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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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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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Family walking in Samoens – autumn fun!

Family walking in Samoens

So we’ve seen snow on the higher summits for a few weeks now (and even down to 1,200-1,300m on a couple of occasions – skiing in Samoens should be good this winter!) although the walking season definitely isn’t over yet. With such breathtaking autumn colours, it’s an incredible time of year to enjoy some alpine outings.

Enjoy autumn in the Alps!

On the way to refuge de Sales

This weekend, we took to the hills with some friends for a family day out. Read on to find out more…

Even the panoramic photo software doesn't do the scenery justice...

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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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Our Multi-day Treks – A True Mountain Adventure

Our Multi-day Treks – Enjoy staying overnight on the mountain

Our Hybrid Treks give you a great chance to experience the adventure of overnight stays in mountain without missing out on the luxury and relaxation of our catered chalets in Samoëns.

Multi-day Treks

Our multi-day mountain treks give you the chance to access even more remote beautiful spots in our local mountains around Samoëns, and the Giffre valley.

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A Typical Day on Our Guided Walking Holidays

Guided Walking Holidays – A Typical Day

We’ve blogged previously about the benefits of a guide on a walking holiday (click here for more info), but I thought I’d put together a few pictures of a walk that was enjoyed by our guests yesterday.

Refuge de Sales... And beyond

With a few of the guests opting for a gentler day in the valley, Bruno (our infectiously enthusiastic, resident mountain guide) and four guided walking guests set off in the direction of the Refuge de Sales.

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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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Photo of the week – one from our walking holidays

Photo of the Week

This week’s photo was actually snapped on a phone. Sorry – forgive the quality! This lake, the stunning Lac de Vogealle, was waiting to greet us after a 1,100 metre climb from the valley of the Bout du Monde.

Lac de Vogealle

A gem of the Alps, this Lake is just one of the beautiful spots that you’ll find on our walking holidays.

Lac de Vogealle

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