ACTIVITIES AND SIGHT-SEEING

Sporting activities

Hiking

Hiking

Here in Samoens, French Alps, you will be perfectly placed to explore the endless trails and peaks of this walker's paradise. Between altitudes of 700m and 3.100m, the Grand Massif and surrounding mountains offer something for all ages and abilities.

In the Giffre Valley alone, there are more than 900km of marked trails and several nature reserves ready for walking, hiking, exploration and adventure.

If you like summits, there are some wonderful peaks which offer uninterrupted views of the Mont-Blanc. If your itinerary involves more than a day's walking / hiking or you only want to sleep a night in the mountain, there are many refuges available for overnight stays.

Some walking ideas:

  • At the col de Joux Plane, the Bourgeoise is a short family walk offering the most magnificent panoramas.
  • The Cirque du Fer à Cheval situated 12km away is a national site offering walks and hikes surrounded by 32 waterfalls and superb cliffs. In the heart of a natural reserve you will discover incredible views easily accessible.
  • The Folly Refuge (2h15): Two ways are possible: an easy walk through the forest with large shady paths or a Cliffside walk (you will be equipped with chains for security). After having tasted the famous lemon tart at the refuge you can continue up to the Lac des chambres (1h15), glacial lake at 2000m.
  • The Golèse Refuge (1h30): Flora and Fauna will accompany you on your way to the Refuge de Golèse, situated in the heart of the mountain. Then you can continue to the Refuge de Bostan 45 minutes away.
  • The Sales Refuge (2h): In the heart of the natural reserve of Sixt Fer à Cheval (GR96), the hike to the refuge is marked with waterfalls and luxurious flora. It is not rare to surprise marmots, chamois and goats. You may even be lucky enough to spot an eagle or a gypaète barbu.
  • After the refuge, the Brèche du Dérochoir situated 1h15 away offers an incredible panoramic view on the Mont-Blanc.

In the Giffre valley, a number of refuges can welcome you during your walks:

Samoëns :

Refuge de Bostan at 1763 m, + 33 4 50 90 10 94www.refugedebostan.com
Refuge de Chardonnière at 1357 m, +33  6 81 35 67 34graverruaz@orange.fr
Refuge de la Golèse at 1671 m, + 33 4 50 90 59 53www.refuge-golese.com
Refuge du Folly at 1560 m, + 33  4 50 90 10 91www.refuge-du-folly.com

And in the valley of Sixt Fer à Cheval  :

Refuge Alfred Wills. Anterne at 1813 m, + 33 6 70 63 12 45www.refuge-wills.com
Refuge du Grenairon  at 1960 m, + 33 4 50 34 17 31www.grenairon.com
Refuge de la Vogealle at 1901 m, + 33 6 20 60 91 40www.refugedelavogealle.com
Refuge de Sales at 1874 m, + 33 9 88 18 42 93www.refugedesales.com
Refuge du Grenairon, + 33 4 50 34 47 31www.grenairon.com
Bureau des Guides, + 33  4 50 34 43 12www.guidesmontagnes.com
Cairn, + 33 4 50 34 48 03www.cairn-fr.com

A walk with the donkeys :

Anes du Haut Giffre, + 33 4 50 89 56 47www.anesduhautgiffre.com
Bureau des Guides, + 33 4 50 34 43 12www.guidesmontagnes.com
Cairn, + 33  4 50 34 48 02www.cairn-fr.com

Walking or Downhill Mountain biking with the ski lifts:

Enjoy the ski lifts and cable cars; discover with no effort the valley and its magnificent panoramas.

  • The Grand Massif Express cable car and the Chariande Express ski lift in Samoëns.
  • The Bergin and Esserts cable car and ski lift.
  • The Vagnys ski lift in Sixt.
  • The Kédeuze cable car in Les Carroz.
  • The ski lifts on the high planes of Flaine.

188km of routes in the Haut Giffre valley: 146km of downhill, 42km of enduro/country.

Discover at your own rhythm, on your own, with your family or with a guide.

