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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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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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Summer Fun in Samoëns – White Water Activities

White Water Fun to Cool Down in Samoëns

Sunny Summers in Samoëns

Summer in Samoëns tends to be a sunny and uplifting affair. Of course, it’s the mountains so we can have an odd day of rain or a spectacular storm sweep through but the underlying climate is blue skies and sunshine (it’s 31°C as I write this.)

What better way to enjoy the sun than to take a splash into one of the various white water activities on offer? The Giffre meanders its way down the valley through Samoëns and offers incredible and exhilarating opportunities for all those who want to float along it.

Big smiles for the whole family

In this, another of our summer blog posts, we’ll give you information on white water fun.

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Adventure in the Alps – so what is via ferrata?

Summer fun in Samoens – Via Ferrata

Looking for inspiration for a summer of fun? The second in our series of summer blogs introduces the exciting sport of via ferrata.

Not for those without a head for heights (or a willingness and determination to overcome one!), in this post we will give you a better understanding of this fantastic activity… And another reason to come to Samoens!

Big smiles on the via ferrata
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Family Adventure in the Alps – A Great Summer Destination

A Family Holiday in the Alps – A Summer Adventure

Samoëns is a wonderful destination for a family ski holiday and is brilliantly suited to a week or two away with your loved ones. A proper, fully functioning & family-friendly village rather than a purpose built ski resort, the people and businesses of Samoëns are used to having children around all year.

More on our family-friendly village

Whether you are after a family ski holiday or an alternative to the more traditional summer holiday, the Alps have something to offer and Samoëns in particular is a wonderful family venue!

Pony rides in the stunning 'Fer a Cheval'

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Ski Samoens – Winter is coming!

Ski Samoens – winter is coming to the Samoens valley

With snow arriving in the village this week, the Samoëns ski season is definitely well on its way… We took the opportunity to enjoy some early winter fun although there’s still time to relish some more of the alpine autumn before winter arrives fully.

Winter in the morning…

Winter sledging in the morning...

Autumn in the afternoon…

Autumn via ferrata

Read on to see some photos of our mountain adventures this week. Believe it or not, all these photos were taken over the last three days!

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Family walking in Samoens – autumn fun!

Family walking in Samoens

So we’ve seen snow on the higher summits for a few weeks now (and even down to 1,200-1,300m on a couple of occasions – skiing in Samoens should be good this winter!) although the walking season definitely isn’t over yet. With such breathtaking autumn colours, it’s an incredible time of year to enjoy some alpine outings.

Enjoy autumn in the Alps!

On the way to refuge de Sales

This weekend, we took to the hills with some friends for a family day out. Read on to find out more…

Even the panoramic photo software doesn't do the scenery justice...

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Photo of the week – one from our walking holidays

Photo of the Week

This week’s photo was actually snapped on a phone. Sorry – forgive the quality! This lake, the stunning Lac de Vogealle, was waiting to greet us after a 1,100 metre climb from the valley of the Bout du Monde.

Lac de Vogealle

A gem of the Alps, this Lake is just one of the beautiful spots that you’ll find on our walking holidays.

Lac de Vogealle

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More Catered Chalet Cakes!

Today’s Catered Chalet Decision…

Cake or… Cake?!? Surely fruit is not an option today!

These yummy chocolate brownies are waiting for our guests after a selection of mountain adventures today. The guided walking group enjoyed Refuge de Sales with the self-guided walkers heading for a mixture of Pointe D’Anglon and Lac de Gers.

Cake or... Cake! Fruit's surely not an option!
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Summer is the time for a family adventure in the Alps

Summer arrives ready for your family adventure!

After a truly phenomenal winter season (take a look at here at the Samoëns snow history), summer has arrived in the Giffre valley. Often thought to be solely a winter playground, the French Alps actually offer an incredible opportunity for a fun and exciting summer holiday.

An exhilarating family river ride!

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