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Rainy-day activities in the Grand Massif

When it comes to picking a travel destination, weather can often be a deciding factor. But what if we told you there was somewhere you could enjoy yourself even if it’s raining?

The Grand Massif area offers a whole host of activities for everyone to enjoy in the rain. Whether you’re looking to try out a new sport, relax at the spa or indulge in the local food scene – you’ll find a way to enjoy yourself no matter what the weather.

Read on to find out the top rainy-day activities in the Grand Massif…

Rainy days in the Grand Massif

A chart showing the average number of rainy days in the Grand Massif
The average number of rainy/snowy days per month in the Grand Massif ©

When planning your trip, it’s good to know what the weather is like throughout the year. And as you can see from the graph above, rainfall varies significantly from one month to the next in the Grand Massif.

During the winter season, it’s highly likely for precipitation to be in the form of snow, creating excellent skiing conditions. And, if you plan on visiting the Grand Massif in the summer, you can expect to experience warm and sunny days that gradually become cooler as autumn approaches.

However, weather can be extreme in the Alps, and conditions can change in an instant, with rain storms occurring at any time of year. Therefore, it’s good to have a bank of rainy-day activities to turn to if the weather isn’t so good…

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The top 8 things to do in the Grand Massif when it’s raining

1. Pamper yourself at the spa

When the weather isn’t great, there’s nothing quite like a spa day to lift your spirits and help you relax. Luckily, the Grand Massif region is home to a number of spas to choose from, each offering its own unique atmosphere and range of treatments.

Whether you prefer relaxing massages, facials, swimming or simply soaking in a hot tub, there’s a spa that will cater to your needs. So why not treat yourself to a day of self-care the next time the rain starts pouring?

Here are the top spas in the Grand Massif:

Spa swimming pool with deck chairs
Take some time to relax and unwind out of the rain © Spa Montagnes du Monde, Samoëns

2. Explore the culture

Rainy days are the perfect opportunity to visit a museum or art gallery to learn all about local culture and traditions. In the Grand Massif, there are a few different sites that you can explore whilst you wait for the rain showers to pass, including:

Clos Parchet Farm and Folk Museum, Samoëns

Visit an old farm dating back to 1815, which has been restored and furnished in its former style. Uncover historical artefacts and learn about traditional farming techniques on a guided tour costing 7.50€ for adults and 4.50€ for teenagers. Kids under 12 go for free.

Visit the website for more information including opening times, or to book your place.

A traditional bedroom at a farming museum
Learn all there is to know about local traditions and history © Clos Parchet Farm and Folk Museum/ Nora Beriou

The Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption church, Samoëns

Built in 1555, the Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption church is a product of the local stone mason’s craftsmanship. You can read the full story here, but make sure to pay a visit in person to marvel at the stunning architecture!

Flaine Art Centre

The art centre in Flaine opens its doors to the public with a contemporary exhibition space, video room and library to discover. They also host workshops in line with art schools such as the ESAA (Ecole Supérieure d’Art Annecy Alpes), so make sure to keep an eye out if you are a keen creator!

Head over to the website for more details and practical information.

An art installation at Flaine art centre
Escape the rain and admire the installations and Flaine Art Centre © M Douillard, Flaine Tourism

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3. Go swimming

Heading to an indoor swimming pool is a great way to spend a few hours with the family, especially when being outside isn’t really an option.

The Aquatic Centre in Flaine offers a multitude of activities and facilities for everyone to enjoy. Work out in the 25m pool, take your little ones to the children’s area, relax in the wellness spaces or maybe try an exercise class – the choice is yours!

Make sure to check the website for opening times before planning your visit.

A family swim in an indoor swimming pool
Sit back and relax whilst the kids burn off some energy! © bouilleurdephoto, Flaine Tourism

4. Go ice skating

The 56mx26m ice rink in Samoëns is covered, meaning you can enjoy it even if there are rain showers. Opening times vary, so make sure to check the website before you go. Admission and rental cost 8.20€ for children and 8.90€ for adults, and there are group passes on offer at a discounted rate.

If ice skating isn’t for you, there is plenty of seating around the rink where you can relax and watch your kids enjoy the fun!

People skate around a covered ice rink in the mountains
The ice skating rink in Samoëns is a great spot for kids to let off some steam! © Patinoire de Samoëns

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5. Sample the local cuisine

There are plenty of great places to dine out in the Grand Massif. Whether you’re looking to try traditional dishes such as tartiflette, raclette or fondue, or something more refined in a fine-dining atmosphere, you won’t need to look far to find something to suit your taste.

Find a bar, restaurant or café in your chosen resort by clicking on the links below:

You can’t leave the Alps without trying the local dishes! © bouilleurdephoto, Flaine Tourism

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6. See a film at the cinema

Going to the cinema isn’t always the first thing that springs to mind when staying in a ski resort. However, it’s a great go-to activity for a rainy day.

You can shelter from the wet weather and cosy up with one of the latest releases at one of the following cinemas:

Make sure to look out for VO or VOST showings for English films – these will be shown in the original language. If you’re not sure, ask at the tourist office or the cinema itself.

7. Go bowling

Looking for another way to keep the whole family entertained on a rainy day? Why not head over to Galaxy Bowling in Flaine or River Bowl in Samoëns?

Not only can you stay warm and dry, but you can also enjoy some friendly competition and grab a drink from the bar while you play. And if bowling isn’t your thing, there are plenty of arcade games to try if you prefer.

Bowling lanes and seating area
Bowling is a great go-to rainy-day activity! © River Bowl in Samoëns

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8. Explore the region’s events and entertainment

The collective resorts across the Grand Massif also plan a great deal of events and entertainment for all ages and interests, throughout the whole year. In rainy weather, you may find workshops, fitness events or exhibitions that you can take part in, so make sure to take a look at the following guides for inspiration:

Check out the local events and entertainment © D.Durand, Flaine Tourism

With so much to see and do, the Grand Massif is a destination that can be enjoyed in all weather. Come rain or shine, you’ll never get bored of the stunning scenery, authentic architecture, delicious food and fun-filled activities.

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