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What to pack for a family ski holiday

Ski holidays can seem like a bit of a mission when you bring children into the mix but with this handy list, you’ll be packed and ready for those blue bird days before you know it.

Don’t forget as well that we’re always on hand if you’d like to find out anything specific about the chalets or Samoens before you come over.
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Special offers on summer holidays

Get your summer started and choose from one of our enticing mountain getaways. We’re offering great savings on alpine walking breaks, family adventure holidays and self-catered chalets:

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Tips and information for car hire from Geneva Airport

It’s fantastic to have the freedom of your own set of wheels on holiday for getting around resort and exploring the surrounding area. Annecy, Chamonix and Yvoire on Lake Geneva are all around an hour’s drive from Samoens and make lovely day trips. If you’re planning on flying to Geneva (our closest airport at 60km from Samoens) and hiring a car, there are a few things worth considering to ensure you have a pleasant start and finish to your holiday.

As Geneva airport is in a unique position standing between two countries you can hire a car from the Swiss or French sectors of the airport. As well as comparing the quotes for car hire, you need to consider where and when you’ll be driving and the applicable driving laws (and costs) for those countries.

Road signs France
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Are you suffering from beach boredom?

Whilst there is nothing wrong with lazing on a beach with a strawberry daiquiri and a good book, after a few years of holidaying in beach resorts you may start to feel that all your holidays start to blend into one. You know the food’s good and you’re guaranteed sunshine but did you really come home feeling like you’d had a break from ‘the norm’ – or was your holiday ‘the norm’? Did the kids come back bursting with stories to tell their grandparents or was there nothing new worth sharing?

Try finding a spot on this beach!
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5 reasons to make the Samoens to Chamonix Circular Tour your next big trek

If you’re looking for a new challenge for 2015 the Samoens to Chamonix Circular Tour could be your answer. We’re really excited to be offering this six day walking tour on select weeks this summer. Here are five reasons why we think you’ll love it:
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Summer time in Samoens: for families who dare!

Most people who have come across our beautiful little corner of the world tend to know the village of Samoens for its winter sports and access to the extensive Grand Massif ski area.  Rarely do people realise that Samoens is also a fantastic summer location for outdoor adventure activities.

Unlike its more extreme neighbours of Morzine, a magnet for downhill mountain bikers, and Chamonix, where the challenging peaks have been attracting the world’s most hard-core mountaineers for centuries, laidback Samoens offers up a mixture of mountain experiences that are perfect for mums and dads who are looking for activities to suit the whole family, from young kids to daring teenagers needing a safe environment to let loose.

Kids in the mountains

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Family ski holiday packing guide

How to get your kids slope-ready and not have a nervous breakdown

It’s hard enough packing for your standard beach holiday, but when it comes to taking your family skiing, whether you’re first-timers or seasoned skiers, you may feel like you are facing a logistical nightmare. Firstly there is remembering everything you need before you leave home and fitting it all in your luggage, then once you’re at your destination every morning you need to ensure your kids are wrapped up with all the essentials they need for a day facing the elements.

The good news is you can rest assured your stresses will be left in the powder when you see how your kids enjoy the fresh air and fun that comes with being in the mountains. Plus, we’re here to help with two handy checklists; one for before you leave home, which includes all the essentials you should pack, and one for before you leave the chalet each morning to make sure your little and big snow angels arrive on the slopes with everything they need for a fantastic day.

Child skiing

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Snowshoeing in the French Alps

You don’t have to be a daredevil to find yourself in untracked territory this winter. Go off-piste and escape the crowds by doing something a little different…

Donning a pair of skis or a snowboard and heading off-piste is not the only way to discover untouched terrain on the mountain. With a pair of snowshoes strapped to your feet and the help of a knowledgeable local guide, you’ll be amazed at the places you will find.

If you’re not sure what snowshoes are, they’re the lightweight contraptions, referred to as ‘raquettes’ by French locals due to the original wooden designs resembling the shape of a tennis racket, which you attach to your walking boots to distribute your weight and provide you with extra support when walking in deep snow.

Snowshoes or 'raquettes'

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So… Who won our February competition?

The Winner of the February Giveaway is…

February’s competition answer was:

Q) In metres, what height is the top of the Tete de Saix in Samoens? – 2,120 metres

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And Our January Competition Winner Is…

The Winner of the January Giveaway is…

January’s competition answer was:

1) What is the playing surface made of on our new pool table in La Grande Ourse chalet? – Slate

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