Flaine is a convenient resort set in the heart of the beautiful Grand Massif ski area and only 70km from Geneva. It’s modern architecture often divides opinion and certainly doesn’t qualify as ‘alpine charm’ but whatever Flaine lacks in looks it makes up for in efficiency. Being purpose built it is well laid out with excellent lift access. The skiing is superb and from Flaine you can access one of the largest ski areas in France, the Grand Massif. It’s not the liveliest or the prettiest resort but with unrivalled access, one of the nicest UCPA centres and great skiing, it’s still well worth a visit.



Ski Area

The skiing in Flaine offers a wide variety of grades with 140km of piste in the Flaine area alone and a total of 265km if you take the whole Grand Massif into account. Flaine has an excellent reputation for early snow cover with North West facing slopes largely above 2000m and an above average annual snowfall. The main bowl at Flaine is particularly good at retaining snow and often stays in good condition long after the last snowfall. There is a great selection of pistes including a dedicated beginner area and a huge number of blue and red runs for intermediates. For expert skiers the bowl off the back of the Tete Pelouse could easily keep you entertained for the whole week but there is so much more to explore.


Town Centre

The main village of Flaine is split into three levels, each with their own cafes shops and bars. Flaine is a car free resort and getting around is easy with the in town funiculars.  Purpose built in the 1960’s it was meant to be an architectural masterpiece of the Bauhaus style which matches its surroundings. Whilst it does have some admirers, the general consensus is less favourable, however, this has kept the crowds away. Flaine is still a fantastic resort and being just a short transfer away from Geneva it is also a very convenient resort to visit for a short break. For a more traditional and picturesque alpine village day trips to the neighbouring villages of the Grand Massif are very easy through the impressive ski network.


UCPA Centre

The UCPA centre in Flaine is one of the nicest of the UCPA centres receiving the full UCPA comfort rating. The centre was recently taken over from a large upmarket hotel chain and the building is modern and comfortable. The centre is well located within the heart of the town centre and a stones throw from the slopes. All the usual UCPA services are on offer including a restaurant, nightclub, bar, ski room and sun terrace. The bar is particularly nice with a large central fireplace and plenty of sofas to collapse into.


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Best For: Intermediate skiers
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Nearest Airport: Geneva (70km)
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Fun Fact: There is a Picasso sculpture in the resort
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UCPA was originally set up to provide affordable adventure holiday packages for people aged 18 to ​39.

Today the UCPA has a wide variety of excellent value ski & snowboard packages for people of all ages.



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  • One click and you’ve booked everything. No searching around for lessons, ski-hire etc. And the best thing is you can keep adding people to your group.
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  • There is always a range of ages, nationalities, mixtures of solo travellers, couples, groups etc. We have booked as a group of 6, a group of 36 (no joke) and even just me and my boyfriend – it works for all.
    Anna R
  • Imagine moules mariniereier, steak (cooked how you like it) and paella just to name a few options during our week and you get a picture of how well fed you will be at UCPA.
    Elliot B
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  • The food is PHENOMENAL at UCPA – brilliant for those with eyes bigger than their belly. 
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  • All UCPAs are very friendly and sociable. The bar and dining areas are open with big tables, encouraging people to sit together and get to know each other. This makes it very easy as a solo traveller.
    Anna R
  • The food is great and there is tons of it from breakfast, lunch, snack time (after your day on the slopes) and dinner in the evening. My favourite meal this year was on the Thursday evening when it was...
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Flaine | Ski Full Time Instruction

Staying with UCPA in Flaine in January 2013 was possibly one of my favorite ski holidays yet.  It was my first time with UCPA so I was not sure what to expect but I was not to be disappointed.  The ski instruction was brilliant and we were lucky to have a huge snowfall half way through the week too.  We had group lessons every day and our instructor was great fun.  It would have been even better if the group sizes were smaller (ours was 12 people) but you can’t have everything!  My skiing improved dramatically and I really built my confidence up during this week, and am now keen to push myself even further next year with UCPA!  I stayed in a twin room in Flaine and the accommodation was reasonably basic, but more than adequate with en-suite facilities.  Downstairs there is a nice big bar area with a fire in the middle of it, which was a great way to meet up with friends after a hard day of skiing.  Evening activities were amusing and I took part in stretching most nights and we especially enjoyed the karaoke, being in the minority as a group of English amongst the French singers!  The food was incredible with so much choice every evening – that was a real highlight of UCPA.  I can not wait to go again!

