14 August 2014 from Nikki in 'Tips''

Megeve

Tempted by the idea of getting back up on the slopes in just a few months, but fed up with the long journeys? Then check out our top 5 easy to get to ski resorts in the French, Swiss and Austrian Alps. We’ve found 5 world-class ski resorts that can be reached within only one hour from the nearest airport. Depending on where you live in the UK, you could be up on the slopes in the afternoon enjoying great snow, fantastic skiing and some apres ski fun too! These easy to get to ski resorts are so easy to get to, they are the perfect place for weekend ski breaks!

Easy to get to ski resort No. 1 - Chamonix

The popular ski resort of Chamonix in the French Alps is often in our Top 5 lists for being simply one of the best places in the world to ski and snowboard. Expert skiers love this resort for its steep, challenging red and black runs, the world-renowned off-piste skiing and some exceptional snow conditions. Chamonix is really a mountain town but still has plenty of charm and tons of apres ski activities. Sounds pretty good doesn’t it – well to top it all off, Chamonix is so easy to get to, that you can be there in an hour after getting off the plane at Geneva airport!

Chamonix

Easy to get to ski resort No. 2 - Megeve

One of the most popular easy to get to ski resorts in France is Megeve. This traditional mountain village is oozing with charm and authenticity. It has a lovely centre full of pretty boutiques, cafes and a fantastic choice of restaurants. If you like to mix skiing with gourmet dining, you’ll be in the right place in Megeve. You’ll even have a choice of restaurants with Michelin stars! Megeve is part of the incredible Evasion Mont Blanc ski area with approximately 400km of slopes – no need to add that there is skiing here for all levels! In just one hour from Geneva, you can be up on these wonderful slopes!

Megeve by night

Easy to get to ski resort No. 3 - Villars

The ski resort of Villars is a lovely, traditional Swiss resort, popular with both families and extreme ski fanatics. You’ll find wonderful, gentle, tree-lined pistes perfect for skiing with kids and the more advanced skiers will be over the moon on the steep off-piste tracks and the high-altitude glacier runs in the Diablerets ski area. Easy to get to ski resort No. 3 is only one hour from Geneva airport meaning no long transfers with impatient kids! A great way to start a perfect ski holiday in Switzerland.

Villars

Easy to get to ski resort No. 4 – St Anton

The charming Austrian ski resort of St Anton has a wonderful traditional atmosphere. The skiing lives up to its reputation and with a huge 260km of pristine ski runs, you certainly won’t get bored here whatever your level. St Anton doesn’t only have a reputation for its great skiing but also its very lively apres ski. Like in most resorts in Austria, apres ski is almost an institution in St Anton, with popular apres ski bars up on the slopes such as the Mooserwirt and the Krazy Kangaruh packed everyday with skiers and snowboarders from mid-afternoon. All of this ski holiday fun can be reached within one hour from Innsbruck airport.

St Anton apres ski

Easy to get to ski resort No. 5 - Mayrhofen

The world-famous Austrian ski resort of Mayrhofen is only 65km from Innsbruck Airport. However, the road is not fast so the journey is around one hour depending on traffic! Mayrhofen is popular, not only for its skiing, but also for its wonderful, lively atmosphere, great apres ski and on and off piste events. Here you will find one of the best snow parks in the Alps, the Vans Penken Snow Park, where thousands of young snowboarders flock each season to show off their talent.

Mayrhofen

Hope you enjoyed reading about our Top 5 easy to get to ski resorts. Leave a comment and let us know your favourite easy to get to ski resort.

from Karin Strobl from Innsbruck on 9 October

Checklist for booking an airport transfer in Austria 1. Is the operator legally entitled to run his business? Make sure that the transfer or taxi company has license and registrations to operate in Austria. The license must be published on the website ether as a document on the website or with a link to the chamber of commerce (WKO). You should be able to find the link under “Impressum” or “ECG” if it is not translated. This will guarantee that the operator is properly insured in case of an accident. 2. What happens if you need to change or cancel the transfer? Look out for information about changes or cancellations of your booked transfer on the provider’s website. Check if there are any fees. 3. What is not included in the offered quote? Ask a very important question: How does the provider handle delays or cancellation of arrival flights? Check if there are any additional fees. Make sure you know exactly what the offered quote includes and what is excluded. Are there any extra costs such as fees for waiting if flights are on delay or extra luggage like skis? 4. Will you AND your luggage fit into the car? Tell the provider about your luggage and ski equipment to avoid booking the wrong type of vehicle. 5. Are there children traveling with you? In Austria all passengers MUST fasten seat belts and children MUST be seated on a proper baby or children seat. Tell the provider about your children before booking to make sure that the seats are properly placed in the car when you arrive. Ask about potential extra fees. 6. What kind of car will take you to your destination? Check the fleet on the provider’s website. Ask about make, quality and age of the fleet. 7. How do you get the best quote? Transfer prices can vary up to 100% for the same destination. Therefore it is very important to compare and search for the best offer. Booking platforms that offer transfers all over the world add their commission on the provider’s price. This can also happen if you book your transfer through your hotel. Try to get your quote directly from the local transfer companies. That might mean you have to Google one or two pages further to find them. 8. No need to panic. Transfer operators live from their costumers and try hard to keep them satisfied with their services. They have experience in trouble shooting when flights are late and the traffic breaks down under heavy snow fall. But if you have any doubt then the list above should be able to help you.



Being lucky enough to have parents who were crazy about skiing, my love for the mountains started when I was 4 years old on our first family ski holiday to Austrian ski resort of Obergurl. One ski holiday a year was never enough and tears rolled down my face as I looked out the back window of the car on the drive down the valley on the way home!

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