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Morillon, Samoens and environs

Chalet Samburu is less than 5 minutes drive from the Grand Massif ski domain via the cable car at Morillon, alternatively the ski bus stop is approx 300m down the road. The historic and very beautiful town of Samoens, with its own express cable car to Samoens 1600, is only 5 minutes drive. The town offers entertainment most days in its very pretty square, which is surrounded by numerous bars, restaurants and tempting shops. For further information checkout the Samoens and Morillon web sites. We hope many enjoy Chalet Samburu as much as we have in the short time since it was completed in late autumn 2006. It is a fabulous area to relax. This part of France feels a world away from today's fast paced society, the locals are so friendly and it's not overrun by tourists! You will need an alarm clock as it is so peaceful, at least the local church clock does not ring between 12 and 7!

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Winter Activities

Skiing starts 3 minutes away at Morillon, a part of the Grand Massif (265k of ski runs) which also includes Flaine ( very reliable for snow and now under going a transformation!) Les Carroz, Samoens and Sixt. 6 day Grand Massif passes normally permit a day in the Portes du Soleil region which includes Les Gets, Morzine and Avoriaz. By road Les Gets is only 20 minutes away. Over Christmas 2006 there was excellent skiing at Flaine, Avoriaz and Les Contamines ( a very pretty resort near St Gervais, on the way to Chamonix). Ice skating and Ice Hockey are available on the Samoens 600 sq m covered rink, with 46k of cross country skiing and marked snowshoe trails.

Summer Activities

This very pretty, unspoilt area has a fabulous summer climate in which to enjoy activities that appeal to all age groups. We have lovely walks from the Chalet, walking along side the valley or beside the River Giffre to Samoens. The lake at Morillon (2 mins away) knocks spots off the Med! It is clear, cool and uncrowded even in August. The many popular pursuits, which are all found nearby, include riding, cycling, mountain biking ( several lifts remain open and bicycles are easy to hire ), quad biking, tennis, para gliding, white water rafting, canoe and kayaking, canyoning, fishing, golf (Flaine and Les Gets) and water skiing. Many of these pursuits are very reasonably priced or free. Of course relaxing in local bars and restaurants takes some beating!, breakfast in the square on market day or a picnic up the mountains. Well worth consideration are trips to Chamonix, St Gervais and of course Annecy, with its beautiful lake and old town.