Samoëns has remained unspoilt by tourist developments . Samoëns together with its nine surrounding hamlets, all situated at about 700 ... Read more
Samoëns has remained unspoilt by tourist developments . Samoëns together with its nine surrounding hamlets, all situated at about 700 metres above sea level, not only has an exceptionally rich heritage, but also a thriving life throughout the year. This is not a purpose built resort.
Besides being an excellent place to snuggle up in front of a log fire, or go for a gentle walk, Samoëns is also the place for serious sport, situated as it is right in the middle of the Grand Massif, which also includes the resorts of Morillon, Flaine, Sixt Fer à Cheval and Les Carroz. There are some 265 km of pistes, between 700 and 2500 m, covering one of the most spectacular skiing areas in the Alps. And if the sublime beauty of the landscape isn't enough, the region also boasts a really good snow record, thanks to its geographic position.
Samoëns is part of the Grand Massif, one of the most exhilarating ski areas in Europe. Not many places offer such a wide variety of skiing, and very few have such fantastic panoramic views over Mont Blanc. There’s the spectacularly beautiful piste des Cascades, which takes you on a 14 kilometre descent from the top of Flaine through the national park of Sixt Fer à Cheval down to the village of Sixt. This is a blue piste, and so is suitable for even novice skiers.
The upper pistes on Tête des Saix are among the most testing in the Grand massif, and there is lots of good off piste to try also.
The resort is the perfect base for all but the most timid intermediates. From Tête des Saix there is a wide choice of long runs in various directions. In good snow the valley runs to Vercland are highly enjoyable.
Beginners must buy a pass (15 Euros per day) and go up to 1600. There are snow sure gentle nursery slopes for absolute beginners up there, but they can get crowded at peak times. Head to Morillon for longer green runs to progress to.
Boarders should beware the drag-lift on the nursery slopes and are better off in Flaine, which suits boarder quite well (see the separate chapter on Flaine for more details).
Please call for further information on childcare in Samoens.
There are several bars, including an Irish pub, which is ‘authentic’ but also reported to be pricey.