Where to Ski and Work!
Stuck in cold, cloudy Geneva when you are desperate to be on the slopes?
Here’s the solution!
In the morning, check www.snow-forecast.com and the webcams for the latest snow reports and weather conditions.
The closest ski resort to Geneva, is only 45 minutes drive. Get up early and front load the work so you can escape by 10.30/11am. Leave your car near the office with your ski kit in the boot. Escape as soon as you can and take a handsfree conference call on the A40 motorway. Pull over at Bonneville service station and put your ski kit on. Grab a coffee, put your sunglasses on to shield yourself from the bright Alpine sun and feel smug as you head to the hills. Drive directly up to the Gondola and park your car in the free car park. Remember to put your laptop in your solar powered Crosskase solar backpack (solarenergy.co.uk). Take another call on the 8 minute Gondola up the hill..and you’re away…
Only 45 minutes from Geneva, Les Carroz is connected to the high altitude ski domaine of the Grand Massif, the 4th largest in France; www.grand-massif.com
Its the closest Alpine ski resort to Geneva (apart from the small stations of the Jura).
From Geneva its only 30 minutes down the A40 Autoroute in the direction of Chamonix, then at Cluses, junction 19 follow the signs to Les Carroz/Flaine. Its around 12 minutes drive up the winding hill and the road is always cleared of snow. There’s a nice bakery half way up the hill on the left to grab a coffee and a pain au chocolat.
There is plenty of free parking at the main Gondola and its a short walk from the car to the lift. Buy a ski pass online or at the ticket office.
3. Ski area
The ski area is pretty and treelined and you can ski directly back to your car, maximising the time on the slopes. In January, March and off peak times, the slopes are relatively quiet and in bad weather, there are many great tree lined runs. The Timalet red run back down to the village is well covered by artificial snow and its possible to ski until the end of April.
There are plenty of greens and long blue runs for beginners and reds/blacks and off piste for intermediate/advanced skiers. The resort is linked in with Flaine which has a great snow record and superb off piste. Even if you arrive at 12pm, you can still ski for 5 hours. On Wednesday night they have ski nocturne where you can even ski at night back down to the village – ideal if you are running behind schedule!
4. Telephone Coverage
The Grand- Massif domaine has excellent mobile phone coverage.
5. Lunch on the run
If time of the essence and you want to maximise your ski day, grab a draft beer and a tasty Trois Fromages Panini at L’Anfionne restaurant on the piste in Timalet. For only 10 Euros, its excellent value, you can sit on the bar and you can be back on the slopes in 20 minutes. Later in the day they serve great waffles here!
Have a deadline to send out a report?
You can ski down to the newly opened Mint Hotel at the bottom of the Timalet run, grab a coffee and use their free wifi. Its open all day and the bar is usually quiet except at lunchtime. Take your laptop out of your Crosskase backpack, use the solar charger and type your report! Use skype to make those all important international conference calls. Half an hour later you can be back on the piste!