Ski Weekends - France
Ski weekends in France are the obvious choice of holiday for skiers and boarders looking for a quick winter fix in the mountains. There are plenty of classic ski weekend resorts in France which are all within easy reach of Geneva Airport and with so many airlines flying to Geneva from the UK the variety of flight times and the competitive prices allow for itinerary flexibility and good value.
The most popular itinerary for a ski weekend is Wednesday afternoon to Sunday evening. Catching a flight departing at 5pm means that you can fit in almost a full day in the office yet still arrive in resort in time for a late dinner that night. Ski all day Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday - 4 fantastic days on the mountain. A late flight back on Sunday means you can ski all that day yet be sitting at your desk on Monday morning having only used two days of your annual holiday entitlement.
Top tip for booking a ski weekend in France...
Please note that the flights back to the UK on Sunday evenings in January and March (the classic months for a ski weekend in France) get booked up very early. It is therefore very important to book your flights in the summer before if you want to avoid paying high prices or compromising on the timing of your return flight by coming home on Sunday morning and missing your last day's skiing.
You might think that it's possible to return back to the UK on a Monday night cheap flight. However, no hotel would be keen to accept a booking that stretches through to a Monday as they would struggle to sell your room for the rest of the week.
Chamonix - the classic French ski resort for weekend skiing
In less than an hour's drive from the airport you could be sitting down to a cold beer in the centre of Chamonix, looking up towards the majestic Mont Blanc Mountain, Europe's highest peak. This iconic alpine town is large with a fantastic choice of restaurants and bars but getting around can be tricky, especially if you have to wait for the resort bus service which accesses the separated ski areas. We recommend you have your own car. The scenery, however, is stunning and the varied skiing terrain caters for beginners to off-piste experts.
Chamonix's most famous off-piste run - The Vallée Blanche
The famous Vallée Blanche off-piste run is a 20km descent on the glacier above Chamonix and offers a 'must do' experience for intermediate skiers and above (if you can ski red runs in complete control and have some off piste experience you should be fine.). The views are spectacular, especially from the top of the Aiguille du Midi, and snow permitting you can ski all the way down to Chamonix town which is 2,700 metres below you. Don't forget that to enjoy one of the most famous off-piste routes in the world you will need a qualified mountain guide to navigate the glacial terrain.
Popular ski weekend resorts in France
The popular resort of Morzine, with access to the huge Portes du Soleil ski area, has in recent years become one of our top ski weekend destinations in France. It offers plenty of excellent skiing for all standards, has accommodation to suit most budgets and best of all is within an hour's drive of Geneva. Morzine also has plenty of après ski as well as good bars and restaurants to choose from.
The chic resort of Megeve which shares its ski area with St Gervais is also only one hour from Geneva Airport. If you are happy to extend your resort transfer time a bit we have organised very successful weekends to French resorts such as Courchevel and St Martin de Belleville in the Three Valleys ski area, La Plagne, Alpe d’Huez and even Val d'Isere.
Our top 5 resorts for ski weekends in France
There are plenty of good reasons to choose France as a ski weekend destination - short transfers, great snow-sure skiing and plenty of choice with regards accommodation and restaurants are just a few.