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What to pack for a family ski holiday

Ski holidays can seem like a bit of a mission when you bring children into the mix but with this handy list, you’ll be packed and ready for those blue bird days before you know it.

Don’t forget as well that we’re always on hand if you’d like to find out anything specific about the chalets or Samoens before you come over.
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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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Some of Our Lovely Catered Chalet Treats

Our Catered Chalet Treats

We love good food and we think it’s important that you eat well in order to enjoy your holiday in the mountains. Unlike many catered chalets, we employ experienced professionals to ensure that you are served great quality and creative food, reflecting the diverse seasonal variations in produce that we see in this region.

Some welcoming bubbly at our chalet - holiday in style!

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Exciting Chalet Changes for 2013/14

Exciting Changes for Winter 2013/14

We’ve been working very hard over this last inter-season to improve the Grande Ourse and offer you an even better chalet holiday here in Samoëns! This winter, we think we are delivering our best chalet improvements yet!

Winter has arrived

There is plenty already to be excited about with the snow falling in the village! Read on to find out about our chalet news too…

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The Lucky November Competition Winners

The Winner of the November Giveaway is…

November’s competition answers were:

1) In what year did we start Absolute Alpine – 2008
2) ow much snow was there on the upper slopes of Samoens on week 2 of February 2013? – 456cm
3) How many guided snowshoeing holidays are we offering this winter? – 2

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Samoëns 2012/13 Snow Report

The 2012/13 Snow Report for Samoëns and the Grand Massif

If you need more reasons to choose the Grand Massif for you next winter holiday, look no further than our impressive snow history.

Another bluebird day in Samoëns

Given our geography and location we are blessed with consistently impressive snow depths and, arguably more importantly, incredible snow conditions!

The more famous resorts such as nearby Chamonix are not only more expensive and busier, but it’s a myth that they offer better snow conditions. Just take a look at the snow history below…

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September Competition Winner

The Winner of the September Giveaway is…

September’s competition answers were:

1) Maximum number of guests that can stay in the Grande Ourse13
2) Grade of the Via Ferrata near Samoëns – AD+
3) Friday afternoon activity for example family adventure holiday itinerary – Paragliding

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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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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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