This summer, Samoëns welcomes you in the heart of the Alps and makes you discover water in all its states. Explore the waterways by airboat, canoraft, canyoning, water skiing or just lounging around the pool. The more adventurous will let themselves be carried away by the tumultuous Giffre passing through Samoëns while the wisest will prefer to contemplate the Lakes of the Ladies. One thing is certain, young and old will find the refreshing activity that suits them!

At the heart of the tumultuous waters of Giffre

French river of Haute-Savoie, the Giffre takes its source from the glaciers of Mont Ruan. At an altitude of more than 2,800 metres, this Swiss summit feeds the Giffre torrent with its rainwater. As a result, flows can vary greatly, particularly in the event of heavy rain or during spring and snowmelt.

This 34 km long torrent is born in the historic village of Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval by its two tributaries, the Giffre du Fer-à-cheval and the Giffre des Fonts. Its flow, which is six times higher than the average of French rivers, makes it ideal for the practice of white water water sports.

Whitewater activities, for all, to be practiced without moderation

The airboat, run down the Slap with agility

Discover the pleasure of skiing and sailing in complete safety

Let yourself be tempted by the descent of the Giffre in airboat and discover the joys of navigation on this small boat. An easier kayak, the airboat will give you the ease of an inflatable, namely its safety and stability, and the sensations of the kayak, autonomy and ease of handling! Take a seat on this single-seater and sail straight to freedom. Accompanied by a guide, you will evolve in autonomy on your boat and you will be advised throughout the outing to make the beautiful descent so long awaited.

A friendly and fun activity

Although the airboats are individual inflatable boats, their lightness for launching and carrying, the liveliness of their performances and their exceptional stability will conquer you for sure! This fun activity is suitable for both groups and families and ensures you a memorable moment of sharing. At your own pace, everyone can enjoy themselves safely.

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Possible activity from 01/04 to 31/10, every day, schedules are to be agreed

Adult rate: from 40€ depending on the route and the number of people

Launching under favourable weather conditions

Although equipped with a lifejacket, it is essential to know how to swim. Provide a swimsuit and a towel. The equipment necessary for the practice of the activity is provided (helmet, suit, slipper, …).

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Possible activity from 01/04 to 31/10, every day, schedules are to be agreed

Adult rate: from 38€ depending on the number of people

Launching under favourable weather conditions

Although equipped with a lifejacket, it is essential to know how to swim. Provide a swimsuit and a towel. The equipment necessary for the practice of the activity is provided (helmet, suit, slipper, …).

Discover the canoe, a bi-place canoe

The strength of a pair on the water!

With friends or family, enjoy a quick descent to Samoëns in a bi-place canoraft on the hectic torrent of Giffre between Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval and Samoëns. Equipped with a paddle you will take place aboard a maneuverable, precise and fast canoe to descend as close as possible to the waves by coordinating with your teammate. Let yourself be carried away by the canoe, give it the right impulse to try the adventure, share good moments and dare the surprises that the Giffre has in store for you! Strong sensations guaranteed!

The perfect activity to contemplate the Haut-Giffre valley

Isolated between Lake Geneva and Chamonix, in the heart of Haute-Savoie, the Giffre valley offers breathtaking landscapes. Vast mountain range extending from the high walls of the Fer à Cheval circus, last ramparts before Chamonix and to the West against the Franco-Swiss massifs of the Dents Blanches, this valley is crossed by the impetuous torrent of Giffre. It is 32 kilometres long and runs through Samoëns, offering you wonderful views over the waves.

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Hydrospeed, a splashing discovery

Hydrospeed is not only for seasoned athletes

Equipped with your wetsuit, your fins and your float, surf on the whirling waves, face the waves head first, alone on your boat in the tumult of the Giffre, the Dranse or the Arve, to leave with a new vision of the river and water activities! Hydrospeed remains, however, an accessible discipline that combines the pleasure of descents and the pleasure of surfing. To help you progress, each stop will be an opportunity for your instructor to give you new advice.

A thrilling activity

The flow of the torrents around Samoëns and Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval is part of the heritage of the valley and allows the practice of water sports such as hydrospeed. As you descend the rapids, you will need to subtly manage your speed and the accuracy of your descent to find your way between the obstacles. On the float, the proximity to the water attenuates the apprehension of falling there and it becomes ideal to understand the currents and the river on board.

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Possible activity from 01/04 to 31/10, daily, depending on the routes and conditions.

Adult rate: from 40€ depending on the number of people

Although equipped with a lifejacket and a float, it is essential to know how to swim

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Possible activity from 01/05 to 30/09, every day on reservation

Adult rate: from 40€ depending on the number of people

Although equipped with a lifejacket, it is essential to know how to swim. Provide shoes type “basketball” or “mountain” that can go in the water, a swimsuit and a mask.

Discover the mini-raft, the group sports challenge

Sportsmen, make way for the mini-raft!

