Winter in Vercland and Samoens

Chez Nicoud is situated in the quiet hamlet of Vercland, 3 minutes walk from the ski lift which links to the Grand Massif ski area and only 5 minutes drive from Samoens. The Grand Massif is one of the biggest ski areas in the Alps with a huge selection of runs and a superb snow record. Jump on the ski lift and you'll be whisked from the chalet, ready for the day's skiing.

From scenic greens to testing blacks, the Grand Massif really is a ski area for all abilities. There is a great variety offered by the 51 reds and 53 blues. Novices will enjoy finding their feet in a user-friendly beginners' area, before taking their pick of the 15 greens. For the more experienced, there are no less than 14 blacks as well as extensive off piste opportunities. There is also a dedicated children's ski area.

For snowboarders, as well as all the on piste action, there's plenty of exciting off piste on offer. If airtime is your thing, check out the three snow parks with bumps, jumps, rails and tables.

Try cross-country skiing for something a little different, there
are extensive trails which is a great way to exercise and explore
the mountains.


Snowshoe trekking

When the snow lies deep, a pair of snowshoes will take you
places no-one else can go. Snowshoe hire, guides and instruction
are available.

Dog sledding

Take the reins of a sled driven by a musher. Meet and learn about these hard-working, loyal dogs who will take you through the snow-bound scenery of the Haut Giffre Valley. An experience not
to miss.

Ice climbing

Frozen waterfalls offer amazing opportunities for trying the wonders of ice climbing. A day with an experienced guide will soon have you mastering the art of climbing these seemingly fragile structures.


Enjoy the aerial thrill of paragliding (locally called parapenting).
As a passenger, you will float around on thermals as your skilled pilot steers you over the snowy slopes below.