Activities & Winter Tourism
WINTER ACTIVITIES AND SIGHT-SEEING
The Grand Massif holds 4th place in the ranking of uninterrupted French skiing areas, with pistes for all levels, and a summit of 2500 metres in altitude.
The Grand Massif, 265 km of descent: 144 marked pistes (17 blue, 60 green, 33 red and 14 black) and 5 connected stations: Samoëns, Flaine, les Carroz, Morillon and Sixt.
The terrain will delight everyone from the most hardened skier to total beginners.
The Neige et Roc is located 900 m from the Grand Massif Express gondola lift which, in 8 minutes, will take you to Samoëns 1600, leaving from the Grand Massif ski slopes. A free ski-bus stops at the hotel every 15 minutes, taking you straight to the pistes.
An ESF childcare service is available close to the embarking point of the ski lift. This space has been specially designed with a covered tunnel for the children to reascend the slope.
P'tit montagnard package : children are accompanied from the Garderie Les Loupiots to the Jardin des Neiges at the l’Ecole de Ski Français.
The station's webcams : www.samoens.com/fr/hiver-plus/toutes-les-webcams.html
The hidden gems of the Grand Massif :
- The famous Piste Bleue des Cascades, 14 km of waterfall to take your breath away.
- Several fun zones on the Grand Massif to delight visitors of all ages: "Ze jampark, Ze Forest, woops ; mini boarder, kicks, ze Marvel safari, Ze kids park, Ze Funkypark, Ze septisnake, Ze septisun, La Forêt mystérieuze , Ze Zhinzhon’ne"
- The 5 km Marvel piste offers a circuit for beginners in the heart of the ancient pine forest.
- La Combe de Gers, with its 800 m of rugged terrain, is a fabulous off-piste site for adventurous skiers.
- The Nordic area of Haut Giffre: a variety of winter sports www.valleeduhautgiffre.fr
- The Joux Plane site, 1700m high. Snow guaranteed all winter long with perfect exposure and a breathtaking view of the Mont-Blanc: 7 different trips for different levels, a Nordic park and a sledging track.
- In the valley, just by the Neige et Roc Hotel, you can follow along the Giffre a gentle path which will take you to Samoëns, Morillon and Sixt, by villages, in the forest, through plains and by lakes.
- At the Fer à Cheval, at 950m: a 10 km trip through beautiful landscapes, from the Molliet to the famous Cirque du Fer à Cheval. A lucrative shuttle can drive you from the Tourist Office.
- The Nordic area of Praz de Lys - Sommand has 60 km of slopes, just 20 km from Samoëns
Try out cross-country skiing at your own pace, for fun:
Advantages available when booking on recommendation of the Neige et Roc.
Over than 15 marked trails to explore with snowshoes, alone or with a guide.
From very easy to fairly difficult trails, you'll find something which will suit you.
Theme days and half-days.
Mireille and Alain : Ecolorado http://ecolorado-rafting.fr/montagne, + 33 6 81 68 79 46
Bureau des Guides : www.guidesmontagnes.com, + 33 4 50 34 43 12
Cairn : www.cairn-fr.com, + 33 4 50 34 48 03
Mille et une Cimes : www.milleetunecimes-samoens.com, + 33 6 83 19 16 14
Atypik : www.randonnee-raquette-repas-yourte-haute-savoie.com, + 33 6 25 70 37 08
Off-piste enthusiasts will love heliskiing: the ideal way to discover the hidden spaces of the Val d'Aoste, Valais Suisse, etc. Escape for a day or more for a unique, unforgettable experience.
Enjoy a ride with a team of sled dogs and a qualified musher.
Not exciting enough? Drive your own sled, and see how it feels to mush.
Syndicat Intercommunal de la vallée du Giffre : firstname.lastname@example.org, + 33 4 50 96 64 19
From a very first time to a beginners' training course, this air sport is open to everyone.
Contemplate incredible landscapes from the quiet of the sky.
Discovery flight of 900m from the Plateau des Saix.
Panoramic flight of 1400m with take-off from the Tête des Saix (skiers only).
