Top 10 Weekend Ski Resorts
We love a weekend skiing break to cure the winter blues. These are our Top 10 ski resorts close to Geneva, Turin and Innsbruck airports, if you catch an early flight it’s possible to get a few hours skiing on the first day!
One of the top rated resorts in the world. Chamonix is a charismatic mountain town with dramatic scenery, challenging skiing and suberb après skiing. The 20km Vallée Blanche is Europe’s longest off piste run.
6 ski areas along valley floor with 140km ski runs and 49 lifts
Pistes: Beginner 52%, Intermediate 35%, Expert 13%
Traditional alpine village with tree lined skiing and good value self catering accommodation. Close to Switzerland and linked to the massive Portes du Soleil ski area. Excellent aquatic centre with outdoor spa.
83km ski runs and 61 lifts. Pistes: Beginner 32%, Intermediate 53%, Expert 15%
Italian resort full of character with fabulous après-ski scene. Ideal for intermediate skiers with off-piste and heli-skiing.
41km ski runs and 20 lifts. Pistes: Beginner 39%, Intermediate 48%, Expert 13%
Charming french village with traditional square and Savoyard church. The ski area covers 5 mountains and is ideal for beginners and intermediate skiers. Famous for weekly farmer’s market and Reblochon cheese used in tartiflette.
132km ski runs with 49 lifts. Pistes: Beginner 58%, Intermediate 34%, Expert 8%.
Les Gets / Morzine
Our favourite ski area with tree lined skiing and easy access to the enormous Portes du Soleil ski region. Great range of mountain restaurants and Apres ski bars, the Buddha bar in Morzine and the Canadian bar in Les Gets are our regular haunts.
120km ski runs with 48 lifts. Pistes: Beginner 30%, Intermediate 41%, Expert 29%.
Classic Tyrolean town surrounded by stunning 3,000-meter peaks with fantastic intermediate skiing above the treeline. Home to the Harakiri piste with a gradient of 78%! World famous Apres ski party town with the Snowbombing festival in April
136km ski runs with 57 lifts. Pistes: Beginner 29%, Intermediate 49%, Expert 22%.
French skiing at it’s best. An attractive traditional Savoyard village centre with and some of the best restaurants in the alps. The views to Mont Blanc are sublime.
325km ski runs with 88 lifts. Pistes: Beginner 30%, Intermediate 45%, Expert 25%.
Intermediate cruising resort on the Milky Way network, easy access to the Olympic resort of Sestriere. Lively town with plenty of bars.
320km ski runs with 70 lifts. Pistes: Beginner 37%, Intermediate 47%, Expert 16%.
One of the top 5 resorts in the Alps best suited to intermediate or advanced skier. A hard partying traditional Tirolean resort with ommpah bands and table top dancing in ski boots.
305km ski runs with 88 Lifts. Pistes: Beginner 43%, Intermediate 40%, Expert 17%
Family oriented Swiss resort on a sunny terrace. Suited for beginner to intermediate skiers
125km ski runs with 45 Lifts. Pistes: Beginner 50%, Intermediate 36%, Expert 14%