/ Ski recommendations - less than 2 hrs transfer from Geneva
We'd organise a private hire transfer or jump on one of the transfer buses
Morzine? Haven't been, but OH has a couple of times as a mate works there, and reckons it's a good option.
Avoriaz - plenty to do there, but I like Dougs idea of Verbier. Never been, but it definitely appeals.
I'll have a look Doug - arriving at night though so my options may be a bit limited on train.
Switzerland side...... Nendaz would be in reach and cheaper than Verbier.
Morzine is best bet for a short break, I had a 4 day trp there myself. Morzine has a lot of private hotels with more chance of getting a 4 day booking than maybe in one of the purpose built resorts which wil be let out for a whole week at a time. Skiing in Morzine is extensive, but the uplift from Morzine to Avoriaz is relatively quick to access the most challenging skiing.
What's wrong with Chamonix?
Chatel, in portes du Soleil so same area as Morzine but the other side of it. Gives a more varied local ski area and is 1 hr 20 mins transfer from GVA.
I may be biased as I went there 7 years ago and have now spent 6 soon to be 7 winters there, with still more stuff to ski!
On a powder day alot of the 'locals' from Morzine will be found over in the Chatel area which says alot.
> What's wrong with Chamonix?
Absolutely nothing - love Chamonix - just looking for alternatives
I'm adding my vote to the folks suggesting Haute Nendaz. You get there in 2-3 hrs (first by train to Sion and then by postal bus up to Nendaz). Accomodation is cheaper (damn expensive anyways ;) ) Then you can either buy a skipass for Printze region, which is great in its own right, or buy a full 4 Valles pass to include Mont Fort and Verbier. What we usually do is stay in Nendaz and ski in Printze area and then buy a day extensions to the rest of the 4 Valles.
Courmayeur - generally gets more snow than Chamonix, some nice slack country skiing though thesis of the lifts are rather ancient.
Lots of good suggestions
Flaine is well worth it if all the Grand Massif links are open
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Have done loads of these long weekend trips for skiing and climbing as the early flight out of Edinburgh always allows action on the hill by 1130/1200.
We've always hired a car though which between 4 isn't too expensive.
Then the only other thing to book is a base.
We've had trips (esp January) when it's snowed very heavily every day but we've just headed to the low lying tree resorts. Would have been stuffed without wheels in some places.
Other trips when we've made trips to resorts with better snow- local areas hard packed in the sun and effectively no off piste- yet 30-45 mins away north facing or more recent snow has saved the day. Nothing worse than sun baked slopes if you're only out for a few days.
Depends what you're looking for but we've nearly always found that to find best touring/off piste on such a short trip a car is very handy.
Funnily enough Chamonix as a base allows all options in all directions!
For what it's worth- we skied Verbier for a day at the end of a long touring trip and whilst it had some fine skiing i wouldn't put it in the same class as the other mega resorts. Lifts were awful- We all thought not a great place to come back to with the kids either- TBars left right and centre.
may just blow your two hour deadline though...
Glad to see that someone else has dared to suggest that Verbier is not in quite the same class as other unmentioned mega resorts, sorry it just dosent quite cut it..
There are a few over on the Vessonaz/Mayens-des-Ours side but not many. Going piste skiing in Verbier is like going on a sport climbing trip to Chamonix. You can do it, you'll have fun, but it kind of misses the point.
Verbier's original reputation comes from the off-piste. What's happened is many people like to go there because of this reputation without understanding its basis, and most of those people can't make the most of the off-piste. As a piste resort it is pretty mediocre, but most people don't want to admit (or aren't aware) that it isn't that great having paid all that money, so the misconstrued reputation is perpetuated. Off-piste it is awesome (either lift accessed or by hiking/touring for a while to find your lines).
Imagine you are only going out for a long weekend and the "off piste" aint in nick. -ie- rock solid and sun baked. Then i can think of loads of other places i'd rather go than Verbier! I'm glad we only spent a day there utilising the lifts having spent 10 days touring in beautiful unspoilt places!
Conversely if the conditions are great I can't think of many places I'd rather go than Verbier for easy access powder.
Trois vallees - great variety and snow sure in Val Thorens
> Trois vallees - great variety and snow sure in Val Thorens
Over 3 hours from Geneva so doesn't meet the criteria
Villars - gryon - diablarets, 1.30 from Geneva to aigle, bus or taxi around 20 mins from their no need for car as all 3 are linked by chairlifts during day bus at night
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