Samoens Ski Resort

The centre of Samoens is a charming medieval village, but its lifts connect to those of Flaine, Morillon, and Les Carroz, plus buses from Sixt Fer-a-Cheval, to form the Grand Massif ski area, giving access to 265kms of runs. You can’t ski back to the main village though.

The Grand Massif caters for all standards and is big enough to give most skiers a very enjoyable week’s holiday, particularly if advanced skiers sample the area’s excellent off-piste opportunities. Neither Samoens’ local ski area (top lift 2120m) nor the Grand Massif’s (top lift 2480m) are very high by French standards, but a microclimate ensures a decent snow record. 

There are also advantages to being at the foot of the Grand Massif area like Samoens is, rather than in its centre, like Flaine. For a start it’s quicker to get to – Geneva airport is only about an hour away and Samoens is one of the easiest ski resorts to drive to from the UK. And it’s easier to get out of as well, if you want to visit other ski areas: Les Gets and the Portes du Soleil are less than an hour’s drive away.

But what really sets Samoens apart is its beauty and its history,  It traces its roots back to the 12th century and the village has always been famous for its stone masons, who left their mark with charming old buildings, fountains and an interesting church. (It’s the only ski resort in France to be listed as a Monument Histrorique.) Add to this a 500 year-old lime tree, a regular market, a pedestrianised centre and plenty of cosy bars and restaurants, and the centre has an undeniably attractive ambience. It’s setting is beautiful too; Samoens takes its name from the seven dramatic mountain peaks that overlook it. There is accommodation of all types and suiting most budgets, and Samoens and neighbouring Morillon have been careful to limit the ratio of beds to ski lift capacity, so long lift queues are rare during weekdays.

But no resort is perfect and Samoens is now very spread out. You can stay up the mountain at Samoens 1600, or in Vercland, but these are effectively mini-resorts themselves and rather cut off. In the main village, the Grand Massif lift is on the Southern edge, so at the end of a day’s skiing, you not only have to return by lift rather than on skis, but then have to take a bus as well. There is some accommodation close to this lift, but it’s mostly in modern apartment blocks: these are often very comfortable inside, but they are often a long walk away from the lovely centre.

Ski and board hire in Samoens

There are plenty of ski rental shops, but their prices are quite high if you simply walk into them when you arrive. SKISET  has two outlets in Samoens and will give advance booking discounts of up to 50% if you book online here. also works with ski hire shops in Samoens and the surrounding villages and can secure discounts of up to 60%. Click here to see their latest ski hire discounts and offers.

Samoens Pros and Cons

+ Beautiful, charming historic centre
+ Big enough ski area (Grand Massif)
+ Skiing to suit all standards
+ Decent snow record
+ Quick and easy to get to (good for weekends)

- Too much traffic outside the pedestrianised centre
- Village is spread out: you may have to take buses
- Weekend crowds and queues
- Unless you're staying at Vercland or Samoens 1600, you can’t ski back to the resort

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Samoens Statistics

  • CountryFrance
  • RegionHaute Savoie
  • Base720 m
  • Peak2,480 m
  • Vertical1,760 m
  • Beginner45 %
  • Intermediate40 %
  • Advanced15 %
  • Longest Run14 km
  • Ski Lifts16 
  • Gondolas15 
  • Chair Lifts
  • Surface Lifts22 
  • Riders per hour 17,750 

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Ski Chalets in Samoens

  • Alps Accommodation Samoens

    Alps Accomodation

    Alps Accommodation offer over 65 premier and luxury chalets and apartments throughout Samoens and Morillon, in the heart of the Grand Massif ski area.

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  • GVA Transfers

    GVA Transfers

    GVA Transfers takes skiers and boarders from Geneva airport direct to their accommodation in Alpine ski resorts. 

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  • AlpyBus

    AlpyBus Airport Transfers

    AlpyBus offer affordable and reliable transfers to your favourite Ski Resorts. Prices are highly competitive  with both shared and private transfer options available.

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