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Geneva in Switzerland is one of Europe's most stunningly beautiful cities and makes an amazing base for ski holidays with lashings of glorious scenery and lots to do when you take off the skis.
With resorts less an hour away from Geneva, it's possible to stay in the city and travel out to the ski slopes when the mood takes you. That means that you can combine seeing some of this postcard-perfect Alpine city, set around the shores of its twinkling lake, with some serious snow sport action.
The closest major ski area to Geneva is Aravis, which includes the pretty resorts of La Clusaz and Le Grand Bornand. These mountain village resorts surrounded by snowy peaks and pine trees are a world away from cosmopolitan city life, yet can be reached from Geneva in around 50 mins. These linked resorts boast a range of slopes for all ski levels, friendly après-ski and a great programme of non-ski activities including snowshoe walking, ice skating, cable car rides and even paragliding! If something more relaxed is more your style then why not soothe aching muscles in a resort spa?
Just an hour from Geneva you'll also find the very popular Chamonix Mont Blanc ski area, with Chamonix resort itself offering top notch ski holidays. The stunning peaks of the Mont Blanc mountain range make this a particularly beautiful winter playground, with runs for all levels of ski and snowboarding ability. If you're feeling especially fearless then take a cable car up to the glass viewing box which juts out of the mountain, giving a heart-stopping view of the Chamonix valley below!
Back in Geneva the views are undeniably spectacular too, with the city wrapping itself around the sparkling waters of the lake, complete with mountain backdrop. One of the city's key attractions is actually in the lake itself, the Jet d'Eau, which is a 140m tall shooting fountain. Other must-see attractions include the gothic Cathedral St-Pierre, the formidable Palace of Nations and the charming Old Town complete with narrow cobbled streets and squashed together town houses.
Although it's not the capital city of Switzerland, Geneva is thought of by many as the most beautiful. Its close proximity to some amazing ski resorts puts it right at the very top of any list of dream Alpine destinations, so book your flights with Thomascook Airlines and get your own piece of glorious Geneva.