Why Snowshoeing...it's easy!
- If you can walk, then you can snowshoe.
- There is no learning curve as there is with activities such as skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing etc.
- Once you get the hang of a few key techniques:
- Widen your stance to avoid stepping on the snowshoe frames,
- Master how to go up and down hills
- Learn to traverse a slope
- And what to do with the poles.
Samoëns is a breath of fresh mountain air, proudly described by the French as one of their monuments historiques, and it just happens to be positioned at the bottom of The Grand Massif, an extensive and varied ski area. It is situated between Geneva and Chamonix and is only an hour’s drive from Geneva airport.
The Grand Massif consists of five resorts; Samoëns, Morillon, Flaine, Les Carroz & Sixt and offers over 265km of piste. It maintains an excellent snow record as over 80% of the slopes are north facing and they also benefit from the 'Mont Blanc effect'.
The different resorts all offer a wide variety of slopes and there really is something for everyone, no matter what the weather or ski ability.
This summer in the Grand-Massif ski domain, there is a huge ongoing investment in a development project to considerably expand the ski area and transform links. The development of the Coulouvrier bowl between Morillon and Samoëns includes the creation of 4 new ski runs (2 blue runs followed by 2 red runs for the 2018/2019 winter season), an addition of 42 hectares of pistes to the ski area. There will be a new 6-seater, detachable Coulouvrier chairlift, departing from 1200m and arriving at 2120m. With a record length of 2850m, this will be the longest lift of its kind in Europe, making the way in 9 min, with a theoretical throughput of 3000 people per hour. There is also the development of the snow-making network with the siting of 70 snow cannons to cover this zone.