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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 restaurants
  • 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.

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.

In the autumn of 2016, The Grand Massif ski area became the first ski area to be awarded the Green Globe certification for all its services including ski lifts, pistes.

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.


Samoens is linked with the massive Grand Massif (Les Carroz, Morillon and Flaine) and provides extensive skiing for all levels with virtually no queues. Not many places offer such a wide variety of skiing, and very few have such fantastic panoramic views across to the magnificent Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps!

Samoëns is a charming little Alpine village linked to the large Grand Massif ski area - so you really do get the best of both worlds.

When it was built in 2003, the fast, high capacity eight-seater Grand Massif Express lift transformed the Samoëns ski area. Skiers can now access the Grand Massif in less than eight minutes - from the village (alt. 720 m) to the beginners’ slopes and the bottom of the main pistes (1,600 m). The Chariande Express, a high-tech “high-capacity” chairlift, which opened last winter, links the plateau to the Tête des Saix (2,120 metres) in only nine minutes. It’s the ideal and easy way to get to Flaine, Morillon and Les Carroz.

The slopes above Samoëns face due north, so above 1600m the snow is fairly reliable. Thanks to its geographical location, the Grand Massif enjoys abundant, regular snowfalls throughout the season, and the area is well known for its snow quality in spring. Some 80% of the slopes are north-facing, allowing the snow to lie for longer and remain in good condition.

  • For Flaine, see details with our sister company Ski Collection

Additional ski fact info, main ski info in resort facts box at top of page

Massif (all of above exc. Flaine)

145km of pistes, 45 lifts, 81 slopes:

Green slopes: 11
Blue slopes: 38
Red slopes: 23
Black slopes: 9

254 snow cannons & 1 snow park



Skiing in Samoens couldn’t be easier, with an excellent nursery slope area at Samoens 1600 for beginners to practise on with seven lifts and a new travellator (moving walkway) to get the little ones to the top of the kindergarten slopes. The beginners’ area is separated from the other slopes – a clever idea to enable beginners to practise in complete safety, and avoid having skiers with different levels of experience sharing the same pistes. The restaurant terraces overlooking the pistes enable you to make the most of a relaxing rest in the sun while keeping an eye on your children as they negotiate the travelator and the baby slopes.

The “Septi Snake”, on a green piste, is an easy slalom to learn on and have fun in the process. And just to the side of the piste, there are three “freestyle” features you can try!

Recently (2015), there have been special child-friendly seats on the beginner chairlift installed. These can be identified by the red cushion seats designed specifically for young skiers. This helps lift operators to spot them and help them on and off as the youngsters learn how the chairlift works. There’s also a special restraining bar extension which prevents the little ones from slipping under the normal chairlift bar, offering parents peace of mind.

Also new for young adventurers, the hidden fun zone La Forêt Myztérieuze de ZiziPanpan (ZiziPanPan’s Mysterious Forest) now includes a mini-zipline!


Intermediates and boarders will enjoy the 49 red pistes and 15 black pistes they’ll find on the Grand Massif’s extensive intermediate slopes and big lift networks.


There’s also more testing terrain for the more advanced: the steep north-facing mogul slopes from the Tête des Saix - the central point of the entire Grand Massif system - down to Samoëns are particularly enjoyable. There’s also extensive off-piste.


Although you can’t actually ski back to Samoens village from Samoens 1600, you can ski down to Vercland  - using the ‘Velarge’ red run or ‘Grand Cret’ black run - to the old Saix gondola between Samoens and Morillon.  From Vercland there’s a free shuttle bus back to Samoens village just down the road. You can also ski back down to Morillon village on the ‘Diona’ red run, and again catch the shuttle bus back to nearby Samoëns village.

The Les Cascades run - this 14 km piste takes you from the summit of Les Grandes Platières at 2,500m down to the village of Sixt, 900m further down the mountainside. A great descent through Alpine meadows and forests on one of the finest pistes in the Alps - on the edge of the Sixt Fer-à-Cheval Nature Reserve where it’s not unusual to come across mountain goats - fourteen kilometres of quiet surroundings and breathtaking landscapes!


