Deciding where to ski in Europe is no easy task – the skiing, scenery, snow, and culture vary hugely by region and resort! The best skiing is often within the somewhat confusingly large ski areas with multiple resorts and miles of lift-linked slopes. To help you out, we’ve teamed up with our local experts including Leo and Heather to pick out the best ski resort to base at.
- Varied, scenic skiing of all difficulty levels
- Plenty of sheltered, tree-lined slopes for bad weather days
- Quick and affordable transfers from the major international airport at Geneva
- Has one of the best snow records in the Alps, but…
- …relatively low altitude elsewhere in the ski area and an Atlantic-influenced climate increases the risk of rain low down
- Slow lifts in some parts of the Portes du Soleil network, especially on the Swiss side
- The French resorts including Avoriaz see more crowds than the Swiss resorts
KNOWN FOR: Highest altitude resort in Portes du Soleil which allows for some of the best snowfall in the ski area
Ski area: Portes du Soleil
Avoriaz offers easy access to Portes du Soleil, one of the world’s largest ski areas, providing relaxed, cross-border cruising a stone’s throw from Geneva. Sitting on the French side, Avoriaz is the highest of the dozen-or-so, lift-linked resorts that make up the ski area. It’s a car-free, purpose-built “village” on a sunny plateau high above larger Morzine and like Châtel, the village offers more lodging options than other resorts in the region. The local slopes link directly into the main skiing circuit and often have the best conditions in the area when snow is poor, thanks to their altitude. When the weather closes in there are local trees, or you can hop across to further wooded runs above Morzine.