A long weekend is coming up and you want to make the most of it? How about taking a weekend ski break in one of the best ski resorts in Europe? We at CheckYeti have done our homework and put together the 5 best resorts for the perfect ski weekend, to help you find the perfect destination:
- Why choose St. Anton for a ski weekend?
- Avoriaz: the action-packed 3 night ski weekend
- A traditional skiing weekend in Kitzbühel
- Obergurgl: the perfect family ski weekend
- A cheap weekend ski break in Les Gets
Why choose St. Anton for a ski weekend?
St. Anton has always remained true to its Tyrolean mountain village origins. The village instantly charms with its chocolate-box look of traditional wooden chalet buildings and 17th century onion-domed church.
The resort is only an hour’s drive from Innsbruck and has a range of accommodation for all budgets, plus exceptional restaurants. Skiers looking for a high-class skiing weekend with all the extras need to look no further than St. Anton.
The ski schools in St. Anton offer lessons not only in skiing and snowboarding, but also freeriding, snow-touring, splitboarding and even heliski tours. The resort has a wealth of ungroomed slopes and off-piste guiding & touring lessons are ideal for those who want to ski away from the regular slopes.
Freestyle lessons focus on improving technique, but also on safety when skiing on powder snow. With such a range of possibilities, there are plenty of reasons to choose St. Anton for a ski weekend.
Avoriaz: the action-packed 3 night ski weekend
Designed specifically as a ski resort in the 60s, Avoriaz is unforgettably unique. The town is visually stunning, with red-cedarwood architecture and old-style horse-sleigh transportation.
Avoriaz has a local skiing area of 130km of pistes plus no less than 7 terrain parks including a permanent halfpipe. ski schools in Avoriaz clearly take no sides, offering a wide variety of lessons for both skiers and snowboarders.
Freestyling fans wanting to make the most of their minutes can head to one of Avoriaz’s snowparks to watch the pros, gather tips & tricks and work on their own technique.
With a transfer time of 1,5hrs drive from Geneva airport, Avoriaz is the first choice for skiers and boarders looking for a action-packed 3 night ski weekend.
A traditional skiing weekend in Kitzbühel
The small, medieval town of Kitzbühel is located in the heart of the heart of the Kitzbüheler Alps, around 1hr drive away from Innsbrück. With its colourful stone buildings, buttressed city walls and fine frescoes, Kitzbühel is considered the most beautiful ski town in Europe and currently holds the award “Best ski resort in Austria”.
Alongside an extensive choice of accommodation and restaurants, ski schools in Kitzbühel offer ski lessons for all budgets. The ski schools have many recommendations and lessons are available in groups or privately, starting at age 3yrs for kids.
Renowned for being one of the world’s best ski resorts, Kitzbühel is the obvious choice for a traditional weekend ski break.
Obergurgl: the perfect family ski weekend destination
Situated at the far end of the Tyrolean Ötztal and known as “The diamond of the Alps”, Obergurgl is a traditional Tyrolean village with wooden chalet-style architecture and a relaxed atmosphere. The resort offers 122km of immaculate, high altitude slopes and a snow-sure season extended season from November to May.
The ski schools in Obergurgl are particularly highly recommended and offer lessons for all levels, whether in groups, individually or even in private, small groups. Beginners are well-cared for, with a ski kindergarten for the smallest learners and a gentle learners slope for ski novices of all ages.
Snow fans who want time out from the slopes can book a snowshoeing tour complete with stunning panoramic views. With its laid-back vibe and transfer time of only 1hr from Innsbruck, Obergurgl is the ideal destination for a family ski weekend.
A cheap weekend ski break in Les Gets
Tucked away between Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc, Les Gets is small and full of character, with rustic charm and a traditional French feeling. The resort offers amazing views and has outstanding family facilities, with a packed events agenda designed for all ages.
Les Gets has plenty of slopes for both beginners and intermediates. Lesson prices are extremely reasonable and the ski schools in Les Gets have offers for all ages and levels; very young learners, kids, teens and adults.
Low-cost skiing lessons combined with an ideal airport transfer time of only 1hr from Geneva means that Les Gets ticks all the boxes for those looking for the best cheap ski break.
I have always loved snow but winter in England was usually more grey than white. Now living in Austria, my kids have inherited my passion for skiing and we make most of every winter, getting out in the snow whenever we can!