Chalet - La Grande Ourse

Samoens, Grand Massif, France: self catered or catered, sleeps 1/13 Our flagship chalet, La Grande Ourse offers 5 bedrooms sleeping up to 13 people and a private hot tub.

Chalet - La Grande Ourse

Our flagship chalet, La Grande Ourse, is a five bedroom property sleeping up to 13. Newly built in 2009 and furnished tastefully throughout, this chalet is truly perfect for families and groups of friends.

The Grande Ourse is available for:
  • Catered winter holidays - typically Sunday to Sunday
  • Summer catered walking holidays - Saturday to Saturday
  • Summer family adventure holidays - Saturday to Saturday
Next door to Chalet Petite Ourse, the properties can be booked together for groups of up to 21.

Getting around
  • The chalet is just a short walk (about 4 minutes) from the restaurants and bars of Samoens - ideal if you fancy an evening drink or two in the village
  • The Grand Massif Express whisks you up to the slopes at Samoens 1600 in just 8 minutes
  • If you don't fancy walking to the ski (approx. 15 mins), we provide a morning and afternoon shuttle service from the chalets in our spacious minibus
  • A free ski bus stopping about a couple of minutes from the chalets and dropping you right next to the lift gives you even more freedom to come and go as you wish


The large open plan living area surrounding the central glass staircase is an ideal environment for socialising or relaxing quietly with a book. At one end of the room is the spacious yet cosy dining area whilst the other is home to the comfy sofas, honesty bar and stunning fireplace.

Just off of the living area, one of the chalet balconies is home to a very inviting Hot Tub where you can look over the valley or watch the stars, sip a drink and relax those tired muscles.

Throughout your stay, you can help yourself to beer, wine and spirits from the honesty bar (this is conveniently located so that you can enjoy your favourite tipple whilst in the hot tub!)

There is plenty to keep the whole family entertained with free Wifi internet access, UK satellite TV, a Nintendo Wii and plenty of games, books, CDs and DVDs to appeal to all tastes.

Our comfortable and individually styled bedrooms offer a number of options in catering for your group.

Three of the bedrooms are upstairs from the living area: the Aubergine room (ensuite with a double and single bed); the Praline room (an ensuite double); and the Framboise room (another ensuite double).

Downstairs, the ensuite Cerise room with a bath offers itself as either a double or twin room. The Chocolat room contains two sets of adult-sized bunk beds and has it's own private shower room.

There's plenty of space in the boot room for outdoor clothing and ski/snowboard equipment and the heated boot rack will ensure that you have nice toasty feet every morning of your stay.
  • Catered winter chalet and catered summer activity holidays
  • 5 bedrooms sleeping up to 13 people all with luxury showers or baths
  • Four ensuite bathrooms with the remaining room having a private shower room and WC
  • Great location - just 4 minutes from the village
  • New Games Room with slate bed pool table
  • Hot tub with stunning views across the valley
  • Large open plan living space (with comfy sofas!)
  • Toasty wood burning fireplace
  • Generous yet cosy dining area
  • Honesty bar
  • Nintendo Wii and games for the whole family
  • Large flat screen TV (with your favourite UK stations available via our satellite)
  • Music and DVDs
  • Free WiFi internet access
  • Breath taking views across the valley
  • A wealth of creature comforts to ensure a wonderful holiday
  • Wide selection of board games and books
  • A boot heaters to ensure toasty toes every morning
  • Shuttle service to the ski lift in winter
  • Ample parking
  • Sunday to Sunday in winter, Saturday to Saturday in summer
  • Available to book with Chalet Petite Ourse for groups of up to 21.


bar,  boot dryers,  cot/highchair,  games console,  games room,  garden,  hot tub (outdoor),  laundry facilities,  open fireplace,  private parking (open),  satellite/cable TV,  wifi (free public area)


