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Samoëns

Samoëns Ski Resort Guide

Samoëns, France

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForBeginners, Snowboarders and Snowfall.
Total Piste Length266km
Highest Lift2,500m
Resort Height1,600m
 Nearest AirportsGeneva and Annecy
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Samoëns

The French ski resort of Samoëns is in the French Alps at an altitude of 1,600m, with 266km of marked runs.

Summary

Samoëns is part of the Grand Massif ski area with access to 265km of downhill skiing, with 351 marked pistes, served by a total of 78 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Samoëns itself (266km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Grand Massif ski resorts of Flaine, Les Carroz, Morillon and Sixt Fer à Cheval.

The ski resort itself is at 1,600m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 2,500m, snow cover is generally reliable.

Skiing

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Snowboarding

Samoëns is very highly rated by Snowboarders and there are a variety of Snow and Terrain Parks in Samoëns.

Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Samoëns is 14km long and the most difficult run is the 'Diamant Noir'.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Samoëns?

The next notable snow forecast is 10cm, expected on 4 December, with around 23cm forecast over the next 7 days.

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Ski Area Stats

Samoëns Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
1441km
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
51107km
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
53118km
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
15
Downhill
Total Length
266km
Cross Country
Total Length
90km
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
16

Grand Massif Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
37
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
132
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
140
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
42
Downhill
Total Length
265km
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts
78

Altitudes

Samoëns Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,500m
Resort Altitude (Samoëns)1,600m
Lowest Piste720m
Max Vertical1,780m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Samoëns
Intermediate Skiers
Beginners
Snowboarding
Snow
Apres-Ski

Ski Hire in Samoëns

Ski Hire Shops in Samoëns.

For more information, see our page about Samoëns Ski Hire.

Ski Lessons in Samoëns

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To choose a Ski School, and book Group Ski Lessons or a Private Instructor, see Samoëns Ski Schools and Samoëns Ski Instructors.

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Location and Map

Where is Samoëns?

This ski resort is in the French Alps in Grand Massif, Haute-Savoie.

Map

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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Samoëns is Geneva, 52 minutes drive away.

Annecy, Chambery, Sion, Grenoble, Lyon Bron, Lyon St-Exupéry, Berne, Turin Caselle and Dole–Jura airports are all within three hours drive.

Annecy and Geneva are just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.

Infrastructure

Ski Lift Capacity

The 16 ski lifts are able to uplift 16,700 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 35km of ski runs, with 143 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Samoëns open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is late December, and usual closing is Late April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

Piste Map

Samoëns Piste Map
Samoëns

COVID-19 / Coronavirus

We don't yet have specific details of the COVID-19 precautions being taken in Samoëns, but they are likely to include most of the following :-

  • Face masks required on lifts, and in shops.
  • Social distancing in public areas.
  • Reduced lift capacity.
  • Extensive disinfection / sanitization.

French Ski Resort COVID-19 Measures describes further measures that may also be applied.

Visit the Samoëns Tourist Office for the latest.

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