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post #1 of 6
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We will be visiting my daughter in Barcelona next week (from the 28th to the 6th). Although we want to see the city, and we will probably go to the Dali museum at some point too, we really want to ski. So, where to go?

Snow looks a little spotty in Andorra right now, so we thought we' d hop a puddle jumper to Geneva, but I can't find cheap (available) accomadations in Chamonix or Zermatt. Any suggestions?
post #2 of 6
Mmm you can surely try Geneva itself. It's not far from Mont Blanc (80km or so).
Or you can drive under it an try Courmayeur in Italy.
But it's the high skiing season here like everywhere else I guess.
So you'll probably have to try and go directly in place, ask for the local Agency (don't know in English, but in Italian it's called "Azienda di Soggiorno", in French it could be something similar "Agence de Sejour") where all the hotel and chalet are listed and try an find vacant rooms...
post #3 of 6
Yep, it's almost impossible to find any last minute deals to Europe from the UK at the moment. Flaine is about an hour outside of Geneva, so is a good close bet - however an exceptionally ugly resort (the large concrete blocks might, however, be your saving grace as far as accommodation goes). There's also Morzine and Avoriaz within about an hour and a half (two depending upon weather). Failing that, catch a train from the airport to one of the Swiss resorts.

Another reason you may find it difficult to find accommodation is that most accommodations in European ski resorts work on a Saturday to Saturday basis only.

Good luck, wish I was skiing before March again...
post #4 of 6
I've done recently a research for pack at the same place and agree with Skisimon, almost all packs are 7 nights. But one approach, I ever used to find good ski places with not so high prices, is to search for that not famous ones .
So, an alternative is to go to a small city , close to the mountain resort.
An example: At Annecy, you will find Campagnile hotel (60 Euros) and will be close to several mountains as La clusaz, mere 25 Km. 3 Valles, about 70 from Annecy. Chamonix, etc.


Hope it helps!!

Happy 2008
post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
Thank you for the tips.
We found dorm rooms in a hostel called the Bellevue Lodge (demi pension) in Vallorcine. We are taking a chance, but could not find anything else. This will be a far cry from the style in which we are accustomed, but we want to ski more than we care about luxury. I found cheap flights 117 euros for the three of us on Swiss Air but am still looking for lift tickets and transportation from Geneva.
post #6 of 6
Hi there,
Just came across this thread. It's maybe too late, but I would suggest you try snowheads.com - it's a similar forum to this but based in Europe and a lot of snowheads live/work in the resorts
I don't know if you intend to do Chamonix from Vallorcine, but if you don't can I suggest les Contamines as an alternative. It's only an hour by coach from Geneva Airport and is much bigger than Vallorcine. It doesn't link into any other big resorts, but there is plenty to keep you entertained for a couple of days (see powderhounds.org.uk & follow the french flag). St Gervais is just down the valley and the Etoile de la Savoie (http://www.ski-montblanc.com/EtoileChalet.htm) is a catered chalet there that seems to do short breaks and Norman & Anna will also arrange to get you to them from GVA. Never stayed with them as things turned out, but was in touch and they seem very friendly & keen to help (although Norman is Irish too).
Another word of caution is the French hotel rating system - it's generous, 2* is very basic & I would be prepared for a shock if you're in a dorm.
There are a number of companies that specialise in transport from GVA to the french resorts Transfer intelligence is one, but a quick google should help get more. There are also regular buses to bigger resorts like Morzine so they may be easier to get to than smaller places.
We're off to Les Gets in two weeks. It is beside Morzine and the bus will stop there on the way through. Again worth a look, especially on snowheads.
There aren't really discount ticket deals like you have in the US - just buy online from the lift company, or turn up at the lift on the day. Equipment rental should be plentiful in a resort of any size. Sport 2000 is a europe-wide chain that can be relied on to provide reasonable gear.
Hope this helps, but whatever you do the early snow seems great - enjoy!
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