Additional Winter Activities - Samoens and Morillon
In addition to cross country skiing and ski touring, our valley offers many other excellent activities to suit all tastes and abilities.
A brand new 56m x 26m ice skating rink opened in October 2015. Competition standard, this fantastic new addition will be open every evening for all the family with boots available to hire. Plus ice hockey matches, spectacles, ice dancing and more throughout the winter - check out the opening times and match details at the rink. There is a smaller ice skating rink open next to Lac Bleu in Morillon village.
Spas and Well Being in Samoens
There are 3 Spas in Samoens which are open to the public, two of which allows use of the indoor swimming pool for customers who book their treatments at the CGH residence.
CGH - pool and treatments -
Telephone: 0033 (0)4 50 78 01 77
Oxalis Institute - in front of the bar Le Savoie, offer facials and body beauty treatments in a salon on the main village square. Relaxing and hot stone massages, manicures, waxing and exfoliation are also available.
Telephone: 0033 (0)4 50 54 22 40
Alexane - Pool as well as other spa facilities such as a sauna, jacuzzi, and hammam. Many treatments available
If you are happy to travel further away, this spa is approximately 30 minutes drive away: www.thermes-saint-gervais.com
We’ve partnered with ‘Massage Me’, an experienced team of massage therapists, to offer you a variety of fantastic treatments. They will come to your accommodation - plus Alps Accommodation Guests receive a 10% discount!
Their tailor made service means you can choose a treatment to suit your needs, whether it’s a Swedish massage (traditional relaxing), deep tissue or sports massage. Or why not indulge in one of their ‘luxury treatments’, choose from a warming hot stone massages, a selection of gorgeous aromatherapy treatments, or a luscious assortment of facials.
For the die-hard ski fans, Massage Me has developed the ‘Mega Legs’ treatment, designed exclusively with the skier/snowboarder in mind. This deep tissue treatment will rejuvenate aching muscles and keep you on the slopes from first lifts to last.
Therapists are on hand between 8am and 8pm, Monday to Friday and 12am to 8pm Saturday and Sunday. Prices start from as little as 45€. For groups there are 15% discounts available for bookings of 3 or more consecutive hours, so it’s ideal for getting everyone involved. There are also some wonderful gift packages available if you’re looking to treat somebody special.
If you’d like to enquire about this in chalet service on your winter holiday please contact Massage Me directly.
Yoga - We also have local qualified English speaking yoga instructors, offering weekly classes or they will also come to you so you don’t have to leave the comfort of your own chalet! Michele Willmott, for more information contact her on 0033 (0)6 49 72 20 51.
Raquettes, Snowshoeing and Animal Tracking
This is an activity not to be missed. There are guided trips for all levels of fitness, adults and children, and specially prepared tracks, you can also walk under the stars to a meal stop with an organised group. Our local qualified guide Jamie Carr can provide snowshoe walks for all abilities, from half day walks to overnight stops in a refuge. Jamie knows all the best places to see the local wildlife, and there may also be the opportunity to build your own igloo! For more information, or to book, please contact Jamie on 0033 (0)6 24 23 01 33. Check out our article on Fresh Animal Tracks - plus a fun quiz too!
Avalanche Rescue Introductory Course
Local guide Jamie Carr runs half day introductory courses teaching you how to be more aware of mountain safety, how to use your off piste equipment properly, basic search techniques and other useful info. Contact Jamie Carr - on 0033 (0)6 24 23 01 33.
Skidoos (snow mobiles) An organised evening with a guide on varied mountain trails above Les Carroz, followed my a meal in a traditional Alpine chalet. €140 for 1 or 2 people (driver and passenger). Contact Delta Evasion, Les Carroz. Website: www.naturemotoneige.com
Winter rafting - Nunayak offers you the first winter river descent in France! Find out more
Luge and tobogganing There are 2 luge/sledging runs at Samoens 1600. On the plateau at the top of the Grand Massif Express there are two new luge runs for children of all ages. From 16m long for the young ones through to 60m for the older children (and Dads!). There is also a Luge run on the col de Joux Plane, great fun for children, teenagers and adults! Accessible by car or via a shuttle service from the village.
