Less than an hour's drive northeast of Annecy, Le Grand Bornand makes a comfortable day trip for Alpine and cross-country skiers alike. The 29-lift ski area, between 1000m and 2100m elevation, comprises more than a dozen each of green, blue and red pistes (with just a few black runs for advanced skiers) and there's almost 70km of cross-country trails.

It's not as lofty as other Alpine resorts meaning conditions aren't as snow-sure, but it's great for beginners and intermediates.

Transdev (www.transdevsavoie.com) offers bus transfers between Annecy and Le Grand Bornand (€8, 1¼ hours, six to 10 daily).