White Christmas

Old Sep 19th, 2014, 03:44 PM
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White Christmas

Hi....I also am looking for a White Christmas destination to take our daughter, her husband and their 4 year old son. Not this Christmas but next I realize you need to be prepared. However, I would prefer a chalet some where in France or maybe Italy. We plan to fly into Geneva and higher a car and would like some where within a 2 hour drive.
Any suggestions?
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Old Sep 19th, 2014, 04:29 PM
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Well, France is likely to be much less expensive than Switz. And what activities do you want - skiing, family snow activities, other?

In any case be prepared to pay big $ at the ski resorts - esp at Christmas.

And I think you want to rent a car (or hire if you must).
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Don't know where you are from but you could go to Banff Springs Hotel at Christmas.

They had Chalets and the Hotel is really done up at Christmas.

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They have Chalets ( not had !!).

I have been there several times at Christmas.
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Don't know when Banff moved to the Alps???

casinport: You you have a very generous budget? Ski resorts in France/Switzerland/Italy will be pretty expensive at Christmas.
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If you just want a white Christmas, the Alps are fine, but if you want to ski, snow can be scarce in December. Canada might be more of a sure thing. Weather and snow predictions are always iffy especially at the beginning of the season. Banff is nice and Quebec is like being in France although, arguably a bit colder.
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What about somewhere in France near Mont Blanc? From Geneva it is a one hour drive to Chamonix but if you stay outside in a smaller town the prices go down. The tunnel into Italy stays open all year, and it is about an hour's drive to Aosta, which is a fantastic town to visit (all flat, Roman ruins, probably with a Christmas market, and of course great Italian food!)

Typically there is snow around Chamonix or access to it during the Christmas season. No guarantees, but chances are above 50-50.

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A lot depends on whether you want to ski or just have snow on the ground...

I think if you could fly into Zurich or increase your 2-hours-from-Geneva limit, you'd have more options for reliable snow for skiing in December.

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