Top 10 Ski Weekends Resorts
If you want to grab a couple of days on the slopes, check out our top 10 ski weekends destinations - albeit most are in France! Fly out on a Thursday evening and back on a Sunday evening, you get 3 full days skiing and only one day holiday from work! The top 10 ski weekend ski resorts we list take into account closeness to airports but also the place itself!
Best Resorts for Ski Weekends
As with the quickest airport transfers top 10 we feature, it's mostly from Geneva airport and also a strong contingent of French ski resorts. This can be a great alternative to the week long ski holidays most people take, especially if you know when the children's ski holidays are too!
One of the best resorts in Europe with over 270 km of piste and only 1 hour transfer from Innsbruck airport. St Anton is the largest resort in the Arlberg ski area, it has a traditional alpine feel with spectacular scenery and great après ski.
Many people's favourite, Morzine is only 1 hour transfer time from Geneva airport and ideally situated for a weekend away. In the heart of the huge Portes du Soleil ski area, an area that offers a round circuit of 76 km which can be completed in a day. It is a pretty chalet style resort with lively après ski and excellent restaurants.
Only one and a half hours from Grenoble, Alpe d' Huez boasts 300 days of sunshine a year. The mountain backdrop is high and impressive with vast and varied terrain, it offers the longest piste in the alps, the 16km black Sarenne, some excellent off piste and one of Europe's largest nursery areas. The modern lift system means there are few long queues, great for a weekend break!
Flaine may not be the prettiest resort but it is great for convenience as it is just over 1 hour from Geneva airport. Situated in the Grand Massif ski area it offers 260km of piste, it is very sunny with a good snow record. The resort is traffic free and connected by the free funicular.
Chamonix is one of the most accessible resorts with Geneva only 53 miles away, Lyon 137 miles away and Chambery only an hour and a half drive. It is one of the most snow sure resorts in the world with 90% of its slopes above 2000 metres. It offers a huge variety of expert level terrain and powder descents but as a premium resort it is also good for beginners and intermediates.
An attractive picture postcard resort with something for all abilities. Zell am See is part of the 130km Europe sport ski region which provides an extensive and varied ski area, the neighbouring glacier resort of Kaprun is also only a short bus ride away. Located only one and a half hours transfer from Salzburg airport.
Méribel lies in the centre of the three valleys and is arguably one of Frances most attractive resorts. Located only 2 hours from Geneva airport. You can explore 375 miles of totally linked piste the three valleys has to offer, linking Méribel to the ski resorts of Courchevel and Val Thorens. In fact even with only a few days at your disposal it is possible to ski in all 3 valleys and back again! There is ample skiing in Méribel for all abilities.
Only 1 hour from Geneva airport La Clusaz is a traditional Savoyard village with a friendly atmosphere. The area is best for beginners and intermediates with 132 km of piste, although advanced skiers and boarders do have the black run down the Massif de Balme area. Accommodation, bars, shops and restaurants are close to the slopes so very convenient for a weekend getaway.
Located just 2 hours from Geneva airport Courmayeur is a great place for a weekend away. Just across the Italian border it combines great skiing with old world charm and superb stylish Italian hospitality. A good value ski holiday both on and off the slopes.
Les Gets offers premium skiing only 1 hour from Geneva. As part of the huge Portes du Soleil ski area the resort offers over 650km of skiing and boarding. It is suited to all levels. In appearance Les Gets is a very pretty 'chocolate box' chalet style resort with a colourful cafe culture and great après ski.