Find out which are the best ski resorts within an hour of the Swiss towns of
Montreux and Lausanne - Lake Geneva
We have skiied most of the resorts in the Valais area and there are many gems with world-class skiing and facilities for all abilities.
One of the great things about the resorts in the West of the canton is their proximity to the popular towns of Lausanne and Montreux at the east end of Lake Geneva.
SnowPros head instructor Dave has picked his favourite ski resorts that are an hours drive from Lake Geneva.
This makes them perfect for a weekend break or day trip for residents living near the lake.
Journey time: 45min Lausanne : 30min Montreux
love to ski in Villars. I love the sense of history about the place and I love to ski back down and race the train from Bretaye and ski next to the train line that comes up from the valley below.
The terrain is perfect for beginners and lower intermediates and it's a great place to teach with a friendly atmosphere.
Journey time: 1h15 Lausanne : 1hr Montreux
When we get a chance to go and ski in Verbier, it often feels like we are taking a trip to a big city. The town is massive compared to the alpine villages that we normally teach in.
Verbier is linked into the 4 Valleys ski area which means you can also ski Nendaz, Veysonnaz, Thyon, Bruson and La Tzoumaz.
Journey time: 50min Lausanne : 35min Montreux
This is our most popular resort at the weekends. The easy access, quiet slopes and fantastic terrain for all levels which means it’s a great spot for weekend skiing.
Morgins is a charming little Valais village in the Portes du Soleil ski area and is the last Swiss resort before you cross over into the French sector in the Haute Savoie.
Journey time: 60min Lausanne: 45min Montreux
We aren’t often over the other side of the border skiing with our French brothers and sisters but when we do, we love to ski in Chatel, in the Portes du Soleil.
Chatel is a typical Haute Savoie village which has managed to retain it’s charming character despite a massive amount of development in recent years.
Journey time: 50min Lausanne: 35min Montreux
I'm always really happy when we have clients book with us to ski in Champery. I always think of Champery as a sort of mini, unspoilt Verbier but with lots more alpine charm and friendliness.
There is something magical about heading up on the big red Planachaux cable car up to 2000m and walking out onto the snow into panoramic views of the Dents du Midi and Dents Blanche.
Journey time: 2h10 Lausanne: 1h55 Montreux
Ok so this is a bit further than an hour but I love Saas Fee.
I love it for the charming little village that it is, as well as the glacier that gives us our summer skiing and the amazing autumn skiing that often offers up over 1000 vertical meters in early November.