Pick of the Pistes


The snow has come early to the Alps this year, promising an excellent skiing season. Jacques Favre, General Manager at the Hotel d’Angleterre, prompted by the spectacular view of Mont Blanc directly across Lake Geneva, picks his top half dozen ski resorts in the nearby French Alps.

Hotel d'Angleterre

30th December 2010

Hotel d'Angleterre

Jacques Favre

Geneva is the gateway to the French Alps, and has some of the world’s finest skiing almost on the doorstep. For travelling times to these, and indeed all the main resorts in the Alps, click here. As you’ll see, the choice is bewildering, but to make it easier for you here are my six favourites.

Grand Massif Ski Area

Between Geneva and Mont Blanc, it includes four charming traditional resorts – Morillon, Samoëns, Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval and Les Carroz – and the modern resort of Flaine. France’s fourth biggest ski area, it has 265 km of piste, offering a great variety of terrain for all levels, reliable snow and a lack of queues.


The lovely Portes-du-soleil area, tucked away between Lake Geneva and Mont-Blanc embraces 12 resorts. The location, in the most northern part of the French Alps, combined with the effects of the lake, produces a microclimate which is blessed with optimal snowfall and above average sunshine throughout the winter – hence the name.

Mont Blanc



Not first choice for beginners! The Chamonix Valley, with Mont Blanc looming above it, is famous for being the best freeride resort in the world. Includes 5 resorts – Grand Montets, Les Houches, Le Tour/Balme, La Flegere and Le Brevent . If you get bored with them (you won’t!) you can also ski down Mont Blanc itself on the Mer de Glace – but take a guide.

Trois Valees

The largest ski area in the world, and understandably extremely popular (but with plenty of room for everyone), it includes the resorts of Courchevel, Méribel, Les Menuires and Val Thorens (Europe’s highest ski resort).

Espace Killy

This world renowned ski destination, home of Jean Claude Killy, includes the resorts of Tignes and Val d’Isere. The latter is arguably the most popular French ski resort amongst the British, but Tignes probably has the edge if you want to ski to the door and aren’t bothered by a lack of traditional charm.


Family Fun

Les Deux Alpes

One of the oldest ski resorts in France offering fantastic ski and snowboard terrain that includes glaciers, open powder fields, natural gullies and cliff drops, endless linking groomed trails and gentle beginner only areas. Nowhere else in the French Alps has such a variety of clubs, pubs, and après-ski fun as this picturesque village.

Whichever ski area you choose you are certain to need a few days rest before returning to the rigours of work – and where better to recuperate than the delightful city of Geneva? You’ll can see Mont Blanc from most of the rooms, while our Get More From Your Stay package is sure to prove very tempting after days of pounding the pistes!

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