Ski and Snowboard Switzerland from Lausanne

You can see the Alps from Lausanne

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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