Camping Le Giffre
La Glière
74340 SAMOËNS France

Tél. +33 (0)4 50 34 41 92
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Samoens and the Grand Massif

9 Feb 2014 - Update by Ramon McCabe

Aire/Campsite details:

Outside camping Le griffe. The car park tolerates wild camping providing no nuisance caused by dumping or noise. The campsite owner keeps an eye on the site and reports unwanted/bad behaviour to the Gendarmes. The parking is 150m from lift and for a small charge you can charge your battery and have a shower at the campsite. The flot blue was not working.

Resort details:

Samoens town centre is easily reached for bars/shops and IT cafe, large lake to walk around and a river walk.

Skiing details:

There's a lift to Samoens 1600. Flaine, Morillon and associated area are easily reached.


Camping at the Le Giffre, Samoens.

Cost in March 2008 €128.80 for 8 nights inc hook up.

Situated in the heart of the French Alps, one hour from Geneva, the ski resort of Samoens is a small authentic village in Haute Savoie, Access to the village is easier by following the D902 all the way to the village of Taninges and then follow the valley along to Samoen. If you follow the signs before you get to Taninges you will have a bit of a twisty journey.

Samoens is at an altitude of 720m in the hanging “Haut Giffre Valley” between lakes and rivers. and is part of 5 interlinked resorts (Morillon, Samoëns, Les Carroz, Sixt Fer à Cheval and Flaine.

Access to the ski area from Samoens is via cable car called the Grand Massif Express. This is 150m from the campsite which is well situated for the gondola (8 minutes ride up to Samoens 1600 (look out for chamois on way up). Between the site and the cable car there is a bakers, a small takeaway, ski hire shop and tuition.

It takes around 5 to 10 min walk from camp site to gondola in ski boots depending on where you are a parked. There is ski storage on the campsite. There is also Internet access available in the campsite reception. The site is large with variety of vans, fixed accommodation and caravans of which many are there for the season. The campsite is flat with well sized pitches. It has very good facilities and security barriers on the entrance and exit. (key obtained on arrival from reception to open them).

The site has two toilet / shower blocks of which only one was open when we stayed. It was very clean and modern. The shower block has all the usual facilities although mainly “squats” on the male side. Tokens are available for the washing machine and dryer. There is a heated room for skis and boots.

The site is nice and sunny most of the day (it was bit like a summer holiday and a skiing holiday all rolled into one when we were there). A couple of the staff speak reasonable English and they are all very friendly. At the side of the campsite there is river and behind is a man made lake with some great walks around it.

The sites are level. Some appeared very muddy although others were gravel. The site is close to river and lake and 15 minutes walk from Samoens, ( a charming French town with a Wednesday market and all the usual trappings of a ski resort plus local flavour. The vin chaud and a slice of cake for €2.50 outside a regional specialties shop was particularly popular.

The site is very easy to access by road and at only 700m doesn’t entail narrow or winding roads. There is a Flot Bleu outside the campsite and the Wed. market place was in use (apart from Tuesday night) for wild camping.

There are two big car parks in the town which we did see were being used by motorhomes as aires (one next to the ice rink) which had to be vacated for the market each week and one on the same road further down. I don’t think they had any facilities.

During the French holidays an ice skating entry is included in your campsite pass for one person.

Web sites: Samoens resort –

Camping Le Giffre –

Info supplied by Derek Bell and Andy Leigh-Cattrall