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Flaine is one of the easiest resorts to reach by car, just 40 miles from Geneva along the A40 plus an easy 17 mile climb from Cluses. At its modest altitude of 1600 metres, Flaine has a better snow record than any comparable resort in Europe. This purpose-built ski village has virtually guaranteed snow cover from mid-December until after Easter.

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Flaine is the focal point of the Grand Massif, Frances fourth biggest ski area with 72 lifts spread between its own contained bowls and the three lower and more traditional villages of Samoens, Morillon and Les Carroz. A long piste also takes you down to the charming village of Sixt.

Although good for skiing, nightlife is limited and the resort suffers from a general lack of charm. Two enclosed people-mover lifts operate day and night between Flaine Fort and Flaine Forum the higher and lower villages. The separate Hameau de Flaine, an attractive development of Scandinavian-style chalets, is served by a free bus, which runs every 15 to 30 minutes until midnight to Flaine Forum, where most of the shops and restaurants and the ski school meeting-place are located.

Number of lifts:72: 6 gondolas, 28 chairlifts, 38 draglifts

Pistes and Trails: 265km in Le Grand Massif (12% easy, 42% intermediate, 37% difficult, 9% very difficult)

Lift pass: Grand Massif (covers Les Carroz, Flaine, Morillon, Samons, Sixt) 160 for 6 days.

Access: The resort is only 95km (59 miles) from Geneva Airport. Coaches run at the weekend from Geneva, which is also reached in three and a half hours by TGV from Paris (Geneva rail station is only 70km - 43 miles away).

The TGV runs to Cluses, the nearest rail station to Flaine, in four and a half hours.  Cluses is 17 miles away.  A third choice is the local airport at Annecy, 80km (50 miles) from Flaine.  A bus service runs from the town or you can take a connecting train to Cluses.  There is a bus service via les Carroz from Cluses to rail station to Flaine. 

Drivers should take the motorway for Chamonix and take the Cluse-Centre exit.  Then follow signs for Sallanches on the N205.  Take a left turn on to the sign posted CD106 Flaine road - chains should be carried in case of snowfall. The drive from Calais takes about 8 hours without counting stops.

Flaine is car free and cars must be parked in the resorts car parks except when loading and unloading.  Car parks with 1500 spaces with or without video surveillance are available.  Parking charges are in line with those of international airports. A free shuttle bus runs around the outskirts of the resort (although most facilities can be reached on foot) and links up to the Hameau de Flaine.

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