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Samoens is linked to the vast Grand Massif ski area (along with Flaine, Les Carroz, Sixt Fer à Cheval and Morrillon) which, with 260km of pistes, is one of the largest skiing areas in France. All standards are well provided for and in addition to downhill skiing there are 90km of cross-country tracks and a skating rink.
Thanks to its traditional rustic architecture, its rich heritage of stone-masonry, the partially pedestrian central square, Samoens is a listed village, an unspoilt mountain village with an abundance of character.
Set in the majestic 'Haut Giffre Valley”, Samoens is a typical alpine village, huddled around its 11th century church and its covered market hall 'Le Gros Tilleul”. This vibrant, family resort has all you need in terms of shops, bars, a cinema.
If Samoens is great for those who like to be pampered, those who like to soak up the mountain atmosphere, it is also very much a serious sports resort.
The village is at 720m but thanks to the Grand Massif Express cable car, it takes just 8 minutes to reach the Grand Massif ski area which reaches 2500m and covers an area of 265km with an excellent range of pistes to suit all levels (17 green, 60 blue, 53 red, 14 black). Le Grand Massif links the resorts of Flaine, Les Carroz, Sixt Fer à Cheval and Morrillon to make one of the most beautiful 'snowy playgrounds' in the Alps.
As well as stunningly beautiful scenery stretching as far as the eye can see, thanks to its geographic situation, the region enjoys a reliable snow record throughout the season. Beginners and experienced skiers alike are equally well provided for and even the most hesitant skiers will enjoy the legendary Piste des Cascades which follows a 14km descent from the summit of the Grand Platières at 2500m, right to the village of Sixt some 1700m lower. A free ski bus brings you back to Samoens.
Discover the fabulous Panorama from "La Tete des Saix" (2120m) which you can reach in 20 minutes from the base of the cable car.