Samoens Ski Holiday Resort

Overview

A lovely historic village which is traffic free with traditional shops lining the streets, it is an archetypal "French" village. The village is centered around the village square and market place with the stunning botanical gardens acting as a back drop as they climb the mountain behind the village.  To many brits surprise the nightlife is vibrant with over 15 bars and lots of patisseries and coffee shops too. It is just a short bus ride or drive to the two lifts that service the village. The ski area is the Grand Massif which is the area serviced by the better known resort (to the British) of Flaine. The area is an impressive one, with a lot of excellent skiing for all levels to enjoy. The majority of Samoens slopes are North facing so snow reliability is good. The resort has more recently been put on the map by the construction of the brand new 4 trident Club Med resort hotel at Samoens 1600. As the name suggests this hotel sits at the sunny plateau above Samoens at an elevation of 1600m. It is 9.5km from the original village but is accessed by lift, road, and piste.

Offslope/apres ski

The apres ski is much better than most assume with a choice of over 15 bars in the resort centre. It’s not a place for nightclubs but for authentic bars it’s really great. Bar Le Kern, by the main gondola is the apres ski from late afternoon to early evening. spot Lots of off-slope activities including skating, ice hockey matches, snowmobiling, parapenting, botanical gardens, weekly farmers market, hiking, walking, shoeshoeing, driving experiences and much more.

 

Overview

Traditional and pretty French resort but with the drawback of a bus ride to the lifts (unless staying at Club Med Grand Massif which is ski in/ski out)

At a glance

Pistes:
260 kms
Resort height:
1200 metres
Top station:
2480 metres

Suitability

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Positives

  • Excellent value for money
  • A large and varied ski area
  • Plenty of tree lined skiing
  • Traditional village feel
  • Well priced for apres ski and meals
  • Great nightlife
  • Short transfer from Geneva airport
  • Good for non-skiers

Negatives

  • Can be busy at French holiday time
  • Bus ride to the lifts
  • Lower altitude village
Hotels, Chalets and Apartments in Samoens, France
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Ferme St Christophe REF: CTS008

Ferme St Christophe was originally constructed at the beginning of the 19th century but has been painstakingly restored over a 3 year period. It is the finest example of a...

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Residence Alexane REF: AI0477

Situated at the heart of Samoëns you’ll find the relaxing sanctuary of the Résidence Alexane.  A fabulous new build with excellent facilities, there is also a private shuttle service to...

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The Gai Soleil offers a sense of calm, set in pretty grounds at the centre of Samoëns. The local ski bus stop is just opposite the property or the Grand...

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Club Med Grand Massif Samoëns Morillon delicately perches on the edge of the Saix plateau at 1,600 metres, enjoying ski-in ski-out access to the Grand Massif domain, the 4th largest...

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Find all the freedom of self-catering plus all the facilities of a luxury hotel in the Residence Les Chalets de Layssia. The residence is beautifully finished in wood and stone,...

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Located in the charming village of Samoëns, the Reine des Prés has fantastic wellness facilities including an indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, Turkish bath and a fitness room. You can also...

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Hotel Neige et Roc REF: AI0480

The Hotel Neige & Roc provides a wonderful, traditional stay in Samoëns. The resort centre and shops are a short walk away and the owners, Françoise & Olivier Deffaugt look...

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Chalet Samoens REF: CTS003

Chalet Samoens occupies possibly the best location in Samoens, right in the centre of town yet hidden from view down a small avenue. The stunning wet room with sauna and...

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The Les Fermes de Samoens ski apartments in Samoens are located 800m from the centre of the resort, 400m from the nearest shops and 1km from the gondola to Samoens...

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Chalet Brio REF: SSB0010

Situated on the edge of a small hamlet called L’Etelley, just across the river from Samoens, in a great location for both summer and winter holidays in the mountains and...

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