Named as 'Best Airport' by World Snow Awards, there's no doubt that Geneva Airport is a popular choice for skiers. With many French Alps ski resorts within driving distance of the airport, flying to Geneva means short transfer times and more time on the slopes

You can fly to Geneva from many UK airports including Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff, Southampton and London Airports. Compared to flying to other airports in France, flights to Geneva tend to be better value for money. Once there, there is an excellent range of car rental options such as Avis, Enterprise and Hertz; as well as airport transfer companies. 

Ski Resorts Near Geneva

To save you time researching (which could be better spent packing) we’ve created a list of the best ski resorts near Geneva Airport. Head to the bottom of the page for an interactive map of the different journeys! 

All of the resorts listed have easy transfer times. 

NEAREST SKI RESORTS TO GENEVA: Aravis, Mont Blanc & Chamonix

1. Praz de Lys: The best resort you've never heard of and only 65km from Geneva (under an hour)

Quick Ski Facts:

  • 56 slopes (7 green, 28 blue, 12 red, 6 black)
  • 50km piste
  • 23 lifts
  • Top resort height of 1980m 

Praz de Lys, recently reviewed by Roger Moss of Mountain Passions, is great for families, beginners and cross-country skiers. Praz de Lys has 11 restaurants and a couple of bars. 

Journey Summary:
Leave Cointrin on the Route de l’Aéroport until it turns into the Route de Pré-Bois, turn onto Route de Vernier, turn onto A1/E25/E62 *enter France* and turn right. Stay on the A40/E25 until exit towards La Vallee Verte, turn left onto the D903. Turn onto the D9 until it becomes the D907. Turn onto D308 and continue to Praz de Lys.

2. La ClusazA 68km from Geneva (approximately 65 minutes*)

Quick Ski Facts: 

  • 131 slopes (36 green, 45 blue, 44 red, 10 black)
  • 80 lifts
  • 220km piste
  • Top resort height of 2600m

Journalist Rob Freeman recently gave 'A Perfect Ten for La Clusaz' in his recent review on MadDogSki. La Clusaz is great for beginners, intermediates and families (Aravis has been awarded the Famille Plus label and the Top of the French Alps label (TOTFA)). For après-ski, La Clusaz has 10 bars and restaurants, a nightclub, a cinema and, 200 shops and services.

Journey Summary: 
Leave Cointrin on the Route de l’Aéroport until it turns into the Route de Pré-Bois, turn onto Route de Vernier, turn onto A1/E25/E62 *enter France* and turn right. Stay on the A40/E25 until exit towards Bonneville, turn onto the Avenue du Mont Blanc/D1203, turn onto D12, turn onto D4, take 3rd exit to D909 and continue to La Clusaz.

3. Le Grand Bornand: A 65km journey in approximately 62 minutes*

Quick Ski Facts:

  • 131 slopes (36 green, 45 blue, 44 red, 10 black)
  • 220km pistes
  • 80 lifts 
  • Top resort height of 2100m

Rob Freeman also visited Le Grand Bornand, where he was 'totally charmed'. Le Grand Bornand is good for intermediates, snowboarders and families (Le Grand Bornand has the Famille Plus label and the Top of the French Alps label (TOTFA)). Le Grand Bornand's après-ski options include 30 restaurants and bars in the village plus 15 altitude restaurants.

Journey Summary: 
Leave Cointrin on the Route de l’Aéroport until it turns into the Route de Pré-Bois, turn onto Route de Vernier, turn onto A1/E25/E62 *enter France* and turn right. Stay on the A40/E25 until exit towards Bonneville, turn onto the Avenue du Mont Blanc/D1203, turn onto D12, turn onto the D224 which turns into the D4 and continue onto Le Grand Bornand.

THE LARGEST SKI AREA NEAR GENEVA: Portes du Soleil

4. Les Gets: A 72km journey in approximately 79 minutes*

Quick Ski Facts:

  • 280 slopes (34 green, 119 blue, 101 red, 32 black)
  • 650km pistes
  • 196 lifts
  • Top resort height of 2350m

Les Gets is great for beginners, intermediates and families (Les Gets has the Famille Plus label and the Top of the French Alps label (TOTFA)). For après-ski Les Gets has restaurants, shops, cinema, several bars, a nightclub and bowling.

Journey Summary: 
Leave Cointrin on the Route de l’Aéroport until it turns into the Route de Pré-Bois, turn onto Route de Vernier, turn onto A1/E25/E62 *enter France* and turn right. This turns into the A40/E25/E712, exit towards La Vallee Vert and turn onto the D903. Turn onto the D907 and continue. Turn onto the D307 before turning onto the D902, continue to Les Gets.

5. Morzine: A 78km journey in 86 minutes*

Quick Ski Facts:

  • 280 slopes (34 green, 119 blue, 101 red, 32 black
  • 650km pistes
  • 196 lifts
  • Top resort height of 2350m

Morzine is good for beginners, intermediates and families (Morzine has the Famille Plus label and the Top of the French Alps label (TOTFA)). The après-ski options at Morzine are the 10 altitude restaurants, lots of bars, 2 cinemas, clubs, shops, etc.