The Grand Massif cable car makes the descent easier www.grand-massif.com

The Haut Giffre valley routes: www.valleeduhautgiffre.fr

The downhill mountain biking area in the Beules: 5 open spaces for anyone to use. Including 1 pump track, 1 labyrinth, 1 parallel slalom and 2 trails.

+33 4 50 34 42 38 www.mairiedesamoens.fr

Mountain bike outing with a guide.

Ski lift excursions

Ski lift excursions

Enjoy the ski lifts and cable cars; discover with no effort the valley and its magnificent panoramas.

  • The Grand Massif Express cable car and the Chariande Express ski lift in Samoëns.
  • The Bergin and Esserts cable car and ski lift.
  • The Vagnys ski lift in Sixt.
  • The Kédeuze cable car in Les Carroz.
  • The ski lifts on the high planes of Flaine.

Mountain biking

Mountain biking

188km of routes in the Haut Giffre valley: 146km of downhill, 42km of enduro/country.

Discover at your own rhythm, on your own, with your family or with a guide.

The Grand Massif cable car makes the descent easier www.grand-massif.com

The Haut Giffre valley routes: www.valleeduhautgiffre.fr

The downhill mountain biking area in the Beules: 5 open spaces for anyone to use. Including 1 pump track, 1 labyrinth, 1 parallel slalom and 2 trails.

+33 4 50 34 42 38 www.mairiedesamoens.fr

Mountain bike outing with a guide.

Cycling:

Road cycling

The hotel is situated at the departure of numerous cycling routes, including the Col de Joux Plane from the Tour de France with a magnificent panoramic view at the top on the Mont-Blanc that will take your breath away.

We dispose of a closed garage at the hotel where you are welcome to put your bike; we can prepare picnic baskets for you and would be delighted to inform you of the best routes in the valley.

A few circuits departing from Samoëns for all different levels:

Col de Joux Plane - Morzine - Avoriaz. Come back through Col des Gets - Taninges - Samoëns 76km

Col de Chatillon - Cluses - Col de la Colombière, come back through Le Borne - Bonneville - Chatillon - Samoëns  101km

Col de Chatillon - Cluses - Col de la Colombière - Grand Bornand - La Clusaz - Col des Aravis - Flumet - Megève - Cluses - Chatillon - Samoëns 133km 

Mieussy - Col de Ramaz - Col de l’Encrenaz - Cote d’Arbroz -Morzine - Col de Joux Plane - Samoëns 78 km

Montée du Fer à Cheval. Come back through Samoëns - Montée Samoëns 1600 - Retour Samoëns 48km

Bike rental:

J’aime sport  +33 4 50 34 98 20  www.jaimesport.com

Anthonioz ski  +33 4 50 34 93 67  www.anthonioz-ski.com

Via ferrata

Via ferrata

Are you more a risk taker? No problem, you have found what you are looking for.

The Via Ferrata is a cross between hiking and climbing:

The Mont Via Ferrata dominates the Tines gorges in Sixt Fer à Cheval.

The bureau des guides in Samoëns will help you to discover the region Via Ferrata.

Bureau des guides de Samoëns :  + 33 4 50 34 43 12www.guidesmontagnes.com

Cairn : + 33 4 50 34 48 03www.cairn-fr.com

ZigZag : + 33 6 31 20 44 10www.zigzagski.com

Via cordata

Via cordata

A combination of hiking and climbing.

Via Cordata "Les Mottets" in Chamonix has 600 metres of trails, with projections and ledges. The climb never exceeds "3c" level (an easy to moderate climb). The route starts at the Cabane des Mottets, which overlooks the Mer de Glace.

Bureau des guides de Samoëns :  + 33 4 50 34 43 12www.guidesmontagnes.com

Climbing

Rock climbing

Do you want to discover climbing, perfection you skills or just prepare yourself for an ascent?

Samoëns and its surroundings can offer you multiple climbing rocks with the most amazing views.

Climbing school for children ages 5 to 15 with a 6 half-day training course.

