Flaine is a purpose built ski resort in Le Grand Massif, and while its 1960s-era buildings may not be the most beautiful, typical alpine surrounds and stunning views, taking in the Mont Blanc massif, more than make up for that lack. The resort is only 1hr30mins from Geneva, and the Flaine's own 140km of pistes, served by 24 lifts, is just the beginning, as the combined Le Grand Massif area totals 265km of pistes served by 69 lifts. The high-altitude of the Grand Massif (peaking at 2480m) is supported by 218 snow cannons, meaning your ski holiday in Flaine comes with a snow-sure guarantee. Read more...

Accommodation in Flaine itself is largely in apartment blocks, meaning there are ample options for those looking for a more affordable ski experience, although nearby satellites Hameau de Flaine (1km away) and Montsoleil (a couple of hundred metres away) are home to chalets. Catered and self-catered holidays in Flaine are perfect for families, as the resort is largely car-free and children can freely make use of the town's play areas. If you're looking for a resort with a more traditional alpine experience - think luxury wood-clad chalets - then try nearby Samoens and Morillon

Make Flaine your base for a great ski holiday in Le Grande Massif, France

Flaine is a great option for a beginner, intermediate or expert ski holiday. For beginners, there are nursery slopes and gentle greens and blues once skiers have gained the confidence to progress. For intermediate and expert skiers, Flaine is an exciting prospect: difficult reds bear devilish names (Faust and Mephisto, for example); excellent black runs are characterised variously by moguls, narrowness and steepness; for the most hardcore, the off-piste are fantastic but should be tackled with a guide. Snowboarding in Flaine is equally suited to all levels of experience, and the off-piste is a particular highlight for the more adventurous.