Journey Summary: 
Leave Cointrin on the Route de l’Aéroport until it turns into the Route de Pré-Bois, turn onto Route de Vernier, turn onto A1/E25/E62 *enter France* and turn right. This turns into the A40/E25/E712, exit towards La Vallee Vert and turn onto the D903. Exit at Contamine-sur-Arve, and follow the D9 which turns into the D20. Turn onto the D907, turn onto the D902, turn onto the D28, D128, D354, and continue on the D228 to Morzine.

THE BEST RESORTS FOR APRES-SKI: Grand Massif

6. Samoens: A 74km journey in 71 minutes*

Quick Ski Facts:

  • 144 slopes (34 green, 119 blue, 101 red, 32 black)
  • 265km pistes
  • 196 lifts
  • Top resort height of 2500m

Journalist Jane Knight described Samoens as, "both a ski resort and a typical French village. This is the real France, full of colourful locals...as French villages go, it is one of the prettiest, listed as a historic monument, and nestling at the base of seven mountains" in The Guardian. Samoens is best for beginners, intermediates and free-riders. The resort has many great options for après-ski with 30 restaurants, 15 bars, cinema, shops and a tea room.

Journey Summary: 
Leave Cointrin on the Route de l’Aéroport until it turns into the Route de Pré-Bois, turn onto Route de Vernier, turn onto A1/E25/E62 *enter France* and turn right. Stay on the A40/E25 until exit towards Bonneville and turn onto the D19. Turn onto the D26, D6, D902. Turn onto D4 and continue to the D907 to Samoens.

7. Les Carroz d’Araches: A 72km journey in 56 minutes*

Quick Ski Facts:

  • 145 slopes (20 green, 64 blue, 50 red, 14 black)
  • 245km pistes
  • 71 lifts
  • Top resort height of 2840m

Les Carroz d'Araches is good for intermediates, snowboarders and families (Les Carroz has the Famille Plus label). For après-ski, the resort has 27 restaurants and bars, 1 nightclub, 1 cinema and their own DJ on the floodlit Timalet slope on selected dates.

Journey Summary: 
Leave Cointrin on the Route de l’Aéroport until it turns into the Route de Pré-Bois, turn onto Route de Vernier, turn onto A1/E25/E62 *enter France* and turn right. Stay on the A40/E25 until exit towards Cluses-Centre. Take D1205 until close to Magland turn onto D6. Then: Chemin de Creve-Coeur, Chemin du Grand Clos, Route de la Mairie, then follow the D106 to Araches.

FAMILY SKI RESORTS NEAR GENEVA: Mont Blanc and Chamonix Valley

8. Les Houches: A 92km journey in 62 minutes*

Quick Ski Facts:

  • 69 slopes  (8 green, 28 blue, 20 red, 10 black)
  • 108km pistes
  • 19 lifts
  • Top resort height of 1900m

Les Houches is best for intermediates, non-skiers and families (Les Houches has the Famille Plus label). Les Houches many activities include paragliding, climbing, tree-adventure park, tours of the Saint Bernard breeding centre, walking with donkeys, ice rink and sledging.

Journey Summary: 
Leave Cointrin on the Route de l’Aéroport until it turns into the Route de Pré-Bois, turn onto Route de Vernier, turn onto A1/E25/E62 *enter France* and turn right. Stay on the A40/E25 until exit towards Les Houches-Centre, turn left D213 to Les Houches.

9. Saint Gervais: A 85km journey in 60 minutes*

Quick Ski Facts:

  • 219 slopes (37 green, 63 blue, 84 red, 33 black)
  • 445km pistes
  • 83 lifts
  • Top resort height of 2350m

Saint Gervais is great for beginners, intermediates, snowboarders, non-skiers and families (Saint Gervais has the Famille Plus label). Tramway du Mont-Blanc, showshoe hiking, climbing, ice skating, paragliding, ski jeering, hot air ballooning, swimming pool, thermal spa and the Mont Blanc baths, are just some of the activities offered in Saint Gervais. 

Journey Summary: 
Leave Cointrin on the Route de l’Aéroport until it turns into the Route de Pré-Bois, turn onto Route de Vernier, turn onto A1/E25/E62 *enter France* and turn right. Stay on the A40/E25 until exit towards Saint-Gervais-Les-Bains.

Directions from Geneva Airport to the French Alps

Here's our helpful map of directions from Geneva Airport to La Clusaz, Le Grand Bornand, Les Gets, Morzine, Samoens, Les Carroz d'Araches, Les Houches, St Gervais and Praz de Lys. 

Click the icon in the top left-hand corner for more options. 

  

Click the top left button to see driving directions from Geneva Airport to the top 9 ski resorts.

 

For more information on the Famille Plus label and the Top of the French Alps label (TOTFA) please see here.

*Transfer times and journey summaries have been calculated using 'Via Michelin Maps & Route Planner'.

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