Whether you’re an expert skier or just beginning, the Lake Geneva region offers many fun snow activities.

It contains three guides, the first two organized by sport. These guides will be built in January, so keep an eye out for updates. A third event, scheduled for the end of January, will be organized by a resort. The guides are arranged alphabetically. If you are searching for cross-country skiing areas or plan to take Cousin Heloise out snowboarding for a day in Verbier and wonder what to do with Grandmother, we want to make these easy to use.

In addition to the offers in this region, we will also be increasing the information in Switzerland and France during the winter months. And please tell us what you’d like to be added to the guide to the editor. We are a community service website, so you are part of it!

General information and tips, winter 2007

Icy ground Insurance

from 2006-07 most resorts in Switzerland began offering a Snow Care program for SFr4 per day for accident-related costs, including RC coverage for injuries to others. However, this does not cover your medical care!

Equipment

GL tip: Soulier Sports in Biere, Vaud has a reputation for offering excellent rental prices: Their Contact Number is # 021 809 5483. The most expensive option is renting equipment by the day. Daily rates drop dramatically as you rent for more extended periods.

Schools and communes typically sell used ski equipment in November at annual sales. Be alert for damage on used ski equipment, but these sales can be the best deal for skiers with fast-growing kids.

Transport

It is necessary to wear winter tires if you want to go higher than 800 meters from November to April, more or less; they are also helpful at lake level during winter. If you’re driving to resorts, make sure your car has chains and know how to use them! Chains are rarely used below 1,000 meters and only at resorts when the snow is falling heavily. Compared to French ski resorts, Swiss resorts are better at maintaining roadways and parking lots. In larger resorts, parking can cost from SFr5-10 per day (Aminona, VS).

Family deals

Most area resorts offer free skiing to those under nine, including Les Diablerets, Château-d’Oex/Rougemont, Gstaad, Les Mosses/La Lecherette, Villars-Gryon, and Leysin because we can all be kids in the snow.

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