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Best layover spot for 2 days of skiing?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

Hey all!

 

Been reading the forums for quite some time but new to posting...

 

Taking a trip to Israel next week, trying to get a layover through Europe on the way back for 2 days of skiing.  (Would arrive late day Saturday, January 14, have Sunday and Monday to ski, departing Tuesday.)

 

Due to the short timeframe, what's easiest to fly into and get to a resort with fairly short travel?  Chamonix?  Zermatt?  Travel by train for a few hours is ok.

Great apres ski a plus.  beercheer.gif

 

First time skiing in Europe, would be happy anywhere! 

 

Thanks very much -

 

Colin

post #2 of 13

You're just gonna pass up skiing in Israel?

post #3 of 13

Geneva. Go to Chamonix (plenty of busses). Verbier is a close second. 

post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 

lol true...there is a resort there...but a little birdie told me the Alps were better.  wink.gif

post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 

Ah, Geneva > Chamonix?  How about Geneva or Zurich to Zermatt?  Looks like 3 hours via train...

post #6 of 13

Zermatt is a long trip compared to the other places you can get to from Zurich or Geneva. For example, from Zurich you should be able to get to Engelberg in less that 2 hrs. From Geneva, you could do buses to Verbier, Chamonix, and a number of others faster than the trip to Zermatt, or take the train to Les Diablerets if you'd rather go by train.

 

 

post #7 of 13

Definitely say fly into Geneva and head for Morzine (if more beginner to intermediate skier) or Chamonix. Or if can get to Chambery airport (unlikely) can get to Three Valleys in an hour.  

post #8 of 13

Zurich and Engelberg would be my first thought.

 

But really, it all depends on where you can take your lay over? If Innsbruck or Salzburg are possible, that opens up more possibilities.

post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thanks all for the replies...very helpful. Getting into Geneva turned out to be easiest.  Chamonix it is!  Now for best value lodging / eats...any tips would be great!

post #10 of 13

Chamonix is such a big town, you can find plenty of places to stay on sites like hotels.com. If you can't find any insider information, you should still be able to find a decent deal online.

post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by CerebralVortex View Post

Chamonix is such a big town, you can find plenty of places to stay on sites like hotels.com. If you can't find any insider information, you should still be able to find a decent deal online.



http://www.lodging247.com/hotel-search/ is a meta search that easily checks 30+ sites like hotels.com, booking.com, easytobook, etc.  As easy to use as a single site but with a more selection and the best prices.  Be sure to use the mapping and other criteria to get exactly what you are looking for.

 

Chamonix has skiing from town, but my favorite was Grande Motte/Argentiere about a 20 minute bus ride from town (but that was during a warm March period when the lower slopes were very slushy)

post #12 of 13

If you don't mind staying outside of town, I got a huge double room over New Years a couple years ago for €50 a night in Les Houches at the Hotel Antoine. Not luxury, but fine. Also close to the bus stop that gets you reasonably quickly in to Chamonix (last bus around 11:30 pm for your apres needs). It's a bit more difficult for skiing Grand Montets, as that requires changing buses in Chamonix.

 

I'm actually going to be there (staying in Argentiere) during your dates. I'm on an avi safety course Friday though Sunday, but shoot me a PM if you want to meet up and ski on Monday.

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Chamonix has skiing from town, but my favorite was Grande Motte/Argentiere about a 20 minute bus ride from town (but that was during a warm March period when the lower slopes were very slushy)


couldn't find the edit button today, so correcting here-

 

Les Grands Montet

 

Conditions could be fantastic

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