Bureau des Guides et Accompagnateurs de Samoëns : + 33 04 50 34 43 12www.guidesmontagnes.com

Cairn : + 33 4 50 34 48 03www.cairn-fr.com

Alpinism:

Mountaineering

Initiation to alpinism, everyone is welcome to discover the mountain tops.

In the Haut Giffre, different routes are available for you, the Dents Blanches (2771m), the Avoudrues (2666m), the Ruan (3040m), the Buet (3099m).

For the Mont-Blanc ascent, the bureau des guides can offer you a 5 day training course.

Bureau des Guides de Samoëns : + 33 4 50 34 43 12www.guidesmontagnes.com

Adventure parc:

Adventure Park

Situated only 5 minutes from the hotel, the Indiana Parc welcomes everybody, from young children to adults in the heart of nature; discover the forest from a different angle: 5 different circuits and a 150m zip line.

Indiana kid:  2 courses for children.

P’tit kid: For young children over the age of 2 under parent’s surveillance. 

Indiana parc : + 33 4 50 49 48 60www.indianaventures.com

Paint Ball

Paint ball

Situated at 5 minutes from the hotel, in the heart of nature between trees next to the local Giffre, everything is gathered to enjoy it!

Indiana parc: + 33 4 50 49 48 60 www.indianaventures.com

Nordic walking

Nordic walking

Nordic walking is a sporting walk with long sticks; you are welcome to try all year round as it is the perfect way to discover Samoëns and all that it has to offer.

Guides de Samoëns : + 33 4 50 34 43 12www.guidesmontagnes.com

Water activities

Whitewater sports

Rafting, hydro-speed, canoraft, airboat. The Giffre is a playground when it comes to water activities.

8km of descent with magnificent views; with your family or between friends (rafting for over 7 years olds on adapted courses).

Ecolorado rafting : + 33 4 50 34 45 26www.ecoloradorafting.com

They can even pick you up and drop you back at the hotel!

Nunayak : + 33 4 50 93 86 74 www.nunayak.com

Canyoning

Canyoning

A must-try! A combination of climbing and hiking, on earth and in water. Excitement is guaranteed. You'll be accompanied by a guide all the way. The variety of canyons in the valley makes choosing the right one for your level a breeze.

Canyons in the area : Clévieux, Giffre, Balme, Nyon.

Bureau des guides : + 33 4 50 34 43 12 www.guidesmontagnes.com
Cairn : + 33 4 50 34 48 03  www.cairn-fr.com
ZigZag : + 33 6 31 20 44 10 www.zigzagski.com

Ecolorado rafting - + 33 4 50 34 45 26www.ecoloradorafting.com

To be picked up at the hotel :

Nunayak - + 33 4 50 93 86 74 www.nunayak.com

Advantages available when booking on recommendation of the Neige et Roc.

Water skiing

Water skiing

Water skiing in the heart of the French Alps in a private area.

Close to Samoëns.

Roland Gay ski service : + 33 6 15 77 11 44

Fishing

Angling

Fishing in the Haut Giffre valley, one of the most breath taking fishing areas in the mountains, 27km from Morillon to Sixt, 23km from streams, the lake in Gers in the mountains and the communal lakes of Samoëns and Morillon.

Fishing is free in the lac aux dames in Samoëns for holidaymakers.

On demand at the tourist information center.

Société de Pêche du Canton de Samoëns: + 33 6 18 07 85 40jeanpolgosset@sfr.fr

Speleology

Potholing

Discover speleology in the Haut Giffre massif, the bureau des guides would be happy to discover the most amazing spots with you. Participate in a training course, no risk, no matter what the weather.

Bureau des guides : + 33 4 50 34 43 12 www.guidesmontagnes.com
Cairn : + 33 4 50 34 48 03  www.cairn-fr.com
ZigZag : + 33 6 31 20 44 10 www.zigzagski.com

Paraglider

Paragliding

Discover Samoëns from a very different angle: the sky!

Try a biplace flight where you can even have the possibility of flying yourself!

