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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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Summer fun in Samoens

Summer in the Alps – more fun than winter?

The Alps is not always an obvious destination for a holiday that doesn’t involve sliding quickly down a snowy slope with a board or pair of planks strapped to your feet. However, the mountains have so much to offer outside of the winter months.

Whether you’re a thrill seeker looking for an altitude-based adrenaline rush, or seeking the remote tranquility that our wonderful alpine pastures offer, our series of summer fun blogs will offer summer holiday suggestions for you.

Fer a Cheval at Sixt nature reserve...  Stunning

In this blog post we’ll be inspiring you enjoy some of the sites in and around Samoëns on two wheels.

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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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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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Snowshoeing in Samoëns – some highlights

Snowshoeing in Samoens – some video highlights

We are huge fans of snowshoeing and it’s a wonderful alternative to downhill skiing or snowboarding. With the modern light weight snow shoes on your feet, you’ve got access to some of the most beautiful and quietest part of the mountains.

We have a number of blog posts on snowshoeing (learn more about snowshoeing here) and now we’ve got a video to share with you that was made during our January snowshoeing trip.

This video was kindly put together by Ian and Jane with footage that was taken on a Go-Pro during an overnight trip to the Tête de Bostan.

A huge thanks to them for their effort and for sharing this with us.

We hope you enjoy the video…

Snowshoeing highlights!

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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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Super Snowy Samoens

It’s All About the Snow

Given the impressive levels of white stuff falling on Samoëns and the surrounding area, it’s only right that this blog post is about snow! The start to the season has been incredible and the skies keep on giving! Read on for the snow facts…

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…

The weather outside is not frightful, but ski conditions are truly delightful!

A webcam shot from this morning… Look at the snow! Can you see all the people? Nope – us neither! The slopes are typically quiet for January!

Another bluebird day in Samoëns

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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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Off-piste skiing Samoëns

Off-piste Skiing in Samoëns – a powder paradise

Samoëns sits within the extensive Grand Massif ski region, the fourth largest ski area in France. This impressive ski domain boasts over 265km of pistes (interestingly, this statistic hasn’t changed in at least seven years despite the creation of new pistes almost annually!)

Despite being a fantastic all round resort, particularly good for families (see more on family-friendliness in our previous post) one of the strengths of the Grand Massif and Samoëns is its off-piste skiing and boarding.

An off-piste adventure

This winter season has started brilliantly with an abundance of snow (250cm on the upper slopes – the best week 2 snow level in over eight years!) and we took to the slopes today to find some of that wonderful powder.

Sometimes the best spots are worth a little walk…

The hill walk

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