Les Contamines Ski Resort
For spectacular Mont Blanc views, a traditional village and a good, quiet ski area, Les Contamines is a good option.
Despite a relatively low resort altitude, most of Les Contamines slopes lie between 1500-2500m and benefit from the Mont Blanc microclimate, making them more snowsure than many others in the French Alps. 120km of linked pistes fan out from the Col de Joly, including a long winding descent down to Belleville and a series of steep and challenging runs off the Aiguille Croche. There's good scope for ski touring and off piste in the ski area too, with the potential for long powder runs if conditions allow. The lift system has seen improvements in recent years, but more fast chairs would help.
The village is fairly spread out, but has retained a good traditional charm. Most of the accommodation is provided by small chalets or family-run hotels, but note that most are a decent walk, car drive or bus journey away from the two access gondolas. Off the slopes, there's some good cross country skiing options in the valley, as well as winter walking trails. Getting here from Geneva is easy, with the drive taking a little over an hour.
Resort website: www.lescontamines.com