Skiing in Samoens

Samoëns is located in the middle of the Savoie Mont Blanc region and just 57km from Geneva.

It is the only French mountain resort classed as a national heritage site, with a church that dates back to the 12th Century and distinctive ancient buildings that reinforce its reputation as a centre for stone masonry.

Samoëns is also part of the impressive Grand Massif ski area with sister resorts Morillon, Les Carroz and Flaine ̶ equidistant from Chamonix and Geneva, this great area has 265km of pistes supported by 70 efficient ski lifts and also offers off-piste opportunities for more capable and confident skiers. The snow conditions and skiing quality in Samoëns are superb ̶ the resort’s altitude of 1600m and geographical location means it’s snow-sure, the ski season runs from December to April, and all pistes are proudly maintained throughout.


Samoëns ski resort possesses a captivating blend of breathtaking natural scenery and exhilarating winter sports activities. It presents an ideal destination for winter enthusiasts seeking both adventure and tranquillity. With its stunning natural surroundings, extensive ski terrain, and excellent amenities, Samoëns promises an unforgettable Alpine experience for all who visit.

The après-ski here is authentic and organic rather than the slightly formulaic options you might find in more modern resorts ̶ so while you’ll still be welcomed with open arms, think sipping vin chaud listening to an oompah or swing band by the ancient Linden Tree in the heart of the village, rather than downing toffee vodkas and dancing on tabletops (which can be great fun in the right context, mind you!).

Accommodation options are comfortable and convenient for reaching the slopes and town centre, ski schools are on hand to provide lessons for child and adult novices, and there are shops for self-caterers and quality cafés and restaurants if you prefer eating out. It’s hard to think of another Alpine resort that has such a magical mixture of history, culture, ambient authenticity and super skiing ̶ once you’ve sampled a Samoëns ski holiday, don’t be surprised if you fall in love with this great village!

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With a resort height of 1600m, a summit peak of 2500m and a strategic location within the Grand Massif ski area, Samoëns has many natural blessings that mean it’s extremely snow reliable. In addition, most of the resort slopes are north facing, which means they’ll stay in prime condition and hold their powder well. Conditions here are conducive to first-class skiing and snowboarding for beginners and intermediates, while there are plenty of black runs and off-piste areas for advanced skiers to explore in the wider Grand Massif.

Skiing in Samoens

Samoëns has 133 groomed pistes, is served by 16 ski lifts, and since it has a plenty of easy green, blue and red runs, it’s a great place for beginners and families. If you’re an advanced skier, there are a few black runs to challenge you and you’ll also be more than satisfied by the on- and off-piste challenges on offer in the wider Grand Massif area. Here’s a little more information about skiing in Samoëns:

  • Novices can hop on the Grand Massif Express Lift to Samoëns 1600, where there are some manageable nursery slopes that are ideal for polishing your technique and building your confidence. If you want to be thrifty, a beginner’s-only lift pass is also available at a lower price than a regular ticket and this provides access to all the slopes that are appropriate for your level.

  • Intermediate skiers can also reach the rest of the Grand Massif ski area from Samoëns 1600 and if you class yourself in this group, there are ample snow-kissed adventures here to keep you entertained. The expansive powdery bowl above Flaine dominates the Grand Massif and it’s blessed by bountiful fast wide pistes descending into it from all directions, including incredibly long, snaking runs that commence above the treeline and swoop down through the lower altitude forests before ending in the small villages at the end of the valley.

  • The 14km Piste des Cascades runs all the way down to Sixt Fer à Cheval and is probably the most famous run for Samoëns skiers ̶ you can access it from the Grandes Platières cable car and the good news is that it’s graded blue, so you can feel confident tackling it if you’re an intermediate.

  • La Combe de Gers is a natural basin between Samoëns and Flaine where you’ll frequently find fresh powder if you’re a fan of off-piste, the steep Styx run is always a thrill to take on, and the Marmotte and Chamois slopes in the Croix area above Samoëns are also worth exploring for advanced skiers.

  • The 3.1km Diamant Noir is officially the toughest run in the resort itself, but if you’ve got the guts, guile and experience, the Vallée Blanche run above Chamonix is also within reach (with a guide and the right equipment) starting from a heady altitude of over 3800m, you can descend as far as 25km!

  • Samoëns is a major centre for cross-country skiing and there are over 90km of trails here. The main area for this discipline is the Upper Griffe Valley, which is split into two areas ̶ one which runs from Morillon to Cirque du Fer à Cheval on the valley floor and another located at altitude on the Col de Joux Plane mountain pass. The slopes above neighbouring resort Les Carroz also offer scenic Nordic skiing tracks suitable for all abilities.

As you can see, skiing in Samoëns is great for novices and intermediates, but advanced skiers don’t miss out due to its excellent connectivity to the rest of the Grand Massif.

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Snowboarding in Samoens

The Grand Massif is a great place for riders ̶ here’s the lowdown on ripping up the slopes in Samoëns:

  • The efficient lift system means you can easily reach the boardercross Jam Park in Flaine’s Vernant sector and the terrain parks above Morillon, which feature boardercross areas and various rails, kickers and boxes to suit riders of all aptitudes.

  • There’s a fun park in Samoëns on the Soleil slope which also has various obstacles and features for all abilities.

  • The snow park at Les Carroz is also worth exploring ̶ it has a half-pipe as well as various rails, boxes and kickers.

  • Savoie and Haute Savoie are excellent for freestyle snowboarders ̶ chip in with your friends to hire a local mountain guide for the day and they’ll help you find the freshest powder and great ungroomed runs.

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Snow Conditions in Samoens

With a good altitude and great location, snow conditions in Samoëns are generally excellent ̶ here’s the lowdown:

  • Samoëns’ Grand Massif location in the north of Haute Savoie means that it enjoys bountiful snow falls throughout the season and the resort is renowned for its snow quality in spring

  • Around 80% of the slopes here are north-facing, which means the snow is longer-lasting and stays in good condition for skiing and snowboarding.

  • On the rare occasions when the natural snow cover in Samoëns needs to be topped up, the resort has 143 snow cannons capable of making snow on 35km of its runs.

  • The latest official seasonal snowfall statistics for Samoëns reveal a total snowfall of 300cm, a total of 31 snowfall days, largest snowfall of 50cm, average base depth of 32cm, maximum base depth of 103cm, average summit depth of 80cm and maximum summit depth of 165cm.

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Apres-Ski in Samoens

Covey's Pub is an Irish pub in the centre of Samoens with a lively atmosphere, live music, sports screenings, and a selection of beers and cocktails. Open until 2 am every day, it is a resort favourite. La Clarine is a modern and stylish bar located near the main square with a cosy fireplace, a terrace, and a DJ. It serves tapas, pizzas, and drinks and is open until 1 am. The Melting Spot is a friendly bar and restaurant located near the ice rink in the resort. It has a lovely atmosphere and offers tasty pub grub and a wide array of drinks. Nightcrawlers should head to the Le King Club in the resort's square for an evening of partying. Open until 5 am, it plays various music genres and hosts themed nights. It is located near the main square and is open until 5 am.

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Facilities in Samoens

If you want to make the most of your holiday in Samoëns, you'll be pleased to know that the resort offers a wide array of amenities to suit all kinds of preferences. From shopping and dining options to recreational activities, you're sure to find something that suits your taste. And if you're looking for some helpful tips to enhance your experience, we have a few suggestions that we think you might find useful

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Facilities for Children in Samoens

Samoëns is renowned for its excellent facilities and activities designed with children in mind. With a range of options catering to their entertainment and well-being, Samoëns provides a safe and enjoyable environment for families with children.

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