Have you already let yourself be tempted by a rafting descent and the thrills push you to try the experience a little differently? You have not yet had the opportunity to do so and you appreciate the taste of challenges? This summer, in Samoëns we have what you need! An intense and relentless activity: the mini-raft! This activity will give you all the sensations of a rafting trip condensed into a small team. This two- or four-person boat will rush down rough waterways leaving you in charge.

Go down deep, on your own

Take place for a sporting challenge based on your semi-autonomous group coordination. The guide, in his own boat, will let you maneuver through the rapids. On the program? 8 kilometers of downhill where you will have to rely on each other to tune you and trust your helmsman. No opportunity to rely on your teammates, they will need you to stay on course and find the right current. You can count on the guide to give you all the necessary advice before boarding but on the other hand once in the water … It’s up to you!

The Giffre river in open kayak, guaranteed sensations

Notice to kayak enthusiasts

With family or friends, enjoy a descent of the Giffre. A true discovery for boaters and especially kayakers, the open kayak will awaken the excitement of your first paddle strokes. Its white and tumultuous waters welcome you in the heart of the Haute-Savoie in the valley of the Cirque du Fer-à-Cheval to make you experience sensations specific to the descent of rivers.

Discovering the sensations of river kayaking

The open kayak is a real kayak called “sit on top” of river. Much more technical than the airboat or the canoraft, it offers pure kayak sensations and you will learn the techniques of river navigation. Its specificities will introduce you to the management of the propulsion, your balance, the direction of your boat as well as the reading of the current. A true discovery for all kayak lovers, you will be filled with new sensations so far unknown.

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Possible activity from 01/04 to 31/10, every day from 9h to 19h

Single rate: 45€

Although equipped with a lifejacket, it is essential to know how to swim. Provide a swimsuit and a towel. The equipment necessary for the practice of the activity is provided (helmet, suit, kayak, …)

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Possible activity from 01/04 to 31/10, from 7 years old

Price from 33€ according to the formulas

Launch subject to favourable weather conditions. Provide bathing suit and towel. The equipment necessary for the practice of the activity is provided (helmet, suit, raft, …)

Rafting sur le Giffre

On the assault of the Giffre in rafting, fun and friendly activity

Rafting, the must-do for whitewater activities

A fun and friendly activity by nature, rafting is the ideal activity to have fun no matter the weather. Equipped from head to toe with a suit, shoes, vest, helmet and paddle, you will descend the Giffre on your boat, a bubbling torrent of the Samoëns valley. Accompanied by an experienced guide, you will embark in an inflatable canoe to enjoy a thrilling descent in the heart of the turbulent rapids of the torrent. This flagship water sports activity will give you good sensations by guaranteeing you safety thanks to the guide present throughout the descent.

With friends or family, your team will be your strength

Accessible from the age of 7, rafting is a family activity for all. Whether you practice it with family or friends, lovers of thrills or not, athletes or beginners, you will be conquered by the descent along the current. Fun activity to live together and as a team, the rafting will make you live an experience where everyone will have his own place.

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Tubing, surf on the Slapped Buoy

In the rapids on your own boat

Aboard a simple buoy on which you sit, enjoy a descent of the rapids to Samoëns in the rough waters of the Giffre by tubing. Accompanied by your instructor who will teach you how to use the buoy in the river, no experience is necessary beforehand and even novices can try it.

Feet in the water, eyes in the air

Sitting in the buoy, you will be in the front row to discover the scenery of the river Giffre from a different angle. Let yourself be carried away by the current, sitting in the hollow of the waves for a trip of the most exotic in the heart of the valley of Samoëns. You will reach the bridge of Samoëns from the exit of the gorges of Tines passing in front of the chapel Notre-Dame des Grâces, having as scenery the numerous mountain peaks of Avoudrues or the ski resort.

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Possible activity from 15/03 to 07/11

Price: 40€ per person

Provide a bathing suit and a towel. The equipment necessary for the practice of the activity is provided (helmet, suit, buoy, …)

Mountain waterfalls and rivers, suitable for canyoning

A true playground for canyoning lovers, the Giffre waterfalls will also allow beginners to learn the joys of water hiking. Jumps in the pools naturally dug by the water, abseil descents, natural slides will delight young and old.

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Possible activity from 01/04 to 31/10, daily, from 6 years old depending on the route and conditions

Adult rate: from 39€ depending on the number of people

Although equipped with a lifejacket, it is essential to know how to swim. Provide shoes type “basketball” or “mountain” that can go in the water and a swimsuit

Go on an adventure in canyoning

Immerse yourself in the fast-paced waters of Giffre, off the trails

The canyoning courses in the waters of the Giffre offer different routes from the water walk to the sports courses. In this natural setting of rocks sculpted by time, you will follow your guide through water slides, jumps and even descents, more sporty, waterfalls as a reminder. The torrent is accessible to everyone. Numerous dodges around the jumps are present throughout the course, allowing small and large to have fun according to their desires!

Challenge and share good times

If at first sight canyoning seems to be an activity reserved for thrill seekers and athletes, it is not! The diversity of canyons in the valley allows you to adapt to your expectations and your level. Between jumps, reminders, walks and water slides, the whole family will find its happiness.

