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Samoëns, a beautiful alpine ski resort

Samoëns, a beautiful alpine ski resort

Samoëns, a beautiful alpine ski resort Samoëns, a beautiful alpine ski resort Samoëns, a beautiful alpine ski resort

At less then an hour from Geneva, Samoëns itself is one of the most beautiful ski resorts you could ever visit. Dating back to the 13th Century, it was once a thriving stone cutting centre and it still retains many features from this era.

The village has a botanical garden, gothic church, medieval squares, timber-fronted patisseries and picture-box houses making it one of the prettiest of the Alpine resorts. It carries the designation of a “ville fleurie” distinguishing it as one of the prettiest villages in France and is, in fact, the only ski resort in France to be listed as a historical and artistic monument.

But it’s not just about being nice to look at. Samoens has been tastefully developed to provide all the facilities you would expect in a modern ski resort, so there is a good selection of shops, café bars, restaurants and other facilities to ensure your stay isn’t just about the time you spend on the slopes but about enjoying the time off them too.

This means that non-skiers can enjoy their time in Samoens or it makes a great place to take an afternoon off and chill out in the town itself. Visit the ice-rink perhaps, watch a film at the cinema, or just potter around the shops and then savour some Vin Chaud at one of the bars in the town centre. On Wednesday mornings there is the most fantastic market, for over 500 years it has been market day in Samoens, clustered around the lime tree in the main square and through the narrow streets. Bring back hand-painted china, interior furnishings, cheese, local hams, wine or leather goods.

For Savoyard charm and stunning backdrops, this is the place. And do not be put off by its lowly height. Although set in a glacial valley at only 700 metres above sea level, it is, courtesy of a new high-speed gondola, just eight minutes from the high-altitude Grand Massive ski area (think Flaine, Les Carroz and Morillon). Here, 265km of pistes and 75 lifts offer some of the most consistent snow cover and varied skiing in the Alps.

You can read more about Samoens by taking a look at one of several articles at the bottom of this page that were written recently by Journalists visiting the area, or alternatively visit the Samoens Tourist Office website for lots more information and a calendar of events for the season.

Getting here

Lying just an hour from Geneva airport Samoens is one of the closest ski resorts to Geneva airport in the French Alps. The chalet is located just 10 mins walk from the historic town centre.

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By Air

Book with any number of flight operators from many British & European airports on a direct flight to Geneva airport. Schedules are constantly changing but here are a few operators you should check out:

It may also be worth taking a look at flight consolidators too where you can get some good deals or compare airline operators

Airport transfers

Generally we book all our airport transfers for our guests with one of three operators. These are people we have worked with for a number of years who provide a comfortable, reliable and good value transfer right to the door of our chalet. We use these people because we trust our guests with them and rate each operator very highly.


Transfer rates vary depending on the size of your group so you should allow between €22 – €50 euros per person for each leg of your journey.

For guests preferring to book a Hire car you should ideally book from the Swiss sector (not the French) as it is easier to get here and you do not have to pay the Swiss motorway tax.

By Road

Samoens is approx 8 hours drive from Calais so makes a self-drive ski holiday very possible. Allow for stops along the way and you can still be here for your sumptuous evening meal if you book an early-morning crossing. Chalet Falcon has 4 guest car-parking bays but remember you’ll need snow-chains for your journey.

You can plan your own route by using Google maps and getting directions from your departure point to Chalet Falcon.

By Train

Getting to Samoens is also possible by train. You would need to book on the TGV service via Paris and arrive at either Geneva railway station (there are two) or at Cluses, which is just 30 mins drive away. From there we can help book a transfer vehicle to pick you up.

For help and advice on any travel arrangements please don’t hesitate to contact us.


A number of independent sources have rated Samoens in recent articles. Find out in more detail what they have to say or add your own opinions after you have visited.

  1. 29 April 2010
    The Independent (November 2009)

    Samoens: A resort that goes down a treat… read more

  2. 29 April 2010
    Ski club of Great Britian

    A beautiful village in France’s Giffre valley…with stunning views and virtually no queues… read more

  3. 29 April 2010
    The Observer (October 2007)

    Samoens retains the friendly charm of an ancient market town. Yet it has links with one of the most diverse ski areas in Europe… read more

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