If you are looking to spend your winter holiday in one of the best France ski resorts near Geneva, then you are in the right place!
Geneva International airport is the most popular choice for skiers from all over the world interested in skiing in the French Alps, being located within an hour drive from most of the ski resorts from the area.
The good news is that you can fly to Geneva airports from many places all over the world including Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff or Southampton and obviously London.
Once you hit the ground in Geneva, head directly to the car hiring offices from the airport and pick up your car.
To get the best price-quality ratio and to be sure you’ll be able to rent the type of car you want, my advise is to book well in advance your vehicle.
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I chose for you the closest and the most beautiful ski resorts in France which are close to Geneva, each having a traditional vibe and amazing sceneries.
I am going to tell you how far are these villages from Geneva, what you can do in each of these places, how many pistes they have and where to sleep.
1. Les Carroz d’Araches
Les Carroz d’Araches is a mountain resort created in 1936 located at an altitude of 1.140 metres.
1.1 Distance from Geneva
This alpine village is located 77 kilometres away from Geneva International Airport and the journey from the village to the airport last for about 1 hour.
1.2 Slopes details
There are 145 slopes in the area split as follow 20 green, 64 blue, 50 red and 14 black.
Overall, the ski area has a surface of 245 kilometres of pistes which are being serviced by 70 ski lifts.
1.3 Perfect for
One of the most picturesque ski resorts in France near Geneva is the perfect winter escape for families, for intermediates and for snowboarders.
1.4 Where to sleep
Hôtel Les Servages d'Armelle is our choice for Les Carroz d’Araches because it is located 100 metres away from the ski lifts, has renovated rooms and a fresh design.
The food and the services are really great, having a good value for the money you pay.
2. Les Houches
The village of Les Houches is a beautiful village with a charming historical heritage and many traditional elements.
The place is famous for its traditional atmosphere and for the school of theoretical physics which welcomes scientists from all over the world.
2.1 Distance from Geneva
One of the most traditional France ski resorts near Geneva, Les Houches is located 90 kilometres away from Geneva International airport.
Once you pick up your car from the airport parking, in less than one hour you reach this magnificent ski resort. You can also arrange with the hotel the transfer from Geneva Airport for a preset fee. Transfer times and price should be negotiated in advance with the hotel where you have booked your accommodation.
2.2 Slopes details
There are 69 slopes near the village split as follow: 9 green, 27 blue, 20 red and 10 black.
19 ski lifts are used to transport skiers and snowboarders up to the mountain where they have just for their own 110 kilometres of pistes. Depending on the length of your stay, buy the lift passes on the first day of the ski as it is much cheaper to buy a single pass for the entire day than to buy daily passes.
2.3 Perfect for
Les Houches is the ideal destination for a ski holiday with your family and intermediates skiers.
In the area, there are many other activities which you can try during your stay like paragliding, tree-adventure park, hiking, ice skating, sledging and riding a donkey.
2.4. Where to sleep
Chalet Hôtel du Bois is a great choice for Les Houches, being located close to the town centre and the ski lifts.
The rooms are clean and well maintained, some of them offering amazing views of Mont Blanc.
3. Praz de Lys
Opened in 1978, Praz de Lys resort one of the best ski resorts in France near Geneva is developing very fast, welcoming winter sports lovers in a unique setting to over 1.500 meters.
The place is famous for its cosy atmosphere, authentic architecture and impressive landscape.
3.1 Distance from Geneva
Located 65 kilometres from Geneva International airport, which means less than one hour drive, Praz de Lys is one of the best France kept secrets. Rent a car directly from the airport or arrange an airport transfer with your hotel and prepare for one of the best holidays ever.
3.2 Slopes details
In the area there are 56 slopes out of which 7 are green, 29 are blue, 11 are red and just 6 are black.
Several après ski bars can be found near the ski lifts being the ideal place to relax and enjoy a drink after a long day of ski.
23 ski lifts serviced the entire ski area which has a total surface of 50 kilometres of pistes.
3.3 Perfect for
One of the most charming France ski resorts near Geneva is perfect for families with kids, beginners and cross-country skiers.
3.4 Where to sleep
Terrasses Du Mont Blanc is our suggestion for your holiday in the French Alps.
The hotel offers a terrace, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and a beautiful garden.
This beautiful apartment has everything you need for a great winter holiday.
Ski rental is located in the same building, while the ski pass can be obtained from the wooden hut opposite the apartments.
