With some of the best snow records around, February is one of our favourite times to visit this old alpine village. As well as being a proper escape for teachers, this is a super resort for families, backed up nicely by the Familie Plus Label awarded by the Minister of State for Tourism. The ski area ticks all the boxes for children, teens and adults – beginners can get some practice on the nursery slopes and gentle runs at lower altitudes while experienced skiers make full use of Grand Massif’s exhilarating red and black runs.
There are some fantastic schools like ZigZag (run by ESI) with individual and group lessons available. You can also book Kindergarten lessons to get the little ones off to a great start. If they’re not quite ready, you’ll find Les Loupiots Nursery in the centre of town and there are baby changing facilities at Samoëns 1600, the Grand Massif Express cable car and the tourist office.
You’ll find plenty of indoor activities for bad weather or just a change of scenery - including a cinema and day spas with indoor swimming pools and a wide range of beauty and relaxation treatments. Treat yourself (we do!) to a massage at Oxalis Institut right on the main square then take a wander around the shops at La Maison De Marie-Louise. Outdoor activities are also in abundance. We love paragliding (or ‘parapenting’ if you want to sound like a true Septimontain), where a skilled pilot steers you over snowy slopes with impressive aerial views...
However you prefer to travel and whichever type of hotel stay suits you, we can take the hassle out of booking. Group accommodation in a package with flights and transfers – Samoëns is a very handy 65 minute drive from Geneva airport, so you can really make the most of the week off school here.
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