Après-Ski in Samoens and Morillon, Grand Massif
Sharing stories of exciting adventures while enjoying one or two drinks is a long-standing après-ski tradition, and here in Samoëns and the Giffre valley we are really spoilt for choice when it comes to where to go!
Open daily 4pm til late
Avenue du Fer à Cheval, Samoëns
If you’re a fan of sport then be sure to catch your favourite team or major sporting event on the big screens!
Red Rock Cafe
Open daily 4pm til late
Rue des Billets, Samoëns
This excellent little night spot, with its cool vibe inside and out, is perfect for chilling out with a beer, wine or super tasty cocktail. It gets pretty lively as the night wears on too, and depending on the time of year there’s normally plenty going on:
- • Catch the Champions and Europa League games on the big screen every Wednesday and Thursday night.
- • Wednesday night during the holiday period is pizza night. Enjoy a wood-fired pizza, ordered directly at the door (6.30pm – 9.45pm).
- • You can also get your skis serviced during the holidays. 100% Ski have their workshop onsite on Thursdays (8pm-10pm).
L’Après Ski Chez Jeff
Open daily 4pm til late
Rue Cognacq-Jaÿ, Samoëns (opposite Credit Agricole)
A ski trip to the Alps is not a ski trip to the Alps unless you’ve sampled a glass of traditional mulled wine. For the best vin chaud Samoëns has to offer go to Jeff’s ‘L’Après Ski’. As the day turns to night this little outdoor bar becomes an après-ski hot spot for locals and tourists alike.
76 Place du Gros Tilleul (opposite the church)
A fabulous boutique shop which conveniently offers excellent coffee and après-ski drinks, snacks, music and a great vibe! Grab a craft beer or cider, and at the same time pick out a few gifts or Christmas presents!
Vin sur Vin
Open daily 5pm til late
114 Route de la Piaz, Samoëns
Marco’s wine bar
Ideal for a more intimate après experience, with its cosy interior and quiet location, although it too is buzzing at times. Enjoy a glass from a vast selection of local and international wines, accompanied by a plate of Italian antipasti. Other snacks and food are also available.
Open daily morning, noon and night!
60 Route du Fayet, Vercland (right below the Vercland telecabine)
Great atmosphere, great food and drink, great people – all in all just a generally great time Situated right by the piste at the bottom of the Vercland telecabine, Dutch-owned and operated La Reposette is the ideal après-ski venue. It’s also just a short drive from Samoëns centre. It’s great bar, large salon space, and comfy couches by the fireplace make for a very welcoming environment. It’s no wonder it’s so popular with both tourists and locals alike.
• ‘Lazy Sundays’ - the perfect chilled out Sunday session, jazz and soul style, with DJ Will G. Every Sunday from 3.30pm.
• ‘Jazz Tuesdays’ – enjoy more jazz vibes every Tuesday from 4.30pm with Digby the Pianoman.
Open Wed-Sat from 4pm
Le Bellavista, Sixt
Located on the banks of the river opposite the Sixt tourist office, Nunabar is the place for music.
- • Open mic night every Thursday from 9.30pm
- • Weekend concerts – live and free! For details of current events be sure to check out their website.
Le Bon Coin
Open daily 8am-1am
La Badney, Morillon
Step off the telecabine in Morillon and cross the road. That’s all you have to do to find yourself right in the hub of everything après-ski in Morillon. This great little bar is a local’s favourite so you’re generally assured a good night out any day of the week. Challenge someone to a game of table football or get your groove on every Thursday at the live and free concert!
Another up and coming destination in the Giffre valley for après-ski fun is Verchaix, a short 5 minute drive from Samoëns village centre. In fact, if you continue just a little further on from the Verchaix roundabout you’ll find yourself in Les Hottes Ouest, a small estate where you will find the Giffre valley’s themed bars and restaurants:
- • Lhotti’s American Diner opened at the start of the 2015/16 winter season. Styled in true 50s fashion Lhotti’s is open for lunch and dinner every day except Wednesday.
- • La Ranchera, formerly Le Potet, is just across the road. They specialise in pizzas and Tex-Mex and are open from 6pm Tuesday to Saturday.
- • El Barrio is an après-ski paradise! El Barrio has a large games room with pool tables, darts and table football and the lounge bar is well known for its live music and DJ nights. Open from 5pm every day with the exception of Monday, El Barrio also offers free transport to and from the venue.