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Lakes aux Dames and the leisure centre, within walking distance from the centre of the village

A stone’s throw from the historic village of Samoëns, find yourself on the banks of the Ladies’ Lakes and the leisure base to relax and let yourself be carried away by the unforgettable setting that surrounds you.

The leisure base of Lac aux Dames, relax in the heart of the mountains

Basking near Samoens

The leisure base of Lac aux Dames is built around its two lakes. Away from Samoëns, this 10-hectare park becomes the ideal place to walk, fish, run or just stroll. Isolated from the center of the village, enjoy this moment of relaxation for you and let yourself be carried away by the serenity and beauty of the place. Opposite the ski resort of Samoëns, you will have a view of the mountains of the valley and the many peaks that surround you. The bar-restaurant area of the Espace du Bois aux Dames will be the privileged place to eat and drink.

The ideal place for family days, with friends or sports

Isolated from the noise of cars and everyday life, the leisure base of Samoëns offers a large play area for children as well as sports fields (football and basketball) for all big children. In the summer, many activities are offered within the park such as tennis, an adventure course, an outdoor swimming pool, a bowling ground and for the practitioners, and the curious, a landing base for paragliders. In addition, small family hikes leave here.

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Place Base de loisirs, Voie Communale N°8, 74340 Samoëns

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Discover other activities: outdoor swimming pool, water skiing, fishing …

This summer in Samoens, there will be something for everyone. White water sports for the more adventurous or relaxation on the shores of the Lac des Dames, let yourself be tempted by other equally exciting activities.

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496 route Lac aux Dames, 74340 Samoëns

Possible activity from 27/06 to 30/08, every day from 10h to 19h

Adult rate: 4,90€

Child rate: 3,90€

Enjoy a magnificent panorama with your feet in the water

Feet in the water, at the foot of the mountains

Have you always enjoyed it or do you dream of resting with your feet in the water after a day of hiking, rafting or mountain biking? The outdoor swimming pool at the Samoëns leisure centre is the perfect place. A breathtaking view of the mountains surrounding the small village of Haute-Savoie and a relaxation area complete the pool pools.

A family space, for children and adults

Whether you prefer to descend the 60 meters of the slide, take a dip in the sports pool, accompany your children in the 25 meters by 12 meters learning pool or in the 50 m² paddling pool, the pool of Samoëns is made for you. Private, group and aquagym swimming lessons are also available. Next to these aquatic elements, you can enjoy the 6000 m² park, its picnic area and its games and volleyball and tennis courts.

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The pleasure of sliding while refreshing!

To rediscover the winter pleasures of skiing or to discover new sensations, enjoy a session of water skiing on the lake of Vernays. In the heart of the mountains, you can (re)put on skis and enjoy a breathtaking panorama. Towed by a cable, let yourself slide in search of a good refreshing moment.

Sliding for the whole family

Water skiing in Samoëns, on the edge of the Giffre torrent, is suitable for all levels. Whether you want to discover this activity or practice water skiing in a more sporty way, embark on a day with family or friends and let yourself be surprised by new sensations.

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Possible activity from 01/05 to 31/10, daily

Rates and reservation on 06.20.54.40.97

Provide a bathing suit and a towel. The equipment necessary for the practice of the activity is provided (vest, ski, …)

Pêche à Samoëns

Fishing card available at tourist offices

Fishing goods for sale by “l’Art des Choix” in Samoëns

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Fishing in the Giffre Valley, discover or share your passion

The discovery of fishing

In search of reconnecting with nature, remember good childhood moments, share your passion or discover the amazing experience of fishing. Thanks to this friendly outdoor activity, you will discover nature beyond its banks and you can also take advantage of it to observe the fauna and flora surrounding you. From Morillon to Sixt Fer à Cheval, you will discover one of the most beautiful fishing routes in the region.

Pursue your passion in the Giffre Valley

Originating from the waters of the glaciers of Mount Ruan, culminating at an altitude of 2,858 metres, the Giffre is a rainfall torrent, in other words a torrent fed by melting snow and precipitation. As a result, flows can vary greatly, particularly in the event of heavy rain or during snowmelt. This tumultuous torrent is born in the historic village of Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval by its two tributaries, the Giffre du Fer-à-cheval and the Giffre des Fonts. A vast mountain fishing route classified in the first category, you can find 27 km of Giffre from Morillon to Sixt Fer à Cheval as well as 23 km of streams. Open to sport fishing with toc, vairon manié, lures, natural baits but also fly, fishing in the Giffre valley allows you to find at the end of your lines wild trout farios, rainbow trout, Arctic char and brook salmon.

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You can also find all the summer activities in Samoëns to fully enjoy your holidays alone, with family, with friends. On the program, guided tours, mountain activities, relaxation, leisure and much more.

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Tourist Office

66, place de l’Office de Tourisme

B.P. 42

74340 SAMOENS

Phone : 04.50.34.40.28

Mail : infos@www.samoens.com

Open every day from 9h to 12h and from 14h30 to 17h30.

Except on Saturdays, from 9h to 12h and from 14h to 17h30.