Samoëns is located in the Vallée du Giffre in the French Alps and borders Switzerland to its east. The village was famous for its stonemasons, known as ‘Frahans’, who developed their own language called ‘mourme’ to protect their profession.
The Village Known as one of France’s most charming ski resorts, Samoëns is a delightful medieval village with a history of stone-carving that has retained its authenticity and character despite the hordes of tourists that flock here. Yes there are plenty of English voices to be heard, but Samoëns remains resolutely French, its restaurants plying visitors with cheese-heavy regional specialities and its weekly market selling local produce. There’s plenty to take in on a walk around the village, from its botanical gardens to its centuries-old lime tree, its nine churches and its Savoyarde farmhouses. Besides the slopes, it’s possible to go snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and even ski-jöring (skiing behind a horse).
The Criou Mountain is also home to the world’s fifth deepest cave at 1,602 metres deep and has eight entrances.
Skiing Part of Le Grand Massif – France’s fourth largest ski area – Samoëns allows access to 265km of pistes spread over five interlinked resorts, from the tiny Sixt Fer à Cheval to the best known of the five, Flaine. Between them, the resorts offer some of the most varied skiing in the Alps. Beginners will enjoy the dedicated learner area plus a lovely long tree-lined green run to practise on; intermediates will fly down the numerous long, wide blues and reds which are ideal for building confidence; and experienced skiers will be in their element with the amount of off-piste available here, plus the vertiginous black run on the Combe de Gers.
Getting There Samoëns is about an hour’s drive from Geneva Airport (GVA).
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For more information on Samoëns please visit their website: www.samoens.com