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Samoens   Resort Information
Season December to April
Nearest Airport Geneva
Ski Area 265km in the Grand Massif area
Ski Lifts 78
Ski Runs 351
Longest Run 14km
Resort Height 700m
Snowball Ratings
Beginners 4 / 5
Intermediates 4.5 / 5
Experts 3.5 / 5
Families 4 / 5
Nightlife 3.5 / 5
Affordability 4 / 5
Non Ski Activities 4 / 5


Samoens is a pretty, traditional and quite delightful village, full of ambience and popular with the French in all seasons, for all reasons!! The pretty square is dominated by a large and very old lime tree, which is surrounded by lovely cafes,stone fountains, patisseries, shops, bars and restaurants. Just one of those unique villages it is a pleasure to be in, stroll around and explore and together with Megeve sets a high standard for village resorts.

Apart from it being pretty,Samoens is also part of the highly regarded Grand Massif ski area with access to 265km of downhill skiing, with 351 individual pistes, served by 78 ski lifts spread over the resorts of Les Carroz,Sixt,Morillon and snow sure Flaine.With most of the slopes facing North, Samoens has a good snow record and purely for the skiing alone, Samoens should be high on your list.

The village itself is at 700m with the gondola from the village taking you to 1600m, where there is a good beginners area and onwards to the other connecting resorts. With much of the skiing above 2000 metres, snow cover is generally reliable, even when there is no snow in the village itself.Geneva airport is just aound an hour away, so short ski and snowboard holidays to Samoëns are always an option.

If bringing the family then childcare is available for children from 3 months upwards with "Les Lupiots" taking kids up to age 6.ESF ski school offer ski lessons and nursery care for those aged 3 to age 6 and have an enclosed,safe kindergarten area at the top of the gondola.We also highly recommend the highly acclaimed Zig Zag ski school for those wanting lessons for children or adults.

Aprés Ski

If seeking all night party action, Samoens is probably not for you, but it still has numerous bars, a couple offering outside fun and frivolity after skiing!! The Clarine Bar is modern and has created an original selection of entertaining cocktails as well as a good choice of beers. Le Savoie is another good bar, sometimes offering live bands during the ski season. And then there is Coveys Irish bar, offering a wide range of beers and a reputation for good wholesome inexpensive food, Guiness and of course the "craic". Another good choice is the Aspen bar which is wood panelled with attractive carvings and decorations. Here, you can discover different beers from all around the world as well as the local Samoens brew, Criou, named after the local mountain. 


Much of the accommodation around Samoens consists of apartments, self catered and catered chalets, plus hotels, so there is a good choice of pretty much everything to ensure you can sleep well, mostly at reasonable prices too.Most chalets are reasonably priced and offer good food and wines.Self catered options vary from 3 to 4 star and hotels tend in the main to be 3 star though the new Club Med bucks the trend by offering something all inclusive and high end.All in all a great family choice wih perhaps Morzine being a better choice for all night revellers!!

Prices are geneally reasonable for France when out and about with there being a number of minimarkets around the village centre plus a larger Carrefour supermarket about 800m from the centre, with larger supermarkets such as Super U, on the way to the resort close by in Tagnines.Self catering is thus a good option, with a "delivered" catered option, where your quality evening meals are cooked and delivered for you to heat and reheat, another good option to consider, as well as the more tradiional catered chalet.

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