Flaine Resort Reviews
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Visitor reviews for Flaine Ski Resort
February 19, 2016
Seankata from United Kingdom
First time in Flaine having driven in on 13th February (first time for that to!). The resort is of average size and is the oft described collection of concrete boxes. Flaine is nominally split into Flaine Foret and Flaine Forum, the former being particularly reminiscent of late Soviet style architecture. Forum is more modern and consequently easier on the eye and there is a splattering of chalet style accommodation up the mountain a bit. We are staying at the Panoramic, a new build right next to the ski school and access to the Flaine part of the Grande Massif ski area and would definitely recommend this accommodation if you are planning to come here. It's location coupled with the surprisingly large apartments really can't be beaten. There is also a heated pool.
The ski area seems best suited for beginners on piste and those that like off-piste in a relatively safe environment. Flaine is essentially a big bowl; all the lifts take skiers up one side of it where there are then a variety of reds and blues back down. The blues are all pretty easy, of reasonable length and well pisted but do get busy, particularly the run back to the ski school area. The others are mostly traverses or roads. The reds are better but none are either over steep or challenging although dropping through the tree line on a virtually empty run was repeatedly appreciated. Generally we found the far side of the mountain less crowded and consequently more fun. There are a few Blacks but these were unpisted or shut. Lifts were all fine although there were a few buttons to give you nightmares.
The marketing of this area goes big on the ability to incorporate other resorts and ski areas into your stay but it should be noted that getting out and back to Flaine isn't great. To ski the lower resorts of Les Carroz, Sixt etc requires negotiating one very crowded and dug up blue run or getting on a bus. There looks to be some decent skiing if this is ok for you but remember that the next highest resort after Flaine at 1600 metres is 400 metres lower.
All in all, I think Flaine an ok resort but would say it's best suited to absolute beginners or those new to reds. The nightlife is very limited and the prices punitive both in resort and up the mountain. 2 coffees should not cost £10 anywhere outside St Moritz!
Overall: 4.0. Based on 51 votes and 71 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Flaine.
Public Transport: 3.8
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Flaine, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Flaine, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.8
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 3.8
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Flaine.
Ski in/Ski out: 4.5
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Flaine, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Flaine is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Flaine relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.5
(1) There are no snow groomers at Flaine, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Flaine are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Flaine is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 3.3
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Flaine, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.7
(1) Flaine usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.3
(1) The staff at Flaine are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Flaine are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 4.6
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.5
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.6
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Flaine has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Flaine, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 3.7
(1) Not even a kicker at Flaine, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Flaine, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Flaine has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 3.6
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 3.2
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 3.4
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 4.1
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 3.9
(1) Overall, Flaine is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 4.0
(1) Overall, Flaine is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
January 23, 2015
Jason from United Kingdom
Skied a 4 day break in Flaine/G Massif in 08. The architecture is really quite engaging, not ugly. It's made for looking out of, rather then looking at. Different, perhaps, but sharp and rather cool. Link (singular and, crucially, weather permitting) to the rest of the ski area provides softer and easier (early intermediate) skiing down to Samoens, Les Carroz and Morillon. Prices, at the time, were rather stiff for beers, food etc. considering that this is, primarily, a self catering resort. I recall a pint costing 7 Euros par at the time and a meal on the hill around 12. Apres was fairly quiet. The Flying Dutchman, esp on bbq night, and the Perdrix being the pick.
I intend to revisit the Grand Massif in March 2015. I like the size of the area, short transfer, variety of the ski villages, affordability of accommodation and lack of pretension that comes with this proper resort. I just hope the beer prices have not gone up!
February 26, 2013
Tom B-C from United Kingdom
Went to Flaine in February half-term 2013.
Drove down from the Eurotunnel on the Friday, with absolutely no problems (however, I did hear the Saturday was a disaster). Accessability, for me anyway, is good. Snow chains were required for the last 2km - although the locals drive very quickly and don't seem to need them!.
The snow was absolutely epic: 4 metres at the top and 2.5 meters at the bottom.
Yes, Flaine is ugly and now looking tired, however, who looks at the buildings when you are coming down the pistes?
The only gripe I have is that the food and drink prices are horrendous, 8 euro a pint, a portion of chips and a can of coke 10 Euros. Main meals start at 10 Euros. Follow the example set on other reviews; buy food and drink at the bottom of the mountain and stay in your appartment for meals.
However, the skiing was the best I have ever had which made up for the expensive prices.
March 28, 2012
Will Smith from United Kingdom
Stayed at Montsoleil apartments 17th-24th of March 2012. Overall, the best week's skiing I've ever had! We were extremely lucky with the weather. We had a day and a half of continuous snow at the beginning of the week followed by 4 bluebird days of scorching sun. We explored most of the pisted areas but only scratched the surface of the off-piste. With such a good base, I believe most of the dangerous terrain features were covered. There are a wide range of off-piste possibilities to suit a range of abilities and much of it is very easily accessed from the pistes. The resort was pretty empty at this stage of the season and we often found ourselves the only skiers on a piste. We did the run down to Sixt on the first day after the fresh snow and it was in good condition until the final few hundred metres which were icy. I would say it's only worth doing for the scenery though, the skiing is good in places but lots of pushing is required! Having not heard of Flaine before our visit I would now recommend it as one of the best places we've been and would certainly consider going back. The Montsoleil apartments looked to me to be the best accommodation available and we ended every day with a steam room, sauna and swim in the outdoor pool. The ski in-ski out was excellent and the lift to get back to the apartment stayed open until 5 which meant you could make use of the main lifts right until closing (4.45) so long as you burned it down the Tourmaline!
March 20, 2012
David Clark from United Kingdom
I stayed at Flaine Floret 10-17th March 2012, driving from the UK. Flaine is set over several levels so either wait for a bus or find the funicular cars down to the slopes then walk or walk to the end of the road and pick up the Grand Vans lift.
