Driving from Geneva Airport to the Three Valleys, Espace Killy and Paradiski

What is the best way of driving from Geneva Airport to the big resorts of the Tarentaise Valley? The resorts we are talking about here are Méribel, Courchevel, Les Menuires, Val Thorens, Les Arcs, La Plagne, Tignes, Val d’Isere and all of the smaller villages in between.

There are two main options when driving from Geneva airport to the 3 Valleys, Paradiski or Espace Killy, with some sub-options.

Option 1: Motorway via Chambéry

If you type Geneva airport to any of the above resorts in to a mapping application, the first choice is often to take the long way round, and travel via Chambéry. Whilst on a good day this could take a few minutes less than option 2, the route via Chambéry is almost 50 km further (approx 35 miles). On top of this, it takes you much, much further on France’s expensive motorways so not only will you spend loads more on fuel, but you will also spend more money on tolls.

The upside with option 1 is that there is slightly less chance of getting lost. You follow signs out of Geneva airport for France, then Annecy, then Chambéry then Albertville. When you are on the dual carriageway at Albertville this is where you meet up with the route of option 2.

Option 2: Via Lake Annecy

If you are quite confident driving in a foreign country, and you have a bit of a sense of direction, then take this option.

After taking the new motorway from Geneva to Annecy, leave the motorway at Annecy-Sud (Annecy South) and follow the green signs for Albertville. This will take you through Annecy and then along the shores of Lake Annecy, which is lovely.

If you have a sat nav or a map, then try to go on the other side of the Lake, via Talloires. Not only is the traffic quieter on this side but the views are even better.

Option 3: Transfers from Geneva to 3 Valleys, Paradiski and Espace Killy

You might not have been expecting a third option, but it is by far the best. Use the FindTransfers website to find the best price on transfers from Geneva Airport.

With option 3, you do not have the stress of driving, the expense of parking an empty car and you get to see the amazing views.

Good luck and have a great time!

 

Where to find early snow?

Many of us just cannot wait for the winter season to start and why should we? There are plenty of options in Europe where you can get your early snow fix and have a great holiday. Thanks to the time of the year and the reduced number of open runs you can get a great deal on lift pass prices and many chalet and tour operators offer excellent deals for early dates.

Tignes, France

Tignes is a great option in France for some early skiing. Thanks to its glacier it is open during most of the autumn. There has been some early snow already this autumn so people have already had the pleasure of putting some fresh tracks down! You get an impressive 20km terrain to ski on and an altitude difference of 750 metres. There is plenty of fun to be had there! Your best option for getting to Tignes is to fly to Geneva and arrange your airport transfer from there. Have a look at transfer options from Geneva airport to Tignes here.

Val Thorens, France

Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in Europe which makes it the perfect choice for anyone looking for early snow. Most skiing takes place at over 2000 metres so the snow is pretty much guaranteed. Lifts this year will open on the 23rd of November – depending on snow conditions of course this could even be earlier. For early dates your best option is to fly to Geneva or Lyon and get a transfer from there. For private or shared transfers please have a look here.

Cervinia, Italy

If you prefer looking at the Matterhorn from the Italian side then you can stay in Cervinia. Skiing here is usually possible from late October thanks to the high altitude and the glacier. What can be better than a great day on the slopes followed by a satisfying slice of pizza?

You can fly to Turin or Milan and look for transfers here.

Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt is not just the home to the Swiss half of the famous Matterhorn but it is also an excellent place for some early glacier skiing. The views are fabulous, the food is great and in general the standard of accommodation is very high in Zermatt. We can highly recommend it!

Consider flying to Zurich or Geneva. The best transfer option is usually to go by train but if there is a group of you then private transfers can work out better. Have a look on our homepage. There are other good resorts in Switzerland for early snow, check out Saas Fee, Gstaad, Laax or St Moritz.

Livigno, Italy

For another option in Italy you can try Livigno, one of the highest resorts in Europe with runs going up to 3000m. If we get some early snow then skiing starts as early as the end of November. Livigno has a special duty-free status, which makes staying here even cheaper and more attractive! The resort itself is charming and traffic-free. There is also a new Spa centre in Livigno so you can relax there after a good day of skiing. You can fly to Zurich or any of the Milan airports and look for airport transfers on our main page.

Åre, Sweden

Fancy trying something a bit different? Well then, why not head to Åre in Sweden this November? It will be a different experience from skiing in the Alps and you can get to know this fantastic country with its lovely people a bit better. Åre offers excellent quality pistes and accommodation options, but the downside is that food and alcohol is in general a bit more expensive than in Alpine resorts.

Your best option is to fly to Stockholm.

Sölden, Austria

Sölden offers year-round skiing thanks to its 2 glaciers. This makes this lovely Austrian resort the perfect early ski destination. It usually re-opens at the end of October on the glaciers and additional areas might be opened depending on the snow conditions. Sölden is also a great choice if you like après-ski .

Fly to Innsbruck and fill out our quick form to receive no obligation quotes from local transfer companies for airport transfers.

Obergurgl, Austria

Obergurgl doesn’t have a glacier to boost its early season chances but it is one of the most snow-sure resorts in the Alps. It is the perfect choice for an early season trip. Obergurgl doesn’t only offer snow-sure peaks but also top quality accommodation where you can relax after a great day of skiing.

To get to Obergurgl fly to Innsbruck and have a look for airport transfers from Innsbruck airport to Obergurgl here.