Why do we like it here?

Dating all the way back to the 5th century, Samons is one of most beautiful, picturesque and authentic alpine villages in France and is officially registered as an ‘historic monument’ to prove it (the only town in the country with such an accolade).

It is situated in the Valle du Giffre in the Haute-Savoie region in the French Alps.

This resort is part of the larger five town Grand Massif and transforms into one of the most popular skiing destinations in Europe.

It is also the proud owner of a new lift at the edge of town linking up to Samons 1600/Plateau de Saix.

Samons is one of those rare places in the region that manages to exist as both a ski resort and a typical French village.

As a result, it is not only more affordable than international resorts nearby such as the resort of Flaine but also more varied, scenic and spirited.

Samonsalso avoids the issue of desertedness most ski resorts in the region face in between seasons with local ski guides simply returning to their stone masonry businesses.

Summer visitors to Samonshave a host of activities to get their teeth into such as white water rafting, kayaking, para gliding, mountain biking, mountain climbing and some incredible 900 km worth of hiking available.

One of the most popular hiking areas near Samons is theCirque du Fer-A Cheval which locals refer to as ‘the end of the world’.

It iswidely recognised as one of the most aesthetic national parks in France and having been there ourselves – we second this sentiment!

During the winter months, skiers in Samons can link up to the Grande Massif ski area where they can enjoy access to over 100 lifts for wide variety of pistes. The highest station resting at a respectable 2480.

Other snowsports include cross country, snow shoeing and telemark, with all equipment available for hire from thelocal independent ski shops in town.

Samons’ abundance of blue slopes makes

this a beginners paradise and the ideal place for families and debutants.

Samons’ is home to just the one nightclub so expect a laid back aprsphre here.

Those seeking rowdy debauchery may initially be disappointed but quickly taken in by the liveliness and charm of the local bars that this unique town boasts.

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