The Best Resorts Within Easy Reach of Geneva Airport

It’s all well and good for folks heading to the French Alps for a fortnight, but what about those of us with just a few days to spare? Or maybe no more than a weekend? Sit in Geneva Airport and watch the happy arrivals trot off to their extended stays, or vow to make the most of every second and hit the slopes as quickly as possible?

La Clusaz - 25Well, we know which of the two we’d choose and figured you’d opt for the same. The good news is that Geneva Airport has such an awesome location that you’re never far from some of the best action in the whole of Europe, which you can easily get on a short jaunt.

And we don’t mean short comparatively speaking – there’s really no need to waste three hours on a bus to get where you need to be with ski transfers to the Alps from Geneva Airport.

So with this in mind, here’s our list of personal top-picks of ski resorts you can get to in less than an hour from Geneva Airport. Do of course bear in mind that traffic and weather conditions could make the times a little less accurate than you’d like, but more often than not you can take these to the bank as real quick-picks:

An Hour or Less from Geneva Airport

Resort Name Ski Domain Total Size Altitude Transfer Time 4 day Lift Pass
Le Grand Bornand Aravis. (La Clusaz, Grand Bornand) 220km 1000 to 2100m Around 50 Minutes Approx €100.
La Clusaz Aravis. (Grand Bornand, La Clusaz) 220km 1100 to 2400m Around 55 Minutes Approx €120
Les Carroz Grand Massif (Samoens, Flaine, Les Carroz, Morillion) 265km 2500m Around 55 Minutes Up to €160

90 Minutes  or Less from Geneva Airport

Of course, the further you’re willing or able to travel, the greater the choices you’ll have. But this really doesn’t have to mean eating into your holiday time too much at all – just add another half hour onto your transfer time and you can get yourself to any of the follow, plus dozens more:

Resort Name Ski Area Total Size Altitude Transfer Time 4 day Lift Pass
Les Houches Chamonix Mont Blanc (Argentiere, Les Houches, Brevent, Flegere) 157km 1000m to 3300m Just Over One Hour Up to €180
Samoens Grand Massif (Samoens, Flaine, Les Carroz, Morillion) 265km 700m to 2500m Around 70 Minutes Approx €150
Saint Gervais Evasion Mont Blanc (Megeve, Les Contamines, Saint Gervais,Combloux, La Giettaz) 445km 900m to 2350m Around 65 Minutes Around €140
Les Gets Portes de Soleil (Avoriaz, Morzine, Les Gets, Chatel, Morgins) 650km 1100m to 2450m Up to 80 Minutes Around €150
Chamonix Chamonix Mont Blanc (Argentiere, Les Houches, Brevent, Flegere) 157km 1000m to 3300m Around 80 Minutes Up to €190

This is anything but an all-encompassing list as still nowhere near the 90-minute mark you’ll find the likes of Les Contamines, Megeve, Morzine and a ton of smaller resorts chances are you won’t have heard of. Don’t be afraid to get a little off the beaten path to enjoy cheaper prices, quieter slopes and a few of the best-kept secrets the Alps didn’t want you to find out!

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