Samoëns Snowshoe Summits
Stunning snowshoeing in the beautiful Haute Savoie region of France. Our base is in the alpine village of Samoëns, situated near the impressive Cirque du Fer a Cheval. These huge cliffs form a horseshoe in front of the Dents Blanches mountain range creating a magnificent mountain environment.
Samoens is a mountain village with characterful architecture located in the Giffre Valley. The terrain is excellent for snowshoeing and promises some great days on summits. Its proximity to the Mont Blanc range means excellent views of the highest mountain in Western Europe in good weather. The name “Samoëns” dates from 1167 A.D. and is based on a medieval expression meaning “the seven mountains”, a reference to the peaks around the village. This is why the local men are known as “septimontains” and the women “septimontaines”.
- Spectacular mountain landscape
- Views to Mont Blanc
- Fabulous range of snowshoe routes
- Alpine village base
- Excellent food!
|Trip||Departure date||End date||Price||Status|
|SAM1 18||Sat 6 January 18||Sat 13 January 18||£1295||Places available | Make a Booking|
|SAM2 18||Sat 20 January 18||Sat 27 January 18||£1295||Places available | Make a Booking|
|SAM3 18||Sat 10 February 18||Sat 17 February 18||£1295||Places available | Make a Booking|
|SAM4 18||Sat 3 March 18||Sat 10 March 18||£1295||Places available | Make a Booking|
We always aim to complete the itinerary as outlined below, however, the following itinerary will be followed only when conditions and weather make it appropriate, both in terms of safety and enjoyment. Your guide will make a decision on your route based on those conditions.
Day 1 Arrival Day
We meet at 6.30 pm at our accommodation when your guide will be available to discuss the itinerary and answer any questions about the week ahead. Please get in touch for advice about getting to Samoëns
Day 2 Le Bourgeoise
A leisurely start and a great local day to begin with as we have an ascent of the summit of Le Bourgeoise at 1770 metres which offers excellent views of the area and is a good introduction to the mountain landscape. The summit has a satisfying 'cross' to aim for and we will plan to have lunch perched on the top. There is a steep drop to one side which makes the summit feel quite exciting, but don't worry you do not need to stand too close! You can easily enjoy your lunch on gentle ground. We will aim to make a circuit back down to Samoëns, via the area below the Col de Joux Plane famous for road biking and the ascent in 1997, by Tour de France winner Marco Pantani who climbed to the Col de Joux Plane in 33 minutes! We will take a little longer. Ascent 700m. 5km. 5 hrs.
Day 3 Pointe Ratti
One of our favourites is Pointe Ratti which gives the feel of being in big mountains, but is easily accessed from le Col de l'Encrenaz, another famous road biking col. After a drive over to the Morzine area we climb steadily towards our Col where we can enjoy a morning coffee before heading off up the mountain. A very steady climb takes us up to a col, and then along the ridge line to the summit of Pointe Ratti at 1923m.This really is a gorgeous walk offering varied and interesting terrain which is mostly high above the treeline. From here we have views to the impressive massif of the Roc d'Enfer with its jagged cliffes and peaks. Ascent 490m. 6kms. 4.5 hrs.
Day 4 Pointe de la Golese
A summit is definitely our goal today with Pointe de la Golèse in our sights which should offer views to Morzine and the mountains of the Chablais. Leaving the village we drive up the narrow valley under towering cliffs to arrive at the start of our route. We then wind our way up through the summer alpage into the open meadows above the treeline passing ancient farm buildings as we climb. We then wind our way into the snowy bowl above the farms before climbing to the ridge line and the summit at 1835m. Ascent 739m. 10km. 6 hrs.
