These are the resorts we find make the most sense for short break ski trips, roughly in order of accessibility.
It’s possible to go further afield. Ski weekends can be had in the three valleys, in Tignes & Val d’Isère, in Mayrhofen and Solden in Austria, in Verbier and Davos in Switzerland. It’s all possible. But the prices rise and the convenience declines. We’re about minimising your admin and maximising your ski time. But ultimately, if you chat to one of our travel planners, we will deliver what you’re looking for.
Just an hour from Geneva, Chamonix’s convenient location makes it ideal for a ski weekend. Local hotel and chalet owners are much happier than most resorts to welcome short break trips. The resort is spread across five ski areas connected by free busses and offers spectacular off-piste skiing, while there’s an excellent beginner area on the Brevent side and there's plenty for those in-between. Full area passes even let you spend a day in Courmayeur.
A picturesque resort in the Aravis ski area with bags of Savoyarde charm. While fairly small, there is plenty of skiing and the slopes running up to the La Balme are high enough to be reliable most of the season. The views from the top across the valley towards Mont Blanc are breathtaking. A few bars, restaurants and a night club keep the après compact yet lively.
A great location, high altitude skiing and a picturesque Italian mountain resort. The locals are impeccably friendly and there are some gorgeous restaurants dotted about the mountain. There is ample skiing for all levels for over a few days and the more rigorous can always pop through the Mont Blanc tunnel for a day at it in Chamonix. We love our Italian partner hotels and so do our guests.
At the top of the Grand Massif ski area, this is another lively resort within easy reach of Geneva and it has a huge amount of skiing. There are both chalets and hotels willing to accept short-break trips on selected dates. Great for groups and families looking to sneak away for a few days or a week.
This charming old town mountain village has a number of really nice chalets that are open to short break ski trips, plus a few choice hotels. There’s ample skiing in Morzine itself for a few days, although the resort itself is low altitude and you can’t always ski back to the village. For the more intrepid, Morzine connects to Avoriaz, a cliff-top driverless village in the giant Portes-du-soleil with more skiing than you can realistically manage in 3 days… Challenge accepted?
The Austrian resort that needs no introduction, it’s possible to spend a cheeky weekend here but only on select dates. Short-break accommodation is in the form of three and four star hotels. Not a resort for a restful weekend, the après is seriously punchy, and the skiing is extensive and not particularly beginner friendly.