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Flaine (Grand Massif)
High altitude resort

Resort description

Flaine is an architecturally modern and car free ski resort located in the Haute-Savoie region, close to the Mont-Blanc. The Flaine ski resort is part of one of the largest skiing areas in France: Grand Massif.

Flaine is in continuous renewal and expansion. This lively resort already attracts lots of ski enthusiasts and many more are expected to follow. Flaine's attraction is meant to increase thanks to Intrawest's brand new 4 star self catering residence "Les Terrasses d'Eos" in Flaine Mont Soleil and many more high quality self catering ski accommodations to come.

With one of the best snow records in the French Alps, Flaine is very often called "big snowy bowl". Therefore, you will enjoy a beautiful landscape while skiing or snowboarding.

Close to Geneva airport and with snow at 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.

Skiing in Flaine and Grand Massif


The Grand Massif is very well known as a great area for both skiers and snowboarders. From beginners to those more adventurous, all will be amazed by the 265kms of linked and prepared runs. This skiing area connects Flaine with 4 other ski resorts: Les Carroz, Morillon, Samoëns and Sixt Fer-a-Cheval.


     “The Cascades Piste”


Make sure you don’t miss “The Cascades piste”, a 14kms long run, dropping you down from Les “Grandes Platieres” into the Village of Sixt Fer a Cheval at 1800m. A beautiful landscape without encountering one single ski lift. Once in Sixt, a free shuttle bus takes you to the main cable car in Samoëns and from there you will be able to get back to Flaine.


     “Keep an eye on the lift closing time”


However, during high-season, be aware that given the skiing area, you may face bottlenecks in the afternoon when everyone is heading for home. Therefore, schedule your heading back early or late but keep an eye on the lift closing time in order to be able to make the connection back to Flaine.


Snowboarding in Flaine and Grand Massif


Snowboarders will enjoy the Grand Massif thanks to the variety and good snow record of the skiing domain.


Throughout the Grand Massif, 3 terrains parks are at the disposal of all snowboarders.


-          Jampark Pro: This terrain is located in Flaine and is aimed at experts. It features rails, tables, quarter pipe, a boardercross course and plenty of kickers.


-          Jampark Cool: This terrain is designed for less accomplished acrobats and is located In Samoëns .


-          Jampark Kids: This terrain is located in Morillon and dedicated to children.


Cross country skiing in Flaine and Grand Massif


Flaine’s Ski Nordic is situated at 1844m at “the Col de Pierre Carrée”. This cross-country skiing area is the highest and with the best snow cover in the Alps. You will be able to enjoy 17kms of marked tracks for skating and traditional cross-country skiing. The “Agy area”, about 30 minutes from Flaine offers 30km of additional tracks.


Pedestrians in Flaine, Grand Massif


Even if you don’t ski or snowboard, you can still enjoy magnificent views of Mont Blanc from the ski resort of Flaine. Indeed, the “Grandes Platieres” cable car will take you from 1600 to 2500m. Why not enjoy a lunch on the sun terrace of the altitude bar and restaurant, located at the top.


Ski School in Flaine, Grand Massif


The ESF ski school in Flaine offers skiing and snowboarding lessons for adults and children.


You can either have group lessons or private lessons.


For young children, aged from 3 years old, there is the “Jardin d’enfants” where they will be entertained and have skiing lessons.


For more information about pre-booking Ski School in Flaine please select here


Lift Passes in Flaine, Grand Massif


Grand Massif lift passes give you access to all the resorts of the domain: Flaine, Les Carroz, Morillon, Samoëns and Sixt Fer-a-Cheval.


For more information about pre-booking Lift Passes for Flaine and the Grand Massif ski area please select here


The Skiing
From Flaine, you can access the main mountain of Grand Massif 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 down to Flaine. Moreover, in that "snowy bowl", most of the lifts go up to 2500m.

The Flaine ski resort is ideal for families with young children too. Good nursery slopes are located in as well as outside the village of Flaine.

Clients booking for pre or late season dates should be aware that not all facilities in your chosen resort may be open - including some ski lifts. We would advise you to check the resort tourist office website or our Resort Opening Dates page for details before making a booking.
Après Ski
In Flaine, there are plenty of activities to entertain you after a day skiing, such as the cultural centre, cinema, snooker hall, video games arcade, indoor climbing, bowling and ice-skating. Previous clients have also recommended the lively 'Flying Dutchman' pub for drinks and the Brassiere Les Cimes for good food.
Flaine offers you all the amenities you may need, from the supermarket and the bank to bars, restaurants and shops. Most of the services and amenities are grouped together in two shopping arcades, one in Flaine Foret and another in Flaine Forum.
Would you fancy trying new outdoor activities? Flaine is a great place for adrenaline activities such as skidding, ice driving, ice quadding and paragliding...
Getting there
Driving distance: From Calais: 550 miles, approximately 8 hrs.
Airport access: Geneva to Flaine: 43 miles, approximately 1hr 10. Chambery to Flaine: 80 miles, approximately 1hr 40. Lyon to Flaine: 132 miles, approximately 2hrs 25.

Ski Facts
Village height:
1600m (5,249ft)
Slope range:
1600m (5,249ft) - 2500m (8,202ft)
Ski area:
Grand Massif

Piste coverage
Ski lifts
Ski runs
Snow cannons


Local Ski Area
Flaine has 140km of slopes, 29 ski lifts, 7 green runs, 23 blue runs, 23 red runs and 4 black runs.

Tourist Office
+ 33 (0)4 50 90 80 01
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