Ski and Snowboard Switzerland from Geneva

You can see the Alps from Lake Geneva

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here are many reasons why you might choose Romande, the French-speaking part of Switzerland, as a starting point for a winter sports holiday. If you are living in the area as an expat you are sure to want to try out the world's best ski and snowboard destinations during your assignment. If you are here on business it seems rude not to take at least a day out to visit the slopes. Also Geneva Airport is a convenient gateway for skiers and snowboarders looking for a weekend or midweek break, or who want to avoid being treated like cattle on a package holiday.

Both Lausanne and Geneva lie at the heart of an efficient road network and the public transport is, without doubt, the best in the world. It makes getting to the resorts, and getting back, a large part of the enjoyment of a day out in the mountains that public transport is just so good. There is no stress, indeed the trip out to the mountains is therapeutic and the journey back is a great opportunity to enjoy some apres ski beers, as the most amazing backdrop passes by. Incidentally for one, two and six day outings, Swiss Rail runs the outstanding Snow'n'Rail scheme with significant discounts on both public transport and lift passes.

I won't go too much into the details of travelling within Switzerland - resort pages on this web site provide more detail for each resort, but I will include here some information on resorts easily accessible from Geneva. Geneva airport is about 10km from downtown Geneva and 60km from Lausanne. The motorway system starts at the airport and it is about 50 minutes from Geneva to Lausanne, so knock off 50 minutes from the driving times if you are starting in Lausanne and are heading for the Swiss Alps - you have to go past Lausanne to get to all the Swiss Alpine resorts. Conversely, Lausanne Station is less than an hour from both Geneva's main station and the extremely convenient station located right in the heart of Geneva Airport.

