Flaine at Christmas, anyone???

(5 Posts)
anonymousbird Thu 17-Nov-16 15:06:02

All slightly last minute, but for the first time in 20 years (and probably the last before he retires!) we've just found out that DH can have time off at Christmas so we thought we would beeline to Flaine for a week.

All experienced skiers, but due to the work issue, we have only ever skied Feb/March/April before and have never been to Flaine either.

So, any thoughts on Christmas skiing with children (12 and 11) and/or the resort are most gratefully received.

TIA

trixymalixy Sat 19-Nov-16 23:09:32

Flaine is a great resort and you have access to the whole of the grand massif ski area.

It's not the prettiest of resorts though, unless like me you like modernist architecture!

I've never skied at Christmas before either. I think the main issue is that the snow may not be that good so early on in the season. It seems to have strayed pretty well though this year with a lot of resorts opening early so I think it'll be fine.

trixymalixy Sat 19-Nov-16 23:12:17

Just don't attempt any off piste with a local guide. There are lots of fissures in the limestone.

anonymousbird Tue 22-Nov-16 08:48:12

Thanks trixy. Yes, realise it's not "picturesque"!! Though apparently much of it is "listed"..... saw it described as lovely in its ugliness or something!

Snow is coming, though slowly, and not a huge amount forecast. Days are short at Christmas too! Just worried that if it's super cold and not everything is open then it's lots of people in long queues on not much piste.

But as you say, it's access to a large area so we might be ok. Prices are so low (due to risk of lack of snow from last two years I suppose) that it is tempting. Plus they have snow cannons and unlike last year, there are water reserves to allow them to work this year - so I am told.....

chantilly70 Tue 22-Nov-16 10:07:07

I expect you will find enough skiing in Flaine itself that week. However it is too early to say what the snow cover would be like in the lower parts of the grand massif ski area eg. Les Carroz & Morillon. I've also heard the Grand Massif can get really crowded at New Year. I know that isn't the week you are going but this year I'm wondering if Christmas will be the busier week of the two as most schools are not off for New Year.

I think I would choose La Rosiere or Les Arcs over Flaine for Christmas week.

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