For catered bookings:
  • Tea or coffee delivered to your room first thing
  • Variety of cooked breakfasts available as well as cereals, muesli, freshly baked bread and croissants alongside jams and marmalades
  • Home baked cakes, muffins and biscuits to welcome you back from the slopes
  • Delicious four course evening meal (starter, main, dessert and cheese course) accompanied by quality house wines
  • Packed lunches also available for a small additional cost to help you maximise your time on the slopes
For self-catered bookings:
  • Welcome hamper - we provide a complimentary welcome hamper on arrival with a tempting selection of essentials
  • Evening meals - if you wish, we can come to your chalet to cook your evening meal (and do the washing up!) We have a variety of menus and options to suit so please contact us for a quote
  • Picnics, packed lunches, BBQs - just let us know what you want, we'll deliver it to the chalet for you - please contact us for a quote
  • Shopping service - we can do a full shop for you before you arrive, so you're stocked up from day one - please contact us for a quote


  • All towels and linen - a hairdryer is also provided in each room to save you valuable luggage space!
  • Shuttle service to the ski lift unless you would prefer to take the ski bus
  • UK plug socket in each bedroom
  • L'Occitane en Provence toiletries in the bathrooms
  • Use of the chalet facilities throughout your holiday - hot tub, TV, Wifi internet access, movies, music, Wii, books, games etc.
  • Storage for skis, boards and bikes
  • The Absolute Alpine team on hand to offer any advice, recommendations or assistance you may need in making the most of your holiday e.g. booking of activities, child care arrangements
  • Luxury under floor heating
  • Beautiful log fire in the living area

Resort & location information:

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Resort name: Samoens

Ski area: Grand Massif Country: France Amenities: accrobranche,  adventure park,  bars and restaurants,  beauticians,  bowling,  bus station,  bus stop,  canoeing,  canyoning,  cash withdrawal facility,  childcare,  cinema,  climbing wall,  cross country skiing,  cycling,  doctor,  dog sled rides,  fishing,  fitness centre,  free shuttle bus,  freelance catering,  golf,  hairdressers,  heliskiing,  high altitude restaurants,  high ropes course,  hiking,  horse driven sleigh rides,  horse riding,  huski dogs,  ice driving,  ice fall climbing,  ice rink,  lake,  massage,  mini golf,  mountain biking,  mountaineering,  off piste guiding,  paragliding,  parapenting,  pilates classes,  rafting,  ski school,  ski touring,  skidoo safaris,  skiing,  skiing/snowboarding,  sledging pistes,  snow mobiling,  snowboard school,  snowshoe walking,  spa,  supermarket,  swimming pool (indoor),  swimming pool (outdoor),  tennis,  toboganning,  torch lit descents,  tourist office,  via ferrata,  yoga classes
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Guest reviews:

Guest reviews

"Dear Sam and Steve. A huge thank you on behalf of all of us, for making Mum;s 70th such a lovely occasion. Despite the lousy weather, Sam’s smile provided us all the sunshine we needed. Thanks so much for your care and attention. Good luck with everything. With love from Rosi and the gang of us!

June 22nd 2010
Rosi and Group"
28 Jul 10

Guest reviews

"Thank you both for a great stay. You have made us all feel welcome in your home. Food was great, sorry we drank all your wine... You're doing a great job. Looking after 17 must be hard. Hope to see you both soon.
21st March 2010
Rob and Shirley

Love the chalet! Great food and an absolutely awesome skiing holiday! Best of luck to you both.
28th March 2010

Excellent hospitality, food great, standards of everything are very good. Keep it up and you will succeed in your business. Good luck for the future. We will see you again!
4th April 2010
Martin and Cath

Dear Sam and Steve. We have loved our week here with you. Coming back to this chalet has been like putting on a pair of fluffy moon boots after a day in ski boots. Warm, comforting, relaxing, cosy and inviting. You make the whole chalet hosting thing look effortless. You are made for this life. You Have made us feel so welcome, despite the felt tips, stickers and dirty paws of our children wrecking the joint! It has been bliss to have someone cook delicious meals and then do the washing up too. A proper holiday! Finally a big thank you for being the children’s entertainment for the week, for taking such good care of Posy and for Kip and Effie hanging off your every move. Oh and for being so understanding about our need to over stay our welcome! Thank you again. We would highly recommend you to all we know. Love the family that never left.
18th April 2010
Nick, Phoebe, Kip, Effie and Po Po x"
12 Jul 10

