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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.

Less is More – Two Wheels are Better than Four

Once you have arrived in Samoëns, why not ditch motor-powered transport and switch to two wheels for a more tranquil tour of the area. Do you want to test yourself on some of the most memorable and challenging climbs featured in the Tour de France? Do you want to hurtle downhill on some internationally recognised bike trails? Or do you want to enjoy the scenery roll slowly by as you explore the valley floor at a more leisurely pace?

Road Biking With Pedigree

Set on a flat valley floor, Samoëns offers great geography for beginners to enjoy the mountains without needing to be a super fit athlete. If you do want to follow in the footsteps of your cycling heros though, our chalets are situated at the foot of the impressive Col de Joux Plane (often cited as the hardest climb in the Tour de France with an altitude gain of 960m). Within a short ride, you can also test yourself on The Col de la Ramaz (featuring in the 2010 Tour de France at 930m), Col de la Columbiere (1107m) or one of the many other climbs in the region.

Bradley and Team Sky take on the Col de Joux Plane

Bradley and Team Sky leading the Col de Joux Plane in the 2012 Critérium du Dauphiné (thanks to Wheelsuckers.co.uk for the photo).

If you want to keep up to date with some of the rides that I’ve been up to, take a look here.

Quality Mountain Biking Without the Crowds

Nearby Morzine is often the preferred mountain biking destination in Europe although if you want to avoid the crowds, why not head to Samoëns? With bike hire and repair shops, ski lifts open throughout July and August and new trails being introduced annually, if you have a sense of adventure and want to explore world class cross-country and downhill trails (the 2010 Maxiavalanche was held here), you need to experience Samoëns.

And if you do want to spend some time rolling down the slopes of Morzine and the Portes de Soleil, the neighbouring area is easily reached at the top of the Col de Joux Plane road leaving Samoëns.

Other two wheeled fun

From family biking around the valley to the various competitions that take place in the dramatic surroundings of Samoëns, there’s plenty on offer for participants and spectators of all ages.

Trial biking competition in Samoens - not for the faint-hearted

Enjoy More Time on the Mountain

After a fun-filled day on the mountain, would you prefer to hit the supermarket, head back to hotel room or enjoy a few drinks and a soothing dip in the hot tub whilst we prepare a gorgeous meal for you and your friends or family? Take a look at our catered chalets in Samoëns.

Keep your eyes peeled for more of our summer activity blogs.

Until next time…

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