Our ski experts have deciphered the best ski resorts with short transfers, from Whistler in Canada to Spain’s Sierra Nevada and Megève in France. As a result, short transfers make ski weekends worthwhile and maximise your time on the slopes. Combining superb skiing for all levels and easy access, these are our top picks for ski resorts with short transfers.
Morzine is a popular Alpine town with short transfers, extensive terrain and lively après. Part of the Portes du Soleil ski area – Avoriaz, Morzine, Les Gets, Châtel and Châmpery – you can ski in France and Switzerland. There are more than 650km of marked pistes, making it one of the largest ski areas in the world. Above all, the resort caters to all levels of skier and snowboarder. Les Gets caters to beginners and improvers with cruisy blues and a dedicated beginner area, while the higher reaches of Chamossiére and Le Ranfoilly in Morzine have challenging reds and blacks.
After hours, eat and drink your way around Morzine’s 40 bars and restaurants. Dine on traditional meals of raclette and cheese fondue in La Chaudanne or Le Clin d’Oeil. While the Cavern is a favourite for a few drinks at après and the odd fancy dress party.
Made up of Verbier, La Tzoumaz, Nendaz, Veysonnaz, Thyon, the Four Valleys has 412km of slopes. Pistes are well maintained and cater for advanced skiers with steep, challenging runs and epic off-piste. Thrill seekers looking for fresh powder should try the Tortin bowl, famous for its steep incline and giant moguls.
Verbier’s animated atmosphere makes it a playground for the young – and the young at heart – with fun bars for when the sun sets. On the mountain, head to Le Mouton Noir for drinks on the sun terrace with incredible views. Back in Verbier, sip bubbles at The King’s Champagne Bar or listen to live bands at Farinet.
St. Anton has a reputation as one of the Alps’ finest resorts and for good reason. As one of Europe’s snowiest spots, St Anton’s extensive network of pistes tend to have fantastic conditions. With efficient lifts and a mixture of slopes, intermediates and advanced skiers will find many runs to keep them entertained.
In town there are luxurious hotels, chalets and restaurants, not to mention the renowned après. At half past three everyday, the Final Countdown summons revellers into the Mosserwirt. While next door’s Krazy Kanguruh also entices skiers with a large open-air dance floor and sun terrace.
Set in the heart of the Trois Vallées area, Courchevel is a popular destination for British visitors. Made up of four villages, the higher you go, the more exclusive the village. Intermediate skiers will be kept busy by long cruisy blue runs around the village, while beginners can learn on confidence-boosting greens. Snow hounds should head to the challenging Saulire couloirs. With a 38-degree gradient, they are claimed to be the most difficult runs in the world.
After a day’s skiing, unwind in one of the hotel’s luxurious spas before heading choosing a Michelin-starred restaurant. For stunning views and quirky architecture, Bateau Ivre in the Pomme de Pin Hotel is a must-see in Courchevel 1850.
Despite its convenient location, the attractive resort of La Clusaz remains largely undiscovered. The 132km of pisted slopes are best suited to beginners and intermediates. More advanced skiers should explore the off-piste challenges around La Balme. Thanks to the altitude of the higher slopes and extensive snow-making on the lower slopes, it’s snow-sure for a weekend trip.
La Clusaz has a traditional atmosphere with excellent Savoyard restaurants. A family-friendly ski resort, it tends to be quieter during the week. As it’s easily accessible from Geneva nad Annecy, there’s a buzz in town at the weekend.
At 8,178 acres, Whistler is the largest ski area in North America and caters for all ages and abilities. Thrill seekers can head to the summit of Whistler mountain, which gives you access to some of the most challenging double black runs in the world. Additionally, Whistler is well-known for its fantastic powder skiing. Take a heli-skiing excursion with a guide and uncover fresh, fluffy snow.
The town has a cosmopolitan restaurant scene, with cuisines from around the world. Try La Cantina for dangerously good tacos, Rimrock Cafe for Canadian cuisine or Creekbread for pizzas. If you still have some energy after dinner, head to the Savage Beagle for dancing and drinks.
This lesser-known Spanish ski resort is one of the highest in altitude in Europe, despite being the southernmost. Originally called ‘Sol y Nieve’, which translates to sun and snow, you can expect exactly that. Fair weather skiers love this Spanish resort as you can ski all morning and sunbathe on the terrace after lunch.
With regular and cheap flights to Grenada and Malaga (a 2 hour transfer), Sierra Nevada is easily accessible. If you hadn’t clocked your location, on a clear day you can see the silhouette of Morocco’s mountains. In addition, Sierra Nevada has a long season from December to April and has reliable snow coverage throughout the season.
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