Winter in Samoëns
Samoëns is a charming, historic mountain village, located in the Haute Savoie region, just a 1 hour drive from Geneva Airport.
At the foot of the Grand Massif ski area, Samoëns combines an intimate, family feel, with an expansive ski area. With 5 interlinked resorts (Samoëns, Les Carroz, Flaine, Morillon and Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval) there is 265km of pistes available, with skiing for all ability levels.
From the village, access to the Grand Massif ski area is fast and efficient, with the Grand Massif express taking you from the edge of the village to Samoëns 1600 in just 8 minutes.
Whether this is your 1st ski holiday or your 50th, the grand Massif offers something for all. If a beginner, the accessible greens at the top of the Grand Massif Express offer a great place to start. Whilst there are 14 black runs and many off piste opportunities available for the more adventurous. A full piste map can be found here.
The Grand Massif is also a very snow sure region, with 80% of it's slops being North facing, and the highest area of Flaine offering skiing up to 2500m, meaning a good base of snow is maintained.
With various different ski passes available you have the ability to tailor your pass to the skiing that would suit you best. All the lift passes on offer can be found here.
For ski and snowboard hire we recommend Xtreme Glisses. They have a large selection of great equipment and friendly, helpful staff.
They are located at the bottom of the Grand Massif Express, which provides convenient access at any time throughout your stay.
All Geeski guests benefit from discounted hire. Contact us for the discount code.
ZigZag Ski School is our top recommendation in Samoëns. A highly reputed local school with more than 12 years experience, ZigZag has a top team of quality English speaking instructors and High Mountain Guides.
ZigZag offers a whole range of services for kids and adults of all levels. Locally renowned for their expertise in off piste guidance, you can be sure you’re in great hands with ZigZag.
Our guests benefit from a 5% discount on all services.
Price information on all there services can be found here.
Samoëns was once a centre for stonemasons, and this past shows in many of the buildings, with a picturesque and characterful village far from the purpose-built ski stations of recent years.
The resort has a small pedestrianised centre, with narrow streets lined by local shops and a quaint marketplace where Le Gros Tilleul (the Large Lime Tree) sits.
Throughout the village there is an array of excellent restaurants, typically specialising in local Savoyard cuisine.
Samoëns also has an ice rink and a cinema in the village, whilst dog sledging, snowshoeing and Nordic skiing are available nearby.