If you haven’t decided whereabouts in the Alps you want to go skiing this winter, then here’s a few reasons to consider Flaine.

The Grand Massif

Flaine is nestled in one of France’s largest interconnected ski areas with access to a range of runs. Beginners can take advantage of the snow-covered nursery slopes and the four free ski lifts, while intermediate skiers have the most to enjoy with over 100km of easy to moderate runs, including the 14km blue ‘Cascades’, which is one of the longest in the world. Those seeking something a bit trickier should be satisfied by the variety of advanced terrain. Snowboarders are also catered for with fast chairlifts accessing the snowbowl which surrounds the resort.

Flaine ski run

© OT Flaine/ M Dalmasso

Travel

The resort is only one hour from Geneva Airport, which means less time spent travelling and more on the slopes. If you’re heading by train or road, however, Flaine is 30 minutes from both Cluses station and the A40.

View oover Flaine resort

© OT Flaine / M Dalmasso

Accommodation

Largely pedestrianised with ski in/ski out and self-catered accommodation, the resort is perfect for a family holiday. Résidence Le Panoramic and CGH’s Le Centaure are both two good choices for the 2015/16 season. Both are centrally located and offer guests a swimming pool and steam room, and Le Centaure also hosts a spa.

CGH's Le Centaur in Flaine

Ski schools

There are two kids’ ski schools (Le Club Piou Piou and Le Rabbit Club), which both welcome kids aged 3 to 11 and have their own ‘snowgardens’ for younger children to play. Those ready to get on the slopes can learn safely on the schools’ dedicated kids’ beginner runs.

Children skiing in Flaine

© OT Flaine / Y Marot

Children’s activities off the slopes

With bowling, swimming, ice skating, ice quad biking, a cinema (with some screenings in English) and an indoor climbing wall available, the kids will never get bored.

Flaine ice rink

© OT Flaine / Y Havis

Art and culture

During the season, there is a weekly guided tour of the art and architecture provided by Flaine creators Eric and Sylvie Boissonnas, including work by Picasso and Dubuffet. Plus, the cultural centre offers an exhibition space for contemporary artists, along with a library, video and multimedia zone.

Flaine art

© OT Flaine / M Dalmasso

Eating out

There’s a great selection of restaurants on the mountain and in the resort, including Le Bissac, Perdrix Noire and Sucré Salé. Most are focused on good value, family dining so you won’t have to fork out too much for a meal.

Flaine dining and eating out

© OT Flaine / M Dalmasso

Après ski

While Flaine isn’t exactly known for its party scene, there are a few lively bars to kick back and relax in after a long day on the mountain, including Le Flying Dutchman, Le Diamant Noir and Le White Pub. Families can also opt for Galaxy Bowling where kids can aim for strikes while the adults enjoy a few drinks.

Flaine apres ski

© OT Flaine / M Dalmasso

Entertainment programme

Winter 2015/16 is set to be a busy time for Flaine’s nightlife with several special events running throughout the season. From fire shows to poker nights to live music, the whole family can enjoy the evenings just as much as their day on the slopes.

Flaine entertainment and live music

© OT Flaine / A Savary

If you want to make Flaine your next skiing destination, then have a look at our wide range of accommodation or get in touch with our team at info@powderbeds.com or 0131 240 3300.

 

 

Posted on Thursday 08 Oct 2015

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