Weekend ski breaks are a perfect choice if you haven’t got time to spend a full week on the slopes. We recommend choosing a resort with a short transfer time from the airport, allowing you to maximise time on the mountain.
Our ski specialists have put together a guide of our favourite resort and accommodation options for short ski holidays.
Short Ski Breaks: Our Recommendations
La Clusaz is the perfect destination for your short ski break. Only an hour away from Geneva airport, the traditional French alpine village boasts stunning mountain views.
There’s a huge range of skiing available in the La Clusaz area. Beginners and families can take advantage of the three snow gardens, whilst intermediate skiers can enjoy a good selection of blue and red runs.
Whilst visiting La Clusaz, we recommend a staying at Hotel Au Coeur du Village, Hotel Beauregard, or the St Alban Hotel & Spa. You’ll find a great selection of family-run restaurants in the village, proud of their home cooked food using fresh produce from local farms.
Chamonix is packed with great shops, restaurants and bars, and is only 1hr 10mins from Geneva airport.
The resort is home to Europe’s highest mountain, Mont Blanc. The scenic ski area is renowned for its high-altitude skiing, ranging from gentle greens to extreme off-piste.
When staying in Chamonix, we recommend staying at Hotel Heliopic, Boutique Hotel La Morgane, Hotel Le Refuge des Aiglons, or Residence Le Cristal de Jade. Dining options range from casual dining to the two Michelin-starred Albert 1er. Whatever you’re looking for, there’s something to suit your taste.
Verbier is a luxury Alpine town set within the heart of the Swiss Alps. The resort is part of the 4 Vallées ski area and is filled with a combination of stylish hotels and rustic chalets.
Only a 2 hour transfer from Geneva, you can find some of the most exciting and demanding ski terrain within the 4 Vallées ski area.
When visiting Verbier, we highly recommend staying at the luxurious Hotel W, or Hotel Montpelier. Verbier’s vibrant après-ski scene also isn’t to be missed, with a huge choice of bars and restaurants to entertain all.
Megève is a great choice for a short ski break. The French town offers elegance and charm to rival the most upmarket ski resorts in the world, and is just over an hour away from Geneva airport.
Part of the extensive Evasion Mont Blanc ski area, Megève delivers gorgeous pistes, from gentle tree-lined slopes to wide, open snow bowls.
Spectacular mountain scenery, high snow sure ski slopes, an authentic traditional resort, and a great collection of historical bars & restaurants, Andermatt has it all. Only 1hr 25mins from Zurich airport, Andermatt is a great choice for a short ski holiday.
Andermatt is surrounded by two main mountains and has a range of slopes suitable for beginners and intermediate skiers. The mountains are particularly idyllic mid-week when the slopes are normally very quiet, you often feel like you have the mountain to yourself!
The Chedi in Andermatt isn’t to be missed. The hotel offers modern hotel rooms, other highlights include a wine cellar, cheese room, two restaurants and luxury spa.
Flaine is one of the most popular ski areas in the Alps and it’s easy to see why. It’s one of the closest resorts to Geneva airport with a 1hr 20min transfer. Particularly popular with families, Flaine has a safe, relaxed feel to its predominantly traffic-free streets and the majority of accommodation here is ski-in/ski-out.
The Flaine Bowl has dozens of long, cruising easy and intermediate runs. There are also good nursery slopes by the resort. Not forgetting a selection of more challenging stuff, Flaine is suitable for skiers of all levels.
We recommend staying at Hotel Terminal Neige Totem for a short break in Flaine. Ideally located in a ski-in/ski-out location in Flaine Forum, this modern hotel incorporates the resort’s quirky, urban style into its décor.
The bustling alpine town of Morzine has a great atmosphere all year round, with people flocking to enjoy the resorts authentic French charm and beautiful scenery.
Morzine is a great base for exploring the Portes du Soleil ski area, and offers a huge range of terrain for skiers and snowboarders of all levels.
For short breaks, we recommend staying at Hotel Le Samoyède which has a fantastic location and great restaurant and spa area. There’s loads to do in Morzine, from night-time tobogganing or Nordic walking, to exploring the town’s cosy bars and restaurants.
A picturesque haven for families, elegant Villars is only 1hr 30mins from Geneva and sits on a sunny plateau in the Vaud Alps with views stretching from Lake Geneva to Mont Blanc. While Villars is full of refined luxury, you’ll also find it a low-key alternative to some of the glitzier Swiss resorts.
Although the pistes of Villars are perhaps best suited to novices and intermediates with a good choice of sunny beginners areas and plenty of lovely wide cruising runs, experts can enjoy a handful of black runs and off-piste terrain.
Whist visiting Villars, stay at the stunning Chalet Royalp Hotel & Spa. This hotel sits in a quiet location above the village and has excellent facilities. Villars is renowned for its excellent dining options, from pizza and raclette to gourmet fine dining.
With an authentic village feel, picture-perfect Samoëns offers an irresistible taste of Savoyard life. Only 1hr 10mins from Geneva, it’s the perfect choice for a short ski break.
Samoëns boasts the biggest beginner area in the Haute Savoie, whilst for intermediate and advanced skiers there are some incredible cruising and challenging runs in the Flaine bowl.
The Hotel Alexane is the perfect choice for short breaks. Located in the heart of Samoëns, it offers spacious rooms and suites with a private shuttle service to the Grand Massif gondola.
There are few places that boast more spectacular vistas than those you’ll find from your Avoriaz balcony. Watching the sun set behind the dramatic silhouette of the Alps is the stuff ski holiday dreams are made of.
With a sensational clifftop location, Avoriaz offers convenient doorstop skiing and acts as the gateway to the Portes du Soleil ski area. Explore extensive and varied terrain with fantastic snow thanks to its high altitude.
Sitting on the valley floor below the towering peaks of the Brenta Dolomites, Madonna di Campiglio is an elegant resort packed with historic character.
You can master the basics in the spacious beginner area at Campo Carlo Magno, before testing your skills and exploring the pretty western Brenta Dolomites ski area.
The DV Chalet Boutique Hotel is a chic boutique hotel only a short walk (or take advantage of the complimentary shuttle) from the town centre and ski lifts.
What our Short Ski Breaks offer:
• Short transfer times: Our featured resorts for short ski holidays all have minimal transfer times. Less time travelling means more time on the mountain!
• Choice of flights: All our holidays are tailor made. Whether you’re after a weekend ski break from Belfast or a midweek ski holiday from Birmingham, we can find the perfect break to suit your needs.
• A range of transfer options: From shared transfers to luxury private transfers, we have something to suit every budget.
• Huge Selection of accommodation: From one-bedroom apartments to luxury 5-star hotels, we have a great choice of accommodation throughout a range of resorts.
• Ski Extras: Pre-book your lift pass and ski hire with us before you travel, saving you time and money in-resort.