Elevated view of the Grand Massif ski area above Flaine.

Best Ski Resorts Near Geneva

Ideal for short ski breaks

Geneva airport is a major hub for skiers travelling to the northern French Alps, and with so much easily accessible skiing more and more people are able to squeeze in long ski weekends or short breaks.

For independent skiers scheduled flights to Geneva are easy and cheap from most major UK cities, and after you’ve touched down various transfer companies and chalet hosts will whisk you off to a choice of fantastic ski resorts within an easy 1¼ hours of the airport.

Over a long ski weekend or short break you’ll want to spend as much time as possible in the mountains, so long 2½ to 3½ hour transfers to the major resorts of the 3 Valleys and Paradiski aren’t ideal.

So, which resorts are near Geneva, and how do they compare?

Jump straight to resort comparison table

Lone skier on mountainside passing timber chalets and pine trees at Les Houches.

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Attractive, traditional village style

Most of the French ski resorts within easy reach of Geneva are in Haute Savoie, an area characterised by attractive traditional villages and year-round communities – a far cry from the busy, purpose-built feel of larger resorts in other ski areas.

Traditional style resorts are dotted along valleys on either side of the Autoroute Blanche (White Motorway) which runs from Geneva to Chamonix and then through the Mont-Blanc Tunnel into Italy.

Right: La Clusaz has an authentic Savoyard feel plus lots of varied skiing, both here and in neighbouring Le Grand Bornand in the Massif des Aravis.

Above: Away from it all in Les Houches, one of the quieter areas in the Chamonix valley.

La Clusaz - View across valley to snow-covered mountainside with chalets

Comparing short break resorts

Having lived in the region for years and skied most of the resorts, we decided to compare the most popular areas suitable for a short ski break experience in a quality French ski resort. We’ve put all the main things skiers want to know when planning a ski break – how big a ski area is, how long it takes to get there and how much the lift pass costs – in the quick comparison table below.

For easy comparison of the largest and more popular resorts, we haven’t included a number of smaller resorts. There are, of course, many ski resorts you might consider as close to Geneva, but which don’t quite make the 1hr 15 minutes cut-off time we set for our comparison. Many of these are, however, linked to the main ski domains. The transfer times below reflect what is genuinely realistic during winter, based on our own experiences.

Overview of skiers looking at mountain views with snow-covered forests at Samoens, French Alps

Major ski resorts close to Geneva – at a glance, by transfer time

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Ski Resorts Morzine Flaine Les Contamines Mégève Chamonix Mont Blanc Les Gets Saint Gervais Les Houches Samoëns Les Carroz La Clusaz Le Grand Bornand
Ski Domain (Linked Resorts) Portes de Soleil (Avoriaz, Morzine, Les Gets, Châtel, Morgins) Grand Massif (Samoëns, Flaine, Les Carroz, Morillon) Evasion Mont Blanc Portes du Mont Blanc (Combloux, Megeve Le Jaillet, Le Giettaz, Cordon) Evasion Mont Blanc (Megeve, Saint Gervais, Saint Nicolas de Veroce, Combloux, Le Giettaz, Les Contamines) Chamonix Le Pass (All valley ski areas between 1000 and 2500m except the summit of Grand Montets) Portes de Soleil (Avoriaz, Morzine, Les Gets, Châtel, Morgins) Evasion Mont Blanc (Megève, Les Contamines, Saint Gervais,Combloux, La Giettaz) Chamonix (Argentière, Les Houches, Le Tour, Brevent, Flegère) Grand Massif (Samoëns, Flaine, Les Carroz, Morillon) Grand Massif (Samoëns, Flaine, Les Carroz, Morillon) Aravis (La Clusaz, Le Grand Bornand) Aravis (La Clusaz, Le Grand Bornand)
Local Ski Area / Total Ski Domain 120km / 650km 140km / 265km 120km / 445km 325km/445km 110km/+400km 120km / 650km 235km / 445km 47km/ +400km 145km / 265km 145km / 265km 125km / 220km 95km / 220km
Transfer Time 1hr 15 1hr 15 1hr 10 1hr 10 1 hr 10 1 hr 10 1hr 05 1hr 05 1hr 05 55 mins 55 mins 55 mins
Altitude 900m-2450m 1600m-2500m 1100m-2350m 900m-2350m 1000m-3300m 1100m-2450m 900m-2350m 1000m-3300m 700m-2500m 1100m-2500m 1100-2400m 1000-2100m
Adult Ski Pass (4 Day) €136 (Morzine/Les Gets)
€179 (Portes de Soleil)
€46.50/day (Grand Massif)
€141.50 (Les Contamines/Hauteluce)
€163 (Evasion Mont Blanc)
€171 (Portes du Mont Blanc)
€163(Evasion Mont Blanc)
€186 (Chamonix Le Pass)
€230 (Mont Blanc Unlimited)
€136 (Morzine/Les Gets)
€179 (Portes de Soleil)
€163 (Evasion Mont Blanc) €155 (Les Houches)
€230 (Mont Blanc Unlimited)
€160 (Massif)
€174 (Grand Massif)
€160 (Massif) €174 (Grand Massif) €136.50 (La Clusaz/Manigod) €143 (Aravis) €35.50/day (Grand Bornand)
€143 (Aravis)

Ski Pass prices for 2016/17 sourced from official resort websites. MountainPassions does not, therefore, guarantee their accuracy, and they are intended as a guide only.

Feature by Ski Weekender © 2017

Ski Weekender have been based locally running ski weekends to La Clusaz and Grand Bornand for 14 years. They have taken their popular format to offer short ski breaks in Samoëns too. They offer good-value, hassle-free packages with full lift pass, transfers and friendly catered accommodation included. They also offer 3-day mid-week skiing in both resorts, plus Monday to Monday or Thursday to Thursday ski holidays.

Website: http://www.skiweekender.com