Flaine was discovered in 1959 by the geophysicist Eric Boissonnas. He and his wife Sylvie Boissonnas entrusted the resort design to architect Marcel Breuer, who was well known for his many prestigious buildings, like the Palais de l'Unesco in Paris, the Whitney Museum in New-York and others. Today, Flaine is the only ski resort built in the 1960’s to be listed in the French Historical Monuments Survey. From the very beginning Boissonnas and Breuer were determined to respect the nature. Their goal was to integrate the resort into the mountains by not disturbing the natural surroundings.
About the ski resort
This wonderful and surprisingly beautiful resort is located in the Haute-Savoie region, between Geneva and Chamonix Mont-Blanc and is a part of Grand Massif ski area. Don’t let the concrete block buildings to scare you – atmosphere in this resort is very friendly and welcoming. Located in village of Flaine this resort is perfect for everyone - beginners, intermediate skiers and snowboarders and those, who already knows how to handle a grip – 140km of pistes creates 51 run (26 blue and 25 red runs). An interesting fact is that in each different grade of run – green, blue, red and black – there is a theme in the Flain bowl:
- Blue runs are named after metals or jewels – Serpentine, Crystal, Dolomite e.c.;
- Red runs are diabolically named – Faust, Mephisto, Lucifer;
- Black runs are named after stars – Diamant Noir, Agate, Styx;
- Green runs are named after trees – Meleze, Pine, Epicea.
The snow condition is outstanding, because pistes are created on northern slopes and the resort itself is relatively close to Mont Blanc. Lots of pistes are cut through forests and this allows you to ski right under the tree line. There are multiple ski schools, off-piste guides and individual instructors available. Boarder Cross is located in Jam Park – Flaine’s freestyle snowboarding park. Apres-ski activities mostly are located in hotels and apartment complexes – this is nothing new for a purpose-built resort.
In Flaine everyone will find something to suit each individual interest – cultural activities, sporting competitions, carnivals, music events. All activities, shows and events are for free, you just have to choose which will be the best for you. Flaine resort is also popular for summer walking. There are some special routes made for walkers, so they could enjoy the beauty of nature and also have a sporty activity.
There are also several bars, cinema, an ice rink and fitness center with multiple different additions – massages, physiotherapy, saunas etc.
Use Flaine transfer
If you are planning a trip to Flaine, we recommend you to use Flaine transfer opportunities. We can expose that there are three airports within two-hour drive to the ski resort. Flaine transfer times from the closest airports are following:
- Geneva Airport (1h 25min)
- Chambery Airport (1h 40min)
- Grenoble Airport and Lyon Airport (2h 30min)
Use our provided private or shared Flaine transfer from the airport to the resort. Book your Flaine transfer on our website and enjoy your winter holidays!