There’s free parking at the Grand Massif Express gondola, so taking your car is easy. And with 800 spaces you shouldn’t have a problem finding somewhere to park. However please be aware that the Grand Massif Express car park is not accessible for vehicles over 2.40 m in height. So take care if your skis are stored vertically on your vehicle!

Samoens Ski Hire

Pre-book your Samoens ski hire with Peak Retreats.

View here for pre-bookable ski extra prices in £ for Samoens 2018/19

Please note, these Pound Sterling prices are for indication only. They will fluctuate based on Euro/£ exchange rate. Please call us for the latest prices.

Special offers: *7 days for the price of 6.  Free Skis/snowboard & boots (Blue/Red) for party leaders of groups of 10 or more all taking equipment. 1 Free helmet per child aged 6 and under for every adult booking skis or snowboards & boots (must be under same booking reference and requested on form above). Other duration prices on request - Cross Country ski prices on request.

Find out more about Peak Retreats ski hire

Samoens Lift Passes

Pre-book your Samoens lift passes with Peak Retreats. Find out more about Peak Retreats ski passes

View here for pre-bookable ski extra prices in £ for Samoens 2018/19

Please note, these Pound Sterling prices are for indication only. They will fluctuate based on Euro/£ exchange rate. Please call us for the latest prices.

Other lift pass on offer (to buy locally in resort in Euros):

Massif ski pass – ½ day and daily rates 2016/17:
4 consecutive hours - €27.70 children, €36.90 adults
Day - €30.80 children, €41 adults

Grand Massif ski pass – ½ day and daily rates 2016/17:
4 consecutive hours - €31.40 children, €41.90 adults
Day - €34.90 children, €46.50 adults

Samoens beginners passes 2016/17:
2 trips on Grand Massif Express or Saix gondola, drags - pendant, chateau, char, babuches, chairlifts - damoiseaux and demoiselles.
Day: adult - €24.40, child 5-15yrs - €18.30
1/2 day: adult - €22, child 5-15yrs - €16.50

Samoens Ski School

Pre-book your Samoens ski school with Peak Retreats. Find out more about Peak Retreats ski school.

Ski school for children is available to book from 3 years to 12 years, in Samoens, with Peak Retreats. 3-5 year olds will go into the Ski Kindergarten lessons.

View here for pre-bookable ski extra prices in £ for Samoens 2018/19

Please note, these Pound Sterling prices are for indication only. They will fluctuate based on Euro/£ exchange rate. Please call us for the latest prices.

Ski School: Please note that lesson times are subject to change right until the last minute. Outside French school holidays the ski school reserves the right to cancel group lessons should numbers be insufficient. For peak periods (22/12-4/1, 9/2-8/3 & 6/4-26/4) we strongly recommend that you book as early as possible and in any case at least 6 weeks prior to the required dates. Morning lessons tend to get booked up first and therefore we may only be able to offer afternoon classes within 6 weeks of departure. In some resorts English speaking instructors may not always be available, particularly at peak times.

We cannot always guarantee that prices will be cheaper than in resort. When ski packs prices are calculated, the currency is bought at the exchange rates that apply at the time. You can be assured that once you have booked your extras, if the pound depreciates, you will not be charged more for your ski packs, enabling you to budget for your holiday in advance.

Samoens Individual Tuition (17/18 prices, NOT pre-bookable)

Individual tuitions can only be purchased directly from the ski school. Peak Retreats cannot pre-book these.

Around €40-45 per hour for 1-2 people.

