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family skiing near Geneva

We are new to Geneva and are looking for a place to take our family and visiting friends from America, all with small children/ very beginner skiers. We are looking to stay 1-2 nights so a close proximity to Geneva is important. Ay suggestions?
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We are new to Geneva and are looking for a place to take our family and visiting friends from America, all with small children/ very beginner skiers. We are looking to stay 1-2 nights so a close proximity to Geneva is important. Ay suggestions?
It's been a while, but the places we enjoyed going to were Les Gets (France) and St. Cergue (Switzerland), and just a little bit further away and bigger Morzine and La Clusaz (both in France).
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Re: family skiing near Geneva

A spot that we went to a few years ago was les diablerets. It is a smaller ski area but seemed very nice.
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Re: family skiing near Geneva

Samoëns is a very nice resort and has plenty of green slopes for beginners



Has blues/reds/blacks as well...



Highly recommend using Go Massif www.gomassif.com if you need a transfer from Geneva to Samoëns or anywhere in the Grand Massif.
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Re: family skiing near Geneva

Some ideas in this thread may help.

Porte du Soleil with young kids
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Re: family skiing near Geneva

Another place less than hour's drive from Geneva is Villars-Gryon. Once you get the train up to Bretaye, there are some very easy/baby slopes for beginners, and is where the ski-school is based.
http://www.villars.ch/en/index.cfm
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Re: family skiing near Geneva

I don't know if this was mentioned before but now that we have a little snow Mont Jura will be open.. very small, but family friendly and very near GE.

http://www.monts-jura.com/en/welcome/index.php
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Re: family skiing near Geneva

Monts Jura gets a hearty recommenation as a family friendly place. As does Les Rousses as well, also in the Jura. http://www.st-cergue-station.ch/

The big difference with kids in smaller resorts is the ease with which you can get them onto ski's, and skiing (logistical ease), as car parks are usually right beside the chairlifts. Slopes tend to be emptier as well, particularly the swiss ones around la dole.
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Re: family skiing near Geneva

I'd have a look at Col de La Faucille, which is very close indeed. You wouldn't have to stay overnight, so maybe not what you want.
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I don't know if this was mentioned before but now that we have a little snow Mont Jura will be open.. very small, but family friendly and very near GE.

http://www.monts-jura.com/en/welcome/index.php
If you have a car (or can rent one), then take the col de "la faucille" area which is suitable for beginners even for small children.

If you want to go by train then St. Cergue is your best option (take the train to nyon and another train ride going up st. cergue.

This two are the closest you can find in geneva within suisse. You will have more choices in neighboring france but you'll need a car (or look for some beginners package which goes by bus from geneva).
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Re: family skiing near Geneva

I would recommend Les Rousses( http://www.lesrousses.com/index.php?L=1&id=297), not very far from Geneva. Another one very close to Les Rousses is St Cergue (http://www.st-cergue-tourisme.ch/en/index.php). You may want to look at their websites and they English version.

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Re: family skiing near Geneva

I am a Jura fan and conditions are excellent at the moment in Métabief-Mtd'Or- closer to Lausanne than Geneva though (52km from Lausanne, 50 mins).

You could go the other way, to the Alps: La Clusaz is quite close, and also Morzine (52km/1 hour) and as said above, Samoens (62km/1h10)- or indeed the Swiss Alps, Villars, Leysins, Torgon for access to whole of Portes du Soleil from Plan de Croix, Les Marécottes, Verbier, Bruson, and so many more.

Trains from Geneva all have linked postal bus to all the resorts on either side of the Rhone Valley- and of course trains to Bruson-Verbier via change at Martigny.
There are also lots of bus companies offering transfers to the French resorts.

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Re: family skiing near Geneva

Les Rousses in the Jura Mountains is a nice skiing resort, you can take a train directly inside the airport to Nyon and then take an other old and nice train from Nyon to La Cure.

Les Rousses has different ski resorts for alpine skiing and cross country skiing.
You would see in La Dôle´s peak , the most stunning view to the Alps.

Check the Jura Mountains information and skiing map on this website http://mountain.direct/jura-mountains/

Have a good ride!!!
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Re: family skiing near Geneva

We are from North America and have been here for a couple of years and we like Col de La Faucille, and it is relatively close.
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