The latter part of this month’s sustained snowfalls in the French Alps seem to have bypassed the Grand Massif, but there was more than enough to make our first couple of days’ skiing from Samoëns very enjoyable. It felt good to be back – as long as we avoided the icy lower runs. Fortunately, time spent sharpening our edges back home more than paid off on the mountain when we hit the occasional patch of the hard stuff and managed to find much-needed grip.
Samoëns taking change in its stride
It’s been awhile since we were last in Samoëns, and we can see lots of changes. They’re still happening, in fact, with several construction sites adding to the already impressive choice of premium accommodation in and around the village. In fact, Savoyard developer MGM is currently completing its third development here, the Résidence Alexane.
Snow adds a touch of magic to Samoëns
On days like today you can see why. Overnight the snow finally swept in, along with high winds which closed the upper lifts. Down here, however, we’re completely sheltered from the hostile weather, and the steadily-falling snow has given a touch of magic to the traditional heart of one of our favourite Alpine villages. It’s just a nice place to hang out, so the mood while waiting for the weather front to clear is upbeat.
Tomorrow we’ll be heading back up the mountain, enjoying the fresh accumulations of snow and taking a look at the development, the most immediately obvious of the many changes at Samoëns 1600.