Day 5 Le Parteset
Today we head up the valley at Bonnavaz and pass the beautiful old chapel to be found there, always a good stop for photos, before taking a trail through the forest and up to the wide open spaces below Pointe d'Uble. Our destination is the summit of Le Parteset (1606m), which provides excellent views of Pointe Ratti, Praz de Lys, and the surrounding peaks all the way to the jagged teeth of the Dents du Midi. Today is a shorter day and gives the chance for a bit of a rest before our final ascent tomorrow. The summit cross gives a good goal! Ascent 420m. 5.5km. 4 hrs.
Day 6 Refuge and Valley de Bostan
The Bostan valley is a beautiful comb with jagged limestone cliffs rearing up on one side. It really is quite spectacular and worth the effort. We wander up through the woods to the Refuge de Bostan which usually is open with the guardian in residence. Fingers crossed for a cup of hot chocolate or maybe even lunch! From there we have a wide rolling comb to explore and it makes for a lovely day enjoying the ambiance and remoteness of the surrounding mountains. Ascent 714m. 10km. 5.5 hrs.
Day 7 Tete de la Sallaz
This is our fabulous summit day! The Tête de la Sallaz offers snowshoers the chance to be in really high mountains while still in suitable and easy terrain for snowshoeing. We drive down to the main valley near the town of Cluses, before climbing the very steep road to the high village of Romme. This is our starting point for our day out and our ascent to the Tête de la Sallaz which sits at 2026 metres and offers stunning views to the Mont Blanc Massif and also of the nearby peak of Pointe d'Areu. It is a wonderful peak to finish off the week and gives the feeling of a big mountain day. A cosy cafe at the parking area provides the chance for beer or hot chocolate as a reward for our efforts. Ascent 700m. 8km. 6 hrs.
Day 8 Departure
This trip will run once we have a minimum of 4 clients. We will take a maximum of 8.
Price includes: The price is based on shared twin room accommodation with half board in a 2** Hotel or similar. A single room supplement may be available in the hotel if you do not wish to share. The price includes the professional guiding services of a qualified International Mountain Leader. The price also includes all snowshoe equipment, including snowshoes, poles, snow shovel, snow probe, and avalanche transceivers.
Price does not include: Lunches are not included. Flights and transfers are not included.
Our accommodation is cosy and comfortable with excellent food. We are normally based at the Hotel Edelweiss where our hosts guarantee a warm welcome. Rooms are ensuite and have views to the mountains. Accommodation is based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms may be available on request for a supplement, but we advise early booking. Please contact us to inquire.
In mountainous terrain the weather can vary considerably. In winter temperatures can range from +10 degrees celsius, to -15 degrees celsius. Even in winter it is often sunny with lovely blue sky days, but it can snow heavily and you would be prepared for any eventuality.
Each client must have the necessary insurance for this particular activity, which includes helicopter rescue from the mountains in France. Without this insurance we are unable to take you into the mountains. Please ensure that YOU are satisfied that your insurance covers this.
You can reach Samoëns, France by road, rail or air. The nearest airport is Geneva, in Switzerland and transfers can be arranged from the airport to Samoëns, which is in France, for around 45 Euros each way per person. There are various companies which offer this service, such as Powder Cab or Go Massif
You can also take the Eurostar train then the TGV train to Cluses, where you can get a taxi to Samoens. The train journey takes approx 2.30hrs. The French rail timetables can be found at SCNF although it is also possible to book through the Swiss rail service here. It is best if you have a taxi reserved at Cluses as there is not a 'taxi rank' at the train station. You can pre-book at taxi with Taxi Malgrand, on +33 680332539 or email@example.com. Or upon arrival at Cluses you can take the Altibus service which runs regularly to Samoëns and costs approx 9 Euros for a single ticket. It will drop you at the bus station in Samoëns. Please let us know if you are taking the Alitbus and we can arrange for the hotel to collect you when you arrive in Samoëns.
As our niche trips such as Samoëns Snowshoe Summits are of a specialised nature we work with our partner companies to attract sufficient clients to reach the minimum number of participants to allow these trips to go ahead, meaning you are more likely to have your chosen holiday 'guaranteed'. If you have any queries with regard to this please contact us
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