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Samoens advice

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Looking for some good advice on Samoens please - best reasonably priced restaurants in the town, most helpful ski hire shop, when are queues shortest for the cable car, things to do after skiing or the weather is bad, etc plus any other good tips
Also is the Carrefour any good or are you better stocking up at Cluses? We'll be driving down from the UK so have a car
Will just be me and my teenage sons so anything that makes it easier is welcome
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Ski shops, two most prominent in Samoens centre are Roland Gay, that also have lockers at top 1600 alt I think if you want to store on piste. Plus Planet Glisse that had offered good service from our experience.

Town can be reasonably busy after ski day, decent atmosphere, cafés and bars around plus variety of restaurants. Ice skating rink is usually running in town too.

Carrefour is good size, plenty of choice and stock that'll not leave you short of anything really. There are a few alternatives on "less obvious " route up to that valley if you are approaching from Geneva direction, you don't have to go through Cluses and there are about 3 other supermarket on route if you need them.

Main lift is always going to be easiest at first opening, you might as well get on up the mountain and take a coffee when up there if required. Saying that we've never particularly queued there, more likely when using it to return at day's end as no piste down. It can get a bit delayed then, but you can just take another loop round skiing Samoen sector while you wait rather than stand in que.
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As ever it depends on when you are going. At half term it is definitely better to go up after 10.00 to avoid ski school times. With teenage boys I would suggest Le Serrac, Bar Savoie and Le Canette for eating. This gives a good and accurate summary of what's available. https://www.alpsaccommodation.com/samoens-restaurants.htm
Otherwise completely agree with ski3
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A question to the OP and to those familiar with the area - I understand it is in the same ski pass with Ischgl, where it will be more convenient to choose the B&B/hotel etc? (Price related as well)
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I understand it is in the same ski pass with Ischgl

Puzzled Puzzled Puzzled Not even in the same country, @drporat.
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@drporat, are you thinking of Samnaun (CH)?
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Stupid Question Day! At the top of the GME at the end of the day, would they ever stop running (say, at x o'clock sharp) whilst there was a queue waiting to go down? What I'm driving at is, do we need to be especially cautious, bordering on stupidly early at the end of the day? Cheers.
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Don't think there's a hard cutoff for that one as most skiers need it to clear the mountain as the only (generally accepted and used) way down.

The other route being to ski down to the Vercland lift base and bus it back across to Samöens.

The whole mountain usually will stop with the further uplift from that plateu ceasing, making all skiers clear the mountain as they can't go anywhere. They just have to run GME until everyone is gone.

You need to make sure if you are in Flaine though that you get the Grand Van 8pax out in time to get Corblanche lift to top of Tete Des Saix in order to reach anything in that non Flaine sector.
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Forgot to add, it's likewise to clear from Les Carroz if going back to Samöens, it's close relatively in skiing terms but is a fair distance by road, and in another valley.

Just check the lift timings on stations to be aware of needs if you are skiing further afield. I think it's true that you need two lifts from any one sector/village to get back to another in every one of the whole GM area.
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Great, thanks for that.
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