If you're a dedicated powder hound looking for a winter adventure, you can't go past the Swiss Alps. The region is a Mecca for extreme winter sports devotees and there is no shortage of places to challenge your body, excite your mind and stoke the fires in your frozen heart. |
Here are a few extreme terrain resorts to consider for a short or weekend break, which are all within easy access of Geneva airport. Your next ski adventure could come quicker than you thought!
Verbier is legendary for its appeal to extreme skiers, with a massive terrain that's tailor-made for freeriding. The "Xtreme Verbier" annual ski and boarding comp here is considered the most radical on the planet, but for the rest of the year the fun goes just as hard.
Its incredible location, sunny aspect and gnarly terrain make it one of the most popular resorts in Switzerland for advanced skiers and boarders and, with skiing up at 3,330m, the elevation means it’s also one of the most snow sure. If you need proof, as well as the Xtreme Verbier it plays host to a slew of other fast and furious championships including the Verbier High Five, where you can pit your skills against the pros. Go on, you know you want to!
Get there: Geneva airport transfers will take just two hours to deliver you to the resort.
Leysin is the dream come true you didn't even know existed! Catering to free riders and freestylers over around 85% of its terrain, you'll be able to take advantage of some pretty impressive slope stats. If you're looking to up the ante with your tricks, there's a superb terrain park with a half pipe, and across 29 pistes there's more than 1000m of awesome vertical descent over 60kms.
With around a third of the pistes graded advanced and another 15% expert, there's a lot to choose from if you want to go hard – and, at an elevation of 1263m, you'll be skiing with the sun a good proportion of the time. Happy days.
Get there: Pre-book one of the Geneva airport ski transfers and you'll be checking in to your accommodation just an hour and 40 minutes after you land.
Nendaz is Verbier's crazy (and much cheaper) little sister; at 1400m it has all the benefits of the more famous resort and quite a few of its own as well.
If you're in the know (and now you are!), just a few lift rides will link you to Mont Fort and its heart-stopping off-piste action. If you're looking to try something completely new and off the wall…drum roll…how fast do the words "heli-boarding" make your heart pump? Thought so. Nendaz is the perfect place to get into this full-throttle adventure; your pilot will drop you off in the icy heart of the Rosablanche glacier to begin the thrill of a lifetime. Make your own way home through the amazing backcountry – don’t forget your GoPro!
Get there: Nendaz is two hours away on Geneva airport ski transfers.
If you're looking for all the adventure but with a more laidback kind of vibe, Anzere is your kind of place. While it's a lot smaller than other resorts in Switzerland, where it excels is in its chilled-out vibe and reliable snow cover – more than 800cm a year. The south facing slopes get loads of sun and there are plenty of bars on the mountain to stop and fuel up for the next run.
More than 60% of the runs at Anzere are for advanced and expert skiers, and even with a modest 24 pistes it's got plenty to offer if you love a challenge. Ski and board, kick back in the sun, then party into the night. Rinse, repeat. Your kind of place.
Get there: If you use the services of one of the Geneva airport ski transfers you can be out on the pistes two hours after you touch down. There are plenty of great resorts for extreme skiers within easy access of Geneva airport – these are just a few!
Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you’re looking for affordable Geneva Airport transfers, Lukas and his colleagues can make sure that you and your luggage get to and from the airport swiftly and safely.
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