An Escape to the Alps Featured

 One of the many reasons to visit Geneva is the spitting distance to the highest and most extensive mountain range in Europe. Here's how you can join in on the fun before the snow leaves us for another year.

by Lavinia Pisani 15 March 2018

The Alps extend north from the subtropical Mediterranean coast near Nice, France, to Lake Geneva, before trending east-northeast to Vienna. Whether in Geneva for a business trip, or leisure time, a day out in the mountains is a day well spent. Within a few bus stops from the city center, and a short cable car ride, you will have the chance to treat yourself with some winter hikes and cross-country tracks on Mont-Salève.

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There are more activities to do during wintertime in-and-around Geneva though. An unforgettable one could be, for example, planning a sled dog experience. No special training is needed to be taken around from a bunch of fluffy Huskies.

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Another fun thing to do, perfect also for team building purposes, is building an igloo. Venues, in the Alps or Jura mountains, are as close as a 30minutes drive. A set of required skills involve organization, preparation, support, processing and endurance. 

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With 3 permanent municipal rinks, 2 featuring attached outdoor ice, speeding across a glossy frozen surface may sound nice. The time frame to work on your graceful ice skating moves stretches from October through March. Go take a twill at natural rink Lac de Joux for instance. 

No need to say there are plenty of ski and snowboarding slopes to hit from downtown Geneva such as AvoriazLa Clusaz, or Chamonix for about an hour drive.

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A less sportive and more cultural activity to consider, would be to read that book that has been sitting on your night table for months, while enjoying the stunning view of a white topped scenery.

For more on what to do in Geneva, visit our Destinations page