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Art, Architecture & Ambience

An introduction to Flaine

Flaine is situated in the Haute Savoie region of the French Alps and forms part of the Grand Massif ski domain.  

Flaine is a man made resort, discovered in 1959 by geophysicist Eric Boissannas and Swiss architect Gerard Chervaz. 

They commissioned the design of the resort itself to the Bauhaus architect Marcel Breuer who wanted to create a resort that blended with its environment.  To this end the concrete buildings are purposefully designed to blend in to the rocks.

Flaine prides itself on being not only a ski resort but a centre for arts, music and the environment.

Flaine sits at 1600m with its highest accessible peak being 2561m accessible via the Grandes Platieres Cable Car (DMC).

Flaine prides itself on being a family resort.

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Access from the UK:

Accessing Flaine is easy from the UK.

By air:

Flaine is just over an hour's drive from Geneva, the nearest airport, which receives several daily flights from the UK.  There are a range of transfer companies that provide a service between Geneva and Flaine. We include a variety of these in our post-booking info-graphic.

By Road:

Flaine is approximately an 8 1/2 hr drive from Calais on the French motorways. The last 45 minutes to an hour consist of the climb up the mountain.

Map of Flaine:

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Things To Do:

Ski:  in the winter season Flaine is a vibrant ski resort and part of the Grand Massif ski domain with a range of slopes to suit beginners through to experts and those who enjoy off piste.


Cross Country Skiing: Flaine has a nordic ski area accessible for all levels of skier with a 2.5km blue course.


Ski Touring: an ideal activity for mountain lovers combining hiking and snowsports.


Trail Running: trail running throughout the year on paths and snow-covered walkways enjoying both the challenge of the terrain and the view!


Snowshoeing: marked paths are set aside for snowshoeing


Walking: throughout the year there are a range of marked pathways to explore the alpine terrain and also to the Lac de Flaine across to Les Carroz


Tobogganing: toboggan areas are set aside in tranquil areas to enjoy the snow away from the pistes.


Dog Sledding: experience the husky sleds 


Golf: in the summer, sitting above the ski domain is an 18 hole golf course and driving range with a clubhouse and restaurant and bar


Music & arts: throughout the year there are a range of music and art events taking place in Flaine


Summer Pass Activities: in the summer months of July and August there are a range of activities for the family such as crazy golf, high ropes, multi sports court, tennis, archery, paintball, bumper ball, slip and slide, table tennis and other activities


Ice skating: during certain times of the winter season ice skating can be enjoyed in the Forum area.

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