Please note that prices are only an indication and are subject to change

Ski school Samoens contact numbers for private lessons:

Ecole du Ski Francais Village +33 450 34 43 12
Ecole du Ski Français Samoens 1600 +33 450 34 40 86

Samoens Child Care

Kindergarten the Loupiots Tel: +33 4 50 34 13 96                  

The Loupiots kindergarten welcomes your children in Sameons aged between 3 years and 6 years (before the date of their 6th birthday) (several activity rooms, dormitories, a co-ordination skills room, garden…). Pre-booking is strongly recommended.

Open from 18/12/16 to 28/04/17 except Saturdays from 8am-6pm.

Tel. 0033 450 341 396 - 

Please note that prices are only an indication and are subject to change.

Prices 2016/17:

Day with meal from 43 - 50 €
1/2 day morning plus meal (8h30 - 12h30) or 1/2 day afternoon (13h - 18h) from 28 - 32 €
1/2 day afternoon with meal (11h30 - 18h) from 34 - 38 €
1/2 day morning with meal (8h30 - 12h30) + taken to afternoon ski school or 1/2 day afternoon plus meal (11h30 - 18h) + picked up from morning ski school from 36 - 40 €

6 days with meal (8h30 - 18h) from 246 - 276 €
6 1/2 day morning plus meal (8h30 - 12h30) or 6 1/2 day afternoon (13h - 18h) from 144 - 168 €
6 1/2 afternoon with meal (11h30 - 18h) from 186 - 210 €
6 1/2 day morning with meals (8h30 - 12h30) + + taken to afternoon ski school or  6 1/2 day afternoon plus meal (13h - 18h) + picked up from morning ski school from 198 - 222 € 

To receive the application forms please give your address and phone number.
Between 11 am and 1 pm they don't give any information on the phone in order not to disturb the children.
Please send the following information for each child:
 - Family name and Given name
 - Date of birth
 - The formula of your choice - The first and the last day your child will come to the kindergarden

The payment is required on the first day of the service. Only cash is accepted.

If you need additional information please do not hesitate to come to the kindergarten : the information office is open every Saturday from 9 to 11 am and 2 to 6 pm.


Please don't forget to send an e-mail confirming your reservation one week before the service. The payment is required on the first day of the service. Only cash is accepted.
Please don't forget to inform them in case your child is taking ski lessons. Providing the following information whether your child come to the kindergarden in the morning or in the afternoon.

Baby changing

• At the Tourist Office Place de l’autogare. Free of charge
• At the Grand Massif Express cablecar. Free of charge
• At Samoëns 1600. Free of charge

Baby equipment hire

+33 (0)4 50 34 18 81 
NEIGE ET MONTAGNE - Rue de la Gare
+33 0)4 50 34 40 90
+33 (0)4 50 34 98 20 

Maison des P'tits montagnards

Sameons is one of the few resorts to have a place for parents and children aged between 18 months and 6 years old to go together.

Booking is required before noon, at the Tourist Office. Free entrance.

NEW! Family Plus Playground

New playground for 3-6yrs, near to the toboggan run. Make up workshop, storytime, fun and games etc. FREE.

Children’s Ski Lessons in Samoens

Children can ski from 3 years old in Samoens with ESF Samoens.

Peak Retreats can pre-book this. See here for details on Samoens Ski School.

Resort Activities

In Samoens there is Snowshoeing, archery, dogsledging, paragliding, climbing (indoor wall and natural site), ice climbing (on ice waterfalls), ice-skating (600m2covered ice-rinks), horse-riding, under-ice diving, helicopter excursions, potholing…

Samoens Ice Rink

A bigger new ice skating rink for 15/16 - Opening on November 2015
Samoëns ice skating rink has undergone a makeover and will look fresh and new when it reopens for winter 2015/16. The whole family will enjoy the thrills of outdoor ice skating on a spacious 56x26m new rink with a view over the mountains.

Samoens Leisure centre

A brand new space dedicated in the village for the whole family: 6 runs of bowlings (6 bowling lanes), playground area, bar restaurant dancing etc.

Samoens Ski Mountaineering

From December to May, ski mountaineering is one of the finest ways of conquering the peaks.

