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Top French Alpine Resorts with Shortest Transfer Times

When you are planning a short vacation or weekend skiing in the French Alps there are few things to consider ensuring you get maximum time on the slopes. It is a case of, “Get me to the piste on time!” You don’t want to spend any more precious time travelling than you possibly have to, whether it’s in airports or in a vehicle. Plan as much as you can with precision or consider booking through a specialised ski holiday company for the best deals.

  • Try to minimize your packing to “carry on” luggage, so you have easier check ins and no pick up at your flight destination. This often reduces cost, saves time and means the airline cannot lose your luggage. If you are taking your own equipment, that is another thing, but for short breaks consider hiring demo skis to test some of the latest equipment.
  • Check out resorts that are closest to airports and that also have transfer links direct to your chosen resort. Consider whether you want to arrive the night before or early in the morning so that you get maximum time on the piste. Consider organising a private transfer to collect you direct from the airport.
  • Buy your lift passes online before you arrive so you don’t have to wander around looking for the lift pass office. You’ll avoid standing in any in queues as well.
  • Try to find accommodation that allows you to “ski in, ski out” from their door to lift lines.

Here are some ski areas in the French Alps close enough to airports to ensure you get maximum time on piste.

Le Grand Massive

Le Grand Massif lies close to Geneva as your hub airport. After exiting the airport you could choose between TGV train, regular shuttle buses or private vehicle that will travel along the A40 motorway. Any of these transport methid should get you on to the slopes within a couple of hours maximum.

High in the Haute-Savoie region, the Grand Massif ranges from 1600 up to 2,500m. It has one of the largest linked ski areas in France with many resorts including Flaine, Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval, Samoens, Morillon, and Les Carrozt.

The north facing slopes offer excellent snow conditions for a long season. The Grand Massif ski area comprises 148 slopes with plenty to offer skiers of all levels including testing black runs for those seeking more adventure.

Mont Blanc Region

The Monte Blanc region is another within easy distance of Geneva Airport with about a 1 hour 30 minutes transfer time to various resort towns. These include Chamonix, Argentiere, Saint Gervais Mont-Blanc, Cordon, Le Tour, Les Contamines, Les Houches,  Megève, Passy Plaine Joux and Les Saisies.

There is more than enough skiing in this region to keep you going all year, so a short break will offer plenty of options.

Tarentaise and the Three Valleys Region

Tarentaise region is 1 hour from Chambery airport, 1 hour 40 minutes from Lyon airport,  and 1 hour 50 minutes from either Grenoble or Geneva airports.

There are many world class resorts are within this area including Val d’Isere, Les Arcs, Tignes, Courchevel, La Tania and Meribel to name a few. Between the ten ski resorts there are more than 950km of downhill pistes serviced by 248 ski lifts. With altitudes over 2500m and various slopes the season is long and guaranteed. You will find more than enough for many long weekends in this region.

It will be Summer soon

You know you want to make the most of the last weeks of winter in the French Alps. Before you know it the snow will be melting and other sports will fill your mind. So make the most of the cold crisp snow and book a short break before it’s too late.

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