When choosing a ski resort there’s plenty of factors to consider, guaranteed snow, km of piste etc. but one of the most important should be how long it takes to get there.

Sure, the flight from the UK may only take a couple of hours but add in the transfer time to resort and you could end up spending two whole days travelling! Luckily there are plenty of ski resorts close to the airports throughout the Alps, here’s our list of the best short transfer resorts.

GENEVA

CHAMONIX – 60 Minutes

The home of alpinism and extreme skiing, Chamonix is just over an hour on a main road along the valley from Geneva, what’s more, with a train station in the town and links to the Italian side of the alps it is a great place to base yourself for multi-resort trips. Chamonix itself is one of the bigger alpine towns rather than a purpose-built resort so there’s no ‘ski in, ski out’ accommodation, but for those who want access to some of the steepest terrain Cham definitely has the goods.

 

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MORZINE – 90 Minutes

Another resort not far from Geneva airport is Morzine, the main town in the massive Portes du Soleil ski area which straddles the Swiss and French borders. Also served by the main road (so not too many windy alpine hairpins to deal with) the town has a great selection of bars, shops and accommodation and at 1,000m isn’t too high for those that suffer from the altitude. Despite its low level, pistes run back to the resort from all sides of the valley. The Portes du Soleil is much better for beginners and intermediates than Chamonix, especially if you are staying up the mountain in Avoriaz.

 

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INNSBRUCK

Flying into Innsbruck you can see the ski resorts as you approach the runway and with 45 minutes of leaving the airport, you could be on a ski lift heading up to the snow.

 

NORDKETTE - 45 Minutes

Sitting high on the peaks of the range overlooking Innsbruck below, Nordkette probably gets the award for closest resort to a major airport. A funicular lift from the middle of town whisks you up to 860m in 20 minutes. The slopes are best suited for advanced skiers and snowboarders, with steep pistes and couloirs and a fantastic snowpark, this is where the cool kids of Innsbruck hang out at the weekend.

 

ST ANTON AM ARLBERG - 90 Minutes

Though St. Anton is over 100km from Innsbruck airport, the high-speed train line that runs into the centre of town directly from the capital of the Tirol can get you to resort in just one hour. St Anton is a great ‘all-rounder’ resort with something for everyone, perfect pistes, fast modern lifts, legendary nightlife and exceptional off piste. Now linked properly with neighbouring resorts Lech & Zurs it is also one of Austria’s biggest ski areas.

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ZURICH

ENGELBERG - 60 Minutes

Just over an hour from Zurich airport, Engelberg is a historic alpine town with a mix of grand Victorian hotels and traditional chalets. With a unique revolving cable car that carries you up to the shoulder of the imposing Titlis mountain at 3,000m, snow is guaranteed on the glacier runs high on the mountain. If you want to ski somewhere with dramatic vistas then Engelberg should be on top of your list, and if you are looking to add some excitement to your sleeping arrangements, there’s even an igloo hotel complete with hot tubs that look out over the stunning mountain tops!

VENICE & TREVISO

ALLEGHE CIVETTA - 90 Minutes

This cute mountain town by the lake is the gateway to the Dolomites without the premium prices of the more famous resorts. Wide tree-lined slopes, no crowds and reasonable prices make this a great Italian resort for all the family. The scenery in the Dolomites is like nowhere else, spectacular jagged peaks glow pink at sunrise and sunset and the lakes below are a vivid turquoise (when they aren’t frozen over!). The Civetta ski area sits just south of the Sella Ronda & Great War loops which can be accessed at either end by a short bus ride for a big day out on skis and use of all lifts in the Dolomiti SuperSki are covered on the same pass.

CHAMBERY

3 VALLEES - 90 Minutes

Les Trois Vallee probably doesn’t need an introduction, as one of the world’s largest linked ski areas there’s more skiing to be had here than just about anywhere else. The quickest to get to from the Airport are Meribel and St Martin de Belleville but both La Tania and Courchevel 1550 are only 10 minutes more so there are plenty of accommodation options under 2 hours drive from Chambery airport. The 3Vs has everything you could want, a huge range of slopes, modern fast uplift, loads of shops and restaurants and plenty of other activities to add fun to your holiday.

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GRENOBLE

Alpe d’Huez - 90 Minutes

Perched high in l’Oisans in the French Alps and only a 90-minute drive from Grenoble Airport, it’s easy to see why this resort is a firm favourite with UK skiers. Families enjoy the wide open pistes focussing on a beginner and intermediate friendly bowl where all runs lead back to resort. For those who prefer their skiing with a tinge of adrenalin, then the Alps’ longest black run, the ‘Sarenne’ awaits, which starts at the top of the Pic Blanc, where on one of the resort’s 300 days of sunshine a year it is said you can see a fifth of France. Partygoers particularly enjoy the sunny conditions at one of the many terrace bars, including the infamous Folie Douce!

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Les Deux Alpes - 90 Minutes

Taking its name from two alpine communes nestled high on a mountain saddle, all kinds of skier from beginner to pro flood to Les Deux Alpes each winter. Only 109km from Grenoble airport, families will love the extensive intermediate slopes, while freestyle skiers and snowboarders of all levels will revel in the various terrain parks. Topping out at a lofty 3600m with a huge glacier, there aren’t many resorts as snow sure as L2A!

With glacier skiing and an extensive mountain bike network open in the warmer months the resort is also a fantastic option for a summer holiday.

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