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Switzerland/France 2016 Early Season (October/November)??? [only time parent could take kids skiing]

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I need an expert advice here...

 

I won't be available to take my kids (7yo) to enjoy this 16/17 season and just when I was preparing myself to expect their tears someone told me about the Early Season, when, yes, I'll be near some ski resorts (I'll be in Geneva late October/November 2016).

 

However, I'm completely lost here:

- My current available days are between 11/9 and 11/13. Are they ok or should I change them for an earlier week (starting 10/16)?

- Considering our short time (less than a week), kids and skiing conditions, which resort would be the best bet for early season skiing? I'll be near Saas-Fee - or should I try another Swiss ou French resort?

 

Is there any hope for my case?

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In Switzerland, Saas Fee and Zermaat should have the glacier open that time of year. In France, only Tignes has its Grand Motte Glacier open early november.

 

In Austria, all glaciers are open early November. Moreover, many nice events are held those early weekends and the glacier areas are much more significant than the Siwss or French. I know it's a bit of a hassle form Geneva, but you should consider traveling to Austria for a few days (easy train ride to Innsbruck, I think, and transfer from there).

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Also in Switzerland, Glacier 3000 should be open from the 29th of October. You can stay in Les Diablerets, which is a nice train ride from Geneva, and they have regular buses running to the glacier, which is just around the corner.

 

Here's an early season photo from mid-December in a low-snow year.

 

 

The little yellow building is the train station, and the glacier is on the back side of the peak on the top-left of the photo.

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