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Samoëns, land of excursions

What strikes when arriving in Samoëns is the quietude and charm of the place. This village resort, semi-pedestrian, promises you a change of scenery in the idyllic Alps. This is without a doubt, the ideal place for your next vacation !

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Samoëns essentials

A picturesque village with its church, its historic market and its alpine botanical garden, hamlets and chapels ... Discovering Samoëns, means to dive into a story, the one of a high place of Savoy. To go through its streets is to walk through an historical, human and gastronomical heritage. Amongst sport and culture or well-being and discoveries, here you are the must-haves!

The village

The picturesque village of Samoëns is historically the homeland of stonecutters, called "Frahans", whose know-how is famous since the seventeenth century. Even today, Samoëns preserves the history of the Frahans in its architecture: the dwellings of Samoëns are indeed built of stone and not wood, thus standing out from their neighbours ...

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The ski area

Located in the heart of Haute-Savoie (74) between Geneve and Chamonix, the Grand Massif is the 4th largest ski area in France. It extends over 7500 hectares and offers about 142 tracks - 265 km of slide. Connecting the resorts of Flaine, Carroz d'Arraches, Morillon, Samoëns and Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval, the Grand Massif offers you the unique opportunity to ski with the Mont-Blanc in front of you in a magnificent landscapes and a 360 ° panorama on the Alps.

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Fer à Cheval

The largest nature reserve in Haute-Savoie, the nature reserve of Sixt-Passy extends over a vast territory. Located near Samoëns, it benefits of the presence of two imposing glacial cirques, those of the Fer-à-Cheval and Fonts, from where impressive waterfalls spring. An ideal natural place to discover during family hikes. The refuges of the reserve will be useful for you as a starting point or an arrival for your hikes!

Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval natural reserve

The good life in Samoëns

Throughout the seasons, Samoëns is punctuated by its 2400 inhabitants, stonemasons and events that animate the place of Gros Tilleul. Throughout the year, Samoëns is a showcase of French living and pays careful attention to the septimontain art of living. For a millennium, the village has remained an attractive and prosperous place, where cultural and natural heritage have been preserved.

Events

The events

Discover the events that you can't miss in Samoëns! Throughout the year the village of the Alps is punctuated by a series of events: sportives, cultural, musical or gastronomical. They highlight a rich local life, the one of a village, a valley and a region.

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The botanical garden "La Jaÿsinia"

The alpine botanical garden "La Jaÿsinia" with its 2400 varieties of plants, offers a poetical walk through the alpine flora as well as the one from the mountains of the five continents.

ALPINE BOTANICAL GARDEN JAŸSINIA

The must-sees of Samoëns in Winter

Its snow, church, historic market and alpine botanical garden, hamlets and chapels… To discover Samoëns is to immerse oneself in a history, that of a mecca of the Savoy. To walk its streets is to walk through a historical, human and gastronomic heritage. Between sports and culture or well-being and discoveries, here are the essentials!

The village

The picturesque village of Samoëns is historically the homeland of the stonecutters, called «Frahans», whose know-how is renowned since the seventeenth century. Even today, Samoëns preserves the history of the Frahans in its architecture: the septimontain dwellings (of Samoëns) are indeed built in stone and not in wood, thus distinguishing themselves from their neighbors...

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Alpine skiing

The village resort of Samoëns enjoys a prime location and an exceptional panorama, in the heart of the French Alps. Attached to the Grand Massif domain, the station is connected to four other stations: Flaine, Les Carroz, Morillon and Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval. You can enjoy the Grand Massif ski area, 265 km of slides, the Massif or the beginner ski area.

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Cross country skiing

Samoëns offers you two domains! A Nordic domain in the heart of the Giffre valley from Samoëns to Morillon and Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval that runs along the Giffre river and an area located at 1700 meters above sea level in the heart of an exceptional site: the Col de Joux Plane with an incredible panorama of Mont Blanc.

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Paradise of multi-activities

In Samoëns, you can practice a multitude of activities in complete freedom! Ski-joering, snowshoeing, paragliding, fat bike, ski touring, ice climbing, forzen river.... What to have fun and have a good time with family or friends.

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Samoëns, homeland of stonecutters

What you can not fail to see when you arrive in Samoëns is our rich heritage and our architecture different from other resorts!

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The events

The village resort of Samoëns offers throughout the winter a large number of events that animate the village and the slopes!

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Events to come

Discover the events that you can't miss in Samoëns ! Throughout the year the village of the Alps is punctuated by a series of events. Sports, cultural, musical or gastronomic, they highlight a rich local life, that of a village, a valley and a region. In summer, winter and the rest of the year, the village is full of events to share with family or friends!

Du 28/08/2021 au 29/08/2021

La Mégawatt, le festival du vélo électrique de montagne

For its second edition, the electric mountain bike festival will offer for beginners and regulars, guided outings to the discovery of the valley and the novelties the electric bike with many professionals.

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Le 18/07/2021

3ème open des Alpes de Mölkky

Samoëns organizes with Haute Savoie Mölkky the 3nd Open of the Mölkky Alps in doubles.

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Le 08/08/2021

Fête des guides

In Samoëns, mountain guides are an integral part of local life. Essential element to discover the riches of the Haut-Giffre mountains safely, the guides are honored the time of a day.

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Du 15/07/2021 au 31/07/2021

Festival Lyrique de Samoëns Montagnes du Giffre

On the programme, classical music and opera. The Europa Musa Academy becomes the Samoëns and Giffre Mountains Lyric Festival. The spirit of discovery and the spirit of sharing are perpetuated.

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Samoens has stories - BLOG

Stories, unforgettable events or great tips for your wintery or summery holidays here. Our blog reveals Samoëns, its surroundings and the richnesses of the Haute Savoie. Here you will find articles concerning all topics: local history, cultural heritage, charming spots portraits or peculiar events. Do not miss the village and the alpine ski resort news!

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Découverte de Samoëns l'été
Que faire à Samoëns cet été en famille ?
Destination idéale pour vos séjours en famille, le village de Samoëns et sa station font le plein d'animations, d'activités et de découvertes pour vous cet été. Petits et grands, venez faire le plein d'énergie et vous ressourcer au grand air... Read more
L'histoire de Samoëns
Le patrimoine de Samoëns, quelle est notre différence ?
Samoëns est bien plus qu’un vaste domaine skiable. C’est aussi un village traditionnel dont les premiers écrits en font mention dès le 12ème siècle. À l’image de son Gros-Tilleul datant de 1435, le village est doté d’une histoire et d’un pat... Read more
Découverte de Samoëns l'été
Que faire fin d'hiver / début printemps à Samoëns ?
À Samoëns, les mois de mars et avril vous réservent de nombreuses surprises. Les températures qui varient d’un froid encore hivernal à une douceur printanière permettent aux habitants et touristes de profiter d’activités hybrides à la montag... Read more
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