If you are a skiing addict then it can be frustrating waiting for a long holiday on the slopes. Even if you can’t get the time off for a few weeks in the mountains then you can still get your fix of winter sports with a weekend break. We’ve selected some of our best resorts that will make the most of your limited time and ensure you spend as long as possible doing the things you love.

So what makes for a good weekend ski resort?

First of all there’s ease of travel. Rather than spending half your time flying, riding a train and waiting for connections, you want somewhere that’s simple to access. Europe is pretty much a given as any further means too much time sitting in an airplane seat.

Likewise, it’s good to go somewhere where everything you need is ready and waiting for you. That means equipment for hire, lessons arranged, passes sorted out and apres ski experience booked. And ski-in, ski-out is also important. That means the moment you leave you chalet you’ll be enjoying the powder.

The good news is that these criteria are fulfilled by every Club Med resort in Europe. Here’s four that won’t let you down when you only have a few days to ski.

Our Best Resorts for a Ski Weekend

Grand Massif Samoëns Morillon

Based on the Plateau des Saix, Grand Massif Samoëns Morillon is just 60 minutes from Geneva Airport meaning travel time is dramatically reduced. One of