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Flying into Geneva can have you on the slopes less than two hours after touchdown. Regardless of whether you’re looking for a ski holiday with a Swiss, French or Italian twist, you’ll find them all within shouting distance of the iconic Jet d’Eau.
|Resort||Ski-in/ski-out||Distance||Lift pass price (3 days adult)||Is there a resort village?|
|Flaine||Yes||1.25 hour drive from Geneva||£112||Yes|
|Courmayeur||No||1.5 hour drive from Geneva||£130||Yes|
|Nendaz||Yes||2 hour drive from Geneva||£165||Yes|
|Chamonix Mont-Blanc||Yes||1.25 hour drive from Geneva||£165||Yes|
|Praz de Lys||Yes||1.25 hour drive from Geneva||£69||Yes|
|La Clusaz||Yes||1 hour drive from Geneva||£96||Yes|
|Megeve||Yes||1 hour drive from Geneva||£118||Yes|
Not sure which way to head from Geneva? Take a look at our top picks, all within an easy two-hour drive of the airport.
While the Flaine ski resort may not wow you with its beauty, its modern and extensive winter sports facilities might just win you over. Split into two levels, with clearly marked runs and enough lifts for everybody, Flaine gives all skiers a chance to shine on the slopes.
The large choice of self-catered accommodation here and highly-rated beginner slopes tend to attract families and young groups on a budget.
Considered to be one of Northern Italy’s best-kept secrets, Courmayeur is a quaint town – laden with modern boutiques and cobbled streets – that just so happens to cater to skiers as well.
Though accessing the slopes may require a little more effort than usual, and there are fewer runs than competing resorts, the breathtaking views, fantastic high-end shopping and even better fine-dining restaurants at Courmayeur might just take the edge.
Nendaz is a dream come true for the uber-organised. Tucked away in the 4 Valleys of Switzerland, Nendaz is guaranteed excellent powder from December until April, making it a snow-sure choice for booking in advance.
Aside from its wide runs, gentle slopes and off-piste tracks, the resort boasts plenty of tobogganing fun, 130km of winter hiking paths and a picturesque ice rink to keep the non-skiers in your group happy.
Attracting a ready crowd of adventure-seekers and risk-takers, Chamonix’s huge range of off-piste ski runs delight even the most expert skiers among us. With the 4,810m high Mont Blanc as your canvas and plenty of glacial skiing on offer, skiers and snowboarders can slip and slide down these daring slopes until well into May.
Arguably more popular among locals than travellers, the small but charming ski resort of Praz de Lys is laced in French tradition. Think nothing but wooden chalets, tree-lined slopes and friendly, alpine hospitality.
Even better, it’s just a hop, skip and a jump away from Geneva airport, making your dreams of a skiing holiday every weekend just one step closer to reality.
La Clusaz may look like a small village from the outside, but once inside you can enjoy easy access to a huge skiing area that sprawls across five mountains.
A selection of nursery slopes and private classes offer a great introduction to the slope for newbies, whilst its tree-lined runs are great for intermediate skiers. Though the apres-ski here is nothing to shout about, its intimate restaurant scene, upmarket cocktail bars and two late night clubs make it accommodating for everybody.
The beauty of Megeve lies in its authenticity. You won’t find any hotel chains here, just small boutique, family-run affairs centred on the cobbled streets of the historic centre.
Despite its small-town atmosphere, pistes are scattered across three different mountains, perfect for intermediates, but great for beginners and experts too.
Just be sure to check the weather before you book, as Megeve tends to be the first to miss out if the snow is in short supply.
|Resort||Number of runs||Skiable terrain||Vertical drop|
|Flaine||64 runs (58% beginner, 32% intermediate, 10% advanced)||141 acres||1,800 metres|
|Courmayeur||33 runs (27% beginner, 59% intermediate, 14% advanced)||42 acres||1,545 metres|
|Nendaz||86 runs (39% beginner, 44% intermediate, 17% advanced)||101,000 acres||1,930 metres|
|Chamonix||119 runs (20% beginner, 66% intermediate, 14% advanced)||761 acres||2,807 metres|
|Praz de Lys||53 runs (50% beginner, 37% intermediate, 13% advanced)||39 acres||800 metres|
|La Clusaz||84 runs (63% beginner, 29% intermediate, 8% advanced)||654 acres||1,500 metres|
|Megeve||185 runs (19% beginner, 68% intermediate, 13% advanced)||800 acres||1,237 metres|
The eastern regions of France, northern realms of Italy and southern borders of Switzerland are all home to ski resorts that are easily accessible from Geneva.
Like most ski resorts in the Alps, skiing near Geneva takes place from mid-December through to mid-April, with January and February delivering the best ski snow conditions. The Alps are incredibly popular with families during school holidays so try to avoid visiting over Christmas or February half term for quieter resorts.