Where is it? Haute Savoie, France
Why go? Ancient village with a large ski area
Slopes 700m to 2480m
Six-day lift pass €225
Samoëns village is a national heritage site which was a thriving centre for stonemasons in the 17th century, and much of their work is still in evidence. There’s a modern development on the outskirts of the village, but the nightlife is quiet. Two gondolas, both a bus ride away, give access to the Grand Massif ski area, which has over 250km of pistes and links into other resorts including Flaine and Morillon. The ski area is ideal for intermediates, with lots of blue and red runs. Experts can enjoy some steep blacks and off piste.