High view of skiers and chairlift, with long morning shadows

Best Short Break Ski Resorts Near Geneva

Ideal getaway resorts for short-break skiers, all within 75 min

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 the best short break ski resorts near Geneva.

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


The Manigod valley, La Clusaz

The Manigod valley, La Clusaz ski area.

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

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


Attractive, traditional village style

Most of the French ski resorts within easy reach of Geneva are in Haute Savoie, a mountainous area characterised by attractive, traditional Alpine villages and busy year-round communities – a far cry from the impersonal, purpose-built feel of larger resorts in other ski areas. Here, you are in touch with a working community and rub shoulders with the locals in the village bars and local shops

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. Villages such as Les Carroz d’Araches, Morillon and Samoëns (Grand Massif), Combloux, Megève and Saint-Gervais (Evasion Mont Blanc), are all really easy to access and are lift-linked to large ski areas.

Also easily accessible are the resorts of La Clusaz, Le Grand Bornand, Manigod and Saint Jean de Sixt known collectively as the Lake Annecy Ski Resorts. La Clusaz is just 50 minutes drive from Geneva via the beautiful lakeside town of Annecy.

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

View across valley to snow-covered mountain with chalets at La Clusaz.

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

Skiers looking at mountain views above Samoëns 1600.

Short-break 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) €138 Morzine/Les Gets
€182 Portes de Soleil
€184 Grand Massif €145 Les Contamines/Hauteluce
€165.50 Evasion Mont Blanc
€133 Portes du Mont Blanc
€165.50 Evasion Mont Blanc
€186 Chamonix Le Pass
€230 Mont Blanc Unlimited
€138 Morzine/Les Gets
€182 Portes de Soleil
€165.50 Evasion Mont Blanc €155 Les Houches
€230 Mont Blanc Unlimited
€164 Massif
€184 Grand Massif
€164 Massif €184 Grand Massif €140 La Clusaz/Manigod €146 Aravis €140 Grand Bornand
€146 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.

Feature by Ski Weekender © 2023

Ski Weekender have been based locally running ski weekends to La Clusaz and Grand Bornand for 19 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: https://www.skiweekender.com