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.
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.
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.
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.
See a Resort Comparison Table in the full article Best Ski Resorts Near Geneva