Minimal time travelling, maximum time skiing
Taking a short ski break for three or four nights is becoming an increasingly popular way to get out on the mountains without taking a full week off work. Whether you don't have much holiday left or want to slip out to the snow for the third time this season, the reason doesn't matter, we have the expertise to take the hassle out of organising a few days on the slopes.
Flexiski provides a personal tailor-made service; listening to your requirements to find the snowy getaway that will suit you best. It's not a problem if you're a solo traveller, couple, group of friends or a crowd of 30 we know the best resorts and hotels to maximise your time on the mountain.
Our top tips for the best short breaks or ski weekends possible:
- Stick to resorts with short airport transfers to minimise travel time
- Early flights out and late return flights allow extra half days skiing on your travel days
- Avoid the school holidays if you possibly can - it's busy and usually more expensive
A few of our favourite short ski breaks and ski weekend destinations
Rumour has it that you want to make the most of your time on the mountain when only going for a short duration. And the best way to do that is to get skiing on your arrival and departure days. An early flight out and a late flight back coupled with the shortest transfer possible gives you as much ski time as your legs can manage.
We've hand-selected a few of our favourite destinations in order to get you up to the mountains in the quickest time possible. Not only that, they have a great choice of flexible accommodation giving you the best chance to find the right hotel or chalet for you.
With a transfer time of just 1 hour and daily flights from London to Innsbruck or Zurich, getting to the Austrian resort of St Anton couldn't be easier. Add to that it's location in the heart of the Arlberg, it's state-of-the-art lift systems, incredibly vast terrain (now linked with Lech and Zurs) and a reputation for raucous après-ski, ski weekends in St Anton are hard to beat.
At just an hour and a half transfer from Zurich and with easy train links too, Engelberg is one of the easiest resorts for short break skiing. It simply doesn't have the recognition the ski area deserves. Guaranteed snow on its glacial slopes, there's a beginner mountain as well as 2,000m of vertical and a 12km run back to town. A ski junkies paradise with countless off-piste routes, a town centred around a Benedictine monastery and rotating cable car taking you above the stunning glacial crevasses. It's 82km of pistes are perfect for short ski breaks full of snow.
Chamonix is simply epic. The monstrous scale of the surrounding landscape is something to behold. The town is dwarfed by rugged cliffs and the groaning glaciers of the Mont Blanc Massif, a place that truly feels alive with nature. The town is a vibrant cosmopolitan affair sprawling down the pedestrianised streets and packed with restaurants, shops and bars to explore until the early hours. As far as skiing goes, it's split between numerous exciting areas with long runs cruising below the tree line, huge verticals and glacial descents, gentle sunny slopes meandering through the sunshine and couloirs requiring nerves of steel. And it's all only just over an hour from Geneva airport, ready for your perfect ski holiday.
You've probably already seen the pastel coloured buildings lining cobbled streets to the backdrop of blue tinged mountains. It has a reputation as one of the most beautiful ski towns in Europe and has an impressive mountain heritage to go with it. A vast array of intermediate slopes speckled by delicious mountain restaurants offering more reasonable fare than you might expect. It's a ski town that certainly drives a premium price, but that's not to say you can't find a bargain such as a €3.75 pint in the town centre. You have a choice of Salzberg or Innsbruck for a 1.5 hour transfer so plenty of flight choice.
Short ski break chalets
Wherever you see the flexiski operated stamp of approval it means the chalet in question is operated by our very own staff. You'll get the excellent service you receive before your holiday, throughout your stay in resort. We currently operate four chalets in Europe where we offer short breaks and ski weekends, giving you the flexibility to get on the mountain when it's best for you. Find out more about our chalets below:
- Chalet Amalien Haus, St Anton
- Little Haus, St Anton
- The Retreat, Morzine
- Chalet des Cascades, Les Arcs 2000
Other fantastic ski break hotels
A small selection of some of our most popular hotels outside of the resorts above. It may be that they are the most flexible hotel we've found in resort or it could just be that our guests have had wonderful times here. Definitely worth checking out if you're searching for a little inspiration.
