Alpine Answers’ top three resorts for ski weekends close to Geneva, the main international gateway to the Alps. These resorts are all within one hour’s drive of the airport making them very practical choices for a ski weekend. With such a short transfer time it is possible to take a late afternoon flight out from the UK allowing you to complete the best part of a full day’s work in the office. On the return trip it is possible to ski all the last day, finishing at 4pm, before heading back to Geneva (leaving resort at 5pm) to catch an 8pm flight back to the UK. Booking just 4 night’s away (Wednesday to Sunday) gives you 4 whole day’s skiing whilst using up just two days from your annual holiday entitlement at work (Thursday and Friday).
La Clusaz is a very popular resort for a weekend ski break. With a charming centre, good restaurants both on and off the slopes and skiing that is very undervalued in our opinion it makes a great choice. Little wonder that it is one of the more popular ski weekend destinations.
The La Clusaz ski domain has some of the best snow conditions in France, with the Aravis Massif forming the first ‘natural barrier’ to the weather approaching the Alps from the SW and therefore capturing more than its fair share of precipitation. La Clusaz regularly opens earlier in November at the same time as the highest resorts in France. The exceptional annual snow fall depths mean a full 5 months of skiing is possible at La Clusaz.
There are some surprisingly good hotels in La Clusaz which represent excellent value for money when compared to hotels in the larger French resorts. If you are looking for a luxury hotel look no further than the Hotel Au Coeur de Village which boasts a ski in ski out location with a fantastic restaurant and beautiful spa facilities. Alternatively if you are looking for something a little less swanky, the Hotel Beauregard is conveniently located right on the slopes and offers very comfortable accommodation with good quality food in the hotel’s restaurant.
Ski Weekends Close to Geneva – St Gervais
St Gervais lies at the heart of the Evasion Mont- Blanc ski area offering 445 kilometres of slopes towards Megève, Combloux, Les Contamines Hauteluce and La Gietaz. The resort is again only an hour away from Geneva thereby allowing you to maximise your ski time.
This lovely, traditional resort boosts much alpine charm with fantastic restaurants and lively après. It is a resort not to be missed. In terms of its ski area, it is perfect for people wanting a ski weekend break with plenty of wide open easy runs through the trees with spectacular views. This resort offers a chance to have a wonderful, good value, ski weekend – it’s much cheaper in St Gervais than in the neighbouring resort of Megeve. For those not looking to ski all day, why not try out the famous thermal baths at ‘Les Bains de Mont Blanc’ to really relax those tired legs after a long day’s skiing.
Les Contamines is a high altitude resort great for ski weekends close to Geneva throughout the season and not many people know that! We have been trying to keep this fact a little under wraps so that we can keep the slopes of Les Contamines quiet – just the way we like them.
Situated on the Tour du Mont-Blanc, Les Contamines hides a surprising amount of challenging ski terrain behind a relatively small and traditional village. The majority of visitors come from nearby resorts, so you tend to find a lot of French locals on the slopes rather than the holidaying British.
Les Contamines has a bit of everything to suit all standards of skiers and boarders on its wonderful mountains. From challenging off piste terrain, to half pipes, and to the Nordic Cross Zone (see image above). This resort is a secret heaven for very good skiers looking to avoid the crowds of Chamonix and Morzine. After a fresh fall of snow you can ski in powder all day in Les Contamines without it getting tracked out.
For ideas on accommodation in all the above resorts please call us. We would be delighted to offer advice and book you one of the best ski weekends close to Geneva that money can buy. T: +44 (0)20 7801 1080.