Elevated view of the Grand Massif ski area above Flaine.

Best Ski Resorts near Geneva

Where to ski within 90 minutes

Every winter thousands of skiers head to the Alps using cheap and convenient flights from European regional airports. One of the most popular destinations is Geneva, situated on the Swiss side of the Franco-Swiss border. From here skiers can access many of the best ski resorts near Geneva within a 90 minute transfer from the airport.

That makes it perfect for anyone keen to make the most of a short ski break, or enjoy a relaxing start to a longer ski holiday.

Which ski resorts are near Geneva, and how do they compare?

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The Manigod valley, La Clusaz

The Manigod valley, La Clusaz ski area.

Reach your destination quickly with a ski transfer service

Specialist ski transfer companies operate from airports and major rail and bus stations throughout the Alps. As soon as you arrive they’ll transfer you and your luggage (including ski equipment) to your chosen ski resort or direct to your accommodation.

Every skier, family or group of friends has different requirements, so it’s important to choose a ski transfer service which offers you the very best deal for your budget. Options range from shared transport to private transfer, luxury chauffeur service or a bespoke package tailored to you or your group.

Ski-Lifts offer the widest range of airport transfers to ski resorts in France, from economy shared transfers for budget-conscious travellers, right through to luxury limousines. They also offer coach transfers for larger groups.

Ski in authentic French ski resorts

Ski villages in the northern Alps are conveniently close to Geneva and are noted for their authentic charm and traditional Alpine chalet style. In a refreshing contrast to purpose-built resorts, these local communities live and work here all year round, often combining jobs such as farming with seasonal work as ski instructors or piste groomers. Ski here and you’ll be assured of a warm welcome and a taste of authentic French village life, all within 90 minutes of Geneva airport.


Le Chinaillon village under snow.

The authentic village of Le Chinaillon at Le Grand Bornand, Aravis


Skiers on piste, snowy trees, Grand Massif

Dropping in on Flaine in the Grand Massif ski area, French Alps

Skiing in the Aravis

Ski resorts in the Aravis Massif, – La Clusaz, Le Grand Bornand, Manigod and Saint Jean de Sixt – are known collectively as the Lake Annecy Ski Resorts. You’ll ski from authentic mountain villages and Alpine chalets, with cosy restaurants serving dishes made from the local Reblochon cheese. La Clusaz is just 50 mins from Geneva and the beautiful lakeside town of Annecy.

Skiing in the Grand Massif

The well-connected villages of the Grand Massif ski area include chic Samoëns, the bustling family-friendly village of Les Carroz d’Araches and the assertively modern, purpose-built resort of Flaine. Less than 90 minutes from Geneva, the Grand Massif offers exciting possibilities for all levels of skier and a huge choice of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets.


Wide view of skiers amid snowy landscapes.

Between Morzine and Les Gets, Portes du Soleil, French Alps


The Saint Gervais sector offers a variety of entertaining tree-lined descents, amid truly spectacular scenery.

The St Gervais sector at Les Houches, Chamonix Valley, French Alps

Skiing in the Portes du Soleil

Spanning both sides of the French and Swiss border, the vast ski area known as the Portes du Soleil is a hugely popular destination. In summer it attracts cyclists and walkers, while in winter it’s one of the most extensive and picturesque of all French ski areas, with traditional villages and tree-lined pistes.

The valley villages of Morzine and Les Gets offer easy access from Geneva with a journey time of less than 90 minutes, while Châtel, right beside the Swiss border, isn’t much further.

Skiing in Chamonix Mont-Blanc resorts

Resorts served by the Autoroute Blanche, between Geneva and Chamonix Mont-Blanc, are renowned for world-class skiing, luxury hotels and boutiques plus Michelin-starred restaurants. The speedy road transfers from Geneva are appreciated by skiers heading for traditional resorts like Megève, Combloux and the spa town of Saint-Gervais, in the Evasion Mont Blanc ski area.

Les Houches‘ own ski area has a growing reputation, plus accommodation ranging from a stylish new hostel to luxury apartments. It’s only minutes from the autoroute and within easy reach of Chamonix and beyond.



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 (6 Day) €199 Morzine/Les Gets
€260 Portes de Soleil
€246 Grand Massif €196.50 Les Contamines/Hauteluce
€234.50 Evasion Mont Blanc
€180 Portes du Mont Blanc
€234.50 Evasion Mont Blanc
€252.50 Chamonix Le Pass
€299 Mont Blanc Unlimited
€199 Morzine/Les Gets
€260 Portes de Soleil
€234.50 Evasion Mont Blanc €217 Les Houches
€299 Mont Blanc Unlimited
€221.40 Massif
€246 Grand Massif
€221.40 Massif €246 Grand Massif €201 La Clusaz/Manigod €212 Aravis €183 Grand Bornand
€212 Aravis

Ski Pass prices for 2017/18 sourced from official resort websites. MountainPassions does not guarantee their accuracy, and they are intended as a guide only.
The quoted transfer times are approximate, since they can be affected by weather and traffic conditions.

Comparing Ski Resorts near Geneva Airport

Thanks to our friends short break ski specialists SkiWeekender for putting together the comparison chart above of the best ski resorts near Geneva airport.

For easy comparison of the main resorts we haven’t included a number of smaller resorts which are, however, linked to the main ski domains mentioned above.

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

Above Samoëns 1600, Grand Massif ski area, French Alps