Le Grand Massif is a large skiing area in Haute Savoie in France. It consists of 266 km of slopes which include 118 easy slopes, 107 medium difficulty slopes, and 41 difficult slopes. There are 72 ski lifts connecting the slopes which range between 700 m and 2500 m in altitude.
There are six villages in this area, one of which is Flaine. The village of Flaine is situated at 1,600 metres, and the ski area is accessible by ski lift from the village, although it’s also possible to ski in and out of Flaine, especially as cars are banned in the centre. Flaine has access to 140km of pistes which are suitable for all levels. It is just over an hour’s drive from Geneva airport, making it one of the most easily accessible resorts in the Alps.
The resort is modern, and offers a good range of activities and après ski. The site for the resort was originally discovered in 1959 and the planners decided to create an aesthetically pleasing development. The plan was created by Marcel Breuer, a world-famous Bauhaus architect, and has been designed to blend in with the natural environment. The end result is a resort that feels very tranquil and private.
The ski runs were designed by champion skier Emile Allais, and everything has been created to give balance between integration and functionality. It was one of the first resorts in Europe to have snowmaking facilities. The advantage of choosing this resort is that it’s relatively compact, and no matter where you’re staying you’re only a few steps away from ski runs and resort facilities. It has one of the best snow records in the French Alps, and there are 218 snow cannons which guarantee snow cover. It’s a very family friendly resort, and ski lifts are free for children under five.