Quick Transfers To Flaine
Flaine is a purpose-built ski resort in the Haute Savoie region of France that has a high-mountain feel, but the Geneva to Flaine transfer time is just one hour.
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With an excellent reputation for epic snowfalls, Flaine is a great place to ski and board. It's also the highest resort in the Grand Massif, which groups Flaine with Les Carroz, Samoens, Morillon and Sixt, all linked by lifts and pistes.
Flaine ski-in/ski-out resort
We've all heard of the high-rise purpose-built ski resorts that are dotted around France. But whilst Flaine is certainly purpose-built and the architecture may not be to your liking, it was actually pioneering when it opened in 1968 being the first resort to have snow cannons (there are 213 of them now!) and the first to have communal gas heating.
Designed by Marcel Breuer of Bauhaus fame, it's all about concrete and convenience, but has a definite avant-garde twist to it all. In fact, the hotel 'Le Flaine', the 'Betelgeuse' residence and the church are all classed as 'Historic Monuments of France'. Take a wander around resort and you'll stumble across amazing sculptures, including the 12m-high 'Tete de Femme' by a certain Picasso!
Flaine may be something of a surreal setting for a ski or snowboarding holiday, but the big advantage of Flaine is that it was designed to be the perfect car-free ski in, ski out resort - and it works. So, leave the car at home and book a transfer with Mountain Drop-offs to take you straight to the door of your accommodation directly from Geneva. And yes, we take you back to the airport having collected you fro your residence or hotel as well!
We have to say everything is very well laid out and arranged in resort. Flaine can be divided into three areas, all of which are connected by elevators and covered walkways, so you are never far from the ski lifts and each one has its own shops, bars and restaurants. Flaine Foret is perched at 1700m, Flaine Forum is a 1600m and Flaine Front de Neige is at 1500m.
All were developed in the 1960s and 1970s, with the more recent Hameau de Flaine perched above the main areas appearing in 1990 and Flaine Montsoleil being built between the main resort and the Hameau in 2008.
Montsoleil and Hameau de Flaine, which looks like a settlement of Canadian log cabins and offers a more alpine chalet style appeal, are a bit away from the action, but are connected by pistes and the free shuttle bus that runs every 15mins between the hamlets, the col de la Pierre Carree (where the cross country skiing and snowshoeing is) and the main resort and lifts.
Flaine - skiing and boarding at its best!
As for the skiing, Flaine has a well-deserved reputation for excellent snow cover. At 1600m, the resort isn't especially high, but it is in a huge bowl reaching up to 2500m, which boasts superb snow retention, offering skiing from mid-December to the end of April each year.
In fact, the name Flaine comes from the local legend of a giant living in the valley who laid down to rest his head in this open bowl shape, with 'Flainoz' being colloquial French for 'pillow', the name got transformed over time in Flaine (or so the story goes!).
The 265km of pistes that make up the Grand Massif ski area will keep you easily entertained for a week of skiing, with Flaine itself boasting 64 pistes and 23 lifts. There are also dedicated snowshoeing pistes and cross country skiing loops too.
That's winter covered, but what about summer? Well, Flaine is pretty quiet in summer, but it is worth heading up there to see the incredible landscape without snow - huge swathes of fissured rock, which is really quite impressive.
Mountain Drop Offs provides private transfers for between one and eight persons door to door from Geneva and Grenoble airports direct to Flaine and all the Grand Massif resorts. And remember, with Mountain Drop-offs, ski and board hire is free, so you can pretty much pop your skis on and head down a piste within minutes of your transfer bus dropping you off in Flaine!
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