Samoëns Ski Resort

Samoëns is one of France’s most family friendly ski resorts and has great access into the 265km of linked slopes that form the Grand Massif ski area.

Samoëns is an attractive old village that makes for a great 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.

What's New for 2020/21?

A brand new reservoir will serve the Samoëns / Coulouvrier areas, providing significant amounts of extra water to the Grand Massif's ever expanding snow making network. At a cost of €1.5m, it will help back up the areas already impressive snow record and offer the best possible early and late season conditions. The reservoir has enabled doubling up on several snow gun poles in order to improve production rates in key areas, notably the Demoiselles run, the Chars run and the Aouia run.

Our Samoëns Resort Ratings

  • Beginner ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Intermediate ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Advanced ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Snow Reliability ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Fast Lifts ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Resort Activities ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Après ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
  • Value ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Excellent tree-lined slopes immediately above the resort

Pretty village with good accommodation options

Some great views from the summits


Access lift just outside town and you must download it at the end of the day

Quiet resort on the whole with limited nightlife

Its easy access from Geneva means it can be busy at weekends

Samoëns Skiing and Snowboarding

There are no beginner slopes in town, so you’ll have to catch the gondola up to Samoëns 1600. Once here however, an excellent beginner zone has been developed to coincide with the construction of the new Club Med building. The rest of the local ski slopes are a mixture of blues and reds, many of which are long and drop well over 500 vertical metres. There’s the added bonus that many are tree-lined, making this a great resort for bad weather skiing.

More adventurous skiers and snowboarders will want to explore the entire Grand Massif, with the highlight definitely being the wide, open runs in the bowl above Flaine. Those looking for a challenge will really enjoy the Combe de Gers sector and the Lindars freeride zone – both of which are north facing and usually home to excellent snow conditions.

  • Total Pistes: 265km
  • Green: 14%
  • Blue: 44%
  • Red: 34%
  • Black: 8%
  • Lifts: 63
  • Altitude: 671m – 2480m

Samoëns Piste Map

The local area map can be downloaded here.

Samoëns Resort

Samoëns is an attractive, traditional village and was 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 and restaurants as well as a historic 16th century church. The main lift – the Grand Massif Express – is then located a little way out of town.

Up the hill at Samoëns 1600, a huge new Club Med has been developed as an excellent, ski in ski out alternative to staying down in town.

Season Dates

7th December 2019 - 26th April 2020

How to get to Samoëns

Getting here is very quick and easy, making this an ideal resort to visit for a long weekend. It is just over an hour from Geneva by car. Chambéry is another option, with the drive taking around an hour and a half.

  • Geneva airport: 1 hour (driving)
  • Chambéry airport: 1.5 hours (driving)
  • Calais: approximately 10 hours driving (546 miles)

Samoëns Contact Details

Good For

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

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