A genuine mountain village, Samoëns is the only ski resort in France to be classified by the Monuments Historiques for its beautifully preserved architecture. The gondola from the village to Samoëns 1600 means that 265km of ski runs are just 8 minutes away.

About Samoens

Practical Information

Village altitude 700m, Ski domain 700m-2500m

Ski domain Le Grand Massif 265 km of pistes

Beginners***  Intermediates****  Experts** Snowboard**

Cross-country 76km of trails over three areas

  Calais 543 miles (8 hours)

 Geneva 49 miles (1 hour 10mn), Chambéry 73 miles (1 hour 45mn)

  Eurostar + TGV/overnight train from Paris/Lyon to Cluses (12 miles), then bus or taxi

Why choose Samoens?

  • A charming mountain village with a lively centre and shops, just an 8 minute gondola ride away from great skiing.

  •  Ideal for families, beginners and non-skiers looking for an authentic Alpine experience.

  •  A lovely destination for Christmas skiing with festivities and entertainment in the village



  • Samoens offers a relaxed après-ski experience, with several bars in the village including the lively Covey's and The Savoie, as well as nightclub Le King Club
  • There is a good selection of restaurants in the village including traditional French mountain cuisine, as well as American-themed La Louisiane
  • During the Christmas week the village square is transformed into a charming Christmas market

Other Activities

  • Fun family entertainment takes the form of tobogganing in Samoens 1600, a covered 600 sqm ice rink, a library and weekly movies at the local cinema.

  • Adrenaline seekers can try ice climbing, snowbikes and paragliding as well as instructor lead adventures such as ski touring, off-piste, heli-ski and speed riding.
  • Traditional mountain pursuits of dog sledging, snowshoeing and the more recent nordic walking or skijoring are also available.

Other Activities (cont.)

  • The alpine botanic garden "La Jaÿsinia" features an outstanding collection of over 4,800 plants from mountains all over the world, open in winter 8am-noon and 1:30pm-4:30pm.

  • Discover the fascinating history of this medieval village with guided tours and learn about the craftsmanship of the "Frahans" stonecutters commissioned to work on the biggest projects of the period.

Featured Accommodation

Les Fermes de Samoens

Studios, 1, 2 & 4 bedroom apartments + 2 & 4 bedroom terraced chalets

  • 1km from gondola to Samoens 1600
  • 800m from the centre of the resort, 400m from the closest shops
  • Small indoor heated swimming pool, sauna & steam room
  • Wi-fi access in apartments