Discover speed riding: a 3D mix between paragliding and skiing. For experienced skiers only. An unforgettable activity!
Pégase Air Samoëns : www.parapente-samoens.com, + 33 6 07 14 94 24
Get out your studs and ice axes. With help of a Mountain guide you can visit the various waterfalls of the valley.
Bureau des Guides : www.guidesmontagnes.com, + 33 4 50 34 43 12
Ski touring and Vallée Blanche
The pleasure of getting off-piste and into new territories, uphill with red climbing skins, and downhill through wild open spaces, accompanied by qualified guides.
Cairn: www.cairn.fr, + 33 4 50 34 48 03
A top Nordic discipline. It combines the joys of Alpine skiing with those of a horse and horse trailer.
Septiponeys : www.equita-passion.sitew.com, + 33 06 03 57 17 01
A fun activity for families or groups of friends.
At Samoëns village: a sledging slope has been created to introduce childrens to the joys of winter sports. The slope is 30m long and 10m width.
At Samoëns 1600: a specially designed sledging area with modules and safety measures.
1 slope for 2-6 year olds, 20m long and 14m width.
1 slope for 6-12 year olds, 60m long and 14m width.
At the Col de Joux Plane: a fun space with a safe sledging slope, at 1700m in altitude.
At Morillon 1100: the slope “Marvel” is reserved for sledging for an exceptional 5 km slope on Wednesdays from 5 pm to 6 pm. Sign up at the ski lift ticket office.
First flight in 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 : email@example.com +33 4 50 47 25 30
Come and practice your skills or try out ice skating for the first time at the Samoëns outdoor ice rink!
Bowling “River Bowl”
In Samoëns, in the heart of the Giffre Valley in a unique and warm setting, you will discover the bowling 6 tracks to have a good time and enjoy the lounge bar as well as its billiards.
Enjoy a relaxed and friendly moment in the restaurant/grill, noon and evenings 7/7 days, you will be offered a wide buffet of starters and desserts. Enjoy the room pool tables and English pool in a cozy setting and theme nights with a DJ or sports events taking place throughout the year.
Birthdays formulas for children and group packages are also available by reservation.
www.bowlingsamoens.com +33 4 50 96 41 35
Activities in the village
Cinema « Le Criou »
Settle into a comfortable armchair at Le Criou and watch a movie. 3D and films in original version. Open daily except saturdays.
A little train to show you round Samoëns, a village known for its art and history.
Various circuits are available, with commentary, firstname.lastname@example.org, + 33 6 10 40 83 08
Kindergarten “les Loupiots”
The Kindergarten “Les Loupiots” offers holiday care for children from 3 months to 6 years.
www.garderielesloupiots.com, + 33 4 50 34 13 96
A team of experienced nurses offering quality care for children between the ages of 4 months and 14 years.
www.merinannies.com, + 33 44 1858 46 88 20
Recreation centre « La Marmotte »
It welcomes children between the ages of 6 and 12 years old for various activities.
The alpine botanic garden « La Jaÿsinia »
Created in 1906 by Marie Louise Cognac Jaÿ, founder of La Samaritaine, it is placed Jardin remarquable de France. It discloses 4800 mountain plants from the 5 continents.
Open daily from 8 am till 12 pm, and from 1:30pm to 4:30pm, except under heavy snow.
Free entrance: email@example.com, + 33 4 50 34 49 86
Visit of the old town
The Heritage guides will let you discover the village and the incredible sculptures that are situated all around.
firstname.lastname@example.org, + 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
Christmas and New Year festivities
Christmas market, face-painting for children, activities, shows, and meeting Father Christmas.
Semaine vigneronne (Wine-growers' Week), 18 to 22 January 2018
Samoëns celebrates French food and bien-vivre. For the occasion, the village will host around 20 wine-growers, passionate about their art and here to share it!
Taste, discover new terroirs.
Theme nights in the village's restaurants, where restaurateurs and wine-growers work together to create a fabulous, richly-flavoured evening.
Opening ceremony for the Grande Odyssée Savoie Mont Blanc the 13th of january 2018