Flaine (Samoens), France

Samoens is a truly traditional mountain town and is the only French ski resort that is designated as a Monument Historique! Once this was a thriving medieval centre for stone masons but now Samoens is a charming mountain town that relies mostly on tourism as its number one income provider.

There is a traffic free centre with narrow streets and appealing shops, bars and restaurants; there is also a substantial looking church and pleasant town square. There is a traditional weekly market and despite recent growth through tourism it remains a real French town where little has changed over the years. There are a growing number of luxury chalets in Samoens which with their close proximity to Geneva make perfect places to stay for a luxury ski holiday getaway.

2003 saw the completion of the 8 person gondola which makes this now a viable entry point for the Grand Massif ski domain. However, the lift is situated a drive or bus ride away from the centre and there is no way to ski back to the lift station at the end of the day.

The skiing directly above Samoens is on open North facing slopes (so hold snow well) and makes for great confident boosting family ski terrain. This area links nicely with Morillon and also to the slightly further away areas of Les Carroz and Flaine (for higher altitude slopes and great off-piste opportunities).

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Resort Map

  • Funicular 3545022401d4cbcd363e07397500eb11e3c0a8b9938ecfc1bd44a5c240306315 Funicular
  • Cable car 262438c5626f68940e156df868b18890cdda3d131cdffa026f19e15448a2f3ea Cable Car
  • Gondola 08fc130c360bf663b5723567aab3384edc88bcec2e297e955865a20bc8050cb2 Gondola
  • Chair lift 207bbb7ef0c7c3f5458d8e1b5bb1a59b179909dbc96c70cbc66d08927a59c61f Chair lift
  • Drag lift 9649c8f20eb92153651608a16dced21b25b21acd3ad6ca90cea261c90ea44648 Drag lift
  • Chalet e74a3b79ab6c7c9200e443bb0a5a0ba591d5a08b249288e6336bcbb2fd95d64d Property
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