Samoëns is a stunning resort in the heart of the Gran Massif. If you are looking for a relaxing break then look no further, with picturesque surroundings, charming restaurants and bars and most of all plenty of incredible runs to choose from then this is the place for you. Many of the accommodations are only a short walk away from the chairlifts to the wider Le Grand Massif area.
The Grand Massif has one of the best snow records in the Alps, and with the ski area rising up to 2500m on predominantly north facing slopes, this makes Samoëns a great choice for reliable skiing from just before Christmas until the end of April.
Samoëns provides one of the largest areas for beginners, at an altitude of 1,600 m. There are no steps to climb to reach the Grand Massif Express gondola lift, and the Château drag-lift enables parents and children to use the same button. The area for beginners is separated from the other sectors of the resort, to enable users to ski in complete safety, and avoid having users with different levels of experience on the same pistes. Once you have mastered the basics, you can take the plunge and head to the summit via the Chariande Express. From here you can descend via the long, meandering Dahu run, which also happens to be blue.
The range of pistes for Intermediates is first class, offering a huge choice of challenging pistes, whether you are looking for beautiful, forested runs or the wide open pistes in the bowl above Flaine, the likelihood is that your legs will give in before you exhaust the possibilities!
There are some fantastic challenging pistes available for the most serious of skiers, particularly above Flaine. You can take advantage of the infinite off-piste trails, particularly in the Gers and Flaine bowls, as well as the challenging and taxing black runs throughout the Grand Massif area. The Diamond Noir is popular for its mogul sections, and the Onyx run, 2km long, is said to be the most difficult slope in the area.
Dining & Nightlife
There is a phenomenal range of cosy bars and restaurants in this charming village. Offering home cooked Savoyard food as well as quaint pizzerias and some more upmarket options if you fancy something a bit more special.