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Samoens Ski Resort, France






Key Features

  • Short Transfers
  • Good for self-drive
  • Families
  • Traditional village
  • Good for ski-in / ski-out

The French proudly describe Samoëns as one of their 'monuments historiques', that just happens to have a great ski area nearby. Only an hour drive from Geneva airport, the centre of Samoëns is traffic-free, and has a beautiful square dominated by a magnificent lime tree.

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Resort Facts

  • Resort height: 1,600m
  • Highest lift: 2,500m
  • No. of lifts: 62
  • No. of slopes: 139 (Grand Massif)
  • Total piste: 256km (Grand Massif)
  • Transfer times: 1 hour 

Overview of Samoëns

Samoëns is one of France’s most family friendly ski resorts and has excellent access to the 256km of inter-connected slopes that form the Grand Massif ski area.

Samoëns is a picturesque old village that makes for a perfect base from which to explore the Grand Massif and the linked slopes with Les Carroz, Morillon and Flaine. The access gondola is slightly out of town, but it provides access to the heart of the slopes as well as the best beginner zone in the resort. The local slopes are mostly long and tree-lined, so are fantastic in bad weather conditions, but if the sun is shining, be sure to make the most of your Grand Massif pass and head to the high bowl above Flaine or the powder skiing in the Combe de Gers.

3 Things We Love About Samoens

  1. Samoëns is a picturesque French town which carries the designation 'Ville Fleurie' due to its natural beauty
  2. It is also the only ski resort in France to have the status of ‘Monuments Historique’ thanks to its beautiful old buildings.
  3. An hour by car from Geneva, the village has a traffic-free centre with a typical French square.

Skiing and Boarding in Samoëns

Samoëns is part of the Grand Massif Ski Area. Here you'll find 139 slopes offering approx 265km of skiing via a network of 62 ski lifts.

The pistes offer a good variety of difficulty with 25 green, 59 blue, 44 red and 11 black. As well as this you'll find 19 fun zones and 6 freeride zones. Your connection to the ski area is via the Grand Massif Express. This allows you to reach all the different runs and resorts (Flaine, Les Carroz, Morillon and Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval) that make up this area.

Lift Passes in Samoëns

The best option to make the most of this ski area is to get the lift pass for Le Grand Massif as this will give you the largest amount ski terrain to enjoy. Scroll down to see the prices for lift passes as well as ski hire.

Activities in Samoëns

As well as skiing there are various other fun activities in resort, including:
  • Fat biking
  • Ice skating
  • Snowshoe tours
  • Snowmobile excursions
  • Ice climbing
  • Paragliding

Après Ski in Samoëns

Samoëns isn't the biggest resort for partying, but there are a few spots available for apres drinks. Here are some suggestions:
  • Covey's Irish Pub - A typical Irish pub serving a good selection of beers
  • Red Rock Cafe - Offering cocktails and other drinks and with a great atmosphere
  • Vin sur Vin - A cosy wine bar serving a range of international wines - although mostly French and Italian. You can also enjoy some homemade Italian food during your visit.
  • L'apero S'pace - A nice bar serving cocktails and other drinks to finish off your day

Places to Eat in Samoëns

Within the village you'll find restaurants serving a variety of cuisines, from Italian, vegetarian to Savoyarde. Here are a few ideas of places to eat:
  • La Boule De Neige - Serving Savoyarde specialities including raclette and tartiflette as well as fish, salads and other dishes
  • Fabio Restaurant - Here you can enjoy Italian dishes which are made with local, natural and organic ingredients
  • Melting Spot (Café de la Poste) - A friendly restaurant offering a range of dishes including steak, pasta and fondue
  • La Canette - Here you can enjoy great burgers, salads, tapas, hot dogs and various other dishes, plus a selection of global beers
  • Le Matefaim - A pizzeria and creperie with affordable prices
  • Le Monde à L'Envers - Serving Savoyarde specialities
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    Ski essentials in Samoens

    Organising ski hire has never been easier. Select your preferred departure date and see what discounts we offer when you pre-book. (Please note helmets are not included. Please call if you'd like to hire one).

    Up to
    15% off

    Bronze Silver Gold Platinum Ski Saver
    Adult   (14+ yrs) Skis | Poles £104 £88 £139 £118 £169 £144 £198 £168 Book your ski hire at the same time as purchasing any lift pass and save an additional
    £20 per person
    Ski | Poles | Boots £117 £99 £158 £135 £198 £168 £229 £194
    Snowboard £139 £118 £169 £144
    Snowboard | Boots £158 £135 £198 £168
    Child   (6-13 yrs) Skis | Poles £90 £77
    Ski | Poles | Boots £112 £96
    Snowboard £90 £77
    Snowboard | Boots £112 £96

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    Ski essentials in Samoens

    A lift pass is a necessity for every ski holiday and often a sizeable chunk of your holiday budget. As a result, and using our 35 years of experience, we have sought great value prices for you, so browse via resort and date to see how much you can save!

    Six Day Full Area Pass Ski Saver
    Senior   (65-74 yrs) £221 Book your ski hire at the same time as purchasing any lift pass and save an additional
    £20 per person
    Adult   (16-64 yrs) £232
    Child   (5-15 yrs) £175

    Find out more about lift pass options we offer

    Ski essentials in Samoens

    No matter what level you are – first time skier to seasoned pro, everyone can find ski tutorial to suit their level. Browse our ski lessons via date to see our current rates. Prices based on morning lessons – subject to availability.

    Ski School is now available for the 19/20 winter season. Please call our ski experts on 0330 102 8004 for advice and to book lessons.

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