Spotlight on Samoens and The Grand Massif – A new lift opens up an untouched valley!

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Spotlight on Samoens and The Grand Massif – A new lift opens up an untouched valley!

Samoens has always been a huge favourite with the ChaletFinder team. Linked to the Grand Massif, the whole ski area is a great mix up of beautiful treelined runs with high altitude snow sure pistes. Who better to tell us a little bit about it than the locals at Chalet Isabella!

As if the area was not varied enough with 148 pistes and a height of 2500 metres the Grand Massif is expanding! The area is now opening up the untouched valley between Samoëns and Morillon, adding a new lift; Coulouvrier, Europe’s longest lift of its kind. The lift will climb an impressive 944 vertical metres over a distance of 2574m, and will be capable of transporting 3000 passengers per hour at a speed of 6 metres a second. This winter, two new blue pistes will allow access to the speedy new Coulouvrier lift from both Samoëns and Morillon and the off piste between will be awesome!

Off piste between Samoens and Morillon

Off piste between Samoens and Morillon

The new lift will also be another route to the whole lift system linking all of the Grand Massifs’ great and varied skiing. There is skiing for every level from steep blacks in Samoēns or Flaine to the wide and tree lined pistes of Les Carroz. The longest green run in Europe is in Morillon, the lovely Marvel, which is perfect for beginners and a great place for the children. There is an even longer blue run, Les Casdade which take you all the way down into beautiful Sixt – truly stunning. A ‘must do’ piste in Samoens takes you home via Le Grand Cret all the way down to Vercland and straight into a great après ski bar at the bottom with a big log fire and a tasty Vin Chaud!

Le Gers Powder Bowl - Flaine

Drop into the challenging off piste bowl – Le Gers at the back of Flaine. On a powder day there is nowhere better!


Stunning views of Mont Blanc from Flaine

Stunning views from the top of Fred in Flaine with the Mont Blanc range straight ahead.

The Grand Massif has something for everyone, just over an hour from Geneva airport, the skiing is fantastic, it’s easy to find your way round between the 5 resorts and the restaurants are great with everything from self service quick snacks to a cosy fondue by the fire. We even boast Michelin star dining with table cloths to hide your ski boots under!

Top 12 best bits!

  1. Best Hot Chocolate –  Jaysïnia pâtisserie Café – Samoëns village
  2. Best Vin Chaud – L’Anfionne – Plein soleil piste in Les Carroz
  3. Best Apres ski – Le Repossette – Vercland, Samoëns
  4. Friendliest Restaurant – Le Blanchot – Serpentine piste in Flaine
  5. Best Chips (also great hot Chocolate)- Chalet de Claire – Top of the Sairon lift in Morillon
  6. Best Fondue – Le Luge au Téran – Dahu blue piste in Samoëns
  7. Poshest Restaurant – Les Savages – Timalets red piste in Les Carroz
  8. Best Burger – Milk Hotel – Timalets red piste in Les Carroz
  9. Best Black run – Aigle Noir – Samoëns
  10. Best Red run – Grand Cret – Samoëns
  11. Best Blue run – Serpentine – Flaine
  12. Best Green run – Marvel – Morillon

So come to Grand Massif and choose your own favourites!

Don’t forget we can help to find you your perfect accommodation in The Grand Massif and have many options across Europe so just get in touch and let us help you!



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