Set amidst forest and nestling at the foot of the imposing mount Criou, the delightful resort of Samoëns has remained wonderfully unspoilt in spite of the development of tourism.
Despite recent growth on the outskirts of the village, the many traditional-style bars and restaurants at Samoëns ski resort still give a feel for the 'real' rural ambiance of France. Samoëns has a small traffic free centre with narrow streets, an old stone fountain, a church, an ancient linden tree and many other traditional buildings. Each Wednesday there’s a market in the square.
Samoens also has a stone fountain, a church, an ancient linden tree and other traditional buildings in keeping with the environment. Each Wednesday there is a market in the square.
Non-ski activities in Samoëns village include dog-sledding, indoor climbing and skating - but also some more unusual activities such as archery in the forest, caving, ice climbing or diving under ice!
At the heart of the picturesque Giffre Valley, the pretty village of Samoëns Grand Massif is only a 20-minute drive from the motorway exit near the TGV train station of Cluses, and only 55km from Geneva - making your ski holidays in Samoëns really easily accessible.
A free shuttle bus operates around Samoëns and offers rides to the slopes at Morillon and Sixt every 20 minutes.
Although the altitude of Samoëns village itself is around 700m, the ski area actually starts at Samoëns 1600m. There’s a large beginners’ area at Samoëns 1600 which is ideal for those who are just starting out on skis.
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Why Samoens Haute Savoie?
- It’s linked to the huge Grand Massif ski area
- A pretty, undiscovered rural valley village
- It has a really good selection of restaurant
- There’s easy access from the motorway, train station or Geneva airport
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Samoens ski facts:
- No. of slopes: 144
- Green slopes: 18
- Blue slopes: 67
- Red slopes: 46