here are many reasons why you might choose Lausanne as a starting point for a winter sports holiday. If you are living in the city 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. As a lively place with good nightlife and a rich cultural heritage, dominated by the view of the mountains across Lake Geneva, it can arguably be called the first city of the Alps.
Lausanne lies at the heart of an efficient road network and the public transport is quite simply the best in the world. It makes the getting there, and back, a large part of the enjoyment of a day out in the mountains using public transport. There is no stress, indeed the trip out there is therapeutic and the journey back is a great opportunity to enjoy some apres ski beers as a 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 ins and outs of travelling within Switzerland - individual resort pages provide more detail for each resort. However I will include here a selection of journey times - sort them by clicking on the relevant column heads. Geneva airport is about 60km from Lausanne and 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||Lausanne||Lausanne||Distance|
|4 Vallées||Valais||French||Valais||1350||3330||412||71||SFr||Y||Y||1 hrs 19 mins||1 hr 15 mins||98 km|
|Arolla||Valais||French||Valais||2000||2980||47||39||SFr||2 hrs 37 mins||1 hr 45 mins||134 km|
|Bruson||Valais||French||Valais||1080||2220||40||47||SFr||Y||1 hrs 19 mins||1 hr 9 mins||93 km|
|Caux||Lake Geneva Region||French||Vaud||1161||2322||8||35||SFr||0 hrs 48 mins||40 mins||36 km|
|Chamonix||France||French||Haut-Savoie||1035||3842||170||54||Euro||Y||2 hrs 24 mins||1 hr 34 mins||115 km|
|Champéry||Valais||French||Valais||1050||2250||650||57||SFr||Y||Y||1 hrs 36 mins||1 hr||64 km|
|Leysin||Lake Geneva Region||French||Vaud||1350||2205||100||Y||48||SFr||Y||Y||1 hrs 3 mins||1 hr||62 km|
|Nendaz||Valais||French||Valais||1350||3330||412||Y||56||SFr||Y||1 hrs 47 mins||1 hr 15 mins||101 km|
|Portes du Soleil||Valais||French||Valais||1050||2300||650||54||SFr||Y||Y||1 hrs 36 mins||1 hr||64 km|
|Rougemont||Lake Geneva Region||French||Vaud||992||2284||62||62||SFr||Y||1 hrs 33 mins||1 hr 15 mins||86 km|
|Sierre-Anniviers||Valais||French||Valais||1350||3000||228||Y||49||SFr||2 hrs 21 mins||1 hr 45 mins||138 km|
|Verbier||Valais||French||Valais||1500||3330||412||75||SFr||Y||Y||1 hrs 19 mins||1 hr 15 mins||98 km|
|Vercorin||Valais||French||Valais||1330||2374||35||50||SFr||1 hrs 31 mins||1 hr 21 mins||112 km|
|Veysonnaz||Valais||French||Valais||1350||3330||412||75||SFr||Y||1 hrs 42 mins||1 hr 20 mins||107 km|
|Zinal||Valais||French||Valais||1670||3000||72||58||SFr||2 hrs 21 mins||1 hr 45 mins||138 km|