The 25th most popular snowboarding destination in France.
Monday 1 August 2016 06:44 GMT
Southeast of Grenoble and northeast of Chamonix, the Samoens ski domaine has 125km of pistes served by 45 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 1,188m (3,900 feet). The family-friendly Samoens ski domaine is part of the larger interconnected Grand Massif ski region, which has 265km of pistes served by 69 lifts with a maximum vertical descent of 1,770m (5,800 feet). The Grand Massif ski region interconnects five villages including the larger Flaine and Samoens. Samoens isn't a great base for exploring the entire ski region.
The Samoens ski domaine is best for beginners and intermediates, but some challening runs can be found just under the Tete Des Saix or the 800m descent off Combe De Gers. One good fact is that 80 percent of the slopes are north facing and hold the snow well.
After a day on the slopes, you can find a little nightlife at La Clarine.
To reach the snowboarding at the Samoens ski domaine by air, fly into Geneva. Take the train to Cluses and then the hourly 30km bus to Samoens. While planning your trip, keep in mind that the lifts for Samoens are located outside of town and there is not a return piste into the village. There is a convenient ski bus, though.
Overall, Samoens is the 25th most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 47 snowboarding resorts in France. Several of the better snowboarding resorts are nearby Samoens including Les Carroz and Flaine.