Ski In - Ski Out Ski Resorts
Have you ever wanted to have a ski in - ski out property for your ski holiday? There are certain ski resorts where this is pretty much a given, although they are not as common as you may think with the main ski resort area being a little way away from the pistes - albeit at the foot of the main piste down the mountain! Our top 10 ski in - ski out ski resorts have plenty of chalets and hotels right on the slopes - meaning no walk back at the end of the day!
Ski In - Ski Out Resorts
We've mixed up the European and North America resorts to give you a bit of both, ski in - ski out is possible in lots of European resorts, although booking a chalet, apartment or hotel is not that easy as everyone wants them! So check out the resorts below to give you some idea of where to go to get the "ski to the door" experience.
Avoriaz is one of the best resorts in the world and is seen by many as the snowboarding capital of Europe. Its 153km of pistes link up the Portes du Soleil creating one of the largest circuits in Europe. Trees, cliff drops, powder bowls, easy wide flats, it's all here! And as a purpose built resort Avoriaz has a very sensible layout- there are no cars, lifts are close to accommodation and great ski in - ski out opportunities.
Big White is the second most popular resort in British Columbia and was voted the 'best tree skiing, best powder and best corduroy' by Ski Canada Magazine. With over 118 runs, 5 powder bowls and plenty of sunshine it's a great choice for a ski holiday. It has Canada's most modern ski in ski out properties with over 16,000 'on mountain' beds.
Set high in the Grandes Rousses mountains Alpe d'Huez is the fifth largest ski area in France and has been nicknamed the 'island in the sun'. A glacial resort with some very high altitude skiing at 3330m on the Pic Blanc Glacier. There is a good variety of skiing for all abilities and great ski in - ski out accommodation.
One of North Americas newest resorts, it currently offers nearly 3000 acres of pristine terrain and boasts an annual snowfall of 30 feet a year. The mountain is truly awesome! Untracked powder in the numerous bowls and glades flanking the steep ridges provides testing terrain. Great ski in - ski out accommodation available.
La Plagne is one of the most famous resorts in the world, set high in the Savoie French alps it is dominated by Mont Blanc. It is part of the Paradiski, one of the biggest skiing and snowboarding areas in the world. The scenery and views are stunning. La Plagne is made up of 10 villages which provides loads of 'ski in ski out' accommodation, each village is self sufficient with its own shops, bars and restaurants.
Chocolate box perfect alpine village littered with plush hotels and restaurants. Immediately above the village at Oberlech the tree lined runs are excellent for beginners and intermediates, wide, cruisy and flattering. There is also an excellent boarderland snowpark. Much of the accommodation in Lech is ski in ski out with fantastic access to the pistes.
Access to the highest ski resort in the European Alps and, therefore, snowsure skiing. As part of the extensive three valley ski area Val Thorens shares skiing and snowboarding opportunities with the resorts of Méribel, Courchevel, La Tania and Les Menuires. There is skiing and boarding for all levels and as the resort is traffic free and purpose built most accommodation options offer ski in - ski out opportunities.
Les Menuires is a purpose built resort situated in the Belleville valley in between Val Thorens and St Martin de Belleville. It's not as picturesque as it's more famous neighbours but it offers great budget accommodation and all the convenience of a purpose built resort. Lots of accommodation is slope side with great ski in ski out opportunities. A great value resort, with all the variety of skiing and boarding the three valleys has to offer.
Gressoney has some of the best skiing and boarding in the Monterosa, 200 km of runs. Snow reliability is very good and the resort caters for all levels and abilities. Gressoney has two villages, Trinite and St Jean. For skiing to your door head to Trinite which offers great scenery and is very picturesque.
Located at the heart of the fantastic 'Grand Massif' with over 265km of amazing ski runs this large varied ski area has plenty to offer all levels of skier and boarder and is renowned for excellent snow conditions and sunny days. Most accommodation in Flaine is of a good standard and is more often than not ski in ski out.