Feet on the ground or head in the clouds?

Because in summer, we also want new discoveries and sensations, in Samoëns and its surroundings, the range of sports action proposed will fill all those looking for a vacation out of the ordinary.

In the air

In paragliding, hover over the valley of Samoens and the Criou, comfortably installed and accompanied by a professional. From baptism to internship, there is no need to be experienced.

With the helicopter, several hundred meters above the ground, everything seems so small and so grandiose at the same time. From Samoens, fly over magnificent panoramas, for an unforgettable baptism …

On the ground

With the quad, family (children can ride in the back), friends, lovers , the valley of the Giffre and its surroundings will have no secrets for you. A fun walk on the paths, for those who want to enjoy nature without too much effort!

On horseback, go for a hike of an hour and a half to several days. For children, pony rides are also available.


With caving, from 5 years old, discover the hidden wonders of the region through a journey to the heart of the earth. Toboggans, galleries, chasms and even underground rivers will open up to you, accompanied by an experienced guide who will make you walk the caves of Balme, Megevette and for the more adventurous, the Chasm Jean-Bernard, one of the deepest in the world (-1600m)!

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Escalade à Samoëns

Between heaven and hearth

With climbing, discover the vertical world, firmly attached to the limestone cliffs or granite around Samoëns. The rock of Tines, between Sixt and Samoëns, is accessible from 3 years old.

The via ferrata is the link between hiking and climbing and can be practiced by children. Equipped with helmets and harnesses, you will follow an aerial course, playful and sporty on the cliffs overlooking Samoëns, thanks to cables, bridges and bridges of monkey.

In freewheels

On sunny days, when the snow has melted, Samoëns becomes a bike land. Here, the Joux-Plane pass, at an altitude of 1,700 meters, is the reference point (or even the hiding place) for experienced cyclists who wish to add a legendary pass to their list. Crossed many times by the runners of the Tour de France, his ascent from Samoëns allows to walk a wonderful balcony open on the valley and the Mont-Blanc massif. With its 400 km of trails and 28 tracks freeride and single track, less trained calf cyclists will also find in Samoëns something to enjoy. The village has also obtained the national label “Accueil vélo” which guarantees a welcome and quality services along cycle roads.

Mountain biking downhill or enduro?

So, do you want to go to an adventure? All you need to do is rent a bike or an ATV from the many shops in the city and start, why not, on the road that will lead you to the circus of Fer-à-Cheval, to admire the gorge of Tines and continue until at the Rouget waterfall. Do you want a family ride without difficulty? Embark your tribe along the banks of the Giffre, towards the Blue Lake in Morillon. Do you want speed and sensations? The most sporty will try downhill mountain biking or the Enduro, some paths are accessible from the lifts. And why not discover the Giffre Valley with an instructor who will tell you the history of the places as part of a heritage tour or introduce you to the electric mountain bike during a gourmet walk on the farm ? Day and night, the proposals are not lacking! And if your thing is the fat bike, you need to know that this atypical bike with wide wheels – made to adhere to the snow – get on also in summer on the trails of the valley. The snow has melted and it is not necessary to wait for the winter to print its mark on the roads of Samoëns.

Practical information: find cycling information and mountain bike roads in the Giffre Valley on www.samoens.com.

Agenda: In July, on the occasion of “Adopt a pass”, Joux-Plane is closed to traffic by departmental decree and cyclists can give their heart to one of the most demanding climbs of Haute- Savoie.