An activity that the entire family will enjoy!

Biplace flight, beginner flight, discovery flight, sensation flight.

Pégase air Samoëns: + 33 6 07 14 94 24 www.parapente-samoens.com

Quad biking

Quad biking

Discover the valley in the driver’s seat of a quad bike with Jean-Michel, the quad biking guide.

J’aime Sport : + 33 04 50 34 98 20www.jaimesport.com

Golf

Golf

Practice golf on water and on the green in Samoëns, only a 5minutes walk from the hotel. A great activity for all ages.

+ 33 6 16 81 75 35golfsamoens@hotmail.fr

  • Les Gets golf 23km away: 18 holes with exceptional panoramas.
  • Flaine golf 40km away: 18 holes, the highest course in Haute-Savoie.
  • Avoriaz golf 43km away: Situated at the entrance of Avoriaz, 9 holes.
  • Chamonix golf 61km away: 18 holes at the foot of the Mont-Blanc. Created in 1934 (4 holes), it offers incredible views of the Mont-Blanc, the Drus and the Aiguille vert.
  • Evian golf 60km away: 18 holes with views on the Leman Lake.

Disc golf

Disc golf

Participate in this fun activity in Samoëns; disc golf is just like golf, but with Frisbees instead of golf balls.

At the arrival of the Grand Massif Express  + 33 4 50 90 40 00  www.grand-massif.com

Horse-riding

Horse-riding

Do you want to learn how to ride or just go for a ride in the valley?

The Sept Monts riding school can offer you a variety of trails and lessons, even a training course.

Les Sept Monts Equitation Samoëns  +33 6 63 48 44 80 

For all levels, from an hour and a half to a full day ride. Or just a walk on a pony round the lake for young children.

Equita’Passion à Morillon : + 33 6 03 57 17 01 / + 33 6 80 68 69 65www.equita-passion.sitew.com

First flight in helicopter

Helicopter

You can do your first flight on board of an helicopter from Samoëns: take off for a first flight full of emotions around of the Giffre valley where you will have a magnificent panorama of the Mont-Blanc.

Mont-Blanc Hélicoptères : www.mbh.fr +33 4 50 92 78 00

Savoie hélicoptère : contact@savoie-helicopteres.com +33 4 50 47 25 30

Rosalie

Rosalie

Discover the village and its surrounding area from a Rosalie.

Roland Gay Ski Set ski services : +33 4 50 34 42 44www.skiset-samoens.com

Activities in the village

Cinema “Le Criou”

Get yourself comfortable in the Criou cinema and see the latest movies. Films in 3D and various languages. Open every day except Saturdays.

Septi-train

On board this miniature train, discover the village of Samoëns.

+ 33 6 10 40 83 08

Merinannies

A group of experienced nannies, quality service for your children from 4 months old to 14 years old.

www.merinannies.com+ 33 44 1858 46 88 20

Activity center “La Marmotte”

“La Marmotte” welcomes your children from 6 to 12 years old for a number of exciting activities.

 www.centrelamarmotte.blogspot.fr

+ 33 6 42 57 23 34

The botanic garden “La Jaÿsinia”

Created in 1906 by Marie Louise Cognac Jaÿ; 4800 mountain plants from the 5 continents.

Open every day from 8am to 12am and from 1:30pm to 4:30pm.

Free entry : , + 33 4 50 34 49 86.

Historical Bourg visit

The Heritage guides will let you discover the village and the incredible sculptures that are situated all around. 

, + 33  4 50 34 40 28

Visit the eco museum

Previously a traditional farmhouse from the 19th century, discover how the village of Samoëns was before.

www.le-clos-parchet.com, + 33 4 50 34 46 69

Meet an alpagist

At the Col de Joux plane, meet Michel who will tell you all about his job as an alpagist.

Sign up at the tourist information center:  + 33 4 50 34 40 28

Milk production visit

See how we make milk and cheese.

