With 265km of great skiing here in the Grand Massif area which comprises Flaine, Les Carroz, and Morillon, this is a resort which will certainly be on the British ski enthusiasts list for the coming winter, especially as Flaine has been enjoying some considerable snowfall in recent years with it's location in a bowl high in the mountain range.
The resort of Flaine attracts considerable sunshine throughout the winter and nestles in the Grand Massif region of France, just south of Lake Geneva, and will be transformed with a development which could take up to further three years to complete. The construction of three 5* quality residences will be undertaken by the Canadian company - Intrawest - renown throughout the world for building both winter and summer resorts of the highest quality.
It was Intrawest which constructed Arc 1950 Le Village (now complete) and the development at Flaine will be of a similar high quality. The first area will have been started before 2008 and the three stages could progress until 2012 but may well be completed well ahead of schedule depending on the interest shown in the purchase of residences.
Some of the best skiing in France can be found at the resort of Flaine which can be reached in about 8/9 hours drive from Calais. There are a total of 77 lifts serving the 265km of downhill piste. Whilst the architecture of some of the buildings might not be to all tastes, the resort is well laid out and very practical. Continuous lifts serve the various levels of the main resort so it is easy to get around. It is important to remember that Flaine is a "traffic-free" resort so parking is around the village. But there is a continuous lift system operating to link the various levels of the resort so not too much carrying of luggage for long distances!
The skiing is really excellent with 53 blue, 16 green, 49 red and 12 black pistes, all served by a cable car, 4 gondolas, 28 chairlifts and 45 draglifts. .
There is great skiing is from Les Grandes Platieres (2480m) or alternatively you can try Tete Des Lindars (256lm). So something for everyone and for mums and dads there is a very safe area at the edge of the resort where beginners and kids can learn the art of standing. Even free and gentle drag lifts are there to transport them to the "top" of the most gentle of slopes!
The Grand Massif takes in the nearby resorts of Samoens, Les Carroz and Morillon and offers a wide range of skiing, some of which is through tree-lined slopes. Les Carroz has long been a favourite for British enthusiasts but has good links to the slopes of Flaine and it is here the snowfall is more "sure". The main skiing area has runs which lead directly back to the resort and most are north facing. So the snow cover is usually very good throughout the season
After an exhaustive day on skis, children still have enough energy left to carry on playing so why not take them sledging or help them build a snowman. Flaine is particularly family and children-friendly and the resort organises many events including free shows for children, sledging competitions and also provides a great kindergarten.
The village is lively with plenty of apres ski entertainment with an indoor swimming pool, ice skating, sauna, bowling. The Flaine Forum is traffic-free. So ensure you know what your parking arrangements are going to be. And if you are staying in a hotel, it is worth reserving an underground parking space. You will not really need your car during your stay at the resort unless you fancy a drive to one of the nearby resorts.
The main skiing area has runs which lead directly back to the resort and most are north facing. So the snow cover is usually very good throughout the season.
Flaine was the French stage of the first European qualifying tour for the legendary Verbier Xtreme event (O'Neill Freeride quest as part of the Nissan Sports Adventure Freeride Tour) last year and the resort welcomed 28 outsiders, selected in Austria (Schruns) to confront 22 pros who pre-qualified through their results at the Xtreme event in previous years. The competition regulars always have to fight to keep their place, faced with the drive and determination of the new competitors, keen to give their all to get their ticket to the finals! ...Special Offer:
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