Eight ski resorts with short transfer times

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Choosing ski resorts with short transfer times means you spend less time on the road and more time on the slopes!

Ski resorts with short transfer times

To reach some of the best alpine destinations, you don’t need to travel too far from Europe’s biggest airports. You can hit the slopes of some of Europe’s leading resorts after just an hour on the road. Check out our choice of European ski resorts with short transfer times.

French ski resorts with short transfer times

Courchevel, France

Airport: Chambery

Transfer time: 1hr30

Courchevel has first-class skiing and is set within the vast Three Valleys (600km of pistes). Courchevel and six other resorts make up the largest ski area in Europe. The local ski area is made up of tree-lined slopes and wide, open runs above. Courchevel is linked up with other big names, including Val Thorens, Meribel and Les Menuires. Courchevel 1850 is a favourite of the rich for its luxury ski chalets, five-star hotels and high-end restaurants. Courchevel’s other villages offer more family-friendly options. All this is on offer only 1hr30 from Chambery! Courchevel is well-deserving of its place on out “ski resorts with short transfer times” list.

Pretty Courchevel in the Three Valleys. ©Courchevel/Facebook

La Clusaz, France

Airport: Geneva

Transfer time: 1 hour

A popular weekend destination, being just an hour from Geneva Airport. This also makes La Clusaz a great option of a spontaneous trip after a powder dump. The traditional town has a charming centre and a good selection of amenities. The relatively low-altitude ski area benefits from snowmaking investment. The varied slopes offer something for everyone, but is perhaps suited to intermediates.

La Clusaz is the perfect location for a spontaneous ski trip ©La Clusaz

Morzine, France

Airport: Geneva

Transfer time: 1hr30

The large resort of Morzine is slap-bang at the heart of the Portes du Soleil ski area. This links 12 alpine resorts, including Avoriaz and Les Gets, and has a skiable area of 650km! The resort itself is relatively low altitude. But modern snowmaking and the huge ski area mean there’s plenty of good skiing. Advanced skiers have a good choice of steeps, including the infamous Swiss Wall. The resort is perhaps best suited to advanced intermediates with its endless red runs.

Morzine is ideal for advanced intermediates. ©Morzine

Chamonix, France

Airport: Geneva

Transfer time: 1hr30

You can’t call yourself an expert skier without having visited Chamonix. It is world-renowned for its extreme off-piste and challenging steeps. The four ski areas, Les Houches, Grands Montets, Brevent-Flegere and Domaine de Balme, also cater well to beginners and intermediates. The town itself is big and offers plenty of shops, accommodation, bars and restaurants.

Chamonix, FR
It’s a long powdery vertical at Chamonix ©Shutterstock

Spanish ski resorts with short transfer times

Sierra Nevada, Spain

Airport: Grenada

Transfer time: 1 hour

How can a ski resort have views of the Mediterranean Sea while also having a good snow record? Well ski to to believe it! Sierra Nevada is set on north-facing slopes and has 100km of terrain stretching up to 3828m. While lower slopes are shady, the higher slopes are well above the treeline so there’s plenty of sunshine. To top it all off there’s extensive snowmaking ensuring reliable snow conditions throughout.

Skiing in the sunshine above the tree line in Sierra Nevada. ©Sierra Nevada

Austrian ski resorts with short transfer times

St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria

Airport: Innsbruck

Transfer time: 1hr20

The name St. Anton is synonymous with partying and powder-packed off-piste. Thanks to the links with Lech and Zuers, two other Alpine hard-hitters, St. Anton makes up part of the Ski Arlberg (306km pistes). This is Austria’s largest linked ski area and, as luck would have it, boasts one of the best snow records. Skiers of all levels will find plenty to keep them amused. The Mooserwirt and Krazy Kangaruh are infamous apres-ski bars where you often see dancing on tables.

Legendary apres-ski at St Anton’s Mooserwirt pub. ©St Anton am Arlberg

Zell am See, Austria

Airport: Salzburg

Transfer time: 1h30

Zell am See offers the best of both worlds: Alpine charm and modern ski infrastructure. It is is home to the snow-sure Kitsteinhorn glacier and the picturesque Lake Zell. The local ski area is perhaps best-suited to beginners and intermediates, but all levels will find plenty of terrain. The Ski Alpin Card combines 408km of pistes and popular resorts: Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang, Feiberbrunn, Schmittenhohe in Zell am See-kaprun and Kitzsteinhorn Kaprun.

Zell am See is a haven for beginners and intermediates
Zell am See is a haven for beginners and intermediates. ©Zell am See

Kitzbuehel, Austria

Airport: Salzburg

Transfer time: 1hr30

The charming town of Kitzbuehel has a large ski area (185km) which is well-suited to all abilities. The infamous Streif Downhill course has some world-class steeps. Intermediates are perhaps best catered for with plenty of blue and red runs in which to notch up the miles. The resort has made a serious investment in snowmaking and has an impressive lift system. Queuing is a thing of the past.

Kitzbuehel is your place for a traditional Christmas setting. ©Markus Mitterer

For more information on transfers, visit the ski airports. Geneva Airport, Chambery Airport, Grenada Airport, Innsbruck Airport and Salzburg Airport.

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