4. Le Grand Bornand
Labelled as high-Savoy Family Plus Mountain the only national certification awarded to stations, Le Grand Bornand is an amazing village located at 1.300 metres altitude.
It is a cosy destination and a great example of a good life, being the favourite choice for many tourists from all over the world.
4.1 Distance from Geneva
Located 65 kilometres away from Geneva International airport, this magnificent village is easy reach by car in about one hour.
4.2 Slopes details
With its 132 slopes split as follows: 35 green, 45 blue, 45 red and 10 black, Le Grande Bornand is one of the best ski resorts in France near Geneva.
There are 80 ski lifts which serviced about 220 kilometres of pistes with the highest altitude of 2.100 metres.
4.3 Perfect for
This cosy ski resort is perfect for snowboarders, families and intermediates, the place being awarded the Famille Plus label and Top of the French Alps label.
4.4 Where to sleep
Hôtel Le Vermont is our recommendation for this village. The hotel is located close to the ski lifts and within walking minutes from the town centre.
It offers a hot tub, a heated swimming pool and a fitness room.
5. Les Gets
Located between Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc, this place is considered the Mecca of mountain lovers and those looking to spend some memorable moments in an authentic place.
It is a charming village with stone and wood chalets, a magical place where sweetness and lifestyle come together every day.
5.1 Distance from Geneva
One of the most beautiful France ski resorts near Geneva is located just 70 kilometres away from the airport, within one hour drive.
5.2 Slopes details
The ski area is huge; there are more than 650 kilometres of slopes serviced by almost 200 ski lifts.
Most of the pistes are blue (120), but there are also 35 green slopes, 100 red and 33 black slopes.
5.3 Perfect for
This place is by far the best location for families, beginners and intermediates, being awarded Famille Plus label and Top of the French Alps label.
5.4 Where to sleep
Located in the heart of this magnificent town, Chalet-Hôtel Le Labrador, The Originals Relais (Relais du Silence) is our top choice for this place.
It offers an indoor swimming pool, a hammam and a hot tub where you can relax after a long day of ski.
6. La Clusaz
La Clusaz, one of the friendliest ski resorts in France near Geneva is a winter sports and summer resort of the Aravis massif, that has preserved its traditions and its typical chalet architecture.
6.1 Distance from Geneva
The village is located 68 kilometres from Geneva international airport and can be reached by car in about one hour.
6.2 Slopes details
With a total surface of 220 kilometres of piste, La Clusaz is among the best ski resorts in the area.
It has 130 slopes split as follow: 35 green, 45 blue, 45 red and 10 black serviced by about 80 lifts.
6.3 Perfect for
This magnificent village is the perfect destination for beginners, intermediates and families being awarded Famille Plus label and Top of the French Alps label.
6.4 Where to sleep
One of the most beautiful hotels from the area is Hôtel Prestige Odalys Le Chamois, a 4-star hotel located within walking distance from the town centre and the slopes.
Featuring an outdoor heated pool and a spa, the resort is famous for the quality of the services as well as the cleaning from the rooms.
Morzine is also a typical village that has preserved its traditional architecture.
Boasting modern sports facilities, the resort is part of the famous Portes du Soleil ski area (Gateway to the Sun) that links 12 French and Swiss ski resorts and offers 650 km of pistes.
7.1 Distance from Geneva
Located 75 kilometres away from Geneva international airport, this small village is accessible by car in less than one hour and a half.
7.2 Slopes details
One of the best France ski resorts near Geneva has 650 kilometres of pistes serviced by almost 200 lifts.
Spread across the mountains there are 280 slopes out of which 35 are green, 118 blue, 100 red and 33 black.
7.3 Perfect for
This resort is also recommendable for intermediates, beginners and families as there are many green and blue slopes where you can practice skiing the whole day.
7.4 Where to sleep
Hotel le Petit Dru is a great choice for those looking to spend a few nights in Morzine.
The hotel offers amazing views of the mountains and the valleys from around, a great wellness centre and really tasty food ( including lunch boxes if you ask for).
These are by far the best ski resorts in France near Geneva which are accessible by car within about one hour drive.
Their charming atmosphere and vast ski area make from them the perfect winter escape.
Saint Gervais and Les Contamines are other two beautiful areas where you can ski in France close to Geneva but they are located further from the airport. So you can include them into your travel list if you want to see more of what French Alps has to offer.
Have you ever been to one of these places or anywhere else in the French Alps?
I invite you to share with us your experience and which was your favourite part of your trip.