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.
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.
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.
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.