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
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
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).