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Samoëns Village & Activities


You will find that everyone is very friendly especially if you make an effort to speak a little French - however basic!  Samoëns is a well-kept secret, and was recently described in The Daily Mirror in an article titled "Skiing's best kept secrets: Unsung winter resorts every ski fan should know about" as; a large village in the giant French Grand Massif area. It is linked to popular Flaine with 164 miles of piste for all standards. What's good about Samoens is that it is a real French community, with a life beyond skiing and tourism. It has great restaurants, low prices and is also one of the closest resorts to Geneva airport.

There are bakers, butchers, chocolatiers, fromageries, wine shops etc in town including two small supermarkets. Carrefour is on the road out of the far side of town signposted Taninges – a must for bigger shopping trips.  There are lots of excellent restaurants and bars around Samoëns and the surrounding area - to suit every taste and budget - see our suggestions here.

There are many activities in and around Samoens and the Grand Massif. Some of them are below, and there is something to suit every generation from gentle strolls, swimming, visting local historical venues, or just relaxing in the local villages.  For the more adrenaline seeking visitors, there are many exciting things to dry, whether they be based on dry land, snow, water or in the air!

Through our reservation partners, Alps Accommodation, we have further information available on many activities - for more information, click here




  • Ski Hire – There are three shops in the village that we use and our guests recommend;
    • Xtrême Glisses – which is located at the bottom of the GME telecabine in front of the camp site in Samoëns. Francoise and his team are very helpful and handy for swapping skis and getting your skis serviced. They have free heated lockers in the shop.  The phone number is +33(0)4 50 898 230 and you can book online at Mention Deux Coeurs to get a 20-35% discount depending on which week you are going
    • Roland Gay ski hire shop in the square opposite the church is also excellent for your ski equipment – mention Deux Coeurs/ Alps Accommodation for a 20% discount. They have a shop and lockers at Samoens 1600 for overnight storage if you wish.  You can order online at
    • Planete Glisse ski/ board hire shop in Samoens (under L'Estanco restaurant), friendly and knowledgeable service with a high quality selection of equipment available.  
    • Ski Higher is another option – this is a Chalet fitted and delivered solution. This requires booking ahead of your arrival but provides a hassle-free luxury ski hire experience. ​
  • Ski passes - Order in advance at or buy direct at the ski lift.
  • Ski lessons/guides - ZigZag are in town and we thoroughly recommend them. ESF is also avalable. Book in advance by phone or online
  • Ski Bus – this leaves from the crossroads 3 houses down from Deux Coeurs – it runs regularly, more frequently in the morning and evening. Check the colours of the ski bus routes when returning to the house.

Guests staying with us also receive discounts from many other suppliers through our reservation partners in Samoens, Alps Accommodation. For more information click here.

There are several companies providing watersports; including rafting, hydro-speeding, inflatable kayaking etc. The nearest one from the chalet is EColorado - turn left at the bottom of the road and walk 500metres. They are pretty disorganised but the experience on the river is good fun - or telephone 0033 450344526

There are several commercial companies, however we recommend our friend Lolo (see photo) who is very experienced and accommodating - he will take clients up one after the other or can call in other instructors if you want to fly together. His number is 0033 660088179. It can be easiest to text him to arrange a flight - the more notice you can give the better, and he can select the best weather opportunities.

Samoëns is such a beautiful village, with so much happening, that there is always plenty opportunity to learn or develop your photographic skills. For instruction or photographic courses, tailored to your needs, we would recommend Nick Edwards who will work with you or your group, whatever your skill level or interest:
Telephone 0044 7789225920 or E-mail or Facebook

There are several bicycle hire shops around the village, both for mountain bikes and road bikes. The chair lifts operate for periods during the day in the summer to transport you and your bikes up the mountain.

There are many other activities around Samoëns and the local area, such as "High Ropes" courses, Horse Riding, Tennis, Swimming, and much more.