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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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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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Spring Skiing in Samoëns – Sunshine & Empty Slopes

Spring Skiing in Samoëns – 5 Reasons to Ski in Spring!

Hardened skiers often approach spring skiing with caution. Preferring the colder weather and fearing poor snow, many miss out on some of the best conditions of the season. In this blog post, we’ll explain our top 5 reasons why later season skiing is often our favourite time on the slopes.

Sunshine and deep powder in spring

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Ski Safely on the Mountain – Top Safety Tips

Mountain Safety – Enjoy the Pistes Safely

Skiing and snowboarding are exhilarating and exciting activities – the incredible thrills come with an element of risk though. Just as the highway code helps reduce the risks of the road, there are steps that you can take on the pistes to help keep you safe up the mountain.

A snowboarder surveys the mountains

We want all of our guests and other mountain lovers to enjoy the mountains safely so in this blog post we’re sharing some top safety tips. Enjoy…

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Skiing and snowboarding comfortably

Enjoy the Mountains – Ski & Board Clothing Tips

When the snow is falling as much as it is this year (we’ve hit the 4 metre mark in Feb for the first time in at least 8 years – our snow history is here), excitement levels are high!

Skiing and snowboarding typically take place in an extreme environment though and before you blast off in excitement leaving a cloud of powdery white stuff behind you, we thought it would be good to put some tips here to help you enjoy your time on the mountain!

Absolute Alpine - come and join us...

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Ski Samoens with a few handy phone apps

Ski Samoens with the help of some handy apps

Winter is definitely on its way! The Samoëns valley is full of the spectacular colours of autumn and we’ve seen snow on the surrounding mountains a few times already (in fact, as I write this, there’s still snow cover to about 1,600m).

Holidays are about escaping, relaxing and enjoying time with friends and family. Turning on the ‘out of office’ and letting work phone calls go through to your answer machine needn’t mean that you can’t make use of your phone on your ski holiday though.

We’ve got a few suggestions for smart phone apps that will add a bit of fun to an already exciting Samoens ski holiday…

Take great panoramic photos with Pano

Take great panoramic photos with Pano.

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