Samoëns in the Grand Massif is part of one of the largest ski areas in the French Alps, with 265km of groomed pistes across five varied resorts, perfect for all levels of skiing and snowboarding.

The area links Samoëns to Flaine, Les Carroz, Morillon and Sixt Fer-à-Cheval. The Grand Massif benefits from consistent snow falls and with 80% north-facing slopes the snow lasts for longer, remaining in good condition throughout the season.

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700M - 2500M
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265KM PISTES
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139 SKI RUNS
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62 SKI LIFTS
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160 SNOW CANONS
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76KM CROSS COUNTRY
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3 FUN PARKS

“Few ski areas offer so much variety in so many linked ski resorts, so close to a major airport.”

Ski and Board Magazine

The area enjoys its own micro-climate due to its proximity to the Mont Blanc. At just one hour from Geneva and two hours from Lyon, Chambery or Grenoble airports, Samoëns and the Grand Massif is the perfect choice for your next ski holiday.

The skiing is best suited to intermediates and great for beginners (the nursery slopes at 1600m is one of the largest beginner’s areas in Europe). Advanced skiers have plenty of more challenging runs and for those in search of powder, we are friends with the best guide in the area who will be delighted to lead you straight to it.

The area links Samoëns to snow sure Flaine, the highest ski area with a glacier and access to the world class off-piste bowl at Gers, Les Carroz, a traditional alpine village, Morillon, great for intermediate skiers with beautiful blue and green tree-lined runs and Sixt Fer-à-Cheval and the beautiful Les Cascades run, the longest blue run in Europe at 14km long.

There are lots of tree lined runs, perfect for bad weather days. The area is great for boarders with three fun-parks with jumps, rails and a boardercross to suit beginners and experts alike. The annual Dupraz Banked Slalom event attracts top class riders. Samoëns has very few drag lifts compared to other resorts, a blessing for snowboarders.

There are breath-taking panoramic views from the summit and a recently improved snow making network mean early and late season snow is assured. There are numerous restaurants on the mountains for long lunches and breaks.

Ferme St Christophe is located in the peaceful Vallon d’en Bas, a 5 minute drive to the Grand Massif Express gondola which takes you up to Samoëns 1600 (the main drop off and pick up point for the ski schools) in 8 minutes, and a 10 minute walk into the centre of the pretty medieval village of Samoëns. 

We drive you to the gondola in the mornings and collect you after your days’ skiing, taking you back to the chalet for a delicious afternoon tea and there is also a free ski bus stopping close to the chalet. 

Samoëns is truly a gem in the Haute Griffe valley. Unspoilt, authentic and beautiful. The centre of resort is blissfully traffic free and you feel a true sense of the charming old Savoyard culture wandering the medieval streets. Awarded a ‘Coq d’Or’ for being one of the prettiest villages in France, it is also the only ski resort classified by the ‘Caisse des Monuments Historiques’. Samoëns has a beautiful church to visit, with fabulous views over the village. 

There are over 40 shops, from chocolatiers, sports and clothing, chic alpine homeware, wine and sausage shops to some amazing bakeries and over 25 restaurants including bistros, gourmet, traditional French Savoyard and Pizzerias. There are lots of low-key friendly bars, a traditional weekly market and plenty of activities we can book for you. 

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“Samoens is an enchanting traditional village with gorgeous riverside walks and it is easy to meet up with the skiers for lunch in one of the many on piste restaurants.”

Alicia Drummond, Sussex

There are two ski areas to enjoy, the full Grand Massif area encompassing the five resorts and Vill4ges, encompassing the 4 areas of Samoëns, Morillon, Les Carroz and Sixt Fer-à-Cheval (excludes Flaine). Beginners have a dedicated area at the top of the Grand Massif Express gondola. We arrange and collect your lift passes for you so they will be at the chalet when you arrive for your convenience. You pay the same price as in resort.

Prices

Full Grand Massif Area 6 days 7 days 8 days
Children > 5-15 years €201,00 €234,50 €268,00
Adults > 16-64 years €267,60 €312,20 €356,80
Seniors > 65-74 years €254,40 €296,80 €339,20
Family (2+2) €843,60 €984,20 €1124,80
Family (2+3) €904,20 €1054,90 €1205,60
Vill4ges Area 6 days 7 days 8 days
Children > 5-15 years €180,60 €210,70 €240,80
Adults > 16-64 years €241,20 €281,40 €321,60
Seniors > 65-74 years €229,20 €267,40 €305,60
Beginners Area 4 hours 1 day
Children > 5-15 years €17,90 €19,80
Adults > 16-64 years €23,80 €26,40

There is a non-refundable 2€ charge for the electronic passes. Children under the age of 5 and Seniors age 75 or over are free although passes are still required. Family passes are not available for the Vill4ges area. For non-skiers wishing to meet friends for lunch or accompany children to ski school, an unlimited 6 day pedestrian pass is available giving access to the Grand Massif Express, Morillon and Saix gondolas at 46,80€ or day passes can be purchased for 8,50€.

Grand Massif offer their own ski insurance similar to Carré Neige at 3€ per day. It is advisable to ensure you have adequate travel insurance that covers search and rescue, accidents, medical emergencies, repatriation and unused days on your lift pass, equipment and lessons.

We organise ski and board rental for you in advance to be fitted in the chalet shortly after you arrive for your convenience (or the following morning if arriving late) by the experts at Ski Higher. You will benefit from a 10% discount and only pay for the (consecutive) days used, so should anything curtail your skiing, you won’t be charged for days you do not use the equipment. Their technicians are on call all day  and can meet you at the bottom of the slopes should you have any issues.

The offer three categories of equipment to choose from: Leisure, Performance and Expert and feature mainly Salomon and Atomic equipment. Prices for adult skis, boots and poles start at €95 for 6 days. Children’s skis, boots and poles start from €55 for 6 days. Snowboards are €85 for 6 days. If you bring your own equipment, they can service it overnight on arrival day and have it ready for your first day of skiing the next morning.

We highly recommend and work closely with ZigZag, the number one English ski school in Samoëns. They offer a tailored and personal service to ensure your requirements are met.  A particular advantage is they have a maximum of 8 in group lessons, even at peak times. They offer a range of other activities such as cross country skiing or touring, as well as a range of snowshoe walks and they have mountain guides available for the more adventurous.

We will guide you through booking lessons in advance of your arrival and highly recommend booking early to avoid disappointment especially during peak weeks.


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“Could Samoëns be the near-perfect resort? Samoëns is a breath of fresh mountain air. Samoëns enchanted us. At last, I think I've found my pet resort.”

Clare Mann, The Telegraph

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