We stayed in a private apartment which required TLC but was warm and comfortable enough.
Flaine is purpose built - byword for ugly concrete buildings. There are some attractive chalets on the way into town though. Chocolate box picture it ain't.
The prices are very expensive in resort compared to the UK. From 5.5 to 6.5 Euros/ pint. The supermarket (Spar) by comparison seems disproportionately expensive for everything. Flutes at the adjacent bakery are 1 Euro and pain 1.30 Euro. My advice if going on a budget is to go to Lidl in Cluses, one of the Carrefours nearby either on the way to resort or take your food with you if driving.
Expect to pay 9.5 Euros for a takeaway marguerita pizza and between 3.5 and 5.5 Euros for a portion of chips.
The town was quiet during the evening, partially because it isn't the French, Dutch or English half-term, partially because no-one likes to pay too much for drinks and having a good time.
Skiing is superb on the week we went, but deteriorated due to warm conditions - 19 deg in resort during the week. This made some of the runs very slushy and bumpy late afternoon.
The run to Sixt will probably be closed soon unless some fresh snow occurs. If you manage to get to Sixt there is no skiable route back so use the free bus service. Check the timetable as they only run when the run from Flaine is open.
A Flaine or Grand Massif pass is available, we chose a couple of days for Flaine, and the rest for Grand Massif (265 Kms) .
Would I go again? Yes, for the skiing - no, because I found eating and drinking out too expensive.
February 23, 2012
Craig from Italy
11 February 2012.
Our first time to Flaine, with two families of 4 (4 adults, 4 children) - different abilities from beginner to expert. We had a fabulous week skiing, with great conditions (certainly cold - wrap up well) and were taken aback by the beauty of the skiing bowl and the views of Mont Blanc from the top. The large amount of long wide blues and easy/not so easy reds, providing excellent skiing for all levels of ability. For experts, limited unless you like off piste/moguls. We stayed at Le Refuge du Golf, just above the village of Flaine, which was pretty good (ski out, shuttle back). We liked the rather retro look of Flaine which despite its large buildings, had a great feel and is not the ugly place described (well, at least not when snow covered). The 6/8 man chairs carry large amounts of skiers quickly, so queues were very acceptable, even for the main poma.
Two days of snow meant that we did not get over to Les Carroz/Morillon etc much, but what we skied suggested that there is great skiing that way too and very accessible from Flaine. The only real negative were the prices of the bars and restaurants in the ski area - 30 euros for a round of coffee and coke for 5/6 - and bad coffee at that! We self catered, and were glad of it as eating out for lunch/dinner would have been hugely expensive for 8. We took most of our food with us for self catering, but there are good supermarkets in Flaine, and pretty good prices, so you could buy there also. All in all, we will certainly be back to Flaine, probably avoiding busy times.
February 18, 2012
Margot Bint from United Kingdom
Spent half term in Flaine and have to say the skiing was very good. It was very cold (-25 ) at the beginning of the so we all had to wrap up. We were staying at the Terasse d'eos which was very pleasant and had plenty of room in our 2 bedroom apartment. The only negative was the quality of the restaraunts. They seemed very pricey for what you get. Having skied in many other resorts in France I would say the standard was much higher elsewhere. None the less it was a great holiday just next time we will be far more wary.
February 18, 2012
Janey from France
Just back from what was generally a perfect week in Flaine. Excellent snow, lifts opened pretty much on time - the skiing is fantastic. The village architecture is not pretty but the natural scenery is amazing and breathtaking.
The service, however, in the mountain restaurants in Flaine is generally appalling and for the prices places charge it's irritating at best and infuriating at worst.
We had an ok "cheap" meal in the restaurant Le Pre at the bottom of the main cable car station - 5.40€ for a coca cola - which was out of a tap. The service was awful and the staff extremely rude. Avoid this place at all costs and head up to the Bissac - still a bit overpriced but at least they're pleasant when they're ripping you off.
For the best mountain restaurants head towards Morillon - Le Beu is a very traditional style place, with realistic prices. Or the Igloo - great on a sunny day.
All in all, the skiing in Flaine is great, the service is the opposite. The prices would not be out of place in Kensington!
February 14, 2012
Patsey from United Kingdom
Great time 14th to 21st Jan 2012 5 great days sunny last day snow but we still skied all day. Snow was brill. All lifts were on, good access to Les Carroz etc. Hardly any queues, only a wait of about 5/6 mins on main cable car. Stayed at le totem as we got a late deal. Second visit, was clean, food was good, self service at lunch with choice of main course and various salads, also free wine and fruit juice. Dinner seemed bit disorganised re. queues, service slow, but food good and all staff very helpful and friendly. We usually go to Val Thorens, Val d'isere so we really enjoyed the lack of big queues and the short transfer from the airport.
February 07, 2012
Maxine Stuttard from Spain
Went to Flaine 21st Jan 2012 and had a brilliant time. Not the prettiest village in the Alps with its concrete 'designer' buildings but you´re there for the skiing. Shame that at least half the time the visibility was hindered by fog but sometimes we had the slopes to ourselves which was excellent. Beware of the Cascade Run down to Sixt - it shouldn't be classed as a blue as it turned into an exhausting nightmare for all but the most confident skiers in our group. Sixt fer Cheval is well worth a visit though - ski down to Samoens and then take the free bus if you don't want to risk the Cascade (which was actually closed most of the time anyway due to avalanche risks). Apartment was great - Les Gemeaux bldg in Foret (bldg entrance tired but ok) and at just 180 pounds for the week on owners direct website we'll certainly go again and won't hesitate to recommend it. Beware meal prices at La Perdrix Noire restaurant.