Introduction to Samoens and the Grand Massif
The Grand Massif is one of the largest linked ski domains in France, with an excellent snow record. Located within an easy hour of Geneva, it could not be better located for a short ski break.
Whilst perhaps best known for Flaine, the uncompromisingly designed 1960’s ski resort sitting in the midst of a vast ski bowl, the charming villages of Les Carroz, Samoens and Morillion more than redress the balance for those looking for traditional alpine charm.
Samoens in Summary
Our main base for long weekends and short ski breaks is Samoens. Here is what you can expect at a glance:
- stunning heritage village;
- directly connected to the Grand Massif – 265km of skiing with excellent terrain for all levels of skier;
- looking out on Mont Blanc, with glorious views throughout the resort;
- good snow record;
- range of “non-skiing” activities;
- close to Geneva – approx 1 hour;
- relaxed, welcoming atmosphere both on the slopes and in the restaurants and bars.
Whilst Flaine itself is commonly known for it’s unforgiving architecture, the outlying villages which form an integral part of the Grand Massif are far more pleasing on the eye.
Most notable of all is Samoens, one of Frances ‘Historic Monuments’, and perhaps the most picturesque ski town in France. Surrounded by dramatic cliffs, the car-free, medieval old town is the soul of the village. Centred around the square dotted with ornate water fountains you will find a number of shops, cafes and welcoming bars and restaurants. There is always something going on in the evenings, and you may well stumble across some live music. The Irish bar is the place to head for a later night, but don’t ever expect après-ski on the scale of commercial resorts like Meribel.
Les Carroz meanwhile is another traditional, year round town perched on the side of the road on the way up to Flaine. It is a fantastic family resort with a lively events programme but little in the way of serious nightlife for the party-hungry.
Fancy skiing or snowboarding in Samoens, Les Carroz and Flaine?
Thursday to Monday
Monday to Thursday
Monday or Thursday changeover