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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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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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Winter has definitely arrived in Samoens!

Winter Has Arrived!

Winter is Here – Book Your Samoens Accommodation Now!

It’s been an incredible start to this winter with snow falling what seems like incessantly over the last week. The village looks incredible in its white, winter outfit and there’s a huge amount of excitement brewing regarding the snow on the mountain. There’s been so much that the lifts are opening early for a weekend in Samoens this coming weekend.

We can’t wait!

The valley in its afternoon glory.

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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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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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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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Walking Holidays – Photo of the Week

Walking Holidays – Photo of the Week

It’s been a while since our last blog update and a lot has been happening here in Samoëns. Our various walking holidays and family adventure holidays have been a great hit (why not take a look at our latest reviews on Trip Advisor) and we have too many photos again to limit to just one photo of the week…

An impressive close up

This wonderfully detailed photo of a fly was taken by one of our guests who was introduced to the world of close-up photography by our guide Bruno that morning. Julia clearly has a great eye for macro photography!

A stunning close up of a fly...

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Walking Holidays – Photo(s) of the week

Photo of the Week from Our Walking Holidays

This week, once again, we’ve found it very difficult to select a single photo of the week. As a result, we’ve gone for two super shots: a close up; and a landscape shot!

Beautiful Butterflies!

These little beauties were spotted by our guide Bruno.

Natural beauty

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Walking Holidays – Photo of the Week

Walking Holidays – Photo of the week

We’ve some more stunning shots from our walking holidays this week. Below are a couple of our favourites.

Les Laouchets Lakes

A short distance beyond the Refuge de Sales (their fresh ‘myrtille’ or blueberry juice is worth the walk in itself!), you will find Les Laouchets. These natural lakes have some wonderful unique wildlife including a number of dragonfly species that use it as a hatchery.

After starting life in the water, each nymph climbs up on to a reed before the slow process of hatching the dragonfly can take place. After some straining, the nymph shell is shed and the beautiful dragonfly emerges.

The photo below shows a dragonfly shortly after its escape from the nymph. The white stringy part is the umbilical cord between the two.

A dragonfly emerging from its nymph
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