Within striking distance of the powdery pistes of the Alps, Geneva is ideally located to ski some of Europe’s most compelling slopes. Take breakfast in the luxury of Hotel d’Angleterre and be slicing across Mont Blanc or sipping Glühwein in the stunning Grand Massif by lunchtime. Whether a seasoned skier or just learning the ropes, trade the glittering waters of Lake Geneva for glacial peaks with our selection of Geneva’s best skiing day trips.
Be dazzled by Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
For prime skiing an hour’s drive from Geneva, cross the French border to the illustrious peaks of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. Opt for a full-day pass for the Brévent-Flégère ski area to enjoy stunning surround views from its pristine slopes. Alternatively, a half-day pass leaves plenty of time for a lofty jaunt on the popular Aiguille du Midi cable car. Panoramas of Mont Blanc, Chamonix Valley and the distant crests of the French, Swiss and Italian Alps await at the top.
Chill out in Les Houches
To experience the quieter side of Mont Blanc, picturesque Les Houches is a charming family-friendly resort a 10-minute drive from Chamonix. Surrounded by powder-dusted pine forests, Les Houches has runs to suit all levels of competency, with two gentle and short beginners’ slopes for those less confident in the sport. Warm up afterwards with delicious French cuisine from one of the village’s lively restaurants.
Marvel at the views from Praz de Lys-Sommand
From the tranquil French mountain village of Praz de Lys-Sommand, an 80-minute drive outside Geneva, gaze down across the Swiss capital’s iconic lake and up at the imposing terrain of Mont Blanc Massif. This compact resort suits both trainee and intermediate skiers, while the more advanced and adventurous can hurtle down a choice of five challenging black runs. The laid-back atmosphere of Praz de Lys-Sommand is popular among families.
Enjoy a family day out at Les Carroz d’Araches
Soaring pistes in the heart of the Grand Massif are under an hour away from Geneva at Les Carroz d’Araches, one of the region’s largest resorts. Despite its popularity, the village maintains the charming twinkle of its olde-worlde character. Those travelling with infants will appreciate the onsite day nursery, and the popular children’s club offers an excellent itinerary of activities for those aged between six months and 12 years old.
Learn the ropes at La Clusaz
Crisp, alpine air and dramatic frozen lakes surround La Clusaz, an expansive resort located at the foot of the Aravis mountain range just an hour’s drive from Geneva. There’s a slope for all levels here. Those looking to learn the ropes or improve their technique can seek help from a wealth of expert instructors. More confident skiers can hire the necessary gear and explore La Clusaz’s more challenging runs. As night falls, the village’s lively après-ski bars are the ideal way to refuel. Sip something warming while gazing out at endless vistas of snow-blanketed peak
Return to a luxurious hotel room at Hotel d’Angleterre after an action-packed day skiing Geneva’s nearby slopes.
Image credits: lead and final images © Le Carroz. Chamonix © iStock/Kisa_Markiza. Swiss Alps and Lake Geneva © iStock/Nicola McComber.