Mountain Guides Office Samoens
Tel. +33 (0)4 50 34 43 12  

Samoens Ice climbing

Bureau des Guides / French Ski School
28, Place de l’Offi ce du Tourisme
Tel. +33 (0)4 50 34 43 12

Snow shoeing in Samoens

Half-day or full-day snowshoe outing in Samoens.

• Moonlit outings ending with a typical Savoie meal (fondue, potato bougnettes).
• Torchlight descents.
• Special-interest outings to learn about orienteering, snow cover, animal tracks and landscapes.
• Excursions over several days living life at the mountain’s own speed and sleeping in mountain huts.

Bureau des Guides
28 place de l’Offi ce de Tourisme
+33 (0)4 50 34 43 12 

Maiden flights in a helicopter from Samoens

Mont-Blanc Helicopteres
Tel. +33 (0)4 50 92 78 00 or +33 (0)4 50 74 22 44

Samoens Paragliding

Twin-seat gliders are the best way of learning the basics of paragliding.

Pégase Air Samoëns - Tel. +33 (0)4 50 34 95 80

Samoens Cinema - Le Criou

Open during the season. 3 shows per day. Few films in original version.

Tel. +33 (0)4 50 34 41 40

Samoens Dog sledding

Ride in a sled driven by a musher. Booking is recommended. 
Place du Criou
Tel. +33 (0)4 50 96 64 19 -

Samoens Nordic walking

Nordic walking involves walking with a specific type of stick with Bureau des Guides.

Tel. +33 (0)4 50 34 43 12  

Samoens Afghan Walking

Match your breathing to your stride for an invigorating form of walking.

Samoens Outing in horse-drawn carriage

Rides through Samoens in a horse-drawn carriage.

SARL Chevrot
Tel. +33 (0)4 50 25 84 41

Samoens Septi-Train

Guided tours leaving from Church square. Tour of the master cheesemakers’ cellars - Booking compulsory is necessary.

Place du Gros Tilleul
Tel. +33 (0)6 10 40 83 08 -

Samoens Internet café

Internet Café with computers and wireless access.

68, place du Gros Tilleul
+33 (0)4 50 18 01 12

Samoens 1600 tobagganing

Open daily (From 10 am to 5 pm).

Enjoy the thrills of tobogganing in an area covering more than 1,000m² at Samoëns 1600m.

A sledging run has been built at an altitude of 1600 metres at the Ski domain for beginners. It is easy to reach and it gives your children a risk-free opportunity to enjoy all the pleasures of sledging. The run, built on a mound of artificial snow, is 30 metres in length and 10 metres wide. FREE.

Other areas:
In the village Place de la gare. Free of charge
At Joux Plane (when the road is open). Free of charge

Samoens Market

The village is welcoming one of the biggest market of Haute Savoie every Wednesday morning from 7 am to 1 pm.

Please note: All the above information is for information only. For the most up-to-date information please visit the resort tourist office website. All prices for activities are in local currency (€ Euros) and are bookable and payable locally in resort.

Samoens Tourist Office

BP 42 - 74340 Samoëns
Tel. +33 (0)4 50 34 40 28 -

Read about Samoens on

Skiing Samoens: Activities

Mountain restaurants in Grand Massif

9 mountain restaurants in Samoens Flaine Grand Massif including:

Au Pre d’Oscar (sunny, 360 view)
Chalet l’Aero (panoramic view of Giffre Valley)
Gite du Lac de Gers
La Luge a Teran
L’Igloo (Morillon)
La Relais des Vallees (Joux Plane)
Le Tremplin
Lou Caboens

Cross-country in Grand Massif

The site in the valley, on the banks of the Giffre, offers 46 km of tracks that are also suitable for skating.

The Haut Giffre circuits are popular with cross country skiers.