The Elisabeth Hotel came onto our radar in the 2016/17 winter season and swiftly asserted itself as one of our most loved short break hotels. It's no good if you have little ones as it's an adult only hotel but it sure does pack a luxurious punch. Less than a minute to the resort centre and with a ski bus stop right outside. Its convenience is cemented by a 60 minute transfer, yet its the sleek style, service and spa that make the hotel really stand out. The 17m indoor pool area is delicious, the 1,400m2 Elisense Spa is pure relaxation and the modern rooms make it all too easy to lie in way past first lifts. Though you won't want to miss the breakfasts here.
Hotel Das Alpenhaus
Centrally located making exploring Kaprun's offerings a doddle, it's new to flexiski for the 2017/18 winter season but we're already tipping it to be one of your favourites. The hotel gives great access not only to Kaprun glacier but to the local Maiskogel ski area 5 minutes up the road, and Zell am See is a short bus ride away. The modern wellness area is split over two levels with it's vast pool on the upper level and the six sauna options down below - relaxing is not optional here. An overall design that is incredibly comfortable from the bar area to the bedrooms and a price that won't empty the purse makes this a short ski break stalwart in our eyes.
Radisson Blu Mountain Resort & Residence
Something a little bit different, skiing in Norway is certainly a change up to more common French or Austrian ski breaks. Most of us have now been out to Trysil and have unanimously loved it. It won't challenge the adrenaline enthusiasts but if you like miles of mellow tree lined skiing, and let's face it who doesn't? Then you'll love it here. The Mountain Resort is on the slopes so you can ski to and from it on runs accessible to all levels. The whole ambience is mellow and great for friends or families - you have a wide choice of restaurants, even a bakery. There's a spa, indoor and outdoor pools and hot tubs with great views of the mountains. There are saunas, a gym, children's play area and a rental shop on site. Spectacular views over the forests from the majority of the hotel never get old, it's a real mountain retreat, a destination with so much more than simply skiing.
We can organise accommodation in chalets, hotels or apartments and add in any of the following extras:
- Scheduled or budget flights
- Private, shared or train transfers
- Car hire
- Lift passes
- Ski/snowboard equipment hire
- Group or private ski/snowboard lessons
- Non-ski activities e.g. tobogganing or dog sledding
- Ski activities e.g. heli-skiing or cat-skiing
Whether you fancy a quiet weekend away, dancing on the tables whilst the sun goes down, packing in as many miles on the pistes as possible or simply getting your first ever taste of skiing, we can certainly help. We'll do the legwork so you can focus on the skiing. We specialise in creating ski weekends to remember.
The dates and duration of your holiday are completely flexible. A quick three-night getaway or a more leisurely five-day ski break, just let us know your ideal duration. We're not fixed to a Thursday to Monday weekend either, you choose your departure day as well as when you want to come back, our specialists will be on hand to offer advice if you're unsure.
Having a few days on the mountains is the perfect way to experience some of the best events cropping up in the ski world each year. Whether you fancy live music at 2,320 metres at Ichgls's Top of the Mountain Concerts, scaring yourself silly when the Krampus Devil’s roam the streets of St Anton for Krampalar Lauf or perhaps it's a real belly tickler at Mayrhofen's Altitude Comedy Fest you're after; a short ski break could be just the ticket.
All that we love about skiing without having to be away for a full week. Fly after work on a Wednesday, you can be in a ski resort in time to grab a bite for dinner and get straight on the slopes in the morning for 4 full days skiing before a late flight home Sunday evening and back to work as usual on Monday. You could be in Chamonix, beer in hand, in less time than it takes to watch Peter Jackson’s The Fellowship of the Ring. Wednesdays don’t have to be hump days.
After all that, you may be wondering how much a ski weekend may set you back? Take a look at our example prices to get an insight into where you can go and what it'll set you back.
Alternatively, we have put together a couple of fixed short break packages. These are ready to book, the price is fixed as are the flights and accommodation - as it's all sorted already it's often a slightly more cost effective option if the dates work for you.
Just give us a call on 0208 939 0862 to speak to a ski specialist or enquire online and we'll get back in touch with you.
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