Samoens, Morillon and the Grand Massif Winter Ski and Snowboard Information
Located in the heart of the Grand Massif, one of the largest Alps ski resorts (made up of five ski areas) in Europe. The Grand Massif includes the following five towns: Flaine, Morillon, Les Carroz, Sixt and Samoens. Those after self-catered ski chalets in France will relish the extensive skiing and snowboarding this area offers, with an excellent snow record, which is one of the best in the Alps, not only due to having 80% of pistes facing north, but it also enjoys a micro-climate due to its proximity to Mont Blanc. The area is not just popular in winter, with the Grand Massif ideal for Alpine summer holidays too.
The super fast gondola on the edge of Samoens village takes you up to the Samoens 1600m within just eight minutes. This delivers you directly into Samoens’ own extensive ski area, which joins with over 265km of piste, 148 individual pistes plus 80 lifts.
For guests staying in Morillon village are able to take the Gondola to Morillon 1100/Morillon Les Esserts.
Click here to view the piste map. Check out our winter video.
The recent investment and addition of numerous new snow canons in the Grand Massif provides snow-covered runs throughout the season, so you can be sure to enjoy great conditions.
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Find out more about Spring skiing in Samoens and the Grand Massif.
Samoens Skiing Information
There are loads of new improvements to the lifts and pistes of Samoens and the Grand Massif during the summers. New pistes, 70 new snow canons with a new reservoir and a new high speed chairlift for winter 2017/18 in-between Morillon and Samoens - check out our article on the Coulouvrier chairlift. Read our article here: Grand Massif Improvements for winter 2017/18. Last year's detailed article is here Samoens piste improvements 2016/17.
The ski area is varied and offers runs for all abilities. The area holds the lowest ratio of accommodation capacity to number of ski lifts, which explains normally the small amount of queues encountered here. When you stay in a self-catering chalet, you will soon notice that the resort has some breath-taking views and even non-skiers can take the Grand Massif lift from Samoens to 1600m and watch family and friends out on the pistes. Beginners are well catered for on the extensive groomed nursery slopes at 1600m, this plateau is one of the largest beginner’s areas in Europe! Intermediates have a whole host of runs to choose from locally in Samoens, as well as others that take you far a field to neighbouring resorts and beautiful tree-lined runs including Europe's longest blue run, the cascades which meanders 14km down the mountain. There are numerous red and black runs to be found locally in Samoens and Les Carroz and of course over in Flaine, where experts are catered for even further. Find out the locals' favourite spots in our news article.
The pistes - 148 pistes in total, consisting of 14 black runs, 50 red runs, 64 blue runs, 20 green runs. A recent 11m Euro investment saw the introduction of a massive free car park at the main Samoens Grand Massif Express lift and a new children's ski area at Samoens 1600. The area is undergoing major investment throughout which is massively improving everything year on year. In a weeks skiing holiday, you'd be really hard pushed to cover all the runs in this huge area.
Beginners - Are you a beginner? We recommend booking some lessons and then reading The Beginners Guide to Skiing in Samoens, Morillon, Flaine and The Grand Massif.
Snowboarding - The area is great for boarders. It's easy to get fresh powder and the three fun-parks always provide for a good time, with jumps, rails and boardercross to suit even beginner freestyle riders. The annual Dupraz Banked Slalom event is always a blast, attracting some top class riders. Samoens also has very few drag lifts compared to other resorts, making for a snowboarder's heaven!
Off piste skiing - Samoens is increasing in popularity with those who seek the thrills of off piste skiing with qualified local guides who know the back country and secret powder spots. For more information and to book your guide, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Ski Bus - download the free ski bus timetable for winter 2017/18 here.
Behind the scenes of the Grand Massif - Would you like a behind the scenes tour of the Grand Massif - download the flyer 'Grand Massif Backstage'.
Samoens and Grand Massif Webcams
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Grand Massif, Samoens and Morillon Ski Lift Opening Dates 2019/20
For the 2019/20 ski season, the full Grand Massif ski area will be open from Saturday 14 December 2019 until Sunday 19 April 2020. We will update this page with individual resort opening dates and any pre-opening dates as they are announced.
Grand Massif, Samoens and Morillon Ski Lift Opening Dates 2018/19
The full opening of the Grand Massif ski area will be from 22nd December 2018 until the 22nd April 2019, with the exception of Sixt which will close on the 15th March 2019. Flaine, Les Carroz and Samoens will have pre-openings from the the 15th December 2018.