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Distance to Geneva airport: 1h15
Nearest Train: Cluses (25min)
Skiing: Grand Massif – 265km
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Samoëns has the best of both worlds, it’s a traditional Savoyard resort and a delightful small town. Samoëns has consciously maintained its Alpine charm, despite a recent flurry of expansion in which new chalets and lifts have added to its appeal. At just 720m, snow in the resort is not guaranteed. However this is not a problem because access to one of the most snow-sure ski areas in the Alps is fast and convenient.
Samoëns is a real village. It’s not just a ski resort. It has a year round community that acts and feels like a real village. It’s well connected too, just an hour and a quarter from Geneva airport and with the nearest train station, about 25min away at Cluses. It’s not just Samoëns either, there are lots of smaller villages Morillon, Verchaix, Taninges, Mieussy, Les Carroz and Flaine.
The summer season is just as busy as the winter season, but then, it’s not really about seasons in Samoëns. The point about Samoëns is that it has an all year round community life. For instance Samoëns loves its weekly market, it’s a hugely important part of the village. In addition to the market, there are a full range of activities, events and festivals. There is even a local radio station for the entire valley too.
Samoëns is one of the few ski resorts in the Alps with a stable number of inhabitants. Whereas many areas are losing their communities because they are being priced out of the area. The population of Samoëns is stable, if not growing.
Some listings https://hautesavoieassociations.fr/Samoëns/
Handiglisse Association – provides sports equipment for disabled individuals (such as uniski, dualski or kartski) seeking to partake in mountain activities (adapted for summer and winter) with qualified instructors.
Giffre en transition – a group of local initiatives for ecological and social transition with the Giffre Valley. Website :www.giffre-en-transition.fr or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Naturide 74 – VTT / Mountain Biking Club
Important Events and Festivals:
Criou Blues & Celt Festival https://www.facebook.com/CRIOUBLUESFestival
Ultra Trail du Haut GIffre https://Samoëns.com/animations/ultra-trail-du-haut-giffre-2021-8eme-edition
REFUGES – summer
There are four great refuges in Samoëns
https://www.refugedebostan.fr/ (normally open in winter, but not this winter 2021/22)
http://www.refuge-chardonniere.fr/ (in the territory of Samoens, but accessed from Morzine)
Morillon has a great selection of summer activities around their lake ‘Lac Bleu’ for all ages
Horse-riding, tennis, air bag, Mali Parc, accrobranche, brand new assault course on the lake called Le Splash, pump track.
Samoëns Lac is now open for swimming from July 7th
Commerce and Weekly Market
Supporting our local commerce and weekly Wednesday market (all year around on Wednesday mornings) is a hugely important component to Samoëns life.
Radio Giffre https://www.radiogiffre.com
It broadcasts out of Samoëns but encompasses the valley du Giffre and has just celebrated its 40 year anniversary. It’s an important exchange of local information within the Giffre Valley.
Medieval History and Stone carvers of Samoëns
And finally, Le Petit Train, the train driver Claude is a character and does a little antidotal ‘Tour’ of the village, not to be missed, whether young or old