Some happy memories from our old photos below, before sailing took over our summer holidays!
Bring your own bikes or hire in Morillon village or in Samoens town.
Go up the chairlift next to the apartments and come down as energetically or slowly as you like! There are different level cycle routes (VTT) signposted.
Stop en route at the Igloo cafe, at the cheese farm or down in Agy near the winter cross country ski trails.
At the top of Flaine
Coming down above Morillon Les Esserts
Cyclers at rest!
The Lac Bleu in Morillon village - water is very cold, but very pleasant to sunbathe by and cool down in!
The Swimming Pool at Samoens with slides, kiddies pool and lovely views of surrounding mountains. Note this is a French municipal pool, so boys you need to wear your speedos!
Lake Geneva - lots of lovely swimming areas. Our favourite is a grassy beach near Amphione-les-Bains.
Swimming in Lac Leman + peddle boats!
Lake Annecy - again, lots of swimming areas. Our favourite is near Talloires with diving boards and platforms.
By the lake in Morillon village and inSamoens (first turning on right on entering Samoens from Morillon side of river)
Courts in Les Esserts by the public carpark. Book at InterSport
Morillon Les Esserts
Courts in Morillon village, by the lake
Courts in Samoens, by the swimming pool.
Spectacular surroundings of Le Criou mountain in Samoens
From Sixt down the river to Samoens
On way down from Sixt to Samoens
You can go down on your own, in a 2 man or as a crowd on a big rubber dingly!
On the river on the way down to Geneva (via Taninges, Les Gets and Morzine)
Down the ski slopes in Morzine + other ways of hurtling downhill, such as on skooters with a big ball wheel, are always being dreamt up!
From the Fer a Cheval (Horseshoe) at the end of the valley at Sixt, and up!
Up from the apartments and over to Samoens or Les Carroz - lots of routes marked.·
Up the mountain above Les Esserts
On the way to the Igloo
Made it to the Igloo!
Refreshment at the Igloo. You don't have to walk up! You can just go up in the chair lift and walk down, or cycle down!
Along the river in Morillon - flatter!
In the park at Samoens - even more gentle! Or go up through the Jardin Botanique in Samoens town centre.
Drive from Morillon via Vercland up towards Samoens 1600. Towards the top, on the left is a track signposted to Lac du Gers. Park in car park at the end of the track and walk up and up to the Lake where there is a restaurant/refuge.
There are lots of golf courses in the surrounding area ranging from clockwork golf in Morillon by the lake to a very high golf course just before you get to Flaine.
There are also courses in Les Gets and near Talloires on Lake Annecy.
From the top of Samoens 1600, landing by the swimming pool in Samoens
There are lots of places to go and see and walk round:
· Waterfall at Sixt (Cascade de Rouget)
Samoens Botanical Gardens
Samoens market square, bars and shops
Samoens children's play area
Totem pole in Samoens
Flaine - go up high speed gondola to restaurant at 2480m with fabulous views over Mont Blanc (or go up with your bikes and cycle down - very tiring on hands and bums!)
At the top of Flaine
Summer Route from Samoens to Les Gets (the route taken by the Tour de France cyclists!) by car! There is a lake and cafe at the top
Geneva, Evian, Thonon - all along Lake Geneva (Lac Leman)
Beside Lac Leman
A little boat harbour on Lac Leman
Annecy - beautiful old part of the city + very expensive shops
Chamonix and lift up to top of Mont Blanc
Via Chamonix, Argentiere into Switzerland and round to the reservoir, Lac D’Emosson (a couple of hours walk to see dinosaurs’ foot prints - note that you could walk back over the mountain to Sixt and our valley!)
Lake on the way to Geneva, on the right at Montriond, just after Morzine, called Lac de Montriond!
Mont Blanc tunnel through to Italy, Courmayeur and onward
St Gervais spa town
Sallanches (off motorway from Cluses to Mont Blanc tunnel) has a big lake with a big grassy beach and a big car park - can be crowded, but nice fresh lake water for swimming