Winter Sports and Activities in Samoens

Skiing and snowboarding...

Samoens, at 1600m, forms part of the Grand Massif, the third biggest ski area in the Alps, opening you up to 265km of extensive skiing and snowboarding. It comprises of 77 lifts and 133 slopes (15 green, 53 blue, 51 red and 14 black). Samoens is one of the only resorts that offer good skiing for all grades and abilities, with an excellent snow record to date. All this is accessible via an 8 minute ride up in the Grand Massif Express lift, embarking from Samoens centre. To add to the convenience, substantial investment has gone into refurbishing a free car park at the foot of the Station.

For those who share the passion for snowboarding, there are now 3 snow ‘jam’ parks and 3 half pipes for uninhibited fun. In addition, the Bolle Winter Tour takes place annually - an open contest with some of the world’s best riders.

Lift passes can be purchased at each station, or via

L’ecole du ski francais offers ski and snowboarding lessons, private and group, for all ages and levels of skill and ability.

Take a peek at our snow blogs and share your experiences with us!

Also, the Buqacam will ensure that no matter where you are in the world, you can see what you have to look forward to, with up to date snow reports for your pleasure and convenience.


For those who may get sick of skiing, or bored of boarding, Samoens has a lot of other snow sports and winter activities to offer.

  • Cross-country skiing across 90km of pistes though Col de Joux Plane, from November to April. Suitable for all levels and abilities; ranging up to 1700m for the experts.
  • Paragliding and Speed-riding Launched in the French Alps in 2002 is the ultimate experience; combining off-piste skiing and parachuting, with a touch of acrobatics.
  • Snow-shoeing - across 60km of marked tracks. ‘Magical’ walks with guides, which include building an igloo and spotting animal tracks. A novel way of exploring the countryside and hamlets in the Giffre Valley.
  • Ski-trekking and alpine walking through the Giffre Valley.
  • Ice-climbing and potholing in Giffre Valley, in the largest pothole Mirolda.
  • Dog-sledging and tobogganing - fun, especially for kiddies.
  • Ice skating in the 600msq rink in the village square, from November to April.
  • Heritage tours of Samoens and the surrounding Haute Savioe region, led by Guides.. Contact the Tourism Office on t: +33 (0)4 50 34 40 28
  • The Jaysinia Botanical Gardens and waterfalls at the heart of Samoens village.
  • Archery in the forests.
  • Skidooing.

Our Buqa Agent, Gillu will be more than happy to give you further information, advice, recommendations and make bookings for you, as part of your welcome reception at Apartment Buqa.