Resort Region Language Locality Bottom m Top m Piste km Fam­ily Day Price Snow'n'­Rail Stat­ion Distance
4 Vallées Valais French Valais 1350 3330 412 71 SFr Y Y 162 km
Adelboden Bernese Oberland Swiss German Bern 1068 2362 210 63 SFr Y 236 km
Aeschi Bernese Oberland Swiss German Bern 860 1400 12 33 SFr 206 km
Airolo Ticino Italian Ticino 1700 2250 30 45 SFr Y Y 349 km
Aletsch Arena Valais Swiss German Valais 1845 2869 104 Y 60 SFr Y Y 228 km
Anzère Valais French Valais 1500 2420 52 52 SFr 176 km
Arolla Valais French Valais 2000 2980 47 39 SFr 198 km
Braunwald Eastern Switzerland Swiss German Glarus 1300 1905 32 Y 48 SFr Y Y 376 km
Brienz Bernese Oberland Swiss German Bern 1400 2000 15 Y 46 SFr 248 km
Brigels Graubünden Romansh Graubünden 1100 2418 75 Y 56 SFr Y 443 km
Caux Lake Geneva Region French Vaud 1161 2322 8 35 SFr 101 km
Chamonix France French Haut-Savoie 1035 3842 170 54 Euro Y 82 km
Champéry Valais French Valais 1050 2250 650 57 SFr Y Y 128 km
Champex-Lac Valais French Valais 1500 2200 25 38 SFr 155 km
Chandolin Valais French Valais 2000 3000 75 54 SFr Y 200 km
Corvatsch Graubünden Swiss German Graubünden 1797 3303 120 75 SFr Y 483 km
Disentis Graubünden Swiss German Graubünden 1227 2833 60 54 SFr Y Y 466 km
Elm Eastern Switzerland Swiss German Glarus 1000 2100 40 48 SFr 367 km
Engelberg Central Switzerland Swiss German Obwalden 1050 3020 82 Y 65 SFr Y Y 310 km
Feldberg Germany German Black Forest 945 1493 55 Y 35 Euro Y 295 km
Flims Laax Falera Graubünden Swiss German Graubünden 1100 3018 235 Y 76 SFr Y 426 km
Flumserberg Eastern Switzerland Swiss German St Gallen 1220 2222 75 Y 58 SFr Y Y 384 km
Fribourg Region Fribourg Region French Fribourg 1325 2325 162 Y SFr 137 km
Giswil Central Switzerland Swiss German Obwalden 1350 1850 14 38 SFr 266 km
Gstaad Bernese Oberland Swiss German Bern 1200 2971 250 62 SFr Y Y 157 km
Hoch-Ybrig Central Switzerland Swiss German Schwyz 1050 1831 50 53 SFr 347 km
Kandersteg Bernese Oberland Swiss German Bern 1200 1900 14 42 SFr Y 223 km
Lenzerheide Graubünden Swiss German Graubünden 1230 2865 225 Y 72 SFr Y 427 km
Leukerbad Valais Swiss German Valais 1411 2610 52 Y 53 SFr Y 196 km
Leysin Lake Geneva Region French Vaud 1350 2205 100 Y 48 SFr Y Y 126 km
Meiringen Bernese Oberland Swiss German Bern 1061 2433 60 Y 57 SFr Y Y 255 km
Melchsee-Frutt Central Switzerland Swiss German Obwalden 1080 2255 32 50 SFr Y 297 km
Moléson Fribourg Region French Fribourg 1100 2002 30 30 SFr 125 km
Mürren Bernese Oberland Swiss German Bern 1650 2971 54 63 SFr Y Y 225 km
Nara Ticino Italian Ticino 914 2133 30 38 SFr Y 401 km
Nendaz Valais French Valais 1350 3330 412 Y 56 SFr Y 165 km
Obertoggenburg Eastern Switzerland Swiss German St Gallen 900 2262 60 Y 57 SFr 360 km
Pizol Eastern Switzerland Swiss German St Gallen 1045 2250 40 54 SFr Y Y 409 km
Portes du Soleil Valais French Valais 1050 2300 650 54 SFr Y Y 128 km
Rougemont Lake Geneva Region French Vaud 992 2284 62 62 SFr Y 151 km
Samnaun Graubünden Swiss German Graubünden 1700 2872 238 55.5 SFr Y 552 km
Sattel-Hochstuckli Central Switzerland Swiss German Schwyz 800 1600 14 39 SFr 309 km
Sedrun Graubünden Romansh Graubünden 1500 2350 50 60 SFr Y Y 475 km
Sierre-Anniviers Valais French Valais 1350 3000 228 Y 49 SFr 193 km
Sils Graubünden Swiss German Graubünden 1750 3303 120 79 SFr Y 421 km
Silvaplana Graubünden Swiss German Graubünden 1750 3303 120 79 SFr Y 475 km
St Moritz Graubünden Swiss German Graubünden 1750 3303 350 Y 75 SFr Y Y 480 km
Torgon Valais French Valais 1100 1998 650 41 SFr Y 121 km
Tschiertschen Graubünden Swiss German Graubünden 1400 2440 27 49 SFr 409 km
Unterbäch Valais Swiss German Valais 1221 2521 20 44 SFr Y 308 km
Val-d'Illiez Valais French Valais 1050 2460 650 60 SFr Y Y 124 km
Vals Graubünden Swiss German Graubünden 1250 3000 25 49 SFr Y 446 km
Verbier Valais French Valais 1500 3330 412 75 SFr Y Y 162 km
Vercorin Valais French Valais 1330 2374 35 50 SFr 184 km
Veysonnaz Valais French Valais 1350 3330 412 75 SFr Y 171 km
Villars Lake Geneva Region French Vaud 1300 3000 100 Y 53 SFr Y Y 129 km
Visperterminen Valais Swiss German Valais 1340 2300 20 43 SFr Y 212 km
Wengen Bernese Oberland Swiss German Bern 1274 2320 110 63 SFr Y Y 237 km
Zermatt Valais Swiss German Valais 1620 3899 350 92 SFr Y Y 238 km
Zinal Valais French Valais 1670 3000 72 58 SFr 201 km
Zuoz Graubünden Swiss German Graubünden 1750 2465 32 53 SFr Y 462 km
Zweisimmen Bernese Oberland Swiss German Bern 950 2008 85 62 SFr Y Y 160 km