Remember these are just a selection of the great night spots on offer in and around Samoëns. For a full list of our recommended restaurants and bars click on the following links:
Food and Drink in Samoens
Food and Drink in Morillon
Wining and dining certainly make up a big part of the après-ski experience but there is so much more to it than that. Here in Samoëns we are also spoilt for our choice of the many fantastic après-ski activities that are available. There really is something for everyone to enjoy - no matter what your age or adventure there is an activity for you!
Samoëns Ice Rink
Open daily - various session times (see website for details)
155 route des Drugères, Samoëns
Ph: +33 (0) 4 50 34 13 92
The brand new 56m x 26m ice skating arena opened in autumn 2015. With grand stand seating for up to 450 guests and 600m2 of covered, outdoor ice skating the competition standard ice rink is a fantastic addition to Samoëns village. The ice rink is open every day - most nights until 10.30pm! – and equipment is available for hire onsite. Throughout the season, there will be weekly ice hockey matches including from Samoëns’ very own team ‘Les Lynx’, as well as various spectacles, ice dancing and more. Be sure to contact reception or the tourist office for more details.
Atypik Nordique - Torchlit Snowshoe
Route du Joux Plane, Samoëns
Ph: +33 (0) 6 25 70 37 08
Local mountain guide Ludo offers visitors to the valley a very different après-ski experience. Strap on a pair of snow shoes and let Ludo lead you on a one hour hike through snowy forests. With nothing but the moon and flickering flame of your handheld torch to guide you, enjoy the quiet, calm of the mountain after dark as you make your way to Ludo’s Yurts – traditional Mongolian roundhouses. There you will enjoy a traditional meal in a truly convivial environment. Cost is 35€ for adults, 25€ for children under 16 years, including aperitif and drinks with the meal. Bookings are a must!
Restaurant Au Rendez-vous des Skieurs, Samoëns 1600
Ph: +33 (0) 6 07 90 06 92
For the more adventurous après-skiers, how does a night-time hoon across open pistes and through narrow, tree-lined runs on your very own ski-doo sound? Follow this up with a traditional mountain menu of charcuterie, salads, and fondue and it makes for quite an exhilarating (and very tasty!) experience. Packages range from 90€ to 180€ depending on meal options and whether you choose to ride solo or with a friend. No experience is necessary, just a keen sense of adventure. It is very popular though so be sure to book ahead!
Marvel by Sledge
Ph: +33 (0) 4 50 90 40 00
The beautiful 5km long Marvel run in Morillon is an absolute delight to ski, so imagine being able to sledge it – after the pistes have closed! That is exactly what you can do each Wednesday night during school holiday periods. Sledging tours depart from the Sairon chairlift at 5pm and cost 7€50, including sledge hire. You will need to register ahead of time so be sure to contact either the lift office or Morillon tourist office.
Wild Night! From 2pm
At Rendez-vous des Skieurs – Samoëns 1600 – At the foot of the slopes, The Rendez-vous des Skieurs welcomes you for a Mojito Party! DJ, gifts, meals on site and an amazing atmosphere. Free entertainment. Every Thursday during the winter season from 2pm to the end of the night. Cancelled in case of bad weather.
Shopping and sightseeing
As if everything that already exists to do isn’t enough, the village of Samoëns itself has won awards for its historic value and beauty. Take a stroll around the medieval streets and admire the stone masonry of a bygone era. Duck into one of the many shops. There’s something for every taste and price range, from chocolatiers, chic or classic alpine homewares, numerous clothing and sporting specialists, and specialty food and wine stores. The beautiful Samoëns church is also well worth a visit, or walk through the more than 100-year-old botanical gardens. Here you’ll pass the frozen waterfall on your way up to the chapel and beyond, all the while taking in fabulous views over the village.
Morillon also offers further sites to visit. A short 5 min drive away – or hop on the free ski bus – to find a further selection of shops, cafes and restaurants. Or wander a little further down to the river and lake, Lac Bleu. And if that’s still not enough to whet your ‘après’ appetite then there are some other fabulous resorts and cities such as Chamonix, Morzine, Annecy, and Geneva all within a one hour drive.
See our blog article for lots of great Après-Skiing information!