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As experienced skiers, the Alps Accommodation team have enjoyed many days and seasons, in various resorts throughout the Alps. While all resorts have their positives and negatives, we simply don't think you can beat the villages of Samoens, Morillon, Sixt, and the Grand Massif ski area. That's one of the reasons we've all decided to call this valley home! They offer an addictive mix of all the important ingredients a winter holiday requires, and most importantly, they compare very favourably in terms of value for money when compared to the other big French resorts.
If you're looking to save money this winter and you normally ski in one of Europe's big name resorts, you could save big this winter by switching to the Grand Massif. And we think you'll have just as much fun, if not more! We trawled the Internet and this is what we have come up with.
A like-for-like comparison of chalet and apartment rental costs suggest substantial savings of up to 30% in favour of Samoens and Morillon when compared to the other major French ski resorts. The figures below are for arriving on the 22/02/2020.
|Price (7 nights)||Saving|
1 bedroom apartment
|2 bedroom apartment
|4 bedroom chalet|
Possible saving (4 adults): €870
When it comes to the cost of lift passes, the Grand Massif can certainly hold its own when compared to the other popular resorts in France and the North Western Alps. Plus when you factor in the Alps Accommodation discount of between 5-20%, the Grand Massif becomes even better value for money.
|6 Day Pass||Including AA Discount|
|Les 3 Vallées||€312|
Possible saving (4 adults): €492
Samoens is located just one hour drive from Geneva Airport, and as a result airport transfers can be up to 25% cheaper than the likes of Meribel and Val d'Isere. And up to 2 hours less travelling time each way!
Possible saving (4 adults): €120
The villages of Samoens, Morillon and Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval offer free parking throughout the villages and at the ski lifts. Most of the properties we feature offer private off-street and covered parking. Many resorts require you to park in large underground car parks to go skiing, which research suggests can cost around €100 per week.
Possible saving (4 adults): €100
Make the most of cheaper mid-week flight prices by avoiding the common weekend changeover days. Where possible we offer maximum flexibility and many of the properties we list are now available with flexible arrival day and length of stay outside of peak periods. Plus, we have a good range of Friday to Friday* chalets and apartments, so customers can enjoy far cheaper flights than the standard weekend travel prices. We found during our research on 30th September 2019, that with EasyJet some flights were a staggering 250% more expensive on a Saturday compared to the Friday. BONUS - enjoy quieter mid-week airports and pistes during the weekend too!
|Flight - EasyJet||Price (Return, 1 adult)||Saving|
London - Geneva
|Sat 15 Feb- Sat 22 Feb 2020||£687|
|Fri 14 Feb - Fri 21 Feb 2020||£195||£492|
|London - Geneva|
|Sat 21 Mar - Sat 28 Mar 2020
|Fri 20 Mar - Fri 27 Mar 2020||£57||£43|
Possible saving (4 adults): €1968
*To view our Friday to Friday properties, please use our advanced search on the home page and tick Friday Changeover.
We work closely with several local companies to offer guests unique discounts on equipment hire, lessons, and lift passes. For a family, or group of adults, these savings alone quickly add up to a few hundred Euros. See a full break-down of the possible savings.
Possible saving (4 adults): €308-434
We offer a wide range of self-catered accommodation in Samoens, Morillon and Sixt, and when combined with a large supermarket, plus reasonably priced local producers, it's easy to see significant savings are possible. Enjoy the flexibility of either a fully self-catered stay, or use one of our catering partners to provide a stocked freezer or partial or flexible catered holiday!
When you book via Alps Accommodation, there are no additional charges or in-resort hassle. Prices are inclusive of linen and towels, utility bills, firewood, hot tub / pool servicing, end of stay clean and tourist tax.
It's not possible for everyone, but if you can, avoid the school holiday periods! And if you can't, then take advantage of the Grand Massif's reliable snow cover and consider the Easter period which is much cheaper all round, still with a great snow record.
Save pennies at lunch time by taking your own picnic, perfect for the warmer spring weeks. There are also several indoor picnic areas throughout the Grand Massif and they are also marked on the area piste map.
It is certainly worth comparing the costs of driving or taking the train to the Alps, rather than flying. Samoens is one of the closest Alps ski resorts for those driving from the UK, while a train station can be found in Cluses just 20mins drive from Samoens. And of course, don't forget the obvious environmental benefits to train transport. Our selection of ski in, ski out properties, or properties close to a lift, and excellent free ski bus network means a car isn't essential once you arrive here in Samoens, Morillon and Sixt.
On most of our owner's properties, we can offer returning guests a 5-10% discount (excluding peak weeks) for instant savings!
Keep an eye on our special offers page for some great last minute deals. Register for our 'Special Offers' email update.
Please note all of the above figures were recorded between the 23/09/19 and the 30/09/19 and may have subsequently changed. Alps Accommodation are not responsible if the rates in this article have changed, as these things do happen!