If you are looking for Swiss ski resorts 1 hour from Geneva, look no further. Being a couple of a snowboarder🏂 and a skier⛷ we have explored several very good options ☺️. Any spot from our list can be perfect for 1 day trip, reachable by train and also offers other winter fun like cross-country skiing or sledging.
Villars-sur-Ollon/ Les Diablerets (CH)
Distance from Geneva: 1h 15 min by car, 2h 5 min by train
The Villars, Gryon and Les Diablerets together form 112 km of fantastic ski area! The 3 interconnected resorts with their perfect location in the middle of Alpes vaudoises are a must for any level of skier. There are several easy slops for beginners to feel comfortable and confident. More experienced skiers will find their fun too, like going down the Combe d’Audon, one of the most difficult black slopes in the region or descending the 8 kilometres long Red Run!
Getting there: 2h5 min from Geneva by train (transfer at Aigle by bus, transfer at Bex -train) via sbb.ch
Season 2021 opening: December 19, 2020 – April 11, 2021, from 08:45 to 16:30
Activities, facilities: snow gardens for kids, sledging
Distance from Geneva: 1h by car, 2h20 min by train
Champery is a dream come true: you get on a ski lift where the train drops you off directly in the middle of the village! And you are off to the ski slopes of Champery-Les Crosets!
The resort offers 8 blue slopes, 8 red and 4 black slopes. And if you are not into the downhill skiing, you can indulge into cross-country skiing, skating & sledging.
Getting there: by train (transfer at Aigle by train) via sbb.ch
Season 2021 opening: December 2020 – April 11, 2021
Activities, facilities: skating, sledging, cross-country skiing, snowshoe walks
Distance from Geneva: 1h by train, 35 min by car
We would recommend this spot more for family snow fun: sledging, snow walks and just playing with kids or like kids in the snow☺️.
Although at St-Cergue you will find only 2 red slopes and 1 for beginners but at the same time it’s one of the very few Swiss ski resorts 1 hour from Geneva by train. Perfect destination for a day trip that doesn’t need a lot of commute.
Getting there: 1h by train (change the train at Nyon) via sbb.ch
Activities, facilities: cross-country skiing, ice-skating, sled dogs
Distance from Geneva: 1h 53 min by car, 2h 5min by train
Verbier is a base for the 4 Vallées ski area, a paradise for free riders! This is a vast ski area of 400 km of snow slopes and 100 lifts that take you to the ski runs fit to different skiing levels. On top one can choose from ski touring, heli-skiing, and freeride, snowshoe and cross-country skiing. In La Tzoumas you can indulge in the longest sledge run 🛷 in Swiss Romande (French-speaking part of Switzerland).
Getting there: 2h by train via sbb.ch. There is a direct “Verbier Express” train that runs on week-ends and some public holidays. Otherwise you’d be changing trains in Matigny.
Season 2021 opening: 28 November, 2020 – 25 April, 2021
Activities, facilities: ski touring, heli-skiing, and freeride, snowshoe, and cross-country skiing
Les Mosses / Leysin (CH)
Distance from Geneva: 1h 31 min by car, 1h 50 min by train
The 3 interconnected resorts of Leysin, Les Mosses & La Lécherette form together 100 kilometres of pistes for skiers and snowboarders.
Both Les Mosses and La Lécherette are loved by families. First, it is easy to access, second snow covers this area very early in the season, and third, there is a huge snow garden for kids with a “magic” carpet that takes the kids up the slope hands-free ☺️.
Getting there: you can reach les Mosses by train 1h 50 min (change the train in Aigle) via sbb.ch
Activities, facilities: snow park for freestylers
As a bonus, although it’s 2h+ from Geneva, we also recommend Crans-Montana (CH) as one of the highly popular ski resorts in the region.
Distance from Geneva: 2h 23 min by car, 2h 33min by train
Probably the furthest away skiing resort from Geneva on our list, yet all 140 km of ski pistes are south-facing! And the views are amazing from the height of anything between 1500 and 3000 m.
Getting there: 2h33min by train (change at Sierre and take funicular to Montana station) via sbb.ch
Season 2021 opening: 14 November 2020- 16 April 2021
Activities, facilities: heliski, cross-country skiing, freeride, snowpark