If you are heading off on a skiing holiday to France and Switzerland, you will most likely be on a flight to Geneva Airport. The best outcome is always minimum time spent travelling and maximum time skiing in the mountains. So, we have compiled a list of the best ski resorts close to Geneva airport. All transfers come in at 90 minutes or less, making these ski areas near Geneva perfect for a quick and easy weekend escape. Enjoy a stress-free travelling experience with kids, or simply avoid clocking up too many hours in the car.
Ski area: 220km
This pretty, traditional French village is a little less well-known than its neighbours of Avoriaz, Morzine and Chamonix. With 220km of slopes, La Clusaz is a brilliant option for beginner and intermediate skiers looking for a vast winter playground to explore. La Clusaz’s ski area reaches up to an impressive peak altitude of nearly 2,500m, offering snow-sure conditions that can be enjoyed all season long. The ski resort has plenty of powdery off-piste territory with the freeride area in La Balme serving up a choice of exhilarating descents. The town offers a range of cosy Alpine huts to while away an evening in. Dine on hearty local fare complete with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. The town’s convenient location low within the valley also provides the option for non-skiers to take a bus to Lake Annecy. Enjoy a day excursion wandering around the scenic old town.
Stay at: Hotel Christiania, where we can offer tailor-made, four night ski weekend packages.
Ski area: 650km
Another one of our ski areas near Geneva, this family-friendly ski resort welcomes its guests with Mont Blanc views and a charming town. The resort has access to the Portes du Soleil ski area with 650km of slopes across the neighbouring resorts of Morzine and Avoriaz. The traditional town was once an old mountain village where their first ever single-person chairlift opened back in 1938. Since then, it has developed to accommodate a wide range of accommodation and rustic eateries.
The traffic-free town is perfectly geared up for families. The ski slopes offer a good choice of skiing terrain for all skiers, all accessible within a mere 70 minutes from the airport. Perfect for skiing near Geneva and ideal for groups with younger children who want an easy travelling experience. The resort’s low position within the valley also gives access to the neighbouring areas of Lausanne and Montreux. Enjoy incredibly scenic towns overlooking Lake Geneva. A brilliant day excursion if you would like a break from the mountain.
Stay at: Les Fermes Emiguy for a self-catered apartment boasting fabulous mountain views and a prime location in resort.
Ski area: 650km
This well-established ski resort is one of the best ski resorts near Geneva thanks to its prime location. Here you will find a mountain base with everything you could need. From a weekly market selling local produce to endless skiing in the Portes du Soleil. This is one of the best ski areas near Geneva with access to 650km of slopes. Between all of Morzine’s neighbouring ski resorts, skiers can have their fill of almost every type of ski terrain. Whether that be freestyle skiing in the snow parks or the infamous black run nicknamed the ‘Wall’ in Avoriaz.
You can also enjoy a spot of lunch in Switzerland if you cross the border to Champéry. Despite Morzine’s low and accessible location at 1,000m, the available skiing reaches up to a high-altitude of 2,466m at its peak. This ski resort has snow-sure conditions that can be enjoyed all season long. The local runs closer to the town are often tree-lined, meaning that even in poor visibility conditions skiers are not limited.
Stay at: Hotel Le Samoyede, where we can offer tailor-made, four night ski weekend packages.
Ski area: 150km
Chamonix is a great choice for a French ski resort near Geneva. The ski resort has acquired its international clientele thanks to its incredible freeride backcountry skiing and iconic landscape featuring Mont Blanc. This vibrant town is overflowing with eateries, galleries, mountaineering shops, spas and boutiques. Chamonix will offer everything you could need and is popular in both the summer and winter months. The town itself sits at 1,035m in the valley, whilst the ski area reaches an eye-watering 3,840m. The ski terrain is brimming with glacial runs, corduroy pistes, woodland forest routes and of course spectacular cruisey slopes. This resort is a firm-favourite amongst weekend skiers after the ultimate in variety. There is also the option to take a bus over to the south-facing side of Mont Blanc. Enjoy a day’s skiing in the glamorous Italian resort of Courmayeur – another of our favourite ski areas near Geneva.
Stay at: RockyPop Hotel, where we can offer tailor-made, four night ski weekend packages.
Ski area: 650km
This charming, rustic mountain village is tucked away beneath the dramatic ridge of the Dents du Midi mountain. It is a haven of typical Swiss mountain living, and one of the best ski resorts near Geneva. The streets are lined with chocolate box wooden chalets and cosy cafés, paired with a laid-back pace of life. This little pocket of idyllic Switzerland can be accesses in a mere 90 minutes from Geneva airport. Champéry is an ideal ski resort to escape to for a weekend skiing the slopes. Its 125 passenger Planachaux cable car whisks skiers up 1,000 vertical metres in just five minutes, emerging in the Portes du Soleil ski area where 650km of terrain awaits. After a day of adventure, hop back on the cable and return to tranquillity.
Stay at: Hotel Suisse for an authentic chalet style hotel offering a complimentary ski shuttle service.
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