Located a mere 88km from Geneva airport, the infamous resort of Chamonix is renowned the world over for its adrenaline inducing slopes and postcard picture scenery. As if the daylight hour activities weren’t enough, Chamonix also boasts a lively nightlife and host of fine dining opportunities.
St Anton, Austria
Widely cited as the best ski resort in Austria, St Anton is largely intended for the experienced skier and offers an unparalleled number and variety of slopes. However, if you’re feeling less adventurous then the many slope-side bars and restaurants offer an opportunity to kick back and observe the vibrant ski scene.
A short 65km from Innsbruck Airport lies Mayrhofen, a 630m high village with a buzzy atmosphere and a great many skiing opportunities for intermediate and advanced skiers alike. The destination is especially accommodating to snowboarders, who customarily gather in April for the annual Snowbombing festival.
Over the years Verbier has grown to become synonymous with deep pockets and a wealth skiing experience. The resort is a good two hours from the similarly expensive Geneva and offers everything from exceptional restaurants to extravagant nightlife for those staying atop the slopes.
Conveniently located less than two hours from Geneva, Villars is a quintessentially Swiss skiing resort otherwise known for its high-life boarding schools. Although Villars’s prices are towards the higher end of the scale, there are a great many opportunities for inexperienced skiers to test their competence in the sport.