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Welcome to Flaine


Probably because it was purpose-built, the holiday destination of Flaine is one of the most user-friendly ski resorts in France: compact, with easy access to the pistes, and a location that ensures exceptional snow conditions. Flaine is situated beneath Mont Blanc, near Geneva, at the gateway to 'Le Grand Massif', one of the best ski and snowboard areas of France. From the nursery slopes, to an easy glide on the 8.5-mile (14km) blue Cascade run or the off-piste challenge of the Combe de Gers, Flaine is a trend-setting family-orientated resort that caters for all levels of skiers and boarders.

Consisting of concrete apartment blocks built on three levels along the slopes at an altitude of 5,250 feet (1,600m) in the centre of a natural bowl, this, the youngest resort in the French Alps, may not sound particularly appealing. Flaine may not present the archetypical image of the Alpine village, but it has been architecturally designed for comfort and convenience, and visitors are amazed at how the buildings blend in with the limestone of their surroundings. The three levels, Flaine-Foret, Flaine-Forum and Flaine-Front de Neige, are connected by elevators and pedestrian trails. The centre is car-free, with restaurants, bars and services grouped around two central shopping plazas. All activities are either close and easily accessible, or in the resort centre. There is also a cultural centre where classical and jazz music events are scheduled, a library and art gallery; children are particularly well catered for. Though not a fashionable destination, Flaine is increasing in popularity, particularly as a family ski resort.

Information & Facts


Off the slopes Flaine offers many diversions to holidaymakers looking for a bit of diversity. There is a cinema, ice-rink, swimming pool, fitness centre, bowling alley and indoor climbing wall. Snowshoeing and ice driving are popular.

French is the official language.

The Euro (EUR) is the official currency in France. Currency can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and some large hotels, though you will get a better exchange rate at the ATMs. Major credit cards are widely accepted, as are travellers cheques, particularly in major tourist destinations. Foreign currency is not accepted.


While the skiing is great for novices and intermediates, experts might find it lacks challenge. Although the scenery is magnificent, Flaine lacks the charm and atmosphere of a traditional Alpine resort.


Being primarily a family holiday resort, Flaine is not a hectic party spot. Après ski is enjoyed mainly at the two most popular pubs, The White Grouse and The Flying Dutchman, both with a good atmosphere. Le Skifun offers some low-key disco action. Les Cimes has karaoke twice a week.


Most holiday visitors to Flaine come on package deals, which include dining in the hotel, but for those who want a change of scene, Flaine has about two dozen establishments offering a variety from typical French cuisine, traditional fondues or pizza and snacks. Good choices for basic French fare are Les Chalets du Michet, which operates from a converted cowshed, or La Perdrix Noire. Limes Rock Café has good value meals, and Chez Daniel, where you can sizzle steaks on hot rocks, is famous for its crêpes.


Holidaymakers do not come to Flaine to shop, but to ski, as is evidenced by the fact that this is not a resort sporting designer boutiques or glitzy malls. Shopping arcades contain the necessities for visitors; if you forgot your sunglasses or gloves, you can easily buy some. There is a supermarket and bakery for self-caterers, and services like a post office and hair-stylist. Serious shoppers will have to save their credit cards for a spree in Geneva on the way home.

Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between last Sunday in March and last Sunday in October).
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