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Skiing Near Geneva in November

post #1 of 17
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Hi

I have booked flights to Geneva for some skiing in early November, but fear I may not have done enough homework regarding conditions.

Is there any chance that there will not be good enough conditions in resorts within an hours/hour and half drive of Geneva during November.

Thanks!
post #2 of 17
Stupid question, but: will there be resorts where the lifts are running? I thought that most of them don't open until the end of November.
post #3 of 17
The glaciers will be your friends then.

Les Diablerets, Crans-Montana, Saas Fee (2hrs min.).....
post #4 of 17

Bon Chance

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Originally Posted by hitherandthither View Post
Stupid question, but: will there be resorts where the lifts are running? I thought that most of them don't open until the end of November.
and some not until early or mid December even if they have snow (like Les Arcs Dec 15 openning last season)...PowHog is correct that your best bets will be the glaciers (some of which are open almost year round).
post #5 of 17
Many resorts do not open until the week before Christmas in order to preserve their snowpack for the holiday guests.

But if it's an exceptionally good early season, they may move forward (as happened in Austria this past winter).

Honeststly, just wait and see. It's not as though anything is going to be fully booked at that time.
post #6 of 17
Conditions permitting keep an eye open for the Grans Montets at Cham - maybe they open the top section which alone will give you about 3000 ft vertical. Watch for crevasses.
post #7 of 17
Suggest you go to Saas-Fee or Zermatt. Les Diablerets is a waste of time (at that time of year). You will not find local lift access skiing in November - it's glacier only.
post #8 of 17
If you've not booked accomodation or car yet, you might want to consider the Atomic Boot Camp in Tignes...
http://www.skiandboardcamp.com/

I did it last year, and for £100 it was well worth it!
post #9 of 17
I've skied the glacier area of Zermatt in late November for the last 2 years and the conditions were good overall (1 day lost to bad weather).

Zermatt is at least 3.5 hours from Geneva with public transport, Saas Fee would be similar.
post #10 of 17
There is also glacier skiing at Tignes, about three hours' drive away from Geneva. At that time of year there should be snow off the glacier too - it would be reasonably unusual if you couldn't ski down to Val Claret, which is at 2100m - just under 7,000ft. That gives a vertical drop of 1400m (4,600ft) which isn't bad for November.
post #11 of 17
Is Zermatt really 3 1/2 hours from Geneva? I thought less. Don't know what the glacier station schedules are like, you'll need to find out. Lots of places stay open all summer and close in autumn. Passo Stelvio is probably open in early November, but that's quite a bit further from Geneva.
post #12 of 17
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Is Zermatt really 3 1/2 hours from Geneva?
Yes, at best.
post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by jdistefa View Post
Yes, at best.
It would surprise me if it's so long... by train to Brig then to Täsch and then further to Zermatt.

I'd say go to Brig would take 1 1/2 hours... the latter part I have no idea...


www.sbb.ch

and with a rental car, you just have to go to Täsch and hop on the train, this should be shorter then 3 hours if you get a train when you arrive with your car
post #14 of 17
Just telling you from experience .
post #15 of 17
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It would surprise me if it's so long... by train to Brig then to Täsch and then further to Zermatt.

I'd say go to Brig would take 1 1/2 hours... the latter part I have no idea...


www.sbb.ch

and with a rental car, you just have to go to Täsch and hop on the train, this should be shorter then 3 hours if you get a train when you arrive with your car
Using the link you posted, the train from Geneva airport to Zermatt takes betweed 3h43m and 4h03m.
post #16 of 17
woooops


veeeeeeeery surprising
post #17 of 17
the good news is that, not surprisingly, the trains run like clockwork and everything is very well organized for carrying skis.
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