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Samoëns Ski Resort Guide

Samoëns, France

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForBeginners, Snowboarders and Snowfall.
Total Piste Length266km
Highest Lift2,500m
Resort Height1,600m
 Nearest AirportsGeneva and Annecy
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The French ski resort of Samoëns is in the French Alps at an altitude of 1,600m, with 266km of marked runs.


Samoëns is part of the Grand Massif ski area with access to 265km of downhill skiing, with 351 marked pistes, served by a total of 78 ski lifts. In addition to the skiing in Samoëns itself (266km of pisted ski runs), the appropriate ski Lift Pass will allow you to ski or snowboard in the other Grand Massif ski resorts of Flaine, Les Carroz, Morillon and Sixt Fer à Cheval.

The ski resort itself is at 1,600m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 2,500m, snow cover is generally reliable.


There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.


Samoëns is very highly rated by Snowboarders and there are a variety of Snow and Terrain Parks in Samoëns.

Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Samoëns is 14km long and the most difficult run is the 'Diamant Noir'.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Samoëns?

There is currently no significant snow in the 7-day forecast for Samoëns.

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Snow Forecast by day for Samoëns

Ski Area Stats

Samoëns Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
Total Length
Cross Country
Total Length
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts

Grand Massif Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Green Pistes
Beginner Runs
Total Length
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts


Samoëns Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,500m
Resort Altitude (Samoëns)1,600m
Lowest Piste720m
Max Vertical1,780m

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Samoëns
Intermediate Skiers

Ski Hire in Samoëns

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Ski Lessons in Samoëns

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To choose a Ski School, and book Group Ski Lessons or a Private Instructor, see Samoëns Ski Schools and Samoëns Ski Instructors.

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Location and Map

Where is Samoëns?

This ski resort is in the French Alps in Grand Massif, Haute-Savoie.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Samoëns is Geneva, 52 minutes drive away.

Annecy, Chambery, Sion, Grenoble, Lyon St-Exupéry, Lyon Bron, Berne, Turin Caselle and Dole–Jura airports are all within three hours drive.

Annecy and Geneva are just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 16 ski lifts are able to uplift 16,700 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, on 35km of ski runs, with 143 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Samoëns open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is late December, and usual closing is Late April.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

Piste Map

Samoëns Piste Map

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