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Where to go for a week in Feb, Flying to Geneva

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Here I go again. Asking for advice from the experts on the board, so thanks in advance. Flying to Geneva in mid-Febuary (likely during UK 1/2 term as our Boston vaca schedule seems to always be during that period). That is all that is planned at this point and we are open to any and all ideas. We have been to Chamonix/Courmeveur in the past via Geneva. Also skied tigne, zermatt 3v, st. anton so have an idea on how to navigate to and around the resorts.

Its been a long time since I been to Cham, and while a pain to get to the different resorts, I really like the terrain there. Valle blanche was special for me when i did it. In hindsight not very hard to ski, but pretty neat experience. The family unit is just 2 adults and a teenager. My daughter is very good on and off piste, and I would like to do at least one (maybe 2) guided off piste day (s). I am an pretty solid skier, prefer "off trail" and spending all day through the gates when skiing in the US. Wife is a nervous intermediate, will likely not ski every day, so any side pursuits in a nice village would be an added plus.

I can rent a car if it makes sense, but also happy to just take a bus from GVA to whatever resort.

Thought/suggestions/ideas appreciated. Thanks again SHs
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Whilst Val d'Isere has amazing off piste skiing and has a lovely village for your wife to explore, I would probably look to go to Switzerland as this is the main French holiday period.
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It sounds like you have done many of the meatier/mega resorts. One place not listed is Paradiski. The off piste there is underrated. It's the ski area we ski most and we ski off piste a lot. The piste skiing is also excellent. Some people complain about the lifts/bottlenecks but I think it's no worse than anywhere.

I've skied the VB twice via different routes. For sure a tick in the bucket list but in reality I wouldn't break my back to ski in Chamonix. I have kids currently age 12 & 14 and we naturally ski mellower off piste and ski in/ski out convenience and cheap apartment rental were/are a bigger priority.
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@Redwine, slightly left field, Monterosa might be an interesting change? It's about 40 mins further than Courmayeur. Will be busier at UK 1/2 term, but maybe less so than the FR resorts. Reasonable chances of guided off piste. High. Good value for money?
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Given your previous likes, what about Verbier?
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many many good ideas. thank you. Have some weekend research that needs to be done.
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since you been everywhere else, then 2nded for the four valleys
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1. Verbier
2. Gstaad
3. Saas Fee
4. Serre Chevalier
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I think the mrs would quite like the 4V, and to be honest, its one of the places that I try also. Too bad the CHF is not as cheap as GBP and EUR for us yanks these days, but what can you do. I will move convo to a Verbier specific board if more appropriate, but where to stay in the 4V? the main town seems quite expensive. Where else in the valley is a good place to look for lodging that is a little kinder on the wallet. We loved 3V, stayed in upper Meribel, but I think we should have stayed a bit lower and saved a few $$ and/or gotten a better apartment.
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How about driving through the Mont Blanc Tunnel into Italy? Really good idea to avoid France, though not all the French holiday weeks are equally bad. What are your dates?
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Thyon, Veysonnaz, Nendaz, Siviez, La Tzoumaz, and Le Chable are where the poor people stay.

But they suck. Like ghost-towns.

If traveling that distance, best to lodge where the action is. In Verbier.

Book early and fast and get a good deal.

Always plenty apartments and hotels for 3 in Verbier for $1000-1500 a week.
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Probably best to avoid the French resorts in mid Feb due to both French and British half terms. Not as many Brits going to CH these days due to the exchange, so maybe Wengen worth considering. It's accessible by train from GVA airport - although you have to be prepared for several changes en route - and has great skiing, both on and off piste. Your wife could have a day trip up on the train to the Jungfraujoch which is quite an experience plus also down the valley to Interlaken by train.
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consider Grimentz/Zinal. Might be too boring for your spouse on off days, but my wife and I spent a few days there in 2017 (staying in St. Luc) and found it very charming. Would be a big change of pace from the other places you have skied in Europe.
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Mr.Egg wrote:
since you been everywhere else

Nothing wrong with going back to the same place mind. In fact there are positive reasons for doing so.
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We usually travel during the worst time. Next year it will be Feb 15-22. I just assume it is during UK and FRA school holiday.
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Ignore @Whitegold - the usual arrogant misinformation from someone with a chip on their shoulder.
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Redwine wrote:
We usually travel during the worst time. Next year it will be Feb 15-22. I just assume it is during UK and FRA school holiday.

You'd be correct
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Italy should be quite a bit cheaper than Switzerland.
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Layne wrote:
Redwine wrote:
We usually travel during the worst time. Next year it will be Feb 15-22. I just assume it is during UK and FRA school holiday.

You'd be correct

Good old Scottish holiday dates, we are the week before so looking to miss the crowds
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@Redwine, slightly left field, Monterosa might be an interesting change? It's about 40 mins further than Courmayeur. Will be busier at UK 1/2 term, but maybe less so than the FR resorts. Reasonable chances of guided off piste. High. Good value for money?


Being from the other side of the world I have very limited experience in this subject but I was going to suggest the same thing. I will be checking this area out next time I'm in Europe.
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@Redwine, what’s your budget? Try Airbnb? For example this is in a good location right on the piste by Le Rouge 1400chf for the week. https://abnb.me/PahiAAdRAZ
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Try Champoluc in Italy...part of the Monterosa ski area. Good value, pretty village, fantastic Italian food. Great off piste opportunities. I think there’s now a nice spa and swimming centre in the village for non skiing options. It’s not too much of a drive beyond Courmayeur, but if you’re arriving on the Saturday, the airport and motorways will be really busy whichever direction you go.
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@Redwine, good point from @Perty what days do you land/depart?

If you have not yet booked flights and holidays allow, were you to consider Italy, from Geneva, arriving on the Friday (or better Thursday) and departing Sunday - with probable nights in, say, a cheap hotel in Aosta would avoid the lengthy delays for the Mont Blanc Tunnel - or, if Saturdays are fixed, you could take the scenic route via the Brand St Bernard... which is longer but almost certainly quicker.

Just for clarity, Champoluc is in the Monterosa area - but to an extent, if you're priority is guided days - and you aren't skinning up, one of the Gressoneys or Alagna are better - but if you want a happy wife, Champoluc is definitely, definitely better. Mind you - you can heli-ski from any of them ...
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to @under a new name, point, you really want to try and avoid weekend arrival. Monterosa is a really good idea, and hopefully will help you avoid some of the more crowded areas at peak time. My fav would be Gressoney.
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@Redwine,
I go to Nendaz most Easters , certainly a lot cheaper than Verbier at Easter , look at Interhome for accommodation. Better views than Vebier and with the new lifts quick access to the whole area.
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@Bob, As half the in-laws came from Champoluc, and have always had property there, I've never stayed in any Gressonney, nor Alagna (unless you cound the Guglielmina Crying or Very sad ) - is there much for a non skier to do other than walking or consuming?
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