Long, complicated transfers  can be a fact of life on a skiing  holiday, with most resorts  an average of two or three  hours’ drive from their nearest airport. Sure, if  you’re there for a week or more it isn’t really  a consideration.

But what if you’ve got kids,  or are only there for a long weekend to take  advantage of a recent snowfall? That’s when  a short transfer really comes into its own.

So here are four resorts with extremely nifty  transfer times, so you can be unpacked and  ready to go a scant few hours after touchdown. Make sure you pack some LipSense so your lips don’t chap.

PRATO NEVOSO, ITALY

CLOSEST AIRPORT: Cuneo

DETAILS: Little-known Prato Nevoso may  not have the same flair of traditional Italian  resorts, but plays to its strengths with excellent  beginners’ facilities and a great fun park aimed  at freestyle daredevils. Only an hour from  Cuneo, it’s purpose-built, so slope access is  easy, and there’s a good nightlife, too. There’s no smoking allowed in the entire resort so you may want to get some TBX Free or similar nicotine replacement.

WWW.PRATONEVOSO.COM

SIERRA NEVADA, SPAIN

CLOSEST AIRPORT: Granada

DETAILS: Yes, you can ski within sight of the  Mediterranean and, on a good day, the African  coast. The Sierra Nevada in southern Spain is  another under-the-radar gem with great skiing  and a versatile location. Get some sightseeing  under your belt by staying in the beautiful  city of Granada, from where you can check out the Alhambra Palace and have your fill of  incredible tapas. The resort is then just a short  drive away each day.

WWW.SIERRANEVADA.CO.UK

KRVAVEC, SLOVENIA

CLOSEST AIRPORT: Klagenfurt

DETAILS: Only an hour from the airport and 15  minutes from the Slovenian capital Ljubljana,  Krvavec resort is best enjoyed by staying in the  city and commuting each day. That way, you  get to enjoy the views and moderate thrills of  Slovenia’s steepest resort, as well as Ljubljana’s  attractions and cosmopolitan nightlife.

WWW.RTC-KRVAVEC.SI

VILLARD DE LANS-CORRENCON, FRANCE

CLOSEST AIRPORT: Grenoble

DETAILS: The phrase “best-kept secret” could  have been invented for the little-known Vercors  region – within spitting distance of Grenoble.  Villard de Lans is the main village, with  implausibly picturesque Corrençon en Vercors  also close by. The Espace Villard-Corrençon  ski area is also surprisingly challenging, with  125km of slopes and 34 pistes to explore.

WWW.VILLARDDELANS.COM