This independent skiing website is devoted
to the French Alps resort
of Flaine. Set high in the Haute Savoie alpine region of France, Flaine is the
core resort of the Grand Massif domain.
Flaine opened in 1968 and was the brainchild of Eric Boissonnas and Marcel Breuer. The latter was a leading exponent of the Bauhaus school of design and the resort reflects heavily on this modern art theme.
There are two centres a short distance apart connected by free lifts. Flaine Forum is the busier and lower at 1600 m whilst the higher Flaine Foret is located at 1700 m.
During the 1980s a Scandanavian style village, Hameau de Flaine, consisting of 70 traditional chalets was built 2 km away at 1800 m.
Further resort expansion is underway with the exciting new village at Flaine Montsoleil. The first residence opened at the start of the 2008 season.
Today, the 1960s/70s concept of mass market value ski resorts in France has rather faded in favour of a more traditional
approach and so Flaine has something of a love/hate following.
Some see the concrete blocks as eyesores; others see them as art.
If the resort splits opinion, most would agree that
from a distance, the grey concrete walls and dark wood balconies
blend into the narrow tree lined valley setting.
The ski domain links Flaine to the villages of Sixt, Samoens, Morillon and Les Carroz to create a vast region totaling 265 km
of pistes. Flaine itself is a huge snowsure bowl encompassing 140 km of slopes which
break down as follows: 7 green, 29 blue, 23 red and 5 black. For a more detailed view see the Grand Massif piste map on the right of this page.
One unusual feature of the resort is the green piste located at the domain top
station. This enables beginners to learn amid the inspiring views of both the bowl and Mont
Blanc before then riding back down in the cable car.
Ski Area Improvements
The Neige Investment Plan to upgrade the ski area was completed in 2009.
There were further improvements added for the 2014-2015 season and these included 3 brand new pistes and the 8-seater Aup Véran cable car.
It's very useful to have reviews from other resort visitors for the winter 2016/2017 season.
Opinions and experiences can be sent in via the reviews page.
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