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Samoëns, land of ski

Samoëns, resort-village is part of the Grand Massif, one of the largest connected ski areas in France.

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Samoëns essentials

A picturesque village with its church, its historic market and its alpine botanical garden, hamlets and chapels ... Discovering Samoëns, means to dive into a story, the one of a high place of Savoy. To go through its streets is to walk through an historical, human and gastronomical heritage. Amongst sport and culture or well-being and discoveries, here you are the must-haves!

The village

The picturesque village of Samoëns is historically the homeland of stonecutters, called "Frahans", whose know-how is famous since the seventeenth century. Even today, Samoëns preserves the history of the Frahans in its architecture: the dwellings of Samoëns are indeed built of stone and not wood, thus standing out from their neighbours ...

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The ski area

Located in the heart of Haute-Savoie (74) between Geneva and Chamonix, Grand Massif is the 4th largest ski area in France. It extends over 7500 hectares and offers about142 tracks - 265 km of slide. Connecting the resorts of Flaine, Carroz, Morillon, Samoëns and Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval, the Grand Massif offers you the unique opportunity to ski having the Mont-Blanc in front of you in magnificent landscapes and a 360 ° panorama on the Alps.

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Fer à Cheval

The largest nature reserve in Haute-Savoie, the nature reserve of Sixt-Passy extends over a vast territory. Located near Samoëns, it benefits of the presence of two imposing glacial cirques, those of Fer-à-Cheval and Fonts, from which impressive waterfalls spring. An ideal natural setting to discover during family hikes. The refuges of the reserve will be useful for you as a starting point or an arrival for your hikes!

Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval natural reserve

The good life in Samoëns

Throughout the seasons, Samoëns is punctuated by its 2400 inhabitants, stonemasons and events that animate the place of Gros Tilleul. Throughout the year, Samoëns is a showcase of French living and pays careful attention to the septimontain art of living. For a millennium, the village has remained an attractive and prosperous place, where cultural and natural heritage have been preserved.

The events

Discover the events not to be missed in Samoëns. Throughout the year the village of the Alps is punctuated by a series of events: sportives, cultural, musical or gastronomical, they highlight a rich local life, the one of a village, a valley and a region.

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The botanical garden "La Jaÿsinia"

The alpine botanical garden "La Jaÿsinia" with its 2400 varieties of plants, offers a poetical walk through the alpine flora as well as the one from the mountains of the five continents.

ALPINE BOTANICAL GARDEN JAŸSINIA

The must-sees of Samoëns in Winter

Its snow, church, historic market and alpine botanical garden, hamlets and chapels… To discover Samoëns is to immerse oneself in a history, that of a mecca of the Savoy. To walk its streets is to walk through a historical, human and gastronomic heritage. Between sports and culture or well-being and discoveries, here are the essentials!

The village

The picturesque village of Samoëns is historically the homeland of the stonecutters, called «Frahans», whose know-how is renowned since the seventeenth century. Even today, Samoëns preserves the history of the Frahans in its architecture: the septimontain dwellings (of Samoëns) are indeed built in stone and not in wood, thus distinguishing themselves from their neighbors...

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Alpine skiing

The village resort of Samoëns enjoys a prime location and an exceptional panorama, in the heart of the French Alps. Attached to the Grand Massif domain, the station is connected to four other stations: Flaine, Les Carroz, Morillon and Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval. You can enjoy the Grand Massif ski area, 265 km of slides, the Massif or the beginner ski area.

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Cross country skiing

Samoëns offers you two domains! A Nordic domain in the heart of the Giffre valley from Samoëns to Morillon and Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval that runs along the Giffre river and an area located at 1700 meters above sea level in the heart of an exceptional site: the Col de Joux Plane with an incredible panorama of Mont Blanc.

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Paradise of multi-activities

In Samoëns, you can practice a multitude of activities in complete freedom! Ski-joering, snowshoeing, paragliding, fat bike, ski touring, ice climbing, forzen river.... What to have fun and have a good time with family or friends.

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Samoëns, homeland of stonecutters

What you can not fail to see when you arrive in Samoëns is our rich heritage and our architecture different from other resorts!

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The events

The village resort of Samoëns offers throughout the winter a large number of events that animate the village and the slopes!

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Events to come

Discover the events not to be missed in Samoëns. Throughout the year the village of the Alps is punctuated by a series of events. Sports, cultural, musical or gastronomic, they highlight a rich local life, that of a village, a valley and a region. In summer, winter and the rest of the year, the village is full of events to share with family or friends!

From 05/02 to 07/02

The French winter swimming championship

The French Swimming Federation, the Club Nautique du Haut-Giffre and the municipality of Samoëns are pleased to invite you to the third edition of the French Ice Water Swimming Championship.

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On 09/01

The Great Odyssey Savoie Mont Blanc - 17th edition - Prologue - Opening Ceremony

Created in 2005, La Grande Odyssée Savoie Mont Blanc is an exceptional international dog sled race in the world of great racing. Samoëns will host the opening ceremony to launch this beautiful event.

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On 16/02

Carnival

Come and party for Carnival and parade around artists who wander the streets of the village.

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On 11/01

The Grande Odyssée Savoie Mont Blanc - Arrival of the 2nd stage

The Grande Odyssée Savoie Mont Blanc is an exceptional international dog sled race bringing together the best in the discipline. the 2nd stage, from Morillon 1100, will arrive in Samoens 1600, with many activities on site.

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Samoens has stories - BLOG

Stories, unforgettable events or great tips for your wintery or summery holidays here. Our blog reveals Samoëns, its surroundings and th richnesses of High Savoy. Here you will find articles concerning all topics: local history, cultural heritage, charming spots portraits or peculiar events. Do not miss the village and the alpine ski resort news!

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