• the tracks in the Glière sector (2 km) and the Salvagny sector (5 km) are suitable for beginners, while the Fer à Cheval (16 km), Molliet (9 km) circuits & the return to Samoens (10 km) will appeal to more experienced skiers.
• Joux Plane pass, situated at an altitude of 1,700 m, guarantees good skiing conditions when there is not enough snow in the valley. Open only when the site in the valley is closed.

Shuttle buses run between Samoens and the Col de Joux Plane. 
Tel: +33 4 50 34 13 79

Terrain Parks in Samoens and Grand Massif

JamPark Pro is in Flaine and is the main park. Has a quarter-pipe, tables, rails, a boardercross course and chill-out zone.

There is a tiny kids’ park in Samoens, a boardercross course in Les Carroz and another kids’ park, JamPark Kids, with a boardercross on the Morillon side.

Skidoos in Samoens

Outing with a qualified guide over a signposted route close to the downhill ski runs. Suitable for all levels. No licence required.
Tel. +33 (0)4 50 34 40 84

Speed riding in Samoens


This new sport is a specific form of paragliding. It is done on snow only and it consists of flying along a slope equipped with a pair of skis, a saddle and a small, easily-controlled wing. 
Tel. +33 (0)4 50 34 95 80-

Heli Skiing in Samoens

Bureau des Guides / French Ski School
28, place de l’Offi ce du Tourisme
+33 (0)4 50 34 43 12

Ski Touring in Samoens

Bureau des Guides
28, place de l’Office du Tourisme
+33 (0)4 50 34 43 12

Sledging (free) in Samoens

• Tobogganing at Samoëns 1600 m
You can go tobogganing on the Plateau des Saix at Samoens 1600 m.

• Tobogganing in Samoens village
No need to go higher up the mountain to enjoy a sledging run.

• Tobogganing at Joux Plane
A toboggan run on a south-facing slope a few kilometres from the centre of Samoens village, on the Joux Plane cross-country skiing area.

Slope open when there is not enough snow in Samoens village.

Samoens/Grand Massif Resort News & Events 2018/19

Resort news:

  • Investment - the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes has invested:
    In Samoëns and Morillon, a 600,000€ grant went towards installing 60 snow cannons on the 2 new pistes in the Coulouvrier bowl
    In Flaine, a second grant of 600,000€ went towards integrating the 110,000m2 Veret mountains reservoir into the landscape
  • 2 new pistes -  the Coulouvrier Bowl will have two new slopes! For 2018/19 two slopes categorised as red will be available:
    "PACCOTY" on the Morillon side, running from the top of the Biollaires chairlift down to the bottom of the Coulouvrier chairlift
    "CORNE" on the Samoëns side, taking the following route: from the "Marmotte" piste as far as the intersection with "Paccoty"
  • Luge (mountain coaster) - Opening December 2018 in Les Carroz! Riders from 3 years old (under 9's must be accompanied by an adult). Departure is at the bottom of the Kedeuze telecabine. Open from 3pm-7pm daily.


  • Village de Noel - 15-16th December 2018 between 4pm and 7.30pm & 21-27 December between 4pm and 7.30pm - Celebrate Christmas in the fairytale atmosphere of the Christmas chalets in the heart of the village of Samoëns. Experience the magic of the festive season and meet Santa Claus. The village square has been turned into a Christmas Village where fifteen chalets, run by local associations and traders, are set up during the festive season, right in the heart of Samoëns. Arranged in a semi-circle near the Grenette, they form a colourful fairytale marketplace. Children can run after Father Christmas' sleigh, take part in the entertainment or listen to the quiet, gentle voice of the storyteller while their parents enjoy doughnuts and hot chocolate or hot wine, as they stroll from one chalet to another. Every evening, your invited to enter the magical world of Christmas in the mountains of Savoie for three hours - to ensure that your Christmas holidays are the ones you've always dreamed of. Details here:
  • Christmas village fireworks - 24th December 2017 at 7pm - To end the coming of Santa Claus, enjoy these fireworks shot from the top of the Botanical Garden, visible from Avenue Cognac Jaÿ
  • Winegrowers' week - 17-21st January 2019 - for the 9th consecutive year, Samoëns will be celebrating good French food and well-being at its Winegrowers' Week combining skiing and oenology. The village plays host to almost 20 winegrowers who share the results of the job they are so passionate about.

