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Resort guide to Flaine - France

Monolithic purpose built resort. Close to Geneva and snow sure

Flaine resort guide - a general overview

Flaine is another of those purpose built French resorts which was thrown up in the sixties with no real thought for Alpine charm or character. The shocking architecture consisting of mainly self-catering apartments is located at the bottom of a huge natural bowl which has good snow reliability. On a more positive note, in contrast to Flaine, the Grand Masiff, contains some of the prettiest ski villages in the French Alps, and is certainly worth exploring, in addition the ski area known as the Grand Massif has plenty of scope for all levels of skier, and is very much under-rated . The apres ski scene has improved over recent years with a few more bars being introduced. Chalets in Flaine are few and far between, however, there are a few in the surrounding area well worth considering if you like your ski holiday to be on a more tranquil level.

Resort stats

265km

1,600m - 2,480m

Level of skiing

Beginners
Intermediates
Experts
Snow sure
Off-piste
Ski area

Qualities

Charm factor
Non-skiers
Nightlife
Resort layout
Fine dining
Short transfer
Resort value

Pros

  • Varied slopes that cater for all levels of skiers & snowboarders
  • Snow coverage is reliable especially in the main bowl
  • Compact & mainly car-free village is conveniently right on the slopes
  • Family friendly with good childrens facilities
  • Short transfer time

Cons

  • 1960's style concrete blocks make Flaine a less than pretty resort
  • No real hotels, accommodation is mainly club hotels or apartments
  • Bad weather can affect the ability to fully get around the Grand Massif
  • Weekends can get very busy with day skiers
  • Very little to do off the slopes in resort, nightlife is also limited

Flaine Resort Restaurants

Lovely local specialities found throughout the resort. The Perdrix Noire in Foret is recommended for friendly and pleasant service. Chez Daniel offers a good range of Savoyard specialities and is good with kids. Brasserie les Cimes is recommended for good local food, good prices and friendly service.

Flaine Mountain Restaurants

In the Flaine bowl there are a few restaurants above the resort's upper outskirts. The grandes Platieres self-service has been recommended as 'friendly and reasonable' value, though a 2007 visitor was unimpressed. The rustic Blanchot, at the bottom of the Serpentine run, has 'friendly' staff and 'excellent food'. At Forum level, across the piste from the gondola, is the welcoming Michet with very good savoyard food and table service. Up the slope a bit the Cascade is self-service with a good terrace and very pleseant propietors. Epicea has a rustic atmosphere, a terrace and has had rave reviews. Up at the Foret level, the refurbished Bissac has a good atmosphere and good fare.

Flaine Apres Ski

The White pub is the most popular place to go after your days skiing, where there is a big TV screen and rock music playing long into the evening. The bowling alley is also a great hit for those on holiday with younger children.

Flaine Nightlife

It is extremely clear when visiting Flaine, that it is very much a family based resort. Having said this, one can still eat and drink into the early hours if you wish to. The choice of venue however is rather limited; the main bars being The Flying Dutchman, Diamant Noir and The White Pub. These are all lively early on, The White Pub in particular, but tend to quieten down around midnight. There is also a rather overpriced nightclub where the music is not always to everyone's taste.

Flaine Resort Map

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