Samoens is a charming village in the Haute-Savoie region of France. Not just perfect for skiing and snow fun in the winter. People often say “ The Alps are just for winter - What is there to do in the Summer?” and that’s when we start explaining that the summer is every bit as fun and maybe even more fun than the winter. There is just so much to do the only problem is deciding which activities to pick.
Luckily we have ZigZag Samoëns’ outdoor adventure specialists based right in the centre of town. Louise is a native English speaker and after 12 years in the valley she knows all the activities and the best options. It really is a one stop shop of fun. www.zigzagski.com
Explore marked mountain trails and stop at mountain refuges offering fabulously authentic lunches. You can even hire a pack donkey to help carry equipment and young children on your hike! A pack donkey makes longer hikes accessible for groups of all sizes and ages and will allow you to go further and faster by carrying equipment and young children.
2. Road cycling
There are some great cycling routes in the area with stunning views. The base of the Col de Joux Plane is right in the village and is a regular on the Tour de France Circuit. It is a 14 km climb and will test even the best riders but the view at the top makes it all worthwhile. There are also lots of easier routes too but always be prepared for some climbing - this is the Alps after all.
3. Mountain biking
You can check out many of the published itineraries and follow the marked mountain trails or you can book a guide. The Ski-lifts are utilised in the summer to get you and your bike to the top of the mountains and then you can blast some great descents, these are graded just like ski slopes so you really can pick the best options for your ability. Or you can enjoy some of the tracks along the valley if you fancy a more gentle ride. There really is something for everyone.
Canyoning is an adventure activity for all ages and you don’t need any previous experience. It really is great fun and something completely different. Just slip into your wetsuit and get ready to jump, swim, slide and abseil your way down a natural alpine canyon.
A combination of rock climbing and hiking, Via Ferrata is a route of iron cables and ladders allowing inexperienced climbers to access a challenging route in total safety as you are attached securely to the rock face at all times. It’s a bit like “assisted” rock climbing and I guarantee it’ll get your heart pumping!
7. White water rafting
This is a “must-do” summer sport for the whole family ! Pull on your wet suit, listen to the instructions from your english speaking guide and before you know it you will find yourself alternating between laughing, screaming and shouting as you ride the waves, bounce off a few rocks, swim and splash each other during various calmer stretches. It really is a fun few hours.
And if you still want more fun you can find the following in and around Samoëns: swimming in the freshwater lakes or the outdoor pool, tennis, pony trekking, horse riding, paintball, high ropes, a zip line, mini golf, archery and much much more.
Samoëns is ideal for paragliding and by booking a tandem flight you can discover the pure joy of flying like a bird with views that will take your breath away. Depending on the conditions, take-off is a few simple steps or sometimes it might be necessary to run a couple of metres! If you fancy an extra thrill your pilot will happily perform a few aerobatic tricks before landing back in Samoëns.
At the end of the day
And after each activity you can’t beat heading back to The Lodge at Samoens and getting a cold drink out of the fridge and relax on the balcony and laugh about the great fun you have just had and start getting excited about the next day’s activity.
The Lodge at Samoënsand Zigzag can put together a bespoke adventure holiday package tailored just for for you. We specialise in organising flexible packages as we know everyone is different and have varying requirements depending on the age, ability and mix of the group.
We can organise everything from transfers, transport around the valley, accommodation, catering and as many adventures as you want to pack in. We can also put together more gentle and relaxing holiday activities if there are members of the party who like to chill a little.
The only thing you need to organise is your flight to Geneva airport and let us do the rest.