A little known resort among Brits, with 90% of skiers coming from France, those who visit Samoens are often enthusiastic to return. Set among the Grand Massif ski area, Samoens provides a saught after combination of small village charm and access to a huge variety of snow-sure slopes.

The Grand Massif ski area is comprised of Flaine, Samoëns, Morillon, Sixt and Les Carroz, totalling 265km of pistes, the majority of which are north facing, leading to great snow conditions.

Samoens is an attractive, traditional village - once a thriving centre for stonemasons, with their work much in evidence. The centre of the resort is traffic free, with an enticing range of independent food shops, alongside broader shopping opportunities as well as a historic 16th century church. Though not quite as centrally located as some others in the Grand Massif, many see the trade off as worthwhile for a more enjoyable base.

Pros

Lovely historic village, with traffic-free centre and weekly market

Part of the big, varied Grand Massif

Glorious views from top heights

Cons

Main access lift is well outside the village, and has no return piste

Not the best base for beginners

Limited nightlife

Getting there

  • Chambery airport: 1.5 hours
  • Geneva airport: 1 hours

Contact Details

Good For

Ability
  • Advanced
  • Intermediate
In Resort
  • Village Charm
On Slope
  • Fast Lifts
  • No Queues
  • Snow Reliability

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