For us, a family with a 15 year old and a 5 year old, Flaine ticks all the boxes.
The first great thing about Flaine is how near it is to Geneve airport. Just a short transfer and you arrive in the beautiful powder covered mountains. This is obviously a huge positive when travelled with young children.
Upon arrival, the duplex chalet, La Centaure, was second to none. The first floor housed a double bedroom, storage and a shower and wash basin. The second floored housed a bathroom, toilet, second bedroom, kitchen, dining and living area. (With the sofa pulling out to make an additional sleeping area – mainly for when Al snored.)
The separate floors meant that we could enjoy our evenings up late with our teenage sons whilst our toddler slept soundly, uninterrupted. It also meant that the ski-wear was stored on the lower level, meaning the upper level stayed clean and dry.
This year, for the first time, our teenage son attended ski school for the full week. He left the chalet at 9am and we collected him at 12:30pm
He found the lessons to be exceptional and the ski instructor was outstanding with her teaching and in her sharing of local knowledge. our experience of the ESF ski schools have always been superb, this was no different. We’d highly recommend them wherever you end up.
Our afternoons were spent teaching our five year old to ski on the beginners slope. The slope was the perfect length, with enough variation from easy to harder and by the end of the second afternoon he was able to ski from top to bottom unaided. The magic carpet made the climb back to the top more manageable for him and he was able to enjoy the few numerous times before getting tired. This is really important to look for when you’re going with young kids!
The slopes closed at 4pm and this is where the resort extras came in to their own. Our hotel had its own pool and we spent a couple of hours enjoying it every single day. The pool had one large length pool for swimming and a smaller children pool. It also had two jacuzzis and a sauna and steam room for use by the adults. For us, the pool was a great addition to the holiday and we enjoyed it so much that by the end of the week our five year old son had learnt to swim.
It really does keep things a little more varied and although skiing is of course the main activity, having a swimming pool is a must for us.
We arrived in Flaine during the first week of opening. This meant that we were able to get a table in all of the restaurants at a time that suited us. There was a wide variety of foods available and vegetarian options and allergies were catered for. The resort also has its own supermarket for all shopping essentials.
Unfortunately our son became poorly during the holiday and we were extremely thankful that the resort has its own pharmacy and medical centre. The pharmacist was excellent and gave us exactly the right medication for our son. As we didn’t have a car at the resort, the on site pharmacy was something we had never thought about previously, but that we were very grateful for.
Another fab bonus from booking with Ski Collection is that they run the ‘Winning at Winter Challenge.’ Essentially it’s a checklist of fin activities for the kids to do whilst on the slopes. Here’s all the info:
As for the actual skiing, you will be hard pushed to find somewhere more varied and as big. We were out on the slopes every day and I was still finding new runs by the end of the week that I hadn’t yet explored.
As a family of four, with a teenager and a much younger child we are unique in that we cover all abilities of skiing. From beginner to black run. Over the last five seasons we have been able to been able to see what works and what doesn’t work for our family.
Flaine ticks all of our boxes. And we will definitely be returning.