By |Published On: 16 January, 2024|3.2 min read|

Together with Samoëns, Les Carroz, and Morillon, Flaine is part of Le Grand Massif ski area. Le Grand Massif is one of the top five largest ski areas in France. It’s the place to go if you’re looking to shred some miles. But what makes skiing in Flaine one of the best experiences in the area? Take a tour through its highlights with us!

Ski at 1600 metres altitude

In Le Grand Massif, you will find slopes to suit all skill levels. They vary between 1100 – 2500 metres in elevation, and you can ski straight through some beautiful coniferous forests. At an altitude of 1600 metres, Flaine is one of the highest and most popular parts of Le Grand Massif. The accommodations available there are often quite literally on the slopes. That means you can slip into your skis right after breakfast each morning and ski straight to an après-ski bar once you’re done in the evening. What’s more, you’ll be surrounded by convenient ski lifts, and you can reach the top of Le Grand Massif in one trip via the gondola. From there, you will have more than 250 kilometres of slopes waiting for you. Even for seasoned skiers, that’s nothing to sniff at!

View of Flaine and its slopes in the snow

Photo: Flaine offers fun in the snow for all skill levels

Sleek mid-century architecture

If you have ever visited Flaine before, you will remember its distinct architectural style. Many of its Bauhaus style buildings were constructed in the 1960’s, built as close to the slopes as possible. At the time, France was expanding its ski areas and chose to focus on building high-rise accommodations. The emphasis was put on their location, rather than on how well they blended into their environment. Many years later, criticism of this industrial look led to the construction of smaller chalets made from natural materials. This has given the area a variety of architectural styles, with something to suit everyone.

An example of Flaine's distinctive architecture

Photo: an example of Flaine’s distinctive architecture

Record-breaking snow

The biggest advantage of skiing in Flaine is that it is surrounded by several mountains, so you can enjoy a variety of slopes at different levels of elevation. This makes the area suitable for both beginners and advanced skiers. Don’t miss a trip to Grandes Platières, at 2480 metres altitude. You will be rewarded with a breathtaking view over the peaks, and on a clear day you can easily see Mont Blanc from there. What a sight! And since the area is so high up, it is covered with a healthy layer of snow year-round. Snow records are regularly broken in Flaine. Looking for some fresh powder? Then you’ve come to the right place.

Something for everyone

So, you already know that Flaine is a great destination for skiing, but what else can you do there? Luckily, there are plenty of options available. Flaine is a great place to grab a refreshing drink after hitting the slopes. Its centre is car-free, so you won’t have to worry if you have one too many. You are only allowed to enter the village by car to unload your luggage. Would you like to do something other than skiing or snowboarding for a day? Then try your hand at paragliding, buggy riding, or snowkiting. Flaine offers plenty of activities, with stunning views to boot. If you are an avid skier or simply looking for a snowy getaway, Flaine is the place to be!

Snowkiting in Flaine, the French Alps

Photo: snowkiting in Flaine, the French Alps

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Hi! I'm Sally, one of Sunweb’s travel experts. I’m always planning my next adventure, and I’ve learnt a lot along the way. Check out my travel blog posts for advice and inspiration.
16 January, 2024

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