Guest reviews

"Thank you for such an incredible week. I can honestly say that in almost 25 years of ski holidays I have never enjoyed a trip so much. Superb chalet and excellent food and wine (from bottles – what a treat!) Thank you for helping so much with Max and looking after us all so well. We simply cannot wait
to come again. All the best for a long and successful chaleting career. All we need is for Steve to learn to ski and everything will be perfect.
7th March 2010
Sparky, Esther and Max

As this was our first ever skiing holiday, we didn't know what to compare it against, but after being here for a week, we now know that it doesn't get much better than this! The food was amazing and plentiful, the broccoli was to die for. And if that wasn't enough, the Hot Tub at the end of the day made
us all feel refreshed and ready to start again. You both made us very welcome and couldn't do enough for us. We will be back! Thanks for our best ever holiday!
14th March 2010
Phil, Kerry, Georgia & Alex

We really enjoyed our stay. There's so many things we could mention; your service has been excellent. I hope you didn't mind us! Well what can I say about the food – well it was the
best I have ever had. I'll have a take away please! I really really enjoyed it and so did all the others. We really loved this area – it’s soooo clean! This chalet felt like home! We love you all thank you.
21st March 2010
Maya (aged 7)"
12 Jul 10

Guest reviews

"Personally, I'm crap at Mario Kart, Just Dance and skiing but somehow I still has a fabulous week as I do have a great appreciation for good food, good wine and great company. You couldn't possibly have done more for us and I really am so grateful. A real holiday for me is no cooking or cleaning
so it definitely ticked those boxes... and some! I think you are a lovely couple and I wish you all the love, luck, health and happiness you deserve.
28th February 2010
O’Mahony family

It's a six star set up and you really have outdone yourselves. See you next year!!
28th February 2010

Thank you x100! The Sherrards have had a fabulous holiday – the chalet is cosy and plush, the food is out of this world and your service impeccable yet friendly. Ruby's childcare worked well – she certainly seemed happy! We've had superb skiing too – see you next year then! Love and best wishes and good luck for the rest of the year.
28th February 2010
Sherrard family

Superb hosts and excellent food. And the brownies are awesome!
28th February 2010

Top chalet. Sam and Steve are a really nice couple and I wish them all the best in the future.
28th February 2010

Thank you Sam and Steve for a wonderful weeks holiday, we have had a fantastic time though taking a few skiing injuries home with us! Fabulous chalet, 'fine' dining and we have been looked after amazingly well. You have thought of everything and we hope you have a successful business, you
both deserve it. 110% good luck!
7th March 2010
Pam, Stephen, Sara and Andy "
12 Jul 10

Guest reviews

"I don't usually fill these things in but we had such a good holiday I thought I should. Many thanks to you for your hospitality and for making our stay so enjoyable. 11 out of 10!
7th February 2010
Wakefield family

Our first skiing holiday, and we couldn’t have chosen a better place! Lovely accommodation, great food, scenery to die for and a great couple (Steve and Sam) catering for our every whim! We wish you all the best in your new business venture – you really do deserve it! If success is down to hard work then you are guaranteed to be very successful. Lots of love.
7th February 2010
Andrea, Rob and Haylee

Sam, Steve and Stev-o. Thank you all for making us all welcome into this lovely chalet. The food, hospitality and the location of this has been excellent. Good luck in the future and thanks again for making this a home from home. Hope to come back again!!
14th February 2010
Dani and Chelsea

Earlier in the year we stayed in ‘La Grande’ but this time we stayed in ‘La Petite’ – but which one is better? There is only one way to find out! Thanks for a lovely time again.
21st February 2010
Winsalls and friends

Thank you for such a fantastic week. The chalet and facilities were perfect for our group, the food was amazing and the wine was generous, which made for very merry evenings and a few slightly sore heads in the morning! Steve's advice on best skiing areas every day was really useful and helped us get the most out of our week. Good luck with the rest of the season, we will hopefully see you next year and possibly in the summer.
21st February 2010
The vets"
12 Jul 10

