Flaine is a built-for-purpose resort set in the highest altitude of Le Grand Massif area. What sets Flaine apart from other built-for-purpose resorts in the French Alps is the attention and care that was placed in its creation. Master architects and contemporary artists’ work live harmoniously in the region. Works by Picasso, sculptures by Vasarely and the Bauhaus architect Marcel Breuer all make up the particular style of Flaine.

For that reason, Flaine is unique and allows visitors to live an experience that is varied, from enjoying art to downhill skiing. Traditional chalets and postcard apartments are not what makes the region; its built-for-purpose persona is reflected in its architecture and  the brutalist concrete and steel aesthetics that fill the resort are not everyone’s cup of tea.

Flaine is largely developed to suit families, so not too many loud nightclubs or cocktail bars can be found in the village. It does, however, have some friendly bars and restaurants where classical music and jazz concerts can be found. Culturally, Flaine has good art galleries, a cinema and a library. That said, the main philosophy for Flaine is to remain a skiing-focused resort.

The summer months are equally popular with tourists due toactivities such as hiking, horse riding and cycling routes of the region.

Flaine is a great resort for the outdoor lover and adventure seeker. It is built for serious skiers and families looking for a place to relax and enjoy the slopes, come snow or shine.

The experts say

Flaine holds the best snow record in the world for a non-glacial resort. Given its microclimate, it is almost guaranteed fantastic snow conditions from December to May every year.

The luxury property market in Flaine

Given the resort’s unique aesthetic, it is not for everyone. That can be to the buyer’s advantage and thus the resort provides an array of really good value-for-money properties. A property in Flaine for sale sees a range of prices and can be a great second home in the Alps. The prices in the region in general have seen a good increase in value in the past five years.

The village is built on three levels mainly consisting of concrete apartment blocks. They are all equipped for the utmost comfort. They are also located in a cluster, so as to be more convenient for residents. A Flaine property on sale is very much in demand within this region.

A one-bedroom at the foot of the hills can range from €160,000 to €250,000, whereas a three bedroom chalet can go upwards of €450,000. There are a variety of different properties that can be appropriate for every need in the region.

  • The longest ski run in the resort has more than 14km of downhill piste
  • Flaine houses three monumental pieces of art throughout the resort. Head of a Woman by Picasso, The Spinney by Dubuffet and Three Hexagons by Varsarely.
  • Parking is not an issue in this village, as it holds many underground and covered car parks.

How to Get There

By Train

Flaine is very accessible by train. Cluses station is just 30km away and is serviced by the 'snow train' for a portion of the season (December to March). Outside of this, Cluses still has lots of TGV services running relatively frequently into Paris.

By Air

Flaine is one of the closer 'Grand Massif' resorts to Geneva International airport at around 85km. It takes around 1hr 20 minutes to drive from Geneva airport to Flaine and there are lots of regular shuttle buses running throughout the season.

Three insiders tips for Flaine

GET - a ride down Les Cascades. On a clear day, the run is one of the most beautiful on the resort.
DO - test your capacity to handle speed on the runs by skiing in the Combe de Veret and the Aup de Veran sector of the resort.
SEE - the new fun zone for the kids opened at the end of the 2014 season, something all the little winter lovers will enjoy.

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