Posted on 08 September 2017
The Great British summer is drawing to a close and there have been reports of early snowfall in the French Alps. This can mean only one thing: it’s almost time to dust off your ski equipment and hit the slopes. The only drawback of making this a reality is getting there in the first place. Having packed all that bulky ski gear that you have to lug around, you might be faced with a lengthy transfer from the airport to your chosen resort high up in the mountains.
As you chug along the autoroute and meander around a seemingly endless supply of hairpin bends, you will be praying for the journey to end. If you’re in the market for a ski retreat from which you can indulge your passion for the pistes, why not choose one that won’t take an age to get to. Here are three great destinations that are within 90 minutes of an airport.
Avoriaz is perhaps the finest example of the many purpose-built resorts that popped up in France in the swinging 60s. The resort is located on the main lift circuit of the vast Portes du Soleil ski area, at an altitude of 1800 metres, which ensures the supply of snow is generally good. But how do you get there? Being a traffic free resort, you will have to park up in the semi-subterranean car park about half a mile away, having made the quick 85 kilometre drive from Geneva airport, before making the final leg of the journey on a caterpillar-tracked bus or even horse drawn sleigh.
Nestled in a vast wooded valley, Châtel remains relatively unspoilt, with old chalets and churches dotted throughout the village, giving it a very French feel. Located to the south of neighbouring Avoriaz, the resort is also part of the huge Portes du Soleil circuit, allowing you to ski over the border into Switzerland. But best of all, it’s just an 80 kilometre drive from Geneva airport.
Another top destinbation that’s just 80 kilometres from Geneva International Airport, high-altitude snow sure Flaine is a purpose-built resort of great convenience that provides access to the 265 kilometres of the Grand Massif area. Here you can glide down wide runs that are great for building confidence and taking your skiing skills to the next level. In contrast to rustic Châtel, Flaine is home to Modernist architecture, quirky sculptures and pedestrian lifts between levels.
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