: from classical to rock, it’s all here! With something for all ages, the entertainment will exceed your expectations with shows, workshops, activity walks, magic…
More information can be found on Flaine tourist office: www.flaine.com
Flaine Apres-Ski, Bars & Restaurants
In Flaine there are a number of mountain restaurants, bars and restaurants and a nightclub. Please see below for further information on some of the restaurants and bars in Flaine.
Brasserie Les Cîmes 0033 4 50 90 89 64
Chez Daniel 0033 4 50 90 81 87
Chez La Jeanne 0033 4 50 90 80 06
Mountain Dinner 0033 6 61 83 85 06
Le Grain de Sel 0033 4 50 18 74 43
La Grange 0033 4 50 90 87 40
Le Pré 0033 4 50 90 82 27
Monster Burger 0033 6 18 58 76 75
Pizzeria Chez Pierrot 0033 4 50 90 84 56
Friendly kitchen 0033 4 30 05 03 40
Le White Pub 0033 4 50 90 84 76
Le Diamant Noir 0033 4 50 91 22 43
La Perdrix Noire 0033 4 50 90 81 81
Refuge du Skieur 0033 4 50 90 14 14
Sucré Salé 0033 4 50 90 87 63
Take away 0033 6 27 35 41 36
L’Ancolie - Hameau 0033 4 50 90 87 94
L'Eterlou - Montsoleil 0033 4 50 21 98 35
La Table d'Hélios 0033 4 50 21 56 98
Bistrot Le Refuge 0033 4 50 18 94 50
Sabaudia 0033 4 50 188 177
Auberge de Vernant 0033 4 50 90 84 80
Le Bissac 0033 4 50 90 81 32
Le Blanchot 0033 4 50 90 82 44
La Cascade 0033 4 50 90 87 66
Le Chalet du Michet 0033 4 50 90 80 08
Le Désert Blanc 0033 4 50 90 82 09
L’Éloge 033 04 50 90 85 91
L’Épicéa 0033 4 50 90 83 79
La Pente à Jules 0033 4 50 90 87 42
Les Covagnes 0033 6 16 53 52 70
Flaine offers you all the amenities you may need: supermarkets, grocery stores, local regional product shops, bakeries, butchers, newsagents, pharmacy, bank, post office, garage, hairdressers, sport and clothes shops. Most of the services and amenities are grouped together in two shopping arcades, one in Flaine Foret and another in Flaine Forum. Please see below for further information on some of the main amenities you may need during a stay in Flaine.
Flaine Forum Chez Bolzi (local specialities) 0033 4 50 34 18 12
Supermarket Sherpa Alimentation 0033 4 50 90 86 09
Flaine Forêt Baker's Aux Saveurs de Flaine 0033 4 50 90 00 08
Douce France (local specialities) 0033 4 50 90 85 67
Supermarket Spar 0033 4 50 90 82 77
Les Gérats Supermarket Spar Flaine Montsoleil Hélios 0033 4 50 58 00 38
Pharmacie de Flaine
0033 4 50 90 82 02
0033 4 50 90 81 42
509 Rte des Pèlerins
0033 4 50 53 84 00
Getting to Flaine, France
From Calais, take A26 Motorway to Reims and Troyes, then A5 Motorway to Dijon, then A39 motorway to Lons-le-Saulnier and Bourg-en-Bresse, then A40 Motorway also named ‘Autoroute Blanche’ heading Genève/Turin. Exit Cluses Centre (no 19), follow N205 road towards Sallanches. After 3 km follow signs to ‘Flaine’ and turn left towards Flaine on the D6 road up to Les Carroz d’Arâches then on the D106. Pass ‘Col de Pierre Carrée’ and then continue downhill to Flaine for about 1.5 miles.
Geneva to Flaine: 43 miles, approximately 1hr 10.
Chambery to Flaine: 80 miles, approximately 1hr 40.
Lyon to Flaine: 132 miles, approximately 2hrs 25.
Private taxi transfers from airports to Flaine are pre-bookable via Ski Collection! See our airport & station transfers page for more information.
Taking the Eurostar from London couldn’t be easier. We offer 2 options: direct Ski Train (St Pancreas or Ashford to Moûtiers or Bourg-St-Maurice) or Eurostar Beyond (with a change at Paris).
See our train services page for more information.
The nearest train stations to Flaine are Cluses (30km) and Geneva (70km): www.sncf.com
Altibus offer bus lines from Genève-Cointrin airport (Geneva) and Cluses SNCF train station to the ski resort of Flaine.
Tel: +33 (0)8 20 32 03 68. Website: www.altibus.com
See our car hire page for more information.
Resort Shuttle Bus in Flaine
The convenient free shuttle bus runs approximately every 15 minutes from 08:25 to 18:15, travelling between the resort centre, Le Hameau de Flaine and the Col de Pierre Carrée cross-country/snowshoe trail areas.
Resort Parking in Flaine
For the safety, comfort and convenience of all, Flaine is a completely car-free ski resort. There is free parking of up to 1 hour 30 minutes to unload/reload your luggage. After that you must park your car in one of the car parks at the entrance to the resort.
Free and paying car parks are at your disposal on the outskirts of resort. You will find a car park at every level of resort (Forêt, Forum, Front de neige). Your accommodation is just steps away.
Flaine Opening Dates
Grand Massif (Samoens, Morillon, Flaine, Les Carroz) ski area is open: Saturday 22/12/18 – Monday 22/04/19.
Partial opening: Saturday 15/12/18 in Flaine, Samoens and Les Carroz.