France City: Flan
The most interesting complex of the Grand Massif region is Flan’s resort complex (Flena, Flaine, WWW.Flaine.COM) lying in an extensive basin over Le Carro, just 6 km from the city of Pleise (Cluses). This is the topmost (the tracks are from a height of 2500 to 1600 meters) and the sports part of a large massif, focused on more experienced skiers.
The resort is divided into three districts associated with lifts: Flaine Forum (height 1600 m), Flaine Foret (1700 m), colorful mountain village from 70 traditional chalets Hameau de Flaine (1800 m) 2 km from the center plus the newest residential complex Flaine Montsoleil, Which is open at the beginning of the 2008/2209 season.
There are 57 tracks with a total length of 140 kilometers (12% "green, 40% "blue", 40% "Red" and 8% "Black") serviced by 29 lifts. The village of Flang himself lies on a noticeable slope of the bottom of the face and therefore built up very compact and convenient – access to lifts, as well as shops and bars are possible both from any of the tracks and straight hotels. Flan is also very attractive for beginners, since a number of short "Green" and "blue" The tracks starts from the top station of the cowle, allowing you to enjoy the picturesque views of Mont Blanc.
There are own Fan Park Pro Jampark with a modern infrastructure, a zone for Big Air Air Maniacs, a spacious sports and entertainment center (swimming pool, climbing, fitness center, library, several bars and salons), 3 children’s club (Les Pertits Loups, Rabbit Club and La Souris Verte), kindergarten and recreation center. And in the upper side of the slopes there is a huge zone for freeride and helie-ski, stretching almost to the foot of Mont Blanc. It employs 5 restaurants (3 – in the Grand Massif zone) plus three dozen at the resort itself, 3 discos, bowling, museum, and numerous shops and rental points.
The Grand Massif riding zone is open from the second decade of December to the beginning – mid-April, in Flena, the skiing period usually opens a week earlier and ends also a little later.