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Snowshoe Summits in Samoëns

Snowshoeing in the Alps

Le Bourgeoise

It is truly a well-kept secret! Samoëns offers stunning snowshoeing in the beautiful Haute Savoie region of France. Our base is in the gorgeous 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 which is becoming increasingly popular with those 'in the know'. It has recently been described as the next 'Chamonix', in other words a great place for mountain adventure. 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”.

  • Truly spectacular mountain landscape
  • Views to Mont Blanc, highest mountain in Western Europe
  • Hidden gem of a village, fast becoming popular with mountain lovers
  • Fabulous range of snowshoe routes
  • Gorgeous alpine village base with excellent bars and cafes
  • Meals which feature great local Savoyard food

Departures

Trip Departure date End date Price Status
SAM1 18 Sat 6 January 18 Sat 13 January 18 £1445 Places available | Make a Booking
SAM2 18 Sat 20 January 18 Sat 27 January 18 £1445 Places available | Make a Booking
SAM3 18 Sat 10 February 18 Sat 17 February 18 £1495 Places available | Make a Booking
SAM4 18 Sat 3 March 18 Sat 10 March 18 £1495 Trip Guaranteed | Make a Booking

Itinerary

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. After the briefing we will enjoy some great local food prepared by the hotel chef.

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. We have a very short drive before setting off on our route. The summit is easily gained at 1770 metres where we can enjoy excellent views of the area. 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 alpine mountains, but is easily accessed from the Col de l'Encrenaz, another famous road biking col. After a drive over to the famous ski town of Morzine we climb steadily towards our Col where we can enjoy a morning coffee or hot chocolate 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 cliffs 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 offers views to Morzine and the mountains of the Chablais. This is a challenging hike with substantial rewards! Leaving the village we drive up a gorge, before continuing along a narrow valley under impressive towering cliffs. These are really spectacular and are very much part of the character and skyline of Samoëns. We put on our snowshoes, and then wind our way up through the summer alpage passing ancient farm buildings, until we reach the open meadows above the treeline. We our now in open mountainside and we continue our steady climb with views to the cliffs which act as guardians to the gorge. The route to the summit, which sits at 1835m, takes an easy ridge line. Ascent 739m. 10km. 6 hrs.

Day 5 Le Parteset

Today we head drive up the valley to Bonnavaz and pass the beautiful old chapel to be found there, always a good stop for photos, before taking a beautiful 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. Our final approach to the summit offers a wide open vista of the surrounding peaks and it is hard to focus on the walking as we are usually pre-occupied with taking photos. The summit cross gives a good goal and an excellent lunch stop. On the way back down we often stop at the characterful old cafe by the chapel at Bonnavaz. Ascent 420m. 5.5km. 4 hrs.

Day 6 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 of the climb. We begin with a steady climb up through the woods to the Refuge de Bostan. The Refuge is very characterful, and if it is your first encounter with an alpine refuge you will not be disappointed. Normally the refuge is open and the guardian is in residence, your guide will phone ahead to check if we can have our lunch here, or at least a cup of hot chocolate! 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 and exciting alpine 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. Our guests always love this day out and it really is a great destination. We are often accompanied by ski mountaineers and it makes for good entertainment to view the skiers descending the various gullies from the summit. Ascent 700m. 8km. 6 hrs.

Day 8 Departure

Departure Day.

Minimum Numbers

This trip will run once we have a minimum of 4 clients. We will take a maximum of 8.

Price

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.

Accommodation

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. The hotel is a short walk from the village and therefore very peaceful without the noise of bars and cafes in the town. However, the village is easily accessible if you wish to visit.

Weather

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.

Insurance

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.

Getting There

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 mail@taximalgrand.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.

Our Partners

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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