Perhaps one of the most underrated French ski resorts, Samoëns is an absolute gem of a ski destination; a charming traditional village that allows easy access to a large ski area with a fantastic snow record.
Samoëns is set within the fourth-largest ski area in France, the Grand Massif, which with 265km of slopes provides entertainment for skiers of all abilities. The resort is linked to four others: Flaine, Les Carroz, Morillon and Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval, all of which benefit from snow-sure geographical locations. With 80% of slopes here north-facing, the area is renowned for its impressive snow conditions all the way into spring. Whether you prefer gorgeous tree-lined groomers, bowls of untouched snow or incredible mountain vistas, this area doesn’t fail to deliver.
If you’re used to the purpose-built concrete blocks of some Alpine resorts, Samoëns will be a true breath of fresh air. It’s one of the most beautiful ski resorts in the Alps, an old farming village with traditional character and a huge amount of history. The homeland of stonecutters, the pedestrianised old part of the town is steeped in protected stone architecture, which gives this resort a truly unique feel. Where new-builds do exist, they tend to be tasteful timber chalets, designed with a consideration for the surrounding area and its character.
The Good Life
The Savoyarde charm of the village is also reflected in the local gastronomy and lifestyle. This is truly somewhere to experience the good life. Wellness activities abound, from relaxing spas and massage options, to Nordic walks and yoga practices. Meanwhile, the delicious local cuisine is exactly what you will need after a day on the mountain – Savoyarde specialities washed down with exquisite local wines.
Samoëns is only one hour from Geneva Airport, making it a fantastic destination for those who want to avoid lengthy transfers. A great resort for families, this short transfer time is an added bonus, meaning no lengthy journeys for restless youngsters! This also makes it a good choice for short ski breaks, such as weekend trips, allowing you to make the most of your time in the mountains.
Off the slopes, there’s more than enough to keep the entire family entertained. Rent a fat bike, try your hand at ice climbing or even paragliding! If you’re after a tamer adventure, snowshoeing offers a unique way to explore the beautiful snowy landscapes, while sledging and dog sledding prove undeniably popular with children. The skating rink in the picturesque town centre is also always a winner, allowing you to bask in the delightful Alpine ambience of the area.
Plan your trip to Samoëns with award-winning French Alps specialists Peak Retreats. peakretreats.co.uk 023 9283 9310