Flaine | Ski Off Piste

I chose a week in April of full time off piste skiing tuition at the UCPA in Flaine, booking through Action Outdoors with a group of eight of us, who drove from the UK.

Flaine | Snowboard Half Time

I went to Flaine in March this year for my first time ever snowboarding. The resort was exactly what I expected, simple but with everything you need. It may not be the prettiest of buildings that you stay in, but you wont be going there to look at the resort, it looks a lot nicer from up the slopes and that's what counts.
The rooms are basic. We had four single beds, a wardrobe each, a shelf each, a plug socket (take a euro adapter and a normal UK extension lead for more sockets if you need them), small room with a toilet and another room with a shower and a sink. We had enough storage space for all our wet gear, however the radiator was partly covered and meant not much could be put on it at once (however this could well be just because of the layout of the room we were in, not sure about other rooms). Also, the windowsills are wide enough to keep a few bottles of beer cold for you as you don't have a fridge or anything in the room.
The instructors were amazing, they don't just help you learn to snowboard, they make sure you're enjoying it and they're there to have fun as well it seems. Very patient despite being in a group with varying quality, so anyone is able to learn.
The food provided was outstanding, with it being a buffet, you can make sure the portions are big enough so you don't go hungry. There wasn't a day when they didn't have something I liked.
The only real negative I could think of, is that it's fairly quiet once the lifts close, but the cheap drinks in the small supermarket just down the stairs from the UCPA can make up for that. However, the UCPA bar was always lively and there is a pool table there (2 Euros a game).

Flaine | Ski Half Time

This is the best value skiing holiday one could ever find, anywhere.

Flaine | Ski Full Time Instruction

This was the eigth time that I have been away with Action Outdoors and the UCPA and all I can say is that I wish I had discovered it sooner!

Flaine | Snowboard Full Time

The journey was blighted by the terrible weather, making the coach journey take an additional 12 hours to arrive, once there the venue was beautiful, the accommodation was adequate, the room small but fine with. Great view of snow covered mountain slopes, the food was brilliant, the instruction was great, moving us on as our ability  improved. The staff provided après ski cake and tea which was a very nice touch. The warm down exercises organised by staff at UCP were helpful too. Lovely place, lovely people.

Flaine | Beginners Ski

I loved the resort - the brutalist architecture may not be to everybody's taste but where else can you wake up and see a Picasso outside your bedroom window? The network of pistes and various kinds of lifts meant for great variety, once I had enough confidence to do blue runs - of which there are some that are awesomely stunning. Our ski instructor Jean-Louis was amazing, a real philosopher and an empowering teacher. Food was plentiful and delicious especially the ice cream bar at lunch, and CHEESE. Not pulsing with nightlife, but perfect for an energetic, greedy, relaxing week with friends. Definitely recommend.

Flaine | Ski Full Time

Resort: location was fantastic we could either stay on the same mountainside as Flaine and get many fun runs down the mountain or go further into the grand massive for longer more relaxing runs.

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The food was plentiful and a big Variety

Flaine | Ski Full Time Instruction

We had a fantastic time at UCPA Flaine.  Our 2 person room was a good size.  It was clean and the shower had great water pressure which meant a hot shower after a day on the slopes was glorious.  The staff at the centre were very friendly and efficient.  The in house entertainment is a good laugh if you've got a group of friends together.  The instruction was brilliant, the instructor himself was awesome, he was very knowledgeable and funny.  He did his best to accommodate the expectations of the group, working to improve our technique whilst at the same time taking into account that is was our holiday and making the lessons fun.  

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