Sign up at the Office de Tourisme

Earl le Criou : + 33 4 50 34 94 46 

Ferme de l’Entremont à Vercland : + 33 6 70 19 33 97

François Désarnod's library

Samoëns’ library, a friendly and quiet place, welcomes you every Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 4:30 pm to 7 pm, every Wednesday from 10 am to 12 am and from 4 pm to 7 pm, such as every Saturday from 3 pm to 7 pm. You can just read a book on the spot or subscribe (for a short or a long time). The library proposes many activities too: exhibitions, book clubs, writing activities, French conversation classes, meetings, readings, author meetings, working groups for youngs, evening storytelling… Adults and children are welcomed.

+33 (0)4 50 34 95 77     Mail address: / Website:

Events

Septi Contest X

A fun competition and end-of-season entertainment in Samoëns.

DATES

Saturday, 21st April 2018.

PHONE NUMBER

0033 (0) 4 50 53 38 92

PLACE

Base de loisirs - 74340 Samoëns

  

  

Septi'scale models - 3rd edition

Exhibition and demonstration of more than 10 000 scale models: planes, boats, submarines, cars, drones, helicopters, trains, trucks, building site machineries, and a huge crane...at the outdoor activities centre, at the ice rink and at the cultural centre of "Le bois aux dames".

DATES

From Saturday, 19th to Sunday, 20th May 2018 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

On Saturday: from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

On Sunday: from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

PHONE NUMBER

00 33 (0) 4 50 34 42 38

RATES

Free access.

PLACE

Espace Le Bois Aux Dames - Centre Sportif et culturel - 600 route du Lac aux Dames - 74340 Samoëns

10th botanical days - SAMOËNS, to your spades!

During the Botanical Days,our village and our exceptional alpine garden La Jaÿsinia (with its 5000 varieties of mountain flowers from all 5 continents), welcome you. All the natural beauties will be offered to you.

For more than a century, Samoëns has based its love and knowledge of alpine plants on La Jaÿsinia, its amazing alpine garden. It's as much a piece of its heritage as its natural environment and the village is proud to celebrate it every year with an event that has now been renamed "Samoëns, to Your Spades!".

This is the seventh year of the event and it will be marking the arrival of summer. Visitors and garden lovers are invited to experience something unique in La Jaÿsinia. Advanced gardeners and complete beginners can enjoy a range of unique experiences over the two-day event.

Guided tours are undoubtedly a "must" for anybody who is just starting to garden, and a great way to pick up a few tips.

The specialist workshops led by well-known experts will provide more in-depth knowledge or arouse your curiosity and interest in nature.

The garden is not cut off from its environment; instead, it reflects every detail of it. Check this out and take advantage of the knowledge of mountain guides by joining them on nature rambles or, if you prefer, stroll around the exhibition put together by local people of all ages at the media library. Their view of this gem reflects love and deep-seated connections with society at large here.

All these events will let you share in the Jaÿsinia experience, an experience designed and organised by the garden's creator, Marie-Louise Cognacq-Jaÿ, more than one hundred years ago.

DATES

From Saturday, 9th to Sunday, 10th June 2018 between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

PHONE NUMBER

00 33 (0) 4 50 34 40 28

RATES

Free access.

PLACE

Botanical alpine Garden la Jaÿsinia - La Jaÿsinia - 74340 Samoëns

6th Samoëns trail tour

Samoëns Trail tour is one of the biggest and the most amazing mountain races in the Valley to discover without any hesitation!

DATES

From Saturday, 16th to Sunday, 17th June 2018.

PHONE NUMBER

00 33 (0) 6 25 91 60 45

00 33 (0) 6 20 23 10 81

RATES

Prices on the website :
Tél : 06 25 91 60 45 - justo.david@orange.fr.

PLACE

Samoëns Village 74340 Samoëns

Faucigny's musics festival

A festival of musics which will gathered lots of musicians in Samoëns' village.

DATES

Sunday, 24th June 2018.

PHONE NUMBER

00 33 (0) 4 50 34 40 28

RATES

Free.

