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Flaine, the sustainable ski resort - MountainPassions Blog

Flaine, the sustainable ski resort

A pioneer in sustainable development, Flaine continues to initiate innovative measures, 50 years after its creation. Flaine was the first mountain resort to be equipped with town gas, the first to bury electric cables, to receive cable TV, and to have snow-making. Flaine has been at the forefront from its origin. When it comes to getting around, trips within the resort are made on foot, by ski, by shuttle bus or by two inclined lifts.

More info: https://www.flaine.com/fr/hiver/ski-glisse/environnement/engagement-environnement.htm

Flaine ski resort, Grand Massif, French Alps

A pioneer in sustainable development, Flaine ski resort, Grand Massif, French Alps. Image ©Y Havis

A Green Globe certified ski area

In autumn 2016 the Grand Massif became the first Green Globe certified ski area, in recognition of its lifts, pistes and associated services.The Grand Massif works constantly to minimize its footprint on the landscape and reduce the impact of pollution, both in daily activities and in all amenities of the ski area. More info: https://hiver.grand-massif.com/green-globe

Fresh snow at Flaine ski resort, Grand Massif, French Alps

Fresh snow at Flaine ski resort. Image ®Photozoom

The Flaine Environmental Observatory

Unique in France, the Flaine ski area decided to set up in 2008 an Environmental Observatory covering an area of 1400 hectares and spread over 5 communes. Its aim is to identify biodiversity in all its forms (landscape, fauna, flora, particular biotopes), to follow its evolution in a factual way and to find solutions to preserve or restore the land. More info: https://hiver.grand-massif.com/observatoire-environnemental-copy

Visitors observe wildlife at Flaine, Grand Massif, French Alps

Visitors are encouraged to observe local wildlife on free guided excursions. Image ©GMDS

Ski Nature – winter ‘raids’

A rich and discreet fauna coexists with visitors, who can observe them thanks to a service set up to help preserve them by the ski area. Accompanied by a guide and equipped with binoculars, everyone can get better acquainted with the mountain fauna and their great ability to adapt to the seasons and our presence.
This free activity is available throughout the season on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2pm, starting from the Desert Blanc chairlift. More info: https://hiver.grand-massif.com/maraudage

Skier retrns to Flaine, Grand Massif, French Alps

Skier returning to Flaine ski village. Image ©Roger Moss, mountainpassions.com

Skiing in Flaine

The Grand Massif’s largest ski village supplies an upbeat base for exploring the huge linked domain. The Grand Massif is deservedly popular with British skiers, who value its wealth of varied terrain, good snow record and the fact that it offers something for just about everyone, including those in search of mileage.

Purpose-built Flaine sits in a wide bowl, sheltering it from the worst excesses of passing weather fronts. Opinion is sharply divided on the hard-edged architectural style of Flaine, but since some of the original apartment blocks are now officially listed as Historic Monuments they obviously have their own fans. And most subsequent developments have sustained the general feel, preserving much of the original unity of the site. All of which makes it refreshingly free from ostentation, and a fun place to be. It’s practical, too, with everything close at hand.

A respectable altitude means slightly longer transfers from Geneva airport than to neighboring Samoëns, Morillon or Les Carroz but it remains one of the shorter drives to the Alps from the UK.

Visit our website for the full Flaine ski resort review.

Julia Moss is the Content Director for mountainpassions.com. Together with photographer and writer husband Roger, Julia has skied in over 60 French ski resorts.

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