More information can be found on the tourist office website:

Samoens Après-Ski, Bars & Restaurants

In Samoens there are 30 Restaurants, 15 bars & a tearoom, cinema, shops.

Samoens Restaurants

10, place des sept monts
+33 (0)4 50 34 42 19 

Route de la Piaz
+33 (0)4 50 54 40 68

+33 (0)4 50 34 91 61

Avenue CognacqJaÿ
+33 (0)4 50 34 40 11

Les Mouilles
+33 (0)4 50 34 41 86 

Rue des Billets
+33 (0)4 50 34 42 83 

Les Billets 612
chem. de la cour
+33 (0)4 50 34 10 29

132, route de Taninges
+33 (0)4 50 34 18 02

Place du Criou
+33 (0)4 50 34 19 36

Galerie des dents blanches
+33 (0)4 50 34 45 18

Place du Criou
+33 (0)4 57 44 66 27
+33 (0)6 12 20 68 85

37, chemin des Bornes
+33 (0)4 50 53 65 22
+33 (0)6 30 28 76 53

Brasseries in Samoens
108, place du gros tilleul
+33 (0)4 50 34 94 43

Base de loisirs
600, rte du lac aux Dames
+33 (0)4 50 89 45 10

Crêperies in Samoens
Chemin de La Cour
+33 (0)4 50 34 98 28

Pizzerias in Samoens
Avenue du Giffre
+33 (0)4 50 58 71 96

Immeuble le Lavieu

Place des Dents Blanches à côté de la poste
+33 (0)4 50 34 48 51

Altitude Restaurants in Samoens
AU PRÉ D’OSCAR Samoëns 1600
300, plateau des Saix
+33 (0)4 50 53 71 57
+33 (0)6 64 93 65 42

+33 (0)6 18 81 38 50

CHALET L’AÉRO Samoëns 1600
Plateau des Saix
+33 (0)4 50 54 73 79

Samoëns 1600
+33 (0)6 73 93 99 05

LA LUGE À TÉRAN Samoëns 1600
Les Gouilles Rouges
+33 (0)6 85 80 77 00

LE TREMPLIN Samoëns 1600
Plateau des Saix
+33 (0)4 50 18 07 54

L’IGLOO La Vieille - Morillon
+33 (0)4 50 90 14 31
+33 (0)6 87 81 17 05

LOU CABOËNS Samoëns 1600
+33 (0)4 50 91 61 87

Unique restaurant, located in a remote and beautiful area which is only accessible via a 14km long run, La Cascade. At the bottom of the run, skiers need to press a button to call the restaurant’s owner who will come to pick up skiers with his snowmobile.

Samoens Amenities

Samoens features a range of amenities including: cash points, doctors, Carrefour & Sherpa supermarkets, 2 pharmacies, physiotherapists, bakeries, butcher, shoe shop, sweet shop (150 varieties), regional products, hairdressers, tea room, Intersport, Vet (Delacoste Magalie 0033 450 34 44 93)…

Market on Wednesday mornings, library, health and beauty parlour, exhibitions.

Launderette in Samoens

LE LAVOIR - 34, route de la Piaz
+33 (0)6 03 70 83 23
or +33 (0)4 50 98 64 42

Mini Supermarkets in Samoens

14, grande rue
+33 (0)4 50 34 17 12

SHERPA Villa Monette
224 rue des Billets
+33 (0)4 50 53 43 50

Large supermarkets in Samoens

1356, rte de Taninges Les Sages
+33 (0)4 50 34 97 77

Getting to Samoens, France 

By Road: 

Driving distance from Calais 540 miles (approx 7hrs35)

From Calais, take A26 Motorway towards Reims and Troyes, then Dijon, Mâcon then ‘Autoroute Blanche’ Motorway (A40 Mâcon – Cluses) exit Cluses Scionzier. Follow signs to Samoens.

