Major events this winter in Samoens (2022)

Samoëns, elected Mon Plus Beau Village de Haute-Savoie in 2021, is full of events at the end of 2021 and the beginning of 2022. In the heart of the Alps and its mountains, the Haute-Savoie village welcomes holidaymakers, visitors and locals alike, to offer them cultural, sporting and leisure experiences throughout the year. For the next few months, Samoëns has put together a programme of events designed to appeal to as many of you as possible! A well thought-out organisation, a varied programme and an exceptional location are the keys to a conquered public. Are you following us?


11 and 12 and 17 December to 1 January – The Christmas Village

A magical moment in Samoëns!

Spend a magical Christmas in Samoëns. The Christmas village, its craftsmen and its associations will welcome you for a warm and festive moment. Activities, chalets, gourmet tastings, meetings and a living nativity scene will keep you entertained until the end of December to experience the magic of Christmas until the very last moment.

More information at the Samoëns Tourist Office – 66, place de l’Office de Tourisme, 74340 SAMOENS

Monday to Saturday from 9am to 12pm and from 2pm to 6pm

+33 (0)4 50 34 40 28


January 8th and 9th – La Grand Odyssée Savoie Mont-Blanc

Real sled dogs!

How about a dog sled race? This winter, Samoëns welcomes you to live the polar experience in the village, transformed for the occasion into the Grande Odysée Savoie Mont Blanc village, and to take part in the opening ceremony of this mythical sled dog race. Created in 2005, La Grande Odyssée Savoie Mont-Blanc is the annual sled dog event in Europe. You will be able to discover the universe of this discipline which makes us all dream, the 68 mushers and their 600 dog-athletes. On the programme for these two crazy days? Free entertainment and festivities throughout the afternoon for young and old.


Practical info: Prologue at the Lacs aux Dames leisure centre on Saturday 8 January 2022. Montagnes du Giffre-Grand Massif stage on Sunday 9th January on the Grand Massif (Morillon, Samoëns).

Shuttles will be set up to facilitate the link between the village and the start area as well as the link with the finish area.

Place : Samoëns village

Price : Free of charge

+33 (0)4 50 34 40 28

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13-15 January – Telemark World Cup

A world cup in Samoëns

The Telemark World Cup is stopping in Samoëns with the best athletes in the world for classic and sprint events. Telemark skiing is one of the oldest skiing techniques invented at the end of the 19th century in Norway and is situated between Alpine and Nordic skiing. It is a sport that combines technicality and elegance with its free heel technique that allows for harmonious turns. The hosting of this world competition finds all its place and takes all its meaning within the Haute-Savoie village of Samoëns.

Practical information: Accessible by cable car and then on foot for non-skiers.

Place : Samoëns 1600

+33 (0)4 50 34 40 28

Coupe du Monde de Télémark - Chris Frank

23 January – Hivernales du Haut-Giffre

Nordic activities in Samoëns

This winter, Samoëns invites you to discover the valley’s Nordic activities: cross-country skiing, biathlon, rifle shooting, pony sledging, fat biking, snowshoeing, paret … A choice of sports and fun activities that will enchant young and old. Make the most of your visit to the heart of the Alps to take part in one (or more) of these activities and make your winter an unforgettable interlude.

Location: Cirque du Fer à Cheval, accessible by road and free shuttle bus.

+ 33 (0)4 50 34 40 28

27-30 January – Ice Swimming Open – Event postponed to 2023

A completely frosty competition

For the 3rd edition of the Open de nage en eau glacée, the French Swimming Federation and the village of Samoëns invite you to the Lac aux Dames leisure centre from 27 to 30 January 2022. A totally icy programme awaits you: 500m NL, 200m breaststroke, 50m NL, 50m breaststroke, mixed relay … Come and encourage the greatest athletes during these three days of timeless events. Please note that the water temperature is below 5°C and that wetsuits are not allowed…

Location: Base de loisirs du lac aux Dames, 74340 Samoëns

+33 (0)4 50 34 40 28


From 31 March to 2 April – Criou blues and rock festival

Rock’N Roll

Things are moving in Samoëns! The 3rd edition of the Criou blues and rock festival will be held from March 31st to April 2nd 2022 at the espace le bois aux Dames and in the bars in Samoëns.

One more reason to come and discover this beautiful French village, elected Mon Plus Beau Village de Haute-Savoie in 2021. A music festival where French and international blues and rock bands will perform to offer you 3 days of unforgettable concerts.

Location: Espace Le Bois aux Dames, sports and cultural centre, 600 route du Lac aux Dames 74340 Samoëns

+ 33 (0)4 50 34 40 28

Headliners: Laura Cox, incredible guitarist and singer & Ange for the 50th anniversary tour.

