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Ski resorts near to Geneva

post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
Hi!

Can anyone recommend a ski resort within 1-2hrs drive of Geneva?

Hoping to fit in a ski weekend in Feb?

Would have to be somewhere that accommodates beginners/intermediates as we are still just learning.

Thanks!
post #2 of 25
I'd probably go to Megeve with that level, but there are dozens of excellent resorts in the area.
post #3 of 25
Thread Starter 
Megeve... thanks for that!

Is Flaine any good? Found a nice accommodation here but no absolutely nothing about the skiing lol
post #4 of 25
Dunno, but do yourself a favor and get a copy of Where to Ski and Snowboard; should be able to get a copy in a couple days via Amazon UK (they also have a reasonably good website, just Google where to ski and snowboard). They've got an extensive chapter on Flaine, for example.
post #5 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thanks for that, much appreciated!
post #6 of 25
Also, Mont Blanc (Cham) is some 80 km off Geneve, so it should be within your set travel time...
post #7 of 25
HI,

A French Friend told us about La clusaz as a good ski place, but not hipe at all. An affordable place, with 220Km of pistes, close to Annecy(amazing place) and Geneva as well.
Lots of hotels restaurants and things to do else ski itself.

Take a look at http://www.laclusaz-hiver.com/

Good luck!
post #8 of 25
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Originally Posted by prickly View Post
Dunno, but do yourself a favor and get a copy of Where to Ski and Snowboard; should be able to get a copy in a couple days via Amazon UK (they also have a reasonably good website, just Google where to ski and snowboard). They've got an extensive chapter on Flaine, for example.
+ 1.
post #9 of 25
Portes du Solei - as close as you can get it. One of the biggest resort in the Alps too. Morzine is not even an hour from Geneva.
post #10 of 25
Chamonix for better snow. Megeve sometimes get very wet snow. But Megeve got better mountain food.
post #11 of 25
Flaine is quite good.
La Clusaz is also worth a mention (I've a friend who lives there, and she raves about it)
PdS well worth considering.

...and WTS&S is a good buy.
post #12 of 25
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Originally Posted by carver_hk View Post
Chamonix for better snow. Megeve sometimes get very wet snow. But Megeve got better mountain food.
For beginners: Chamonix
post #13 of 25
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Originally Posted by hitherandthither View Post
For beginners: Chamonix
Yes, u r right. I missed that part. Perhaps Feb have good snow doesn't matter where?
post #14 of 25
Feb generally does have good snow - that's why the French half term is then!
Add the UK half term to that and the mountains get VERY busy.., You'll also pay peak sesason rates.

My suggestion is to avoid Feb if you can. French school holiday dates run from 7 Feb to 8 Mar this year.
(off this site => http://www.feiertagskalender.ch/ferien.php)

Happy hunting.

CW :-)

PS We're off to Portes du Soleil on Thursday week - before the rush. Les Gets. Have you looked on snowheads.co.uk ?
post #15 of 25
Go to Avoriaz { Portes du Soleil }

The free beginners lift/tow is in the middle of the resort and there are lots of possibilities for better skiers. Including the WALL !

Flaine would be good as well.

Megeve will be pricy and from memory the beginners slopes are not so convienent but I might be wrong on this one.
post #16 of 25
don't know your budget but megeve is posh and very expensive.. also low altitude and not always good snow..
avoriaz-morzine is fine also about 1,5 hours drive but why not valdisere-tignes with 3 hours drive? it is the best..
regards..
post #17 of 25
I ski Le Grand Bornand, part of the same family as La Clusaz but a bit smaller and I think cheaper. It isn't quite as high as Clusaz but is probably less crowded. It's small and a really nice town too. I'd probably get a place in Chinaillon (an area in Le Grand Bornand) because then you can skip the Gondolas and be right on the pistes. You can also get a bus from there to La Clusaz if you want to try some different terrain.
post #18 of 25
Vicky24
This site may be useful it list the reorts near to Geneva by journey time
http://www.j2ski.com/ski_resorts/Airports/Geneva.html
post #19 of 25
Admittedly, I went to Megeve on company's dime (those were the days)! Nice resort, though.
post #20 of 25
I'll also recommend La Clusaz. It has large ski area accessed from the village, and great for for beginners and intermediates. It's also a very pretty, traditional French village that seems to have held on to a lot of its charm. The only drawback is that most everything in the village seemed very expensive, the only exception being lift tickers, which were dirt cheap.
post #21 of 25
Some one mentioned Val D'isere.

Against is the drive up the Tarentaise valley and if you have beginners/intermediates get them to take the lift down at the end of the day. Most of the runs back to the resort are NASTY by the afternoon esp. the "blue"?? from Solaise. Steep, crowded and icy.

For It is one of the great ski resorts of the world and it links to Tignes giving you Espace Killy and some serious mileage possibilities.
post #22 of 25
Tignes would be better than Val d'Isere for beginners, but I wouldn't consider either as being particularly close to Geneva - 3 hours is about normal for the trip.
post #23 of 25

Try Les Contamines.

It's just round the corner from Chamonix and not crowded. It tends to have great snow cause it's high at then end of a valley. Great off-piste which doesn't get spoiled as quick as in Chamonix.

Better snow than Megeve.

/r

post #24 of 25

Les Contamines is definitely worth a look.

 

The latest word from Les Gets (Portes de Soleil - see my previous post) is that the conditions are still great.

 

CW :-)

post #25 of 25

You can always go to:

http://snow.myswitzerland.com/snow_reports/?lang=en

to check on snow. I would recommend hopping on the train to Aigle and then hop on the train to Leyzin. It is great for the type of skiing you describe and almost free of tourists. Aigle is 40mins from Lausanne and Leyzin is 20 mins from Aigle.

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