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Samoens

Thinking of skiing in Samoens? This beautiful ski village offers easy access to the huge Grand Massif ski area (including Flaine) with large beginners area and plenty of intermediate cruising.

Why Samoens Ski Resort?

  • Samoens is linked to the huge Grand Massif ski area
  • A pretty, undiscovered rural valley village
  • The village has a really good selection of restaurant
  • Easy access from the motorway, train station or Geneva airport 

Samoens (Flaine Grand Massif) Information

Set amidst forest and nestling at the foot of the imposing mount Criou, the delightful resort of Samoens 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 Samoens ski resort still give a feel for the 'real' rural ambiance of France. Samoens 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 Samoens 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 Samoens in the 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 Samoens really easily accessible.

A free shuttle bus operates around Samoens and offers rides to the slopes at Morillon and Sixt every 20 minutes.

Although the altitude of the apartments in Samoens are around 700m, the ski area actually starts at Samoens 1600m. There’s a large beginners’ area at Samoens 1600 which is ideal for those who are just starting out on skis.

Peak Retreats offers a range of Samoens accommodation options. All of Samoens' ski apartments have been hand-picked and are of a very high standard (3 & 4*), providing the ideal base for a Samoens ski holiday.

Interested in buying an apartment in Samoens? See our Buying in the Alps section.

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Samoens ski facts:

  • Ski area: Grand Massif
  • Resort height: 720m, ski from 1600m
  • Resort top height: 2500m
  • Grand Massif (Samoens, Morillon, Sixt, Les Carroz, Flaine)
  • Km piste: 265
  • Lifts: 69
  • Snow cannons: 218
  • Snow parks: 3
  • No. of slopes: 144
  • Green slopes: 18
  • Blue slopes: 67
  • Red slopes: 46
  • Black slopes: 14
    • Beginners 4 stars
    • Intermediates 4 stars
    • Experts 3 stars
    • Freeride 4 stars
    • Boarders 3 stars
  • Driving distance from Calais: 548 miles (7hrs 55)

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