Beyond the Pistes: Family Fun in Flaine

I am a strong believer that ski holidays are about more than just tearing up the slopes. These vacations take you to some of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring places in the entire world, so I think that they are perfect for parents who want to show their kids the world whilst also having plenty of fun along the way.

Flaine is a brilliant place to do this as it is a very family-friendly and snow-sure resort. It has a lot of fun-filled activities beyond the ski slopes that will help to make this an unfor-gettable trip for all! It is also easy to get to when you book one of our ski transfers; Ge-neva airport is the closest and just an hour away by road.

Here are a few of my favourite family-friendly activities to try at the resort.

On Snow

Ice Driving Circuit – This thrilling activity will put your driving skills to the test as you na-vigate a 1500-metre ice driving circuit (the longest in France!). This is sure to be a barrel of laughs as a family whilst also providing plenty of adrenaline.

Snowmobiling – There is something quite magical about riding around on a snowmobile under the stars at night once the lifts have stopped and the slopes are empty – there is a sense of calm that you certainly do not get during the day! You have to be 18 or older to drive, but the kids can jump on the back and enjoy the ride.

Ice Quad Bikes – Yes, this is as fun as it sounds! Flaine has its very own ice quad bike circuit which is open all day and floodlit at night. There are bikes suitable for both kids and adults, so this is a brilliant activity for the whole family. There is also a hut in the centre where you can grab a bite to eat after all the excitement.

Off Snow

Indoor Climbing Wall – You won’t want to spend every waking minute out in the cold, so I recommend attempting to conquer the indoor climbing wall in the auditorium (where there are a range of facilities). This can be good fun for the whole family, as well as immensely rewarding. There are qualified instructors on hand to supervise, so even if it is your first time you will soon be scaling the walls with confidence.

Swimming – Swimming whilst surrounded by snow and epic views is an incredible expe-rience that everyone can enjoy. Flaine has an aquatic centre with a pool, separate splash pool for kids, hot tub and steam room – perfect for relaxing after a long day on the slopes.

Bowling – This is a classic family activity and one which is always brilliant fun. Flaine has a bowling alley in the auditorium which stays open once the lifts have stopped for the day. In addition to bowling, you and the kids can enjoy playing pool and various other games here. There is also a bar where you can catch live sport and have a drink while the kids bowl till their heart’s description.

How to Get There

Fortunately Flaine is really easy to reach, as you simply fly into Geneva airport from London. This takes around 90 minutes and there are over 250 flights made each week. You do not want the stress of attempting to use public transportation or queue for cabs, which is why I suggest that you book one of our ski transfers. Geneva airport is then about an hour away from Flaine, so sit back and enjoy the ride. When you book with us, you can be sure that you are getting reliable, affordable and comfortable ski transfers. Geneva airport can be stressful with kids, but one of our local drivers will be there to pick you up and get your holiday off to a great start.

Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you’re looking for afford-able ski transfers, Geneva Airport serves as a hub for the French and Swiss Alps. Lukas and his col-leagues can make sure that you and your luggage get to and from your chosen resort and the airport swiftly and safely.