PLACE

Samoëns'village - Samoëns Village 74340 Samoëns

"Un auteur au bistrot" festival - 3rd edition

Nine novelists are invited. Come and meet them in the different bars of Samoëns.

DATES

From Wednesday, 27th June to Sunday, 1st of July 2018 between 10 a.m. and 11 p.m.

PHONE NUMBER

00 33 (0) 4 50 34 40 28

PLACE

La Terrasse du Lac, centre of Samoëns' village, bars and restaurants around the Gros Tilleul's Place - 74340 Samoëns

Samoëns american festival

During four days, Samoëns will live “the American Life”. Join us for country concerts, line dance and equestrian demonstrations!

DATES

From Thursday, 5th to Sunday, 8th July 2018.
10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

PHONE NUMBER

00 33 (0) 4 50 34 40 28

RATES

Free of charge. Fees for training session, information at the Tourist Office.

PLACE

Samoëns Village 74340 Samoëns

"Les Pépites" festival

All summer, for the 10th consecutive year, Samoëns offers you a very high-quality musical programme. Emerging national or international artists will share their music, their enthusiasm and their talent through unforgettable shows.

The "nuggets" from which the festival gets its name are carefully selected performers who provide outdoor entertainment on the village squares, a chance to spend a convivial moment in the company of rising stars.
Every year, and throughout the year, Samoëns hosts numerous cultural events and concerts at the Bois aux Dames arts centre. In the summer, though, the performers step outside and add that little extra something to your summer holiday!
The organisers, all volunteers, are all keen music lovers and Les Pépites provides them with an opportunity to share their favourites with you free of charge in the summer of 2018 - their "nuggets" (pépites). The programme is varied. The performers are among the very best. And you can be sure of a totally relaxing holiday. Discover performers with an extensive repertoire and find out about their world.

DATES

From July, 12th to August, 30th 2018, every Thursday.

PHONE NUMBER

00 33 (0) 4 50 34 40 28

RATES

Free of charge.

PLACE

Samoëns Village 74340 Samoëns

1st open Mölkky alps

Haute Savoie Mölkky and Samoëns organize the first Mölkky open doubles.

DATES

Sunday, 22nd July 2018 at 2 p.m.

PHONE NUMBER

00 33 (0) 4 50 34 40 28

RATES

Free of charge.

PLACE

Base de loisirs des lacs aux dames - Samoëns Village 74340 Samoëns

Celebration of the mountain guides

Celebrate the mountain guides in the village of Samoëns! Discover several mountain activities, offered by the “septimountain” guides.

In the program :
From 11am:
Parade of guides and mountain activities
Blessing of the guides and the ice axes.
Savoyard atmosphere with music and local meals.

From 2pm :
Climbing wall, slack line, mountain biking, abseiling,
Slideshows and movies,
Atelier and quizz ...

DATES

Sunday, 12th August 2018.

PHONE NUMBER

00 33 (0) 4 50 34 40 28

RATES

Free of charge.

PLACE

Halle de la Grenette - Place du Gros Tilleul - Samoëns Village 74340 Samoëns

Dolce Vita Tour

The Dolce Vita Tour showcases Italian culture in Samoëns and more particularly Italian Vespa and mopeds: tastings of Italian products, Vespa ride, concerts ...

DATES

From Saturday, 18th to Sunday, 19th August 2018.

PHONE NUMBER

00 33 (0) 4 50 34 40 28

RATES

Free of charge.

PLACE

Place du Gros Tilleul - Samoëns Village 74340 Samoëns

Adopte 1 col

Calling all cyclists, the Joux Plane's pass is all yours!

A message to all cyclists: we've reserved 2 mountain passes just for you on July, 8th : the pass of the Ramaz and the pass of Joux Plane on August, 19th ! The road is off-limits to car traffic on both days. Refreshments at the top of the climb.

DATES

Sunday, 19th August 2018 between 8.30 a.m. and 11.30 a.m.

RATES

Free access.

PLACE

Col de Joux Plane - 74340 Samoëns