Cheers to life on the Samo�ns slopes

For a wonderfully French ski experience that's great value, the lesser-known Samo�ns resort is only a short gondola ride away from the famous Grand Massif ski area and retains all the authenticity of a traditional ski village.

Samoens prides itself on its vibrant cultural scene, rich history and array of apr�s-ski entertainment that welcome all the family with much verve and vigour. The car free centre is speckled with medieval buildings and churches, boutiques and bric-a-bric shops and a wonderful Alpine garden.

Samoens is a perfect mountain retreat for enjoying a high quality of life and this charming village's identity cultivates around the art of living well. Samoens is the number one alpine destination for lifestyle and wellbeing; skiing in Samoens means indulging in memorable moments, quality time and rich historical past, so that you return to your daily life with a renewed passion for living well.

Whether you enjoy an active holiday or prefer a more relaxed mountain experience, Samoens offers a fantastic variety of activities to suit your rhythm. Mountain holidays don't have to be all about skiing. Nordic activities are a great way to explore the stunning landscape, keep fit and try something refreshingly different. For the calmer explorer, there's the picturesque river trek or 15 marked snowshoeing routes. Or, if you're after a more authentic experience, you can try your hand at mushing or take a magical dog sledding tour. Adreneline seekers can brave parapenting, ice-climbing and take a different path with cross-country skiing –whatever you want from your Samoens holiday, there's so much to choose from!  

For those who prefer skiing, you'll enjoy the 265km slopes of le Grand Massif area. Le Grand Massif is the 4th biggest interlinked Skiing area in France (Morillon, Samoens, Les Carroz, Sixt Fer a Cheval and Flaine).

The winter season offers something for everyone. Powder fields await adventure seekers, divine wide pistes with gentle slopes for beginners, and long trails winding through pristine pine forests for families. If off-piste steeps and cliff drops are your idea of a good time, then Gers is the answer, while the piste de Cascades presents a 14 km on-piste adventure suitable for the whole family.

Thanks to its geographical location, the Grand Massif enjoys abundant, regular snowfalls throughout the season, and the area is well known for the quality of the snow in spring. Of course, 80% of the slopes are north-facing, allowing the snow to lie for longer and remain in good condition.

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Between 800m and 2500m altitude, there's a whole playground of fun that lies in wait; all accessible quickly and easily thanks to Samoens' speedy Grand Massif Express gondola.

All in all, the goal is to live well!

Book your Samoens holiday with ski specialist Peak Retreats www.peakretreats.co.uk/Samoens or call 0844 576 0123

'Did you know? For a long time, the famous Grand Massif slopes were used as a training ground by Antoine Deneriaz, the gold medal winner in the downhill event at the 2006 Winter Olympics.'