Samoëns, Haute-Savoie, France

Ferme du Ciel is located on the sunny heights of Samoëns in the quaint and quiet hamlet of Mathonex, a short 5-minute drive to the center of the village and a 10-minute drive to any of the 3 main gondolas for the Samoëns and Morillon Ski stations.

Ferme du Ciel is characterized by ease of accessibility. We are only one hour from Geneva and two hours from the Lyon, Chambéry or Grenoble airports.


Samoëns is a hidden gem in the Haute-Savoie. The historic heart of Samoëns has remained intact, beautiful and authentically references almost 1.000 years of “septimontain” culture and history. Historic churches, fountains, public gardens and traditional stone masonry architecture can be found throughout the village and make strolling through the winding medieval streets a joy and pleasure.

Samoëns boasts plenty of small boutique shops encompassing chocolatiers, sports and clothing stores, chic alpine homewares, local wine, and artisanal food shops and also hosts many fantastic restaurants and bars. In addition, there is a traditional weekly market, which is one of the largest markets in the Haute-Savoie, and not to be missed!

Samoëns is the only winter sport town to be designated ‘Caisse Nationale des Monuments Historique’ and awarded ‘Ville Fleurie,’ and the prestigious “Coq d’Or” which designated the town as one of the most beautiful villages in France.

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Le Grand-Massif

Le Grand Massif is one of the largest ski areas in France and encompasses, Samoëns, Les Carroz, Morillon, Sixt Fer-à-Cheval and Flaine. It includes over 265 km of pistes, over varied terrain perfect for all levels of skiing and snowboarding.

Le Grand Massif enjoys some of the most regular snowfall in Europe, due to its proximity to the Mont Blanc (and associated micro-climate), and with 80% of the slopes facing north, the snow lasts longer and stays in excellent condition all season long.

Le Grand Massif is also home to the longest blue run in Europe, La Piste des Cascades. An incredible 14 km descent from the summit of Flaine (2500m) through to the village of Sixt over a spectacular, winding route, through the region’s largest nature reserve, and providing awe-inspiring views of the Mont Blanc Massif and the Buet Mountains.

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Le Cirque du Fer-à-Cheval (réserve naturelle de Sixt-Passy)

Nestled at the end of the Giffre Valley, a mere 5-minutes’ drive from Samoëns, is the beautiful Sixt-Fer-A-Cheval. So beautiful it is one of only 155 villages in all of France to be a member of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France (The Most Beautiful Villages of France) – a title well-deserved.

Situated at the entrance to the largest nature reserve in the Haute-Savoie, 80% of Sixt’s territory is protected national park. It offers some of the region’s most spectacular scenery, including the famous Cascade de Rouget. Sixt is also home to France’s second largest natural cirque, the national heritage listed Cirque du Fer a Cheval, with over 750 km of walking and hiking trails to be discovered!

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Things to do

The Valley du Griffe is packed with entertainment and activity options, all year round, for all ages and interests! We are on hand to provide you with detailed information on things to do, and to help you plan an itinerary that will ensure that you will love your Alpine holiday!

 Below is a brief list of activities:

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