Taking a long weekend ski break is becoming the order of the day for many keen skiers. Whether you feel you do not wish to take a whole week of your holiday allowance to ski – maybe your partner doesn’t ski – or you want to have a weekend away with your mates or just ski several times each season, these short breaks are a great way to take to the slopes.
When choosing a resort for a short break the ideal option would be one that is a short distance from the airport, making the transfer doable in a weekend. The last thing you want to do is spend a whole day travelling either side of your break. We have taken a look at resorts you can reach within an hour or so of touching down after a short flight from the UK.
This traditional village with an upmarket feel is a great option and has an extensive ski area. If you happen to be travelling with a non-skier, this is the perfect resort with many beautiful walks to keep them happy! The highest point is 2,350m with a great variety of blues and reds through beautiful tree lined pistes. It is a modern resort with fast chairlifts, more time skiing!
A 3 day lift pass is £118pp – Transfer from Geneva 1 hour 15 minutes
With a peak of 4,810 metres, this mountain is known the world over as the one to visit in Europe. Chamonix is a large prestigious town in the shadow of the incredible Mont Blanc, and has something for everyone. The slopes are challenging and not really suitable for beginners who may need to take a bus to neighbouring lower resorts to find the easier blue runs. Après-ski is in abundance here both on and off the piste.
A 3 day lift pass is £140pp – Transfer from Geneva 1 hour 15 minutes
La Clusaz, France
A large ski area with pistes to suit all levels, this town is the nearest ski resort to any airport in Europe. That in itself makes it a great choice, but coupled with a very attractive village with a lively atmosphere and a great après scene it has to come near the top of the list! The mountain peaks at 2,600 metres and there is a first class lift network to move you around this stunning area, all rising from the centre of the village.
A 3 day lift pass is £102pp – Transfer from Geneva 1 hour
This popular winter sports destination is a great choice for skiers of all abilities and has an extensive snow park for those with a sense of fun! It is home to the steepest run in Austria but also caters for intermediate skiers with gentle runs for beginners and families. These runs extend up to 2,500 metres with plenty of bars and restaurants to keep you refreshed. At the end of the day après-ski bars come to life and another kind of holiday kicks in!
A 3 day lift pass is £140pp – Transfer from Innsbruck 1 hour
Sauze d’Oulx, Italy
This resort sits near the border with France and is part of the massive area known locally as the ‘Milky Way’ with over 400km of pistes. It has a stunning setting in a charming town with cobbled streets adorned with bars and restaurants. This is a lively town with plenty to entertain you after a hard day’s skiing. There is a fast high speed chair taking you up the slopes to an extensive ski area, for all abilities. Skiing in Italy is generally a cheaper option than the rest of Europe, something you may want to take into consideration!
A 3 day lift pass is £90pp – Transfer from Turin 1 hour 15 minutes
Finally, you have chosen your ski break destination and now only need to get to the airport! Book your Airport Parking with us as soon as possible for the best price, and, if you have an early flight, stay overnight in one of our competitively priced hotels. After all, you will want to arrive at the slopes refreshed and ready to run!