It takes approximately 20 minutes from the motorway exit to Samoens.

It’s all motorway apart from the last 12 miles (20km).

By Rail: 

There are easy rail connections from European cities, linking to France’s high speed TGV train service. The nearest station to Samoëns is 12 miles (20 km) away at Cluses.

From Cluses to Samoens private transfers – from £58 per person return based on 4 people sharing. Prebookable via Peak Retreats.


Geneva to Samoens is 67km (1 hour)

Chambery Airport is 117km from Samoans (1 ½ hours)

Grenoble Airport is 204km from Samoans (2 hours)

Lyon to Samoens is 204km (2 hours)

Public shuttle bus transfers from airport:

Geneva Airport - Samoens via Annemasse ( From 20/12/14-23/03/15 (up to 6 per day). Adult return €75.

Resort Shuttle Bus in Samoens

Free shuttle service every 20 minutes taking skiers and pedestrians with their ski pass from the village to the Grand Massif Express and Vercland ski lifts.
- Red line: Morillon lift - Vercland lift - Samoëns Grand Massif Express lift - Sixt Fer à Cheval - Salvagny lift.
- Pink line: Verchaix Chef-Lieu - Morillon - Samoëns Grand Massif Express lift - Morillon lift.
- Green line: Sixt Fer à Cheval (Cascades bar) - Samoëns Grand massif Express lift - Morillon lift.
- Blue line: Les Beules - Samoëns Grand massif Express lift.
- Yellow line: Le Bérouze - Place des Sept Monts - Samoëns Tourist Office - Samoëns Grand Massif Express lift.

Parking for the Samoens lift system

Free parking at the Grand Massif Express gondola car park. Also free parking at Vercland. The car park is 3 km from the village centre, at the foot of the 4-seater Vercland ski lift (only open in the winter) that takes just 10 minutes to reach Samoens 1600.

Samoens Airport Transfer

For pre-bookable private transfer rates with Peak Retreats, view here

Samoens Opening Dates

The Grand Massif ski area (Samoens, Morillon, Flaine, Les Carroz, Sixt a fer Cheval) is open: Saturday 22/12/18 – Monday 22/04/19.

Pre-opening from Saturday, December 15th to Friday, December 21st 2018.

Grand Massif opening: From Saturday, December 22nd 2018 to Monday, April 22nd 2019!

Les Carroz:
Pre-opening from Saturday, December 15th to Friday, December 21st 2018

Grand Massif opening: From Saturday, December 22nd 2018 to Monday, April 22nd 2019!

From Saturday, December 22nd 2018 to Monday, April 22nd 2019.


Pre-opening from Saturday, December 15th to Friday, December 21st 2018.

Grand Massif opening: From Saturday, December 22nd 2018 to Monday, April 22nd 2019!

From Saturday, December 22nd 2018 to Friday, March 15th 2019.

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Accommodation in Samoens

Les Chalets de Layssia

Self Catered Apartments Sleeps 1 - 10 Directors' Choice | Luxury

In a few words... These luxury 4* ski apartments are ideally located in the centre of Samoens. 50m from the free shuttle bus to the Grand Massif Express gondola. Facilities include indoor heated pool, hot tub, sauna and steam room.

Directors' Choice | Luxury

La Reine des Prés

Self Catered Apartments Sleeps 1 - 10 Directors' Choice | Luxury

In a few words... These lovely 4* apartments are really well located close to the Grand Massif Express gondola, and just 5 minute walk from the main village square. Facilities include indoor pool and spa.

