This beautiful country is home to some of the best and most varied skiing in Europe and boasts some of the highest and largest ski areas in the world.

Gateway cities: Paris and Geneva are the easiest, cheapest and closest for South African travellers.

Flights: All European and UAE airlines flying to/from SA are worth considering. Many ski resorts/villages in the French Alps are often best accessed from Geneva in Switzerland, and as there are no direct flights from Joburg or Cape Town to Geneva, at least one change will be required.

Flight Time: Flights from Joburg to Geneva with a change in Paris, for example, can take >15 hours depending on the connection between Paris and Geneva. Other routes via the UAE will be very similar.

Visas: Skiers traveling on South African passports will require a Schengen visa. This covers multiple European countries including France and Switzerland. Applications should be made through the country where you will be spending the majority of your visit.

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