Shopping and sightseeing Samoens itself has won awards for being a historic village of beauty. Amble around its medieval streets lined with a range of over 40 shops, ranging from chocolatiers, to numerous sports and clothing stores for all price ranges, chic and Savoyard alpine homeware stores, wine and sausage specialist shops and 3 amazing bakeries. There are also 12 cafes and over 25 restaurants to chose from, all within a snowballs throw of the heart of Samoens centre. Samoens has a beautiful church, well worth a visit, or walk through the botanical garden past the frozen waterfall, up to the pretty chapel, and take in the villages fabulous views. The Tourist Office puts on various entertainments in the village square ranging from kids' events and live music concerts to antique and crafts fairs throughout the year. The historic tour of Samoens village is a must, where you will discover the past of Samoens and visit the oldest buildings in the medieval centre.
Morillon also offers further sites to visit, either a short 5 min drive, or hop on the free ski bus, to find a further selection of shops, cafes and restaurants, or take a stroll around the lake "Lac Bleu"with breathtaking views at every turn. Both Morillon and Samoens hold weekly typical French markets for locals and tourists alike. If that is not enough, some fabulous resorts and cities such as Chamonix, Morzine, Annecy, Geneva are all within 1 hour drive.
Indoor climbing Available at Le Bois aux Dames sport centre in Samoens town which has an indoor climbing wall and tennis/badminton courts. Telephone for further information. Telephone: 0033 (0)4 50 34 13 93
Igloo building Build your own igloo with Jamie Carr. For more information contact Jamie on 0033 (0)6 24 23 01 33
Fat Biking - Fat bikes are mountain bikes with extra fat, knobbly tyres designed for riding on snow. Escape the crowds of the resort, explore remote valleys and have a proper adventure on two wheels in the midst of an alpine winter. Contact Jamie Carr - on 0033 (0)6 24 23 01 33. They provide all the equipment, well worth a try if you like mountain biking. Read our blog on Fat Biking in Samoens.
Parapenting - Soar like an eagle above Samoens and the Haute Giffre valley, with unique views of Samoens and the surrounding mountains. Prices start from €75 for a tandem flight. Alps Accommodation guests receive a 10% discount. Website: www.parapente-samoens.com
Ice climbing on waterfalls with ZigZag. Half day (4hrs) from 200€, Full day from 330€. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Heli-skiing - Le Valgrisenche, near Val d'Aosta, offers 39 different drop-off points, such as the Tête du Ruitor, the Aiguille de la Grande Sassières… Ski under the most beautiful alpine peaks (Mont-Blanc, Matterhorn, Grand Combin, Grand Paradis ), which make this small wild valley one of the best heliskiing bases in the world.
High Mountain Guide: 350 € / day (fixed price for 1 to 4 people, + 50 € per additional person).
Helicopter: (2017 prices) 750 € per drop-off (fixed price for 1 to 5 people).
Ice Diving Available in the lake de Montriond, Portes de Soleil from the end of December to March, only on request. Website: www.plongeesousglace.com Telephone: +33 (0)6 07 14 95 39
Swimming pools There are public indoor swimming pools in Cluses and Flaine open all year. In addition Samoens has an indoor swimming pool connected to a spa, but you must book treatments to gain entry. Website: www.cgh-residences.co.uk/winter/spas-et-beaute.html.html
A great place to visit for all the family - 50 minutes drive away is the Vitam Leisure Parc, just before Geneva - details here www.vitam.fr/ . From soft play areas, to water parks with slides, indoor climbing walls for all ages, fitness activities, warm indoor and outdoor pools, shops, lunch - it's all there. Ideal for sunny, rainy or snowy days!
Please note all prices are correct at time of publishing and we cannot be held responsible if the prices change during the season. Please check directly with the supplier before booking.