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Overview

Samoëns offers a winning combination of small-town charm and access to vast snowsure slopes. 

What's the skiing like? Samoëns belongs to the Grand Massif (265km) ski area which is shared with FlaineMorillonLes Carroz and Sixt. The vast majority of the ski slopes here are north facing so hold the snow well. One of our favourite runs is the 14km Les Cascades (blue run) down to Sixt from the Grandes Platieres (2480m) with a good value, hearty lunch at the Lac de Gers along the way. 

Best suited to . . . Intermediate skiers with nearly half of its terrain being long blue runs. Expert skiers also have plenty to do with some great powder stashes at the Gers bowl with its 800m drop.

What's the resort like? This traditional Savoyard village offers good-value food and comfortable accommodation and attracts a largely French crowd - a nice change from the big-name British favourites. The centre of the town has a beautiful square with 16th-century church and is traffic free. The main street is lined with antique shops and independent food shops selling delicious pâtisserie.

Don't leave Samoens without . . . visiting the famous botanical garden, the only one of its kind in the Alps, where you can take a relaxing stroll around the lush surroundings. Also be sure to sample plenty of the mouth-watering local cheeses, meats and wines in the centre of Samoens (food and drink here is cheaper than in the bigger, more well-known French resorts).

Downside? You can't ski directly back to the village, you have to take the Grand Massif Express telecabin down or ski down to the neighbouring village of Morillon and catch the ski bus to Samoens from here (10 mins).

Getting there? Geneva Airport is 80km/50mins away.

 

Altitude

  • 2500m
    Summit
  • 1800m
    Vertical Drop
  • 700m
    Base

Lifts

  • 7
  • 0
  • 4
  • 4
  • 10
  • 6
  • 2
  • 34
  • 67
    Total

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Terrain

  • Beginner Runs

    15%

  • Intermediate Runs

    42%

  • Advanced Runs

    33%

  • Expert Runs

    10%

  • Runs

    145

  • Terrain Parks

    5

  • Longest Run

    14 km

Important Dates

  • Projected Opening Ski SeasonProjected Closing Ski Season14/12/201919/04/2020
  • Days Open Last Year
    121
  • Projected Days Open
    126
  • Years Open
    56
  • Average Snowfall
    1000cm

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Samoëns Reviews

anonymous
13th January 20195
Very good placeFull review
Robert Airton
23rd March 20181
All our party were quite disappointed with Samoens. We stayed in Vercland which had a 40 year old quirky carbines with few...Full review
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Tourist Office

  • Samoëns

    66, place de l'Office de Tourisme

    74340 SAMOENS

    France


    Phone: +33 (0)4 50 34 40 28

    infos@samoens.com

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