The resort of Samoëns offers many Nordic activities, so that young and old can discover or rediscover the joys of skiing and snow. In the heart of the Alps, in Haute-Savoie, the village of Samoëns welcomes you to enjoy the great outdoors. Between cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, tobogganing and biathlon, your stay will be punctuated by the discovery of the wide open spaces covered in snow and the various toboggan runs in Samoëns, in the Giffre valley and at the Col de Joux Plane.

Découvrez le ski de fond

Why not take up cross-country skiing this winter?

This fun and sporting activity has the great advantage of being able to be practised by everyone. Children and parents can enjoy the trails of the Samoëns Nordic areas. Our two sites, at the Col de Joux Plane and along the Giffre, offer pistes for all levels; from the beginner to the black run.

Ski with a view of Mont Blanc

This winter, come and enjoy the pleasures of skiing in the heart of the snowy summits of the Haute-Savoie. For beginners and more experienced skiers, Samoëns offers you, in addition to its magnificent sites, breathtaking views of the Alps and its mountains. And for those who want to start or improve their skills at their own pace, our instructors at the cross-country ski school will be happy to share their passion with you.

Ski de fond Joux Plane - Tourisme Samoëns

Routes : Nordic site of Joux Plane at an altitude of 1,700 metres (14 km from the village centre) and the long du Giffre at an altitude of 720 metres (departure possible in the village depending on snow conditions).

Equipment hire: the village of Samoëns is full of qualified service providers for your cross-country skiing equipment hire

Experience cross-country skiing, accompagnied

Shuttles : Samoëns offers a free shuttle service to the Col de Joux Plane and the Cirque du Fer-à-Cheval. We recommend this method of transport, as the car parks are limited in number of places.

Private lesson of 1h, 2h … (ESF)

Discover the snowshoe outings


Routes : 16 signposted routes are available.

Equipment rental : a wide range of providers for your snowshoe rentals in Samoëns

Experience snowshoe outings, accompanied by


For example: French Ski School – 1/2 commitment 3h, Commitment 6h, Group outing on Tuesdays and Thursdays Am 5 pers mini/maxi. Possibility of reprogramming group outings for 5 individuals. Snowshoes are available for loan while stocks last.

Like an air of freedom!

This winter, discover Samoëns and its mountains on foot… well almost. Whether you are alone, with a partner, a group or a family, you will find what you are looking for: fresh air and wide open spaces. The equipment is inexpensive and can be easily rented in the village from our qualified service providers who are always ready to give good advice. So that’s it, you hear it? The crunch of the snow under your feet, the gentle sound of the wind in the trees, the singing of the birds, and the calm… it’s time to put on your snowshoes and come and explore our snowy landscapes.

A unique experience in the heart of the Alpine landscape

The pace at which you walk and the itinerary you choose dictate the difficulty of your snowshoe outing. So, whether it’s fun or sporty, this great activity will delight all levels and all ages. And so that you can discover the wide open spaces of the Haute-Savoie in complete safety, Samoëns offers you 100 km of trails and 16 marked routes in the Haut-Giffre valley. The Nordic area of the Col de Joux Plane will also welcome you on marked trails adapted to all levels.

Snowshoe outings, in complete serenity

For those who don’t want to burden their pockets with a map, nor their minds with an itinerary, our mountain guides, fine connoisseurs of the area, will accompany you to make your snowshoe outing a memorable one.

The snowshoeing experience doesn’t end there!

Our mountain guide Quintessence will introduce you to wellness and meditation activities on snowshoes. On the programme :Afghan march and cold yoga. Two great ways to enjoy snowshoeing in a different way and to take some time for yourself. 

Séjour Yoga Samoëns

Discover biathlon

Do you have the soul of a Martin Fourcade? Or just want to have fun?

Come and experience biathlon in Samoëns. Accessible to all, this combination of cross-country skiing and laser rifle shooting will delight those who love effort and precision. Whether you are lying down or standing, you will shoot at electronic targets with our latest generation laser rifles.

Biathlon for everyone

Accessible from the age of 10, our ESF French Ski School instructors will welcome young and old for a private lesson of at least 2 hours and will help you discover and enjoy this sport.

Biathlon training during winter blizzard.

Discover biathlon, 

Discover sledging

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The slopes: at the Col de Joux plane, at Samoëns 1600 and one in the village

Equipment rental: our sports shops

Tobogganing in Samoëns, a child’s play !

Tobogganing is not just for children! For those of you, young, medium and old, who are lucky enough to still have a child’s soul, Samoëns offers you numerous marked and safe sledging runs. A sledge, snow and a beautiful slope, here is the winning combo for a complete moment of fun. With family or friends, sledging is the ultimate fun activity and is sure to please everyone.

Who doesn’t dream of sledding down the most beautiful slopes in the Alps?

In Samoëns you have the choice: Col de Joux Plane, Samoëns 1600 or in the village itself, our slopes are reserved for ski enthusiasts. Throughout your stay, you will enjoy the Samoëns ski areas with views of Mont Blanc and the snowy peaks of the Haute-Savoie Alps. Come and have a great time on our sledging slopes, designed just for you!

Do you know the pony sled?

Introduce your children to a new activity: the pony-luge! Towed by a pony, they will be introduced to the sensations of sliding, supervised by professionals from our partner Equita’passion. An excellent moment of discovery and adventure.

Poney luge in Samoëns 1600

Samoëns, Nordic activities and much more!

Le vieux tilleul sur la place du village
Our “Nordic activities” and “well-being” package

So that your stay is complete and you do not have to choose between activities and relaxation. Take advantage of these moments out of time and the daily hustle and bustle to take care of yourself. From the accommodation to the choice of sports/leisure and wellness activities, this package will give you the peace of mind you are looking for.

Want to complete your Nordic activities experience?

Samoëns has put together a programme full of entertainment, cultural and sporting activities but also well-deserved moments of relaxation for this winter. Children and parents, friends and couple, or solitary escape, discover our offers created especially for each of you. In an idyllic setting, all dressed in white, the village of Samoëns opens its doors and its resorts to make your stay unforgettable.

Samoëns remains reachable

Samoëns Tourist Office

66, place de l’Office de Tourisme


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