Directors' Choice | Luxury

Club Med Grand Massif Samoens Morillon

All Inclusive Super Inclusive Hotel Sleeps 1 - 9 All inclusive

In a few words... The flagship family all-inclusive 4-Trident Club Med Resort in Samoens is set right on the slopes (at 1600m) and next to the large beginners area. Facilities include a full range of kids’ clubs, indoor/outdoor heated pool and spa facilities, family area in the main restaurant and dedicated kids area in the ski room.

All inclusive


Self Catered Apartments Sleeps 1 - 8 Superior | New to programme

Perfectly located just 600m from the Grand Massif Express gondola (a free private shuttle bus is planned) and 150m from the resort centre, the brand new Alexane enjoys one of the most convenient positions in the resort.

Superior | New to programme

Suites d’Alexane

Hotel Sleeps 1 - 4 Superior | New to programme

Perfectly located just 600m from the Grand Massif Express gondola (a free private shuttle bus is planned), and 150m from the resort centre, this brand new 4* superior hotel, the Suites d’Alexane adjoins the 4* superior residence of the same name, and enjoys one of the most convenient positions in the resort.

Superior | New to programme

Neige et Roc

Self Catered Hotel & Apartments Sleeps 1 - 5 Superior

In a few words... This family-run 3* chalet-style hotel is a short walk from the village centre and handy for the free resort shuttle bus to the Grand Massif Express gondola, which stops in front of the hotel. Facilities include indoor pool, sauna and steam room, and a cosy bar with open fire.


Les Fermes de Samoens

Self Catered Apartments Sleeps 1 - 10

In a few words... These 3* traditionally built chalet apartments and self-catered terraced chalets is located in a peaceful part of Samoens village, 800m from the village centre and 1.1km from the Grand Massif Express gondola (free resort shuttle bus). Facilities include indoor pool, sauna and steam room.


Self Catered Apartments Sleeps 1 - 6 Luxury

In a few words... The four charming apartments in this 4* traditional chalet are ideally located for skiers and non-skiers alike; 350m from the heart of Samoens village and 350m from the Grand Massif Express gondola. The free resort shuttle bus stops 80m away. Facilities include shared outdoor hot tub.


Chalet Cheops

Self Catered Apartments Sleeps 1 - 6 Luxury | New to programme

This brand new 4* luxury detached chalet comprises 4 self-contained very comfortable, spacious apartments sleeping 4-6. The ski bus stop is 400m away.

Luxury | New to programme

Chalet Arnica

Self Catered Chalet Sleeps 1 - 12 Luxury

In a few words... This stunning 4* self-catered chalet is ideally located minutes from the heart of the village of Samoens, less than a mile from the Grand Massif Express gondola and 100m from the outdoor ice-rink and free resort shuttle bus stop. The south-facing living area has a gorgeous stone fireplace.


Chalet La Remise

Self Catered Chalet Sleeps 1 - 12

In a few words... This 4* self-catered chalet, with comfortable sofas, a well-equipped kitchen and inviting interior, is located in the beautiful, peaceful Vallons area of Samoëns, a short drive from the centre of the village and just 150m from a stop for the free ski shuttle bus to the Grand Massif Express gondola and village.

Chalet La Ferme de Fontany

Self Catered Chalet Sleeps 1 - 10 Luxury

In a few words... this large farmhouse has been completely renovated, combining antique Savoyard style with modern comforts to create a stunning 4* self-catered chalet. It is located 1km from Samoens centre and 1.9km from the Grand Massif Express gondola. Guests can use the pool, sauna and hot tub at Hotel Neige et Roc.


Maison du Bourg

Self Catered Chalet Sleeps 1 - 12

In a few words... La Maison du Bourg is a recently refurbished, 16th century house, located in the heart of Samoëns village, just off the main square. This spacious chalet effortlessly combines contemporary style with traditional features.

What our clients say

The Aspen bar was very good and the restaurant in Neige et Roc excellent... Samoens is a beautiful french village, I would visit even if I didn't ski!  

Mrs C January 2017
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