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Affordable Place near Geneva to ski in November

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Affordable Place near Geneva to ski in November

My friend and I are college students looking to do a weekend of skiing near Geneva. Where would be the best place, as far as affordable skiing and lodging, to go from November 15 to 18?

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1. Re: Affordable Place near Geneva to ski in November

The challenge is to find a resort that is open at these dates. Usually November is very quiet. You could check Zermatt or Tignes/Val d'Isere. Both are three hours from Geneva but both are usually opening before the others. And you might find some good bargain given the fact you'd be off-peak. If you can't, do consider January that is in general quiet as well, so many promotions exist.

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2. Re: Affordable Place near Geneva to ski in November

Hi Shelly,

You may want to check in the French Alps, too. Try around Chamonix, etc. There are busses from Geneva to the French Alps.

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3. Re: Affordable Place near Geneva to ski in November

Originally the lifts in Chamonix weren't going to be open until the 8th of December. But they have just adjusted the opening dates web page to say that the Grands Montets lift area might be open on weekends in November (snow dependent):

compagniedumontblanc.fr/fr/…horaires

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4. Re: Affordable Place near Geneva to ski in November

Verbier is open now at weekends and Zinal have announced fhat they will open that weekend.

Note that weekends means Sat and Sun. You may not find anywhere is opening on 15 and 16.

Affordable lodging and in Switzerland is relative... But November is very low season.

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5. Re: Affordable Place near Geneva to ski in November

Only small areas of the resorts will be open. In Verbier this means the Lac des Vaux. Snow is good up there now but it is an easy run, and if you are reaonably good skiers it is a very quick one too! It is not uninteresting though...

Cheapest accomodation close to Verbier would be in le Châble which is also very convenient for the télécabines to les Attelas from whence you ski the lac des Vaux.

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6. Re: Affordable Place near Geneva to ski in November

Hi Hambagahle - Thx for your last post! I've been posting similar questions on the Chamonix forum with out much feedback as yet. We will be in Geneva on the 29th, hoping to ski somewhere close to Geneva on the 30th, 1st and 2nd before coming back to Geneva and flying home. Of all the places that are close (Chamonix, Verbier, Megeve, etc) which one would you recommend for the most potential skiing in two weeks time? Not sure it makes sense to travel to Tignes or Val'disere as they seem to be a good bit further. What do you think?

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7. Re: Affordable Place near Geneva to ski in November

Defintely Verbier. They will open almost everything at the end of November and the snow is already very good there. Megève is way too low. Chamonix is hard to get to from Geneva since there are only two buses a day in each direction. no trains anymore AND the bus only takes you to the centre of the town of Chamonix. The highest skiing (therefore right now the best..) is at Lognan, near Argentière. And you need to get there from Chamonix itself.

For Verbier - train to martigny. 2x hour. Then 30mins to le Châble and you are at les Attelas and skiing down in 20 mins after that. Also frequent trains back until about 8pm...Snow quality is very good. My daughter and her 2 children who live in Verbier skied last weekend. She says it is good and - she knows! Former World Cup competitior. (not the children - yet...!)

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8. Re: Affordable Place near Geneva to ski in November

But as far as I know, Verbier opens on 1 Dec fully, meaning 30th is shut. I don't know anywhere that is opening on weekdays before 1 Dec...

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9. Re: Affordable Place near Geneva to ski in November

Thanks to both, Verbier is sounding better and better. Hambagahle - As far as getting there from Geneva, how does one get to le Châble from martigny? You mentioned that this particular journey takes about 30 minutes..... Thanks!

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10. Re: Affordable Place near Geneva to ski in November

You take a train which connects at the Martigny station with the train from Geneva. Be careful though because of the onward connection from le Châble to Verbier or Ruinettes... Buses and the télécabines stop working around 1930 or so... use the SBB site to get the best connection for your plans.

Once you are in le Châble if you plan to take the bus to verbier you find it at the station. If you want to take the télécabine just walk across the railway line to the télécabne... you see it easily from the station and the crossing is very well marked.

Snow around les Attelas (above Verbier) is good right now.. and Téléverbier says that lifts le Châble to les Attelas, and ski runs lac des Vaux and Attelas Ruinettes are open daily from 24 November.