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 partners we have discounts available on many activities - for more information, click here
Guests staying with us also receive discounts through our partners KPS; a 20% discount on ski hire from SkiLoc Jay, and a 10% discount from ski delivery company SkiHire2U. Guests also receive a 10% discount on lessons booked through 360 Ski School, and a 5% discount on any lessons booked through Zig Zag Ski School. 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 - www.ecoloradorafting.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.