Accomodation 5Town 4Local facilities 4(i.e. Restaurants, hire shops)Slope conditions 3Lift system 4Skiing / boarding experience 4Apres ski 3
The Grand Massif is a huge ski area and if you don't want to stay in very ugly Flaine then Samoens represents a very good alternative. The ski convenience is not as good as some as it's a very long walk or a free bus ride to the bottom of the gondola. From here it's usually another chair lift up again to start skiing.
The snow conditions when we went were reasonable but there was lots of cloud hanging around in the valley making visibility difficult but this could happen anywhere. The range of slopes on offer was however very good with plenty of cruising blues to look stylish. The red runs weren't as hard or steep as in some other resorts so could be tackled by even adequate intermediates.
The town of Samoens itself is very pleasant with a good amount of shops and bars. It takes a few days to get to know which bars are good at what time of day because some are great for initial apres-ski and then seem to close early. The Irish bar is a little walk from most places, stays open late but is quite clicky.