"What a great place" E Hendrie
At the heart of the Giffre valley, only an hour from Geneva, the beautiful mountain village of Samoëns sits at the foot of the majestic Criou Mountain. The village is the only french ski resort to be listed as a Monument Historiques and is set in some of the most splendid scenery in the Alps.
The 8 person Grand Massif Express gondola gives access to the whole of the Grand Massif playground including Flaine, Les Carroz, Morillon and Sixt in just eight minutes. In the last couple of years the ongoing investment in the lift system has brought two new, fast, high-capacity chairlifts, refurbished lifts and the extensive upgrading of snow-making capacity.
"Arrived tired and stressed from pre-christmas madness, but the Beziere magic worked. Our dream of a white Christmas really did come true." Fuller family
With its proximity to Mont Blanc, the region boasts an excellent snow record , 265 km of piste, and skiing up to 2500 m. The area is excellent for skiers and boarders of all levels from beginners to off-piste thrill junkies. There are15 green runs, 53 blue, 51 red and 14 black runs and 3 snow parks.
Also a paradise for non-skiers, other activities include 90 km cross country pistes, 60 km of marked tracks for snow shoeing, paragliding, ice climbing, dog sledding, alpine walking, ice skating, guided heritage tours and a world renowned alpine botanical garden. We know some excellent local guides who can take you on magical snow shoeing walks, where you can spot animal tracks & even build your own igloo.
As Samoëns is populated year round and is not a purpose built ski resort but a thriving community, it hosts a wide selection of interesting shops bars and restaurants catering to all tastes.
SkiPass (2010/11 prices)
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All ski schools meet at the top of the express lift. We are very happy to arrange & book lessons for you, and the following links will give you more information.www.zigzagski.com