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Flaine is a French ski and winter sports resort created in 1968, as part of the 1964, Snow Plan, located in the Magland and Arâches-la-Frasse villages, in the Haute-Savoie department.
History of the Flaine ski resort
The project build the first gondola dates back to 1963. The skilift, built by Applevage, was innaugurated during Christmas 1967. With a capacity for 65 people, it becomes Flaine’s central unit. With a total length of 3 kilometers, this gondola covers a vertical drop of 869 meters. It is a round-trip cable car. The gondola is called Désert Blanc. The original red cabins were changed in 1976.
In 2006, the detachable 6-seater chairlift La Tête des Verds was built. In 2010, the Telecord Bissac and the Pré chairlift were replaced by two magic carpets. During 2013, a major change happened with the expansion and remodeling of most of the trails in the ski area.
At the same time, the Grand Ballacha ski lifts, the Col du Platé and Perdrix chair lifts and the Aup de Véran gondola were replaced, in order to achieve more efficiency and adaptability. In 2014, the non detachable Gérats 4-seater chair lift was built.
Flaine is the name of an old meadow in the mountains. The first records of the existence of the town date back to the 18th century.
Flaine resort location
The resort was created by geophysicist Éric Boissonnas, in the heart of a great natural circus at an altitude of 1600 m, and designed as an “integrated resort”; with the ski on foot concept on mind and not needing to travel in a private vehicle. It is considered as historical heritage. The resort is built on three levels: “Flaine-Forêt” (1700m), “Flaine-Forum” (1600m), “Flaine-Front de neige” (1500m), connected by two ski lifts and two pedestrian routes.
Flaine is considered one of the main tourist destinations in all the French Alps: its ski area, together with those in Morillon, Carroz, Samoëns and Sixt Fer à Cheval, build up the Grand Massif, which holds more than 265 kilometers of slopes. Its altitude and its geographical situation guarantees an exceptional layer of snow (more than 4 meters of snow at the end of the season at 2500 meters above sea level).
At 2500 m, from the top of the Grandes Platières, a unique panorama awaits you with truly unique views of the Mont-Blanc, Aravis, Belledonne and Jura chains.
The Grand Massif ski area links the resorts of Flaine, Morillon, Les Carroz, Samoëns and Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval. Located between Lake Léman and Mont-Blanc, it is an astonishing location that offers those kinds of landscapes that one may point and stare in magazines.
What kind of slopes are we going to find in Flaine
The Flaine ski slopes follow the natural landform of the mountain, traced and designed by Emile Allais. They provide new experiences and sensations for skiers, from beginners to experts.
The resort has trails specially designed for beginners. They can be accessed through 4 free lifts: Pré chair lift, Bissac ski lift, and Flaine Forum gondola. From ” Grandes Platières ”, there is a 14 km blue trail that allows you to enjoy a magnificent landscape on the edge of the Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval Nature Reserve.
Located in the Aujon sector, the Flaine Jampark is regularly crowded by experienced freestylers. It is a meeting point for riders with its own reception and is used to organize free events such as animations, barbecue, DJ, or parties in the snow.
Excitement lovers will sure enjoy the “Combe de Gers”, an uncompromising trail for experienced skiers. A long technical slope with 800 m of vertical drop, where the powder snow settles allowing a descent full of adrenalin, as well as the descent of “Lindars”.
Cross country skiing and events that will attract young skiers
Cross-country ski enthusiasts can access the Nordic area of Col de Pierre Carrée, at 1900 m, thanks to the free shuttle that operates 7 days a week. Apart from cross-country skiing, the area hides beautiful routes for walking or snowshoeing.
Every winter, Flaine is the scene of numerous sporting and cultural events, which invite you to participate during your visit to the resort:
- The Flaine Poker Nights, during January.
- Speed Week at the end of January.
- Le Printemps de Flaine (Flaines’ Spring) where more than 40 concerts are organized on the slopes and in the bar / restaurant terraces since mid-March.
Don’t you know how to ski? No big problem
At Flaine, we find 2 ski schools (ESI and ESF) where qualified instructors can teach from scratch or perfect their skiing and snowboarding performance. In group classes, private or just sessions, the monitors offer extensive and fun learning.
Whatever your level of skiing or snowboarding, the monitors can always give you some new trick or advice that will make your stay more profitable.
Children are also welcome at Flaines
In Flaine, children are not over. If we rather leaving our children in charge of the resort’s services, we are covered thanks to the excellent professionals that we find in: kindergarten, school, children’s club, animation workshops, etc. Even if your kids are a little older and more daring, the resort has snowboard and ski freestyle courses.
Children have at their disposal different activities accessible from an early age: quads, sleds, karts, dog sledding, snowshoeing, climbing, ice rink, cinema, library, …
Enjoy the snow at your own pace with the activities that Flaines offers
For the après-ski and that well-deserved “rest” on your snow vacation, get off your skis and discover new sensations: ice driving courses, quads and karts on ice, paragliding, helicopter flights, snowmobiles, climbing in rock wall or indoors. A wide catalog of activities so varied that will make you forget that you originally came to the ski resort.
Winter sports holidays are not without calm and tranquility. For those who prefer to enjoy the mountain in a different way, Flaine has more leisure facilities: cinema, skating rink and a gym where you will find saunas with relaxation rooms, weight room and cardiotraining, solarium with UVA rays machines, as well as treatments of physiotherapy and massages.
The resort also has several places of interest, almost mandatory visits. At the foot of the slopes, monumental pieces of art will momentarily take our eyes off white gold. Buildings named after some world famous artists such as Picasso, Dubuffet, Vasarely, Bury… Loaded with history, some of them considered as historic monuments. Take advantage of weekly guided tours to fully discover the fascinating history of the Flaine ski resort.