Samoens history in the French Alps

The name “Samoëns” dates from 1167 A.D. and is based on a mediaeval expression meaning “the seven mountains”, a reference to the peaks around the village - Cuidex, Vigny, Folly, Oddaz, Bostan, Chardonnière, Freterolles and La Vullie. This is why the local people are known as “septimontains” (men) and “septimontaines” (women).