Guest reviews

"Thank you for giving us such a wonderful holiday. You have obviously studied the snow forecast and have ordered snow at the right time – conditions have been excellent and the scenery spectacular We all wish you best of luck with your business venture and, as your clients, we have enjoyed a wonderful week.
30th January 2010
Doug’s party

You have established an exceptional standard and make your guests feel really welcome and at home. Many thanks.
31st January 2010
Nadine and Doug Scott

Dear Sam,Steve and SteveO. Now that we are home and settled in I thought I would just send you an email to say once again how much we enjoyed our stay with you . I have had a lot of feedback from the others (who are all seasoned chalet guests ) and they have all been very impressed not only by the standard of accommodation and catering you provided but also by the warm and friendly atmosphere that you have created and your ability to discreetly anticipate every need without fuss.
Thank you for giving us a first class holiday.
If you ever need a reference (written or verbal ) I would be happy to provide it.
31st January 2010
Doug Scott

Lovely chalet and facilities – everything is top class including the meals and service. Had a lovely time. Good luck for the future.
31st January 2010
Hazel and Neville

Thank you for being so accommodating for our minibreak! Lovely chalet, lovely food and good luck with the future.
31st January
Fiona and Pete

Love it! Love it! Love it! This place is an absolute gem of a find... great food, hosts, chalet and village – we have had the best week ever. Thanks for a fantastic holiday.
7th February 2010
Michelle and Chris"
12 Jul 10

Guest reviews

"Really enjoyed the holiday. Samoens is a lovely village and really good ski resort. Fantastic chalet. Thank you for being so patient with us and the children. All the best for the future.
10th January 2010
The Beals and the Mendozas

Massively “High End” chalet which is better than any 5* ski accommodation that we have stayed in over 25 years of ski holidays. Everybody has enjoyed the stay and facilities are excellent. Standards of food and wine are “cordon bleu”. Service was discreet and efficient and most cheerfully delivered. Lovely to come back to a roaring fire as opposed to a roaring wife – a stress free week with 10 happy guests of mixed ages done... Carlsberg do not do chalets but if they did...
27th December 2009
Winsalls and Etchells families

Thanks for a great stay, we enjoyed every day. The food was great as were the rooms! We felt very welcome. Thank you for the fires Steve! We would definitely like to come back. Lots of love Laura, George & Johnny

Thank you for a great week. The chalet and food are out of this world. The skiing has been great too. We hope to see you again really soon! (if you will have us!!!) We know you will do really well and wish you both all the luck in the world. Lots of love Ali, Keith, Laura & George Ambrose
10th Januray 2010
Ali, Keith, Laura and George Ambrose

Thank you very much for a very nice week. Your food has been great & your hospitality even better. We shall certainly recommend you.
17th January 2010
Bev and Andy (the fire starter)"
12 Jul 10

Guest reviews

"A fantastic location and a wonderful chalet. We even enjoyed cooking in the kitchen! The rafting and walking were great. Many thanks, The Hynes Family
14th August 2009
Hynes Family

A wonderful holiday. Stunning scenery. Very comfortable chalet and lots to do.
August 2009
Faith and Adrian, Exeter

Steve and Sam, first week of the season and our honeymoon. What a wonder week we had. The chalet is amazing, the food is to die for and the welcome and hospitality from yourselves was excellent. Thank you for making this a special week and look forward to returning hopefully for an anniversary. Love from Jason & Tracey xx
20th December 2009
Jason and Tracey

As your first catered guests in this amazing chalet we feel very honoured! We've had such a special Christmas, thanks to your amazing hospitality, superb food and great skiing. We wish you every success with the venture and have no doubt that this will become a much sought after chalet. Well done Sam and Steve.
20th December 2009
Helen, Rich, Chloe and Josh

Not enough superlatives to describe. Sam, Steve, Ben and Jenny are marvellous. Good luck with everything.
27th December 2009

What more can we say! The best Christmas ever. Everything superb.
27th December 2009
Bev, Ian, Lauren, Jamie and Esme x"
12 Jul 10