France Ski Accommodation in Flaine, France

Description

Flaine is set in a huge tree-lined bowl, close to Geneva, and boasts one of the best snow records in the Alps. The town is car free, well planned and was built with skiing convenience in mind.

The resort is located at the heart of the Grand Massif ski area and connects a large ski area, cutting down lift queues. You can stay in the immediate bowl or cross the rim and drop down to one of four neighbouring villages, Les Carroz, Morillon, Sixt and Samoëns.


Getting There


When to Go


Where to Stay



Getting around


Apres

Flaine does not have much in the way of a lively après ski scene. As a resort it is fairly purpose built and targeted at the family market and as such doesn’t need many bars, so if you are looking for a wilder scene post skiing, you may want to look further afield to some of the bigger French ski resorts. If you’re happy to have a casual beer after skiing however, there are a few bars in resort which you can go to.

The Flying Dutchman is the liveliest of the resort’s bars and located just at the foot of the piste. With an outdoor terrace, you can enjoy a beer in the afternoon sunshine (they’ve got heaters too, so you won’t get cold!). They have special discounts for students and big groups, so it can prove to be a cheaper night out. The staff organise an event each evening, whether its karaoke, a pub quiz or a cheesy 80s pop night! As you might gather from the name, it’s popular with Dutch clientele, but with something happening every night, it’s one of the more upbeat bars in resort.

The Diamant Noir is an underground bar just down the road from the Flying Dutchman in the Flaine Foret area of resort. This is the resort’s equivalent of an Irish bar and has an outdoor area perfect for catching the last of the sun after skiing. If the weather is bad, there is a large bar area indoors with pool tables and they have Sky Sports on the TV screens to show Champions League football a few times a week.

The other pub in resort is the White Grouse, which serves up predominantly British beers. They show the major sports matches on the TV, play rock music and have a happy hour just after skiing then again later in the evening after dinner. They occasionally have live music too.

If you want to dance until the early hours under a glittering disco ball, head to Le Caves, which is Flaine’s nightclub and open from 10pm until 5am.


Eating out

The selection of restaurants in the ski resort of Flaine is minimal. The resort sprung up in the 1970s with a bout of purpose-built resorts. It’s a resort for keen skiers who aren’t looking to be entertained with food, bars or activities at the end of the day. With only a couple of worthy restaurants on and off the piste, it’s not the ski destination for the food connoisseur.

Le Mitchet
This is a traditional alpine chalet-style restaurant which serves up an À la Carte menu as well as Savoyarde specialities of fondue and hot-stone meats. The food is great but location wise it is a little bit of a walk out of the centre towards the ski lifts, meaning for an evening meal it is slightly more of a trek than you may want to make after a day of skiing. That said, the cosy atmosphere, generous portions and local wine to accompany the dishes, make it a good choice for a special meal out.

L’Ancolie
The restaurant is traditional and has a warmth and friendliness about the place. There is a large central fireplace which dominates the room, and is great for warming up fingers on the lunchtime stop off! Whether its traditional French cuisine you’re looking for or a simple burger or pizza from the bar menu, the l’Ancolie has it.

Brasserie Les Cimes
With a large sun terrace with great views of the mountain, this is more of a lunchtime destination. The restaurant interior is basic, but the pool table and large bar area make it a good place for families. The food is good value and the service efficient, good for pizzas, big bowls of pasta or a plate of frites! It’s very casual so you don’t need to worry about going home to get changed before dinner if a day of hardcore skiing is on the cards.



Activities

Flaine has a range of activities off-the-slope activities to keep you entertained if you’re not planning on skiing during your holiday. From shopping or looking around a museum to ice driving and paragliding, you won’t get bored here!

Some of the higher adrenaline activities in Flaine include ice driving, snowmobiling, paragliding and husky dog sledding. The ice driving circuit is brilliant for any budding Lewis Hamiltons out there – get behind the wheels of the car and speed around the ice. The Circuit Glace ice driving school use a range of models from Renault. It doesn’t come cheap though at around €200 for a 2.5 hour session. http://site.circuitglace.com/index.php

If the kids get jealous and want to have a go too, there is also an ice buggy circuit in resort which is more suitable for children, but equally as fun. https://sites.google.com/site/meceneorganisation/

The snowmobiling experience in Flaine is a really fun way to get out and explore the mountain. You get to take control of your own snowmobile and drive at full throttle through the snowfields of the Grand Massif. A guide will take you on a tour of the surrounding area, through forest tracks and deep powder. http://www.deltaevasion.com/

Many would agree that parapenting is the best way to see the stunning scenery of the Grand Massif. Parapenting, or paragliding as it’s more commonly known, is best towards the end of the winter season in March and April when the heat rises from the valley floor. You will be strapped onto an instructor who will guide the chute so that you can glide around the mountain peaks. If you’re not afraid of heights, it’s definitely worth a go and costs around €65 for a flight. http://parapenteplanete.free.fr/index.htm

Husky sledding is a great opportunity to explore the great outdoors and scenery of the countryside in Flaine. A team of three to four Siberian huskies with a drive to run will pull you on a sled through the forest paths, but be warned – they are fast and you need a strong grip to keep a hold of the sled! The session starts with an introduction from a qualified instructor as well as a practice drive around the kennels before heading out into the open. It costs around €60 per adult for one hour. http://www.evasion-nordique.com



Ski School


Getting around


Family ski


Group Ski


Childcare

Flaine is regularly highlighted as one of the more family-friendly ski resorts. With its short transfer time and a number of free lifts which serve the nursery slopes, it is a great place for families with youngsters to head to. There are a decent number of off-slope activities to get involved with too, including dog sledding, a climbing wall, outdoor ice skating rink, cinema and a bowling alley.

Dog Sledding
Dog sledding is a magical experience, there is nothing quite like being in control of your own pack of powerful huskies and being whisked through trees glistening with snow. Whether it’s just one hour, half a day or a full day of husky sledding you want to do, then Philippe the musher can offer it. Prices start at 60 Euros per adult and 40 Euros for children. This is a brilliant way to enjoy and explore the mountain environment.

Climbing
The climbing wall is located in the Auditorium and run by the Spanish-English speaking Rodrigo Moraga. This is a great way to escape the cold weather but keep active at the same time and all equipment is provided.

Cinema
If you’re looking for a more relaxing evening activity after a hard day on the slopes, then head to the Cinema Studio 1600 which shows the latest movies twice at day; the earlier viewing at 17.00 is probably best for children.


The Piste


Ski School


Equipment Hire


Lift Passes


Piste
Flaine, France Snow Report
Current conditions
Temp: 2° C
Wind: 15mph
Direction: sw
Conditions: Clear skies
New Snow
24hrs: 3cm
Snow Depth
Top: 345cm
Base: 65cm

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