Skiing in Flaine

Country: France

In a nutshell: A convenient and purpose built resort with a big ski area and a short transfer

We like:

  • A good altitude of 1600m and a reliable snow record
  • The Grand Massif ski area is huge and offers some absolutely fantastic skiing for skiers of all abilities
  • The short transfer from Geneva makes it a great option for ski weekends and short ski breaks
  • It’s not to everyone’s taste, but we think the 60s Bauhaus architecture and original design ethos is pretty cool

We don’t like:

  • Many people will find the concrete modernist buildings ugly
  • Some of the chairlifts could do with modernisation
  • Flaine is very quiet at night with little in the way of apres-ski


  • Resort altitude: 1,600m
  • Highest lift: 2,500m
  • Lowest piste: 800m
  • Transfer time from most convenient airport: Geneva 1h 20m
  • Number of lifts:
    • Flaine: 26
    • Grand Massif: 78
  • Number of runs:
    • Flaine
      • Green: 7
      • Blue: 26
      • Red: 25
      • Black: 5
    • Grand Massif:
      • Green: 42
      • Blue: 140
      • Red: 132
      • Black: 37


  • Family friendly
  • High altitude
  • Big ski area
  • Great for beginners
  • Great for intermediates
  • Great for advanced
  • Great for snowboarders


Flaine is one of the closest resorts to Geneva, that combined with a reliable snow record, a terrific ski area and lots of ski-in / ski-out accommodation should make it a serious contender for a ski weekend or short ski holiday.

Flaine ski resort is part of the huge Grand Massif ski area, which offers some of the best skiing in France. It’s particularly well suited to beginners and intermediates, with lots of gentle green runs and cruisy blue and reds. Experts won’t be bored with some challenging blacks and good off-piste skiing

However in the past Flaine picked up a bit of a bad name for how it looks with it’s “concrete monstrosity” apartment buildings. It’s all a matter of taste though, as we happen to like Flaine’s design aesthetic. It’s a great example of 60s modernism in the mountains designed in a way to not be intrusive to it’s beautiful setting (some may debate whether that has been achieved). Art and architecture was taken seriously, so much so that there are Picasso sculptures dotted around the resort.

Regardless of how it looks, the resort layout has been well thought out and everything is incredibly convenient, which is one of the key factors for why it is so popular as a family ski holiday destination. Excellent ski school and childcare facilities, lots of gentle beginners ski runs and family-friendly restaurants all help Flaine’s family friendly credentials.