Winter Activities in Samoens

French Alps Skiing and other winter activities

Skiing - The Grand Massif

The Grand Massif is the third biggest ski area in the Alps and includes the ski areas of Flaine, Samoens, Morillon, Les Carroz and Sixt reaching up to 2500m. Many of the major slopes are north facing and so retain their snow for longer than many resorts.

Grand Massif Resort

Resort height ranges from 720m-2480m
Ski Area starts from 1600m
77 lifts
Find out more about the Grand Massif at:

Grand Massif Pistes

265 km of piste with 133 slopes
14 Black – Hard
51 Red – Medium
53 Blue – Easy
15 Green – Very Easy
Download an interactive Piste Map »

Samoens is part of the Grand Massif ski area (with Sixt, Les Carroz, Morillon and Flaine) and provides extensive skiing for all levels. Not many places offer such a wide variety of skiing, and very few have such fantastic panoramic views over Mont-Blanc. There is an excellent nursery slope area at Samoens 1600 with kindergarten and beginner’s ski areas, magic carpets, snow park and toboggan area.

For the more advanced there is also a testing terrain: The steep north-facing mogul slopes from the Tête des Saix, the central point of the entire Grand Massif system, down to Samoens are particularly enjoyable and there is a fast (8 mins), high capacity gondola from the village to the extensive beginners area on the plateau at 1600m, which also acts as a gateway to the rest of the Grand Massif.

Other Winter Sports and Activities in Samoens

If you get tired of skiing or snowboarding, there are plenty of other winter sports on offer.
We’ve included a few ideas below but you can find out more on the
Samoens Tourist Information Office’s website at

Cross Country Skiing

Cross country skiing map

Cross Country Skiing on Joux Plane with a bus link from Samoens village.



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Ice skating

Samoens Ice Rink

Ice skating – 600 m2 rink in the centre of Samoens.


Snowshoeing at Joux Plane, Sixt Fer à Cheval, Verchaix and Morillon


Sledging on Samoens 1600 and Joux Plane

Helicopter flights

Ski Touring

Dog sledding

Ice diving



Climbing – indoor and natural sites

Savoyard Day

In February there is a weekly ‘Savoyard Day’ with traditional games, a giant tartiflette and a dance

Santa Claus

Santa Claus visits the village on Christmas Eve

New Year Fireworks

Dance under the fireworks at Samoens at the New Year

Easter Egg Hunt

On Easter Monday you can hunt for eggs hidden in the village.