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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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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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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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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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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 in Samoens – a perfect family ski holiday destination

Family Ski Holidays in Samoens -
The ideal destination

If you are looking for a family ski holiday with something for everybody, Samoëns is a wonderful destination. Yes, we may be slightly biased as we live here, but the family-friendliness was a big part of its attraction to us (the youngest member of the Absolute Alpine team – Barney – is not quite 15 months old yet).

If you are looking for a more reasons to help with resort selection for your family skiing trip, we have outlined a few of the key points below to help with your decision.

Enjoy some winter sledging in Samoens

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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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