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Little Known but fun family areas near Geneva?

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
Does anyone have tips or comments about small, little-known family areas in France near Geneva? I want to investigate some off-the-beaten-path areas with my kids in that area.

I was looking to investigate places like:

- Les Rousses
- Lelex/Crozet
- Mijoux

An excellent list of French areas can be found at:

j2ski

and a list near Geneva at:

GenevaAirport.net

I will post some reports of our experiences for folks to read season....there could be some little jewels out there among the monster-reputation resorts everyone already knows about..

Thanks !!
post #2 of 21
post #3 of 21
Not exactly small, but Flaine and La Clusaz are worth a visit if you haven't been already.
post #4 of 21
Check out the Val d'Anniviers areas.
post #5 of 21
Second the Val d'Anniviers areas. I spent a week in Champery a few years back and had some great skiing. Nice small Swiss village about 90 minutes from Geneva airport. It links into the Portes de Soliel on one lift ticket so you have more skiing than you can handle in a week at your doorstep. Lots of interesting, easy piste skiing valley to valley. You can also base yourself in Chatel on the French side. It's another small town with access to big skiing if you want it, or you can just stay in the neighborhood.
post #6 of 21
Don't really know why, but Thollon les Memises has caught my eye. Skiing above Evian with panorama views of Lake Geneva. I'd like to check it out some day.

http://www.thollonlesmemises.com/
post #7 of 21
Choucas, I think we're talking about two different areas. The Val d' Anniviers is off the Sierre spur, including towns of Zinal, Grimentz, etc. Champery and the PdS are further west.
post #8 of 21
Oops! You're right. I was thinking of the Val d'Illiez. Val d'Anniviers is still a good call. On my list of places to hit. Should be quieter that the Portes de Soliel areas. Higher too.
post #9 of 21
Yeah, I haven't been there yet either, but looks very interesting.
post #10 of 21
I spent a season in Flaine. Its very close (2 hrs) to Geneve and can be a lot of fun.
post #11 of 21
Thread Starter 
Thanks for your tips everyone !

I will try to get to these various areas and post some comments and maybe some pics if I can get my act together!

Thanks again..
post #12 of 21
Oh dude, now I remember you! You should base your trip entirely on proximity to niche factories and outlets!
post #13 of 21
Thread Starter 
Good idea to base my skiing around the locations of the indie ski makers....trouble is, they are all over the place (including the tough district of Paris where they had the riots and burning a while ago...)...so I guess that means I need to go everywhere....oh well...reports to come!

Thanks.
post #14 of 21
You could start in Chiavenna, visit Blossom. There's also a factory in Andermatt now, can't remember the brand. And you'll want to find ZAG too, I suppose.
post #15 of 21
Anzère (next to crans-montana)
Evolène / Arolla (= val d'hérens)
Torgon (part of les portes du soleil but not connected by lifts I think)

those are all in switzerland though.


The resorts in the Jura often have problems with the high temperatures. So look at the weather report before you go there
post #16 of 21
les contamines is worth a look. Nestles in the shadow of mt blanc and has a reasonable snow record as a result. About 90 mins from geneva.
post #17 of 21
Leysin, right above Lausanne. Good party town, decent skiing
post #18 of 21
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Originally Posted by newfydog View Post
Leysin, right above Lausanne. Good party town, decent skiing
and along with leysin you got villars, les diablerets and les mossons (not sure about this last name though, only been there in summer)
post #19 of 21
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Originally Posted by Wear The Fox Hat View Post
Not exactly small, but Flaine and La Clusaz are worth a visit if you haven't been already.
This is going to totally mess up this thread because the image is much more interesting than the scenery, but here's a picture of me at La Clusaz in February 1989. Gotta love the 80's colors.


post #20 of 21
Well that's just great. Now I have to go out and buy a new monitor.

La Clusaz is wonderful. I don't think I'd say it's "small" or "little-known", but it seemed great for families (I was there without one).

Excellent cross country skiing, as well.
post #21 of 21
Les Diableretes is a nice family area spread out over a bit. If you go central you have Stoos, Pizol, Flumserberg all great family ski spots. Stoos is off the beaten tract. Pizol and Flumserberg are near each other sort of.

Where ever you go I,m sure you will have a nice time.

Sue
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