12:45,
Monday,
10 December 2018.

Flaine, France

Set in an attractive alpine bowl above the Samoens valley Flaine, a purpose built ski resort, sits at the heart of Frances’ fourth largest ski area, Le Grand Massif. It shares Le Grand Massif mountain playground with four more traditional Savoyard villages; Samoens, Morillon, Les Carroz and St Jean Sixt.

As a ski resort, Flaine has proved very successful having – despite being relatively low in altitude – an enviable snow record. This it is claimed is due to a micro climate that may be the result of the resorts proximity to Mont Blanc.

Today outdoor enthusiasts can pursue a range of activities other than skiing & snowboarding that include: mountain biking, hiking, white water rafting and even golf. In summer the snow melt reveals natural lakes between the trees where one can bathe and recuperate after the days exertions.

If you’re looking for traditional alpine charm then you would be disappointed in Flaine. However, the 1960’s apartment blocks blend quite well with the surrounding rock formations and as they tend to be nestled within the trees any detriment to the valleys’ aesthetics is limited.

Hotels and apartments are the predominant forms of tourist accommodation in Flaine although chalets are available and while there are several good restaurants and one or two descent bars the resort is fairly quiet. This coupled with good local facilities such as a cinema, swimming pool, climbing wall, ice rink and bowling alley makes Flaine a good choice for a family holiday.

Also Le Grand Massif is situated in the Haute Savoie region less than 75 km from Geneva airport and within one and a half hours drive from Chambery airport. This makes it a practical weekend destination for those needing a quick fix before returning to work on a Monday morning.

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