I'm looking for locations for snowshoeing or hiking that can be done at the end of December in Switzerland, preferably in the proximity of Geneva (1-2 hours away is okay). If the treks involve one night of camping, that would even be better :). Can anyone help with some info?
Just one man's suggestion - if you like Skyscrapers, you have to see Bombay and New York once in your life. If you like food and clothes, you have to go to Italy. If you surf, Hawaii. And so on.
If you like mountains, you pretty much have to go to Chamonix in general, once in your life. The "cathedral of mountains". When you stand there on the right day and look around (ie: up) it's mindboggling, like it's not real.
There is of course any amount of snowshoeing in Chamonix http://www.chamonix.net/english/winter-activities/snowshoeing (google 'Chamonix snowshoeing' for endless resources).
Train from Genève -> Chamonix is a bit of a mess (of course, any train travel is nice/fun) and takes 3+hrs. You can take a bus in 1+ hrs. I would trul urge you to simply rent a car. Everything in Switzerland is insanely expensive, and it's no great cost to rent a car, and you have huge benefits: scenery, get to exactly where you want, huge time saving etc. Note that depending on your trip, just rent a car at the airport. Forget about Genève per se and just drive to your mountains. If you like, take 15 minutes extra to just drive around Genève so you have seen it. Enjoy!
Just to repeat, "snow near Genève?" is a bit like "Hotdogs in NY?" heh. Merely one bucket-list possibility, take the once-in-a-lifetime train from Genève to Zermatt, for goodness sake. That would be incredible. Enjoy!