I finally have the logistics of this trip figured out! I now find out that Verbier will be very likely open for mid-December, my local contact tells me the skiing should be just fine in a normal year.
I arrive in Geneva at 7:30am and I can take the train from Geneva airport to Martigny, then a short train ride to LeChable(Verbier), hope to arrive at noon unless there is a flight problem. I found a $100/nt hotel at LeChable right near the lifts. This means I won't need to rent a car and I'll be able to sleep on the train to Martigny, I should be fresh and ready to go for my first half day of skiing there. And, thankfully, no worries about foreign driving and navigation, esp since I"ll be traveling solo "eurostyle" via train.
Also, Verbier has the reputation of being one of Europe's best resorts for experienced/advanced skiers. Hopefully, I'll be able to hook up with a day of group guided skiing for one of my days. After my 3rd day of skiing, I'll hop back on train to Geneva. Thanks everyone again for your help, I'm going to book my hotel/train today. I'll let you know how it all worked out...
http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g198848-i3358-k3049008-o10-Early_December_Skiing-Verbier_Valais_Swiss_Alps.htmlEdited by SnowbirdDevotee - 10/21/09 at 7:31am