Prices: €15 for one night and €25 for both

April 8-10 – Le Testival de parapente

Notice to paragliding lovers

Paragliding lovers will be able to vibrate during three days thanks to the Paragliding Festival in Samoëns. Paragliding specialists, lovers of sensations and freedom or simply curious, the festival invites you to come and test equipment with about twenty brands, to take part in numerous activities and to fly over the Giffre valley and its magnificent landscapes.

Location: Ladies’ Lakes Leisure Centre and Samoëns village

Price: Free access, lift pass payable, at a reduced price.

Opening : From Friday 8th to Sunday 10th April 2022 from 9am to 6pm

+ 33 (0)4 50 34 40 28


From 6 to 8 May – Des livres … et moi ! 

A festival of literature

Samoëns tells you the secrets of a successful weekend … take part in the children’s literature festival in the heart of the village! On the programme? activities, readings and workshops with illustrators and authors. Young budding bibliophiles, lovers of all kinds of reading, are welcome to come to Samoëns to discover literature as they have never seen it before!

For more information, please contact Samoëns Tourist Office

66, place de l’Office de Tourisme – 74340 SAMOËNS

+ 33 (0)4 50 34 40 28


From 3 to 5 June – Vélo Vert Festival 

Cycling in abundance!

Mountain bike lovers, this festival is for you! From the 3rd to the 5th of June 2022, the Vélo Vert Festival will be held in Samoëns. Animations, tests, races and hikes, a 100% mountain bike weekend for bike and mountain lovers. In a friendly atmosphere, the event will welcome, on a new playground favourable to all types of practices, enduro, cross-country, electric mountain bike, sport or family events. We are waiting for you!

Place : Samoëns

+ 33 (0)4 50 34 40 28

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11th and 12th June – 13th Botanical Days

Samoëns cultivates its garden

Around the emblematic alpine garden La Jaÿsinia, one of the most beautiful alpine botanical gardens in France, and its 4,800 plants from the mountains of the world, Samoëns organises the Botanical Days for all lovers of flora, both local and distant. A place conducive to escape and wonder in the middle of an exceptional natural environment! On the occasion of the 13th Botanical Days, children and adults will be able to enjoy a unique sensory experience in the midst of the 2,500 species of mountain plants present in this garden.

What’s on the agenda?

The visit of the botanical garden which will reveal all its secrets, and numerous activities which will take place during 2 days in Samoëns such as the meeting with bees, a film projection on insects, workshops to learn how to garden with invertebrates or even storytelling walks to discover the patrimonial wealth of Samoëns.

Place: Jardin Botanique Alpin de la Jaÿsinia – La Jaÿsinia 74340 Samoëns

Free access

Guided tours and courses are not free of charge, information at the Samoëns Tourist Office

+ 33 (0)4 50 34 40 28

Jardin botanique de la Jaÿsinia

From 16 to 19 June – Ultra-trail® du Haut-Giffre 2022

9th edition of the Ultra-Trail du Haut-Giffre

Since the first edition, the sporting event organised by Samoëns Trail événements has continued to grow. This makes it one of the biggest and most beautiful mountain races in the valley! In only 8 editions, the Ultra Trail du Haut-Giffre has become an unmissable event in the world of mountain races with some 2,000 participants each year. With 8 races on offer, from the mini cross-country race for children, through the “au fil du Giffre” race (9km), to the Ultra Trail du Haut-Giffre (96km) and the Ultra Tour des Lacs des Cimes (124km), lovers of mountains and running will be able to discover the mountains in a sporting way in an exceptional natural setting!

Come and participate and cheer!

Whether you come for the competition or simply for the pleasure, the Ultra-Trail® du Haut-Giffre, with its refreshment stops, will allow you to discover or rediscover the routes embracing our valley. Dirt paths, stone paths, tinted with green, a great breath of air for an unparalleled event.

Children and adults will also be able to come and support the participants during these 4 days of races, sport, nature and emotions!

Place : Samoëns

For the children: The Mini Cross Children reserved for young people under 12 years old and which has a distance of 1,5km

+ 33 (0)6 25 91 60 45

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Trail Samoëns

From 30 June to 3 July- Samoëns American Festival (SAF)

13th edition of the Samoëns American Festival

This summer, come and dance and immerse yourself in American culture during the 4-day festival in Samoëns!

In a western atmosphere, young and old will live a unique moment to the rhythm of country music, line dancing shows, equestrian demonstrations and beautiful American machines such as the famous Harley Davidson.

Dance courses are organised for those who wish to practice country music and an American market will allow you to discover American culture.

A good plan?

Discover the packages including accommodation, activities and festival, at a very attractive rate…

Place : Samoëns

Price: Free. Registration for the courses is not free – Information from the Tourist Office

+ 33 (0)4 50 34 40 28

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