Grand Massif Winter Activities
Weekly Alpine Markets
There are weekly markets during the winter ski season in both Morillon and Samoens. The Morillon market is on a Friday afternoon in the old town centre (5 minute walk from the Morillon cable car), and the Samoens market is on a Wednesday morning. The markets are typical alpine affairs, with lots of cheese, Haute-Savoie wine, various cured meats, and lots of arts and crafts stalls. Our favourite has to be the local chicken rotisserie along with the sauteed potatoes that marinate in the juices of the roasting chicken!
Samoens ski resort has an outdoor ice rink that is open during the winter. Samoens ice rink is located in the town centre opposite the tourist office, where the weekly market is also held.
Cross Country Skiing
We are spoilt for choice with cross country areas in Le Grand Massif. Called ‘Ski de Fonds’ in France, there are 46km of crossing country skiing pistes in the Giffre valley, mostly in Morillon and Sixt Fer a Cheval. For the more advanced cross country skier (and later in the season when the snow starts to melt in the valley), the Col de Joux Plane offers 35km of pisted ‘Ski de Fonds’ at an altitude of 1700m. This skiing gives amazing panoramic views over the Giffre valley and the whole Grand Massif ski area.
There is a shuttle bus specifically for cross country skiers which accesses all the different Ski de Fonds areas in the valley. Click here for more information.
Cross Country Ski Passes can be purchased at both the Morillon Tourist Office and the Samoens Tourist Office. A list of prices can be found here.
Husky Sledding in Le Grand Massif
Take control of your own team of huskies and head out into the forests surrounding Le Grand Massif! There is one company from Samoens that offer trips in both Samoens and Sixt Fer a Cheval (10 minute drive from Samoens). This activity is very popular and booking in advance is essential.
Click here for more information.
Skidoos (snow mobiles) in Samoens
Skidooing takes place at Samoens 1600 in the late afternoon and evenings once the lifts have shut. The total cost for 2 people for 1 hour is €130. It is also possible to tuck into dinner afterwards at Samoens 1600 for an additional €30 per person. No experience is required. For more information please call 0033 (0)4 50 34 40 84.
Skidooing in Samoens
Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides
A great activity for families or besotted couples. Starting from the tourist office in the centre of Samoens ski resort, there are a number of trips available around Samoens and through the old quarter of town.
Tobogganing and Sledging
There are sledging runs in both Samoens and Morillon. At Samoens 1600 there is an area specifically dedicated for both activities. The plateau at the top of the Grand Massif Express cable car heading up from Samoens is particularly good for young children to play in the snow without any downhill skiers hurtling past them. There is a smaller luge run for young children and a larger 60m run for older children – and parents! At Morillon there are ‘piste de luges’ in both Morillon 1100 ‘Les Esserts’ and in the main Morillon village. There are a number of ski hire shops which also hire sledges for a couple of hours to a full day.
Le Criou Cinema Samoens has a wonderful art deco cinema located in the town centre. They have daily showings, and around twice a week they will show a film in english.
Explore Grand Massif
At The Tasty Ski Company we have luxury catered ski chalets in both Samoens and Morillon. They are towns in Le Grand Massif ski area and are located just 3km apart from each other.
Le Grand Massif’s proximity to Mont Blanc assures that it has an outstanding snow record. Ski passes can be purchased for the ‘Vill4ge’ ski area (Samoens, Morillon, Les Carroz and Sixt) or the ‘Grand Massif’ ski area (Samoens, Morillon, Les Carroz, Sixt, and Flaine).
We recommend that ski hire be organised in advance before you arrive in Le Grand Massif. This is particularly important during the school holidays when the best ski hire companies in Le Grand Massif book out all of their equipment before the week has started.
It is possible to purchase a ‘Vill4ge’ ski pass (beginners and beginner / intermediates) or a full ‘Grand Massif’ ski pass (intermediates and above). You are able to organise ski passes in advance and have them delivered to your home address.
We highly recommend taking lessons during your ski holiday in Le Grand Massif. Ski lessons are a great option for beginners to gain confidence, or for anyone else looking to brush up on their technique.
Having attained the national tourist label ‘family plus,’ Le Grand Massif is very much a family friendly resort and really does meet all the criteria to ensure a really easy family ski holiday.
Whether a skier or non-skier, your ski chalet holiday in Le Grand Massif would not be complete with a bit of pampering and a massage.
During your stay at one of our catered ski chalets in Le Grand Massif your chef has one day off a week on a Wednesday. This means that you will eat out one day of the week during your ski chalet holiday with us.
A ski chalet holiday would not be complete with the obligatory vin chaud at the bottom of the mountain. Morillon and Samoens are still much quieter ski resorts compared to other big French ski area such as Morzine, Val d’Isere and Meribel.
Le Grand Massif is one of the most accessible ski resorts in the Alps. Situated in the Northern Alps, Le Grand Massif is just a 70 minute flight from southern UK airports, and the airport transfer from Geneva is just 50 minutes.