Sunday, 25 September 2016

How to enroll your kid (and yourself) in a Ski club to become a great skier . The 16 SKI CLUBS in Geneva - Time to enroll for the season is NOW

The ski season is about to start and I know that many parents are keen to get their children and themselves  up to speed with skiing. This post is for all those ones who , like me, have decided not to rent a chalet or an apartment in a ski resort  during winter and therefore are looking for organized ski activities to enroll during the weekends .

I would advice you to consult this post by looking first to those ski clubs that are located close to/in the district where you live , because it can be more practical to enroll and to go to the appointments on Saturdays or on Sundays early morning to catch their bus departing towards the ski resorts.
Last but not least, although I didn't specifically mentioned it ,many , not to say all ski clubs offer courses and lessons in many disciplines, not only Nordic skiing,  including snowboard, cross country skiing, snowshoeing  and many others, so worth definitively checking their website,.

The Ski Club De Geneve  : enrollment opens on October 1st  is my favorite one, in the sense that I have direct experience of what they offer , in fact I have enrolled my 9 years old son in the last 2 ski seasons and I've already enrolled him also for this year. Enrollment is open as of Oct 1st and kids do not have to attend all sessions so parents will pay only the ones that have been booked . Each session costs 50CHF (65CHF for not members) I would recommend to pay  membership fees, it only costs 40CHF and it's pay out already after 3 sessions. I think the team is fantastic, they take care about children very well, in fact parents bring kids at the meeting point at Bout Du Monde at 7.30 a.m. every Saturday and are back at 6.30 p.m. after having spent a day skiing in the area of Saint Gervais in France .
The Skiclub offers also a large variety of  activities for adults including snowboards, snowshoes excursions, week ends and week camps for kids during school holidays.

Ecole Suisse de ski e snowboard,  enrollment already open offers a large variety of courses to adults and kids. It is possible to get private lessons starting from 80 CHF/hr (1-2 person) prices/hour decrease with the increase of the hours booked. The school also offers  group lessons , the full course of 6 lessons in a group every  Saturday or Sunday costs 650 CHF for kids under 17th years old , the course starts on January 14th  and ends at the beginning of March .Lessons are given in Les Brasses,a small skiresort at only 30 minutes from Geneva.Besides ski, the school organizes also many other activities such as gym courses to prepare for skiing, and night excursions by snowshoes and sledges.  Ecole De Ski de Geneve

The ski club de Meyrin offers a very broad program for this winter. It includes full days skiing  on Saturdays for adults in different ski resorts in the nearby France , excursions take place on Saturdays starting on December 20th , each day costs 50 CHF per adult and 15 CHF per child accompanied by an adult, they include transport by bus and ski lessons. Many other activities are also organized including snowshoes excursions and week ends, ski camps and so on.The ski club also organizes full days courses for  kids only, they take place on Saturday and are open to kids from 8 till 15 years old,  the course consists in 5 Saturdays starting from January 17th and it costs 185 CHF  all included (transport, ski pass, ski lessons and lunch ).Priority is given to kids resident in Meyrin, however  everybody can enroll , enrollment must be done before December 12th 2014.

The skiclub de Bernex offers like the one of Meyrin a very large variety of excursions for ski, snowboard, snowhoes , they starts as of mid  December , the program also  includes excursions on Wednesdays for kids as of 4 years accompanied by an adult , and full day excursions for kids as of 8 years old, in different ski resorts .Courses for kids start on Janary 10th and cost 45 CHF each including  transport and ski lessons.Enrollment is open since November 16th  

The Ski Club Esperance ; this club based in Eaux Vives  has a great program of ski courses for adults and children at extremely good prices , the courses take place on Sundays from December till April, in many different ski resorts in nearby France. Bus departs from Carouge , bus transport , ski pass  and ski lessons are included. the enrollment can be made up to few days before if there places are still available. Enrollment has to be made at the club offices or in some of the affiliate sport shops in town. Private lessons are also available , the cost starts at 60 CHF for 2 hours.

The Ski club de Meinier has a great ski courses program at extremely good prices , they organize half day ski excursions on Wednesdays for adults and kids as of 4 years old , kids older than 7 years old do not need to be accompanied by an adult . They also have daily excursions on Saturdays for ski/snowboards and on Sundays they organize days out with snowshoes. Daily excursions leave early morning from Meinier and cost 25 CHF for kids, snowshoes excursions cost 60 CHF/person. Enrollment can take place even few day before the excursion, provided there are places available.

The ski club international de Geneve offers one day excursions in many different ski resorts  every Saturday and or Sunday starting from beginning of December till the end of April . Excursions leave at 7.30 a.m. in Place des Nations and have different costs depending whether lessons are or not included .The program of the ski club includes weekends, full week skiing and many other activities such as  full days out with a guide , enrollment can be made even  few days before the excursion , provided places are available.

The Ski Club de Lancy offers a variety of options for adults and kids, this includes ski, snowboard, snowshoes , night skiing and so on. Daily excursion costs 70 CHF per day for kids and 82CHF for adults, including transport and ski lessons, a discount is applied in case you enroll to many excursions. The bus leaves from Grand Lancy and from Petit Lancy  , enrollment has to be done via the great and easy to navigate website.

The Ski Club D'Onex  offers a great program for adults and kids that includes gym classes, snowboard, freestyle, ski, snowshoes excursions and so on . Ski courses for kids take place on Wednesdays and on Saturdays, 5 daily trips to different ski resorts cost 372 CHF /kid , all included, they starts as of January 10th important: enrollment will be open on December 9th in the offices of the ski club. Please consider that these activities get fully booked very fast so worth planning in advance.

The CERN Skiclub  has more than 1000 members, it is open to everybody and it’s very well organized , it offers a variety of options , mainly for adults , for skiing, snowboard, cross country skiing, snowshoes , and so on, activities take place on Saturdays and on Sundays , they include ski lessons or just ski pass and transport to the most famous ski resorts in the French area. The costs for 5 daily ski excursions start at 223 Euro for children and 266 for adults. Bus departs from Cern area, all information are available on the website, enrollment is already open and some of the courses are already fully booked.

The Ski Club des Grottes offers daily excursions on Saturdays to the ski resorts of Flaine and or Saint Gervais for kids and adults, each excursion costs 40 CHF for kids and 60 CHF for adults and it includes transport,ski pass and ski lesson. Excursions start on January 10th, the bus departs from Rte de Montbrillant , for more information contact them via the website.

Ski Club Amis des Carroz  organizes ski courses for kids and adults in the ski resort of Le Carroz in neaby France, 5 full day sessions take place on Sundays as of January 4th  and they cost 260 CHF for kids  and 330 CHF for adults, transport is not included/nor organized so these courses are ideal for the ones who go anyhow skiing in that ski resorts. Enrollment starts as of November 26th in the Piscine de Vernets, please check website for more information.

The Ski Club des Amis Montagnards de Geneve offers several activities about snowboards,ski, excursions with snowshoes and others, for kids and adults, its offices are based in Avenue du Petit Lancy 54a in Petit Lancy . The best is to call or go there on Tuesdays evening after 7 p.m. to ask for more information.

The Ski Club Les Bouquetins  offers daily excursions on Saturdays and on Sundays  to the ski resorts of Les Gets , the bus leaves at 7.30 a.m. from a parking in Bernex –Confignon area. To have more details on the many activities offered, please contact the skiclub directly via the website, enrollment has already started.

The Ski Club Evasion  organizes several activities and daily excursions for adults and kids, with or without ski lessons the program starts on December 13th with a day ski equipment testing .Go on their website for more information 

The Ski Club Stella Alpina  This Geneva based ski club offers several activities, including night skiing and night snowshoes excursions, the best is to get in contact with them directly via their website.

How to learn the art of doing MOZZARELLA - the PICCOLO CASARO :workshop for kids -age 6 to 10 years old - on September 28th from 3.30 p.m.

This great workshop will explain the art of doing Mozzarella cheese to kids from  6 to 10 years old ; it will take place this Wednesday September 28th from 3.30 p.m.   at the Laitieres Reunies in Chemine Des Aulx 6 in Plan Les Ouates 
The workshop will last about 2.5 hours and a little participation fee is requested, it is  lead by Casa Mozzarella , the Masters in doing this delicious cheese !

To have more information please contact the number in the below flyer or write to

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

CAR FREE Sunday - the Mont Blanc Bridge becomes a gigantic picnic place on September 25th from 10 a.m.

If you are in town this week end , then come and see a Mont Blanc Bridge as you have never seen ! On Sunday Sept 25th , the bridge and the nearby area will be completely closed to traffic from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. and will become the background for picnic, relaxing activities, open air brunches and much more

During the day it will be possible to test different sports and join many activities for adults and children, all for free. It will be possible to buy snacks from the many different food trucks and eat on the benches that will be places all along the bridge and the surrounding districts.
The full program is published on the Geneva City website

Sunday, 18 September 2016

How to enjoy wifi connection for free in Geneva 78 FREE WIFI ACCESS POINTS

If you come to Geneva to visit family and friends  there are 78 FREE ACCESS WIFI points in town , basically almost everywhere . The free access is offered by the city of Geneva , la Ville de Geneve ; to connect it's quite easy , you just have to select the Ville de Geneve wifi, input your mobile and receive a code to access
Enjoy the free internet , it works very well !!
More info on where the access points are located can be found in this website
maps of the free wifi locations in Geneva copyright