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It's Snowing in Samoëns... - MountainPassions Blog
Liaison between Samoens and Les Carroz, Grand Massif

It’s Snowing in Samoëns…

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.

Snack bar, Samoens 1600, Grand Massif

Snack bar, Samoëns 1600

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.

Owner and Editor of MountainPassions, Roger is a journalist and photographer with more than 30 years’ professional experience producing illustrated ski and travel editorial features for magazines and location photography for travel guides, both in the UK and overseas. He regularly writes resort reviews for other ski websites and tour operators as well as ski and mountain features for newspapers and magazines worldwide.

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