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Switzerland / Saint Cergue La Dole

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Has anyone been here?  It looks like a small-ish resort outside Geneva.  OTS says the runs are 66% beginner which would be good for my girls who are just learning to ski, and probably not bad for me to get a few runs in on the weekends.  For more aggressive skiing, I'd obviously go to one of the bigger resort towns.

 

I'm looking at a 2-3 year assignment in Switzerland and am looking for accommodations.  Saint Cergue is a few minutes farther to commute than I'd like but if the skiing at La Dole is decent, I'll sacrifice the time during the week and grab the lead I have on a small place there.

post #2 of 8

You might prefer living on the east side of town or over the border in France, somewhere near the E712/A40.

 

For example, if you lived in Bonneville, you could commute to town fairly easily, you'd be quite close to some smaller resorts, you could get to bigger ones like Flaine and La Clusaz pretty easily, and you could follow the road all the way to Chamonix when you want an adventure. Not to mention all the other resorts within an hour or two from there.

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Good idea but unfortunately I have to live in Canton Vaud... so basically Nyon or one of the villages nearby.  I love Chamonix and have been many times but my work permit requires that we reside in Vaud.

 

Edit: I've been to Chamonix many times in the spring/summer (and hope to run the Mont Blanc Marathon in '14!).  I've never been in winter but look forward to partaking.

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I thought you might have restrictions like that.

 

Where will you be working? I assumed it would be in Geneva, but if you're working in Laussanne, then you might prefer living somewhere like Montreux. Based on online resources, it looks to be about the same size as Saint Cergue, but it's closer to other bigger resorts like the Les Diablerets/Villars/Gryon or Verbier.

post #5 of 8

I went to St. Cergue once many many years ago when I visited my cousin in Nyon. As you said, it is small, hardly any tourist around, it is the ski hill for the locals.

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I'll be working in Geneva and want something within about an hour commute (I do two hours regularly between Wilmington DE and NYC so an hour is easy).  Having a spot up in the mountains beats the snot out of a place in the valley in my book, and proximity to a ski hill is great.

 

Thanks for the feedback.

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I'll be working in Geneva and want something within about an hour commute (I do two hours regularly between Wilmington DE and NYC so an hour is easy).  Having a spot up in the mountains beats the snot out of a place in the valley in my book, and proximity to a ski hill is great.

 

Thanks for the feedback.

 

It looks like Saint Cergue is the way to go then. The J2ski site says that Montreux is within an hour of Geneva, but I don't know if that's a rush hour drive time or a Sunday morning, empty-road drive. You'd have to go through Lausanne and around half the lake to get to Geneva from there, which is probably more of a commute than you'd want to do on a daily basis.

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Well, it looks like I'll have an opportunity to hit the slopes near Saint-Cergue before signing a lease.  My planned November trip has been delayed to mid-December so anticipate the slopes being open by then.
 

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