Top 5 Easy Access Ski Resorts

Posted by George Biffen

Last updated on December 4th, 2017 at 01:20 pm

We have the top 5 easy access ski resorts right here, with the best airport to fly to, how long the transfer will take and where to sleep. These are ideal for week long and long weekend ski holidays. Be sure to maximise your fun on the slopes by choosing a destination that’s right for you. Avoid wasting valuable ski time stuck on a transfer bus for hours by selecting a resort with quick and easy access both to and from the airport. Here are our recommended Top 5 Easy Access Ski Resorts…

  1. Chamonix
  2. Avoriaz
  3. St Anton
  4. Mayrhofen
  5. Courchevel

Courchevel

Top 5 Easy Access Ski Resorts

1. Chamonix, France

Closest Airport? Geneva Airport, 100km, 1 hour 15 minutes. Why Ski Chamonix? ‘The capital of the Alps’ and off-piste mecca. Sitting at the base of Mont Blanc, Chamonix has six large ski areas spread across the Chamonix valley. Chamonix has six different ski areas which mean there is something for everything however it is quite a rugged resort with less (and older) lifts than many other resorts in the Alps, leaving much of the mountain untouched by pistes. There is a slight lack of beginner pistes and an abundance of steep skiing meaning it may not be the ideal destination for beginners.

chamonix skier

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Best Ski Runs GREEN – Ilbellules (Flegere) – A gentle steady slope with a fun park next to the slope BLUE – Bechat Esserts (Le Tour) – Lovely run as you descend down into the trees RED – Cornu (Brevent) – The perfect run to lap all day with slope side jumps BLACK – Pointe de Vue – No powder day is complete without the Grands Montet Lift Accommodation Recommendations  Click the link or image below to view the accommodation. Our Top Recommended Hotels

Powder White - Hotel Mont-Blanc

Powder White – Hotel Mont-Blanc

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Powder White - Le Cristal de Jade

Powder White – Le Cristal de Jade

2. Avoriaz, France

Closest Airport? Geneva Airport, 83 km, 1 hour 30 minutes Why Ski Avoriaz? The Portes du Soleil ski area stretches over 650km of piste across France and Switzerland and remains a strong contender in the battle to become the biggest linked ski area in the world. With excellent snow records and a vast ski area, this is ideal for families and large groups. Best Ski Runs GREEN – Ecoles – It has two slow drag tows, perfect for beginners to learn on. BLUE – Prolays – Enjoy a wide piste, finishing in Lindaret bowl. It’s a personal favourite. RED – Arare Sector – Longest runs in the Portes du Soleil & steepest in Avoriaz BLACK – Swiss Wall – One of the hardest black runs in Europe! Do you fancy the challenge? Accommodation Recommendations  Click the link or image below to view the accommodation. Our Top Recommended Apartments

L'Amara, Avoriaz

L’Amara, Avoriaz

3. St Anton, Austria

Closest Airport? Innsbruck Airport, 92km, 60 minutes Why Ski St Anton? The large Arlberg ski area plays host to over 97 lifts, allowing you for skiing not only in St Anton & Lech but to also Zurs, Stuben, St Christoph, Zug and Warth, meaning you’re not going to be short of places to explore on a week’s or long weekend holiday, making it an easy access ski resort.

st anton skiing

St Anton

Best Ski Runs GREEN – Blue 5 & 6 – Top of Galzig lift with wide and flat blues. BLUE – 17 – Long, wide and one heck of a run! Get on it early though. RED – 14 – Connects to blue 17, makes it the best run in St Anton! BLACK – 35 – Top of Kapall all the way down to black 25. Accommodation Recommendations  Click the link or image below to view the accommodation. Our Top Recommended Catered Chalets

Powder White - Chalet Maroi

Powder White – Chalet Maroi

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Powder White - Apart 6580

Powder White – Apart 6580

4. Mayrhofen, Austria

Closest Airport? Innsbruck Airport, 70km, 60 minutes Why Ski Mayrhofen? Mayrhofen’s skiing is a classic country for intermediate standard skiers who will enjoy endless opportunities on the Penken, including long trails down to neighbouring Finkenberg. Better skiers will spend most of their time on the Penken, with the popular Devil’s Run on the linked Horberg mountain. Head for the Knorren side first thing in the morning as that’s the first spot to get the sunshine.

Mayrhofen.at

Mayrhofen.at

Best Ski Runs GREEN – Ahorn – Ideal for beginners and getting your ski legs back. BLUE – 11- Cruisy run to start the day for all abilities RED – 78 & 76 – This is a personal favourite to challenge your skills. BLACK – Harikiri – Known as Austrians steepest black run! Can you handle it? Accommodation Recommendations  Click the link or image below to view the accommodation. Our Top Recommended Hotels

Powder White Hotel Zillertalerhof

Powder White Hotel Zillertalerhof

5. Courchevel, France

Closest Airport? Chambery Airport, 105km, 1 hour 45 minutes Why Ski Courchevel? Courchevel’s slopes have 20 per cent green runs, 36 per cent blue, 35 per cent red and 9 per cent black. This is a fantastic resort for beginners and intermediates. For those who need more of a challenge, you have the WHOLE of the 3 valleys to explore. Best Ski Runs GREEN – Jardin Alpin lift – Beginners play ground of several greens. BLUE – Pyramide – Long run for big carving turns and ideal for intermediates. RED – Combe Saulire – Get here for 9 am for immaculate condition and a quiet slope BLACK – Chapelets – Feel as close to backcountry skiing without heading off the slopes. Accommodation Recommendations  Our Top Recommended Catered Chalets

Clarines d'Or (Sleeps 8) Courchevel

Clarines d’Or (Sleeps 8) Courchevel

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Résidence Les Chalets de La Mouria

Résidence Les Chalets de La Mouria

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Les Grandes Alpes

Powder White – Les Grandes Alpes

Okay then. Let’s make it the TOP 6! We can’t be leaving this one out.

6. Verbier, Switzerland

Closest Airport? Geneva Airport, 70 km,  80 minutes Why Ski Verbier? As far as skiing goes and despite general belief, beginners are really well catered for due to a large beginner area and plans to link this in the Savoleyres bubble next year will only make this better. With a ski area as huge as Verbier and the 4 Valleys, the region offers a wide variety of slopes for absolutely everyone from gentle cruising blues and fast fun blacks to famous mogul fields such as Tortin.

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Best Ski Runs GREEN Le Rouge – Safely set your sights on a more incline run BLUE – La Chaux 2 – Mellow decent; perfect for learning on and getting your ski legs back. RED – Le Nord- Short, sweet, moderately steep and speckled with trees BLACK – Mont Fort – Steep and will challenge any advanced skier or boarder. Accommodation Recommendations  Our Top Recommended Hotels

W Hotel Verbier

W Hotel Verbier

 

We hope you found the article helpful and it has aided your decision for an easy access ski resort. If you need to know anything else about the resort or accommodation types, get in touch today and our holiday team will advise you on the best resort for you.

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