A long weekend spent hitting the slopes in some of the world’s best resorts can recharge the batteries like nothing else. These are amongst the best weekend ski resorts, all offer exceptional skiing and après ski, with speedy transfers from nearby airports, so you’ll have plenty of time out on the powder during your short ski holiday.
This little-known resort is only 90 minutes south of Zürich, so you can fly in from London or Milan and get straight on the slopes that afternoon. When it comes to skiing, long runs also mean maximum time on the pistes. Try Engelberg’s thrilling 2,000m vertical drop, or the north-facing Titlis glacier, renowned for its exceptional powder.
An itinerant monk supposedly founded the town itself, and you can still visit his Benedictine monastery before squeezing in a visit to the cheese factory next door. In the evenings soak up exceptional views of Titlis Mountain from Hotel Terrace, a palatial Art Nouveau icon built in 1903. Enjoy the pleasures of a bygone era as you sample whiskeys and cigars in the hotel’s sleek bar or detox in its pine-clad sauna.
Perched in a secluded valley overlooked by the unforgettable peak of Mont Blanc, Chamonix is generally considered one of the most beautiful resorts in the world. And thankfully, it’s also incredibly simple to get to at just an hour’s transfer from Geneva – making it one of our best weekend ski resorts. Lift passes cover 150km of varied pistes as well as off-piste options.
As well as offering exceptional skiing and snowboarding, Chamonix is a charming shopping spot. Be sure to visit the open-air Saturday morning market in the Place du Mont Blanc to browse locally produced cheeses and charcuterie. Chamonix’s après ski scene is just as lively and includes delectable restaurants like Le Matafan in Hotel Mont-Blanc, serving a contemporary take on French classics. The hotel itself is similarly elegant, its high ceilings and perfectly balanced rooms a nod to 18th-century design.
This tranquil resort is perched on the edge of Italy, and you can easily transfer from a variety of airports including Innsbruck, Bolanzo, Venice and Salzburg. Close to the village of Corvara, you’ll find gentle slopes for beginners. Once you’ve gained confidence, make the quick trip to the Sella Ronda region to explore this circular route, traversing 26km of downhill trails in just one day.
One of the most distinctive buildings on the Corvara skyline is La Perla, a traditional wood-clad hotel that incorporates an old house dating as far back as 1400. Cosy up with a book in a window seat or luxuriate in the hotel’s two Finnish saunas and Turkish bath.
Just over an hour’s drive from Geneva, Megève is one of the most stylish resorts in the Alps, with a charming medieval centre. The surrounding slopes are within the Mont Blanc massif, a spectacular collection of towering spires served by over 300 ski lifts connecting an astonishing 500 pistes. There are plenty of ski schools to choose from to brush up on your technique, and you can also learn paragliding or speed-riding to really make your weekend escape one to remember.
Megève is home to five-star hotel L’Alpaga, whose restaurant boasts a Michelin star. The hotel is the epitome of comfortable luxury, so you can relax out on the hotel’s balconies or spend family time with hot drinks by a roaring fire.
With a circuit area of 104km and a mix of meandering forest runs and wide, cruising blue runs, Alpe Cimbra is one of the best weekend ski resorts for beginners and intermediates. Home to the first ski lift in Italy, the area’s history goes back a long way and offers incredible panoramic views at each stop. Choose from three delightful towns to stay in, Folgaria, Lavarone or Lusérn, all with their own historic landmarks, traditional pizzerias and pasticcerias to enjoy after skiing. It will be hard to choose just one.
With an altitude of 1,224m and transfer times of 90 minutes, Courmayeur makes for a great short break within a snow-sure resort that’s bursting with Italian charm. Built around a medieval market town, its pedestrianised cobbled streets are packed with lively restaurants and bars to sample, with a fantastic après ski scene to tempt you late into the night.
The wide, open runs are wonderful for intermediate skiers and the off-piste opportunities in the area are endless. There is something for everyone in Courmayeur making it a great choice for families and groups looking for the perfect weekend getaway on the slopes.
This beautifully traditional French village oozes Alpine charm. With 125km of slopes and a top altitude of 2,477m, it is well suited to beginners and intermediates with plenty of off-piste in the La Balme area to keep advanced skiers busy. The village itself is bursting with delicious Savoyard restaurants and rustic, traditional bars, perfect to while away the evening in.
Sitting just one hour from Geneva airport, La Clusaz makes the perfect ski weekend for those looking to get their skis into some snow.
Located in the heart of the Portes du Soleil ski area, Morzine’s beautiful setting allows its visitors to ski in both France and Switzerland on the same day; a truly unique experience. With over 400km of piste and a maximum altitude of 2,460m, this huge area is one of the best weekend ski resorts for skiers looking to cover lots of ground.
The town of Morzine is lively, with a plethora of bars and restaurants to enjoy unwinding in after a day on the slopes. You can also find an abundance of spas, ice skating, ice climbing and snowmobiling on offer too, giving you the option to enjoy a jam-packed weekend, full of adventure. And, sitting just 90 minutes from Geneva airport, you can find yourself on the snow in no time.
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