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Newbie group skiing Flaine [going to Val Thorens after advice]

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Hi, I'm new to the forum and have never been skiing before apart from the odd dry slope, there will be 3 of us going. 1 has gone before and his advise is to goto a high peak / slope to guarantee snow..

Now I was wondering how most people get on at Flaine I have read that mount blanc helps to cool it and ensure good snow fall.

Any reviews or options on this peak around Jan would be much appreciated, I've seen a video from Jan this year and it looked awesome, the alternative is val thorens..

Thanks seb
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Hi, I'm new to the forum and have never been skiing before apart from the odd dry slope, there will be 3 of us going. 1 has gone before and his advise is to goto a high peak / slope to guarantee snow..

Now I was wondering how most people get on at Flaine I have read that mount blanc helps to cool it and ensure good snow fall.

Any reviews or options on this peak around Jan would be much appreciated, I've seen a video from Jan this year and it looked awesome, the alternative is val thorens..

Thanks seb

Welcome to EpicSki!  Moved your thread to International Zone because you are asking about skiing in Europe.  How many days do you plan for the ski vacation?

post #3 of 8

I have been to both, in fact took a group from college to the Flaine area staying in Les Carroz but we made it into Flaine most days.

 

Flaine in January should be pretty snowsure. Val Thorens is higher and has the glacier but I would be happy going to Flaine.

 

Both resorts are purpose built so think concrete blocks on the snow. Both are essentially traffic free.

 

The transfer time to Flaine is short assuming you are flying into Geneva 4 hrs + to Val Thorens. The best wat to get to Val Thorens used to be by train then a minibus transfer. Love that TGV .

 

Flaine is marginally better for beginners but both resorts have great nursery slopes and long confidence building easy blue runs.

post #4 of 8

I agree that Flaine should be fine in January.

 

If you live anywhere near an indoor slope, I highly recommend visiting a few times to take some lessons before your trip. The more you learn before you go, the more you'll be able to enjoy your trip.

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Hi thanks for all the info and advise.. Flaine does good good are budgets are quite low looking for around the 600 with lot and hire included for a week. The only thing we are stuck on is that the three of us are aged from 26 to 30 and would like a bit of night life as well have heard FLAINE is a bit dead?? And VT is more lively however we were thinking of staying at Les Temples desolei which has awful reviews, we had a much nice spot in flaine... anyone have any ideas
post #6 of 8

Les Deux Alpes might be worth checking out. I haven't skied there myself, so I can only go on reviews I've read.

post #7 of 8

For a bit of night life, VT is beter than Flaine. And both are better laid out tha L2A as ski areas.

 

In VT, most affordable places are the same as Temples du Soleil. But be aware that most bad reviews of accommodations in France start off with 'Usually we go to Austria/Switzerland, but we thought "Let's try France this time"...' It's all about expectation management.

 

If your group is 4, seek accomodation for at least 6 (in most places, two people on pull-out sofa in the living room is counted as 2 places to sleep).

 

I also had some good experience with privately owned appartments, such as this one: http://www.mediavakanties.com/vakantiewoningen-5-personen-val-thorens/5006487000/48975?date1=2014-12-20&date2=2015-01-03

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Hi sorry for the late reply we decided to goto VT in the end due to being a bit more of s night life. The hotel reviews from this year stress also better so hopefully the hotel will be ok.. Thanks again and will let you know how we get on
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