Samoëns – Grand Massif
Samoëns is a charming ski resort situated only around an hour’s transfer from Geneva Airport. The village retains much of its original authentic character and attracts visitors winter and summer alike.
The name “Samoëns” dates back to around 1167 A.D. and it comes from an expression meaning “the seven mountains”, a reference to the peaks around the village.
Samoëns is linked to the huge ski domain of the Grand Massif – from the village you can reach the slopes in just 8 minutes using the ‘Grand Massif Express’ telecabine. With 265km of pistes, the Grand Massif is made up of 5 resorts – Flaine, Samoëns, Morillon, Sixt and Les Carroz. There are 148 slopes which cater for all standards of skier, from the green slopes right up to the black pistes. Thanks to its high altitude and the fact that 80% of the slopes are north-facing, the Grand Massif benefits from excellent skiing conditions throughout the winter season. Located in the Haute-Savoie and facing the Mont Blanc panorama, the area has superb views.
Samoëns itself provides visitors with a great balance between a major winter resort and traditional village life. It has a beautiful village square and the main street is full of shops offering everything from mountain ham and local cheese to the latest in ski and snowboard wear. There is also a huge weekly market, one of the largest in the area, which sells local produce.
Located just an hour from Geneva Airport, Samoëns is within easy reach for visitors all year round.
Photo Barney Moss, License CC