Described as a breath of fresh mountain air is the ancient village of Samoëns in France. This charming resort is part of the Grand Massif ski area, which encompasses 265km of incredible interlinked skiing across the resorts of Flaine, Samoëns, Morillon and Les Carroz. All accessible with just one ski pass!
Making up 25% of the area’s clientele, there’s no doubt that Le Grand Massif is a British ski favourite. The area has a wide variety of pistes, from green runs perfect for beginners, to black runs for the more advanced skier – meaning groups of all levels can enjoy this exceptional landscape.
Last week we caught up with Paula Vignola from the Samoëns tourist board. She shares her top tips for groups visiting this charming French village resort on a school ski trip.
Why should school groups choose Samoëns?
There’s so much about Samoëns that makes it perfect for school groups! Firstly, France is so easily reached from the UK that it makes it the ideal close-to-home option.
80% of the Grand Massif is north facing which means it keeps its snow even later in the ski season. This makes it a great location for your school ski trip.
The village of Samoëns is very school group friendly, with its flat, pedestrianised centre. As well as fantastic skiing, there’s plenty to do in the village to keep students entertained.
What’s your top tip for visitors to Samoëns
Of course, Samoëns is known for its great skiing, but did you know the village is also home to some of the world’s best ice cream? The pastry chef at the House of La Jaÿsinia cafe, Thierry Froissard, is a world champion pastry chef awarded best craftsman in France in 1989. A visit here is a must for school groups (and ice cream lovers!).
What level skier is Samoëns ideal for?
The great thing about Samoëns is it’s suitable for skiers of all levels. It’s part of the Grand Massif ski area, which is the fifth biggest ski area in France and has miles of slopes with runs for all levels. From green runs great for beginners to challenging black runs, there’s something for everyone.
When it comes to ski novices, Samoëns has it covered with a beginner area at an altitude of 1,600m. The beginner area is separated from the other sections of the resort, enabling users to ski safely.
Linked with the other resorts in Le Grand Massif, Samoëns is perfect for skiers of all abilities AND can all be reached with one ski pass!