- Mountain Biking
- Water sports
In the summer, Samoëns and the Vallée du Giffre offer a great range of activities from mountain biking to hiking, paragliding to white-water rafting, pool or open-water swimming to rock-climbing and horse-riding.
The village has been a stage on the Tour de France and road bikers can test their fitness on the infamous surrounding cols. Chairlifts and cable-cars enable bikers to ride the downhill courses and offer easy access to the high mountain trails for all mountain bikers and walkers.
Walking trails are found all over the valley and there is something for everyone. From gentle rambles on the valley floor, easy hikes to the “End of the World” in postcard perfect Sixt Fer à Cheval to day long adventures up to mountain refuges high up in the wilderness… Encounter local wildlife, get away from it all and enjoy breathtaking views of the Alps.
Local rivers and beautiful lakes provide opportunities for water sports such as white-water rafting, open-water swimming, canyoning….
If you are a fan of taking to the air, paragliding has its birthplace in the area and local schools run beginner courses or offer initiation tandem rides.
Climbing enthusiasts will find plenty of opportunities in the local area including traditional routes and via ferrata.