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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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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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Walking in Samoens – A Wildlife Extravaganza!

Wildlife & Walking in the French Alps

Our beautiful surroundings here in Samoëns offer incredible opportunities to see spectacular, elusive and even rare wildlife and a guided walking holiday with our expert mountain man Bruno gives you the best chance of seeing these treats of nature.

Have you seen…?

Have you seen a marmotte? A chamois? An ibex? The majestic golden eagle? The rare and impressive bearded vulture (lamagier)? Well we have… In fact yesterday on a single hike our guided walking guests saw every one of these beautiful creatures in a true wildlife extravaganza!

A friendly clashing of horns as the young look around

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Walking in Samoens

Walking in Samoens

Samoens is a wonderful spot for walking and hiking with plenty of well marked trails to follow. Our walking holidays offer an amazing chance to enjoy this mountain paradise and spot some of our unique flora and fauna.

French Alps - 20-Jul-13

Our guests and talented guide Bruno take some incredible photos – take a look at some highlights from our 2-peak guiding walking week on the 20th July. Believe it or not, this is only a small selection of our personal favourites all taken over the five days of guided walking.
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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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Guided snowshoeing holidays in Samoens

Guided Snowshoeing Holidays – a winter adventure

Whether you are already a winter mountain lover with a passion for skiing or you are looking for a new exciting experience in the great outdoors, snowshoeing is definitely worth considering.

Snowshoeing in the French Alps – get off the beaten track

With our highly experienced and qualified guide to lead you through this winter wonderland, you will get away from the more popular ski pistes and escape into the remote back country of the French Alps.

Snowshoeing in Samoens, the French Alps

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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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Walking Holidays in the French Alps – Photo(s) of the Week

Walking holidays in the French Alps – Photo of the week

This week saw our walking guests take to the hills for a couple of multi-day treks. With access to more remote areas and even more wildlife, it’s been another difficult week for choosing a single photo of the week.

If you would like the chance to capture such beautiful images, why not take a look at our French Alps walking holidays. Our calendar for 2013 will be announced shortly!

The Queen of the Alps

Just when you thought that you’d seen all the photos of the Cascade de Rouget or “Queen of the Alps”, Bruno pulls this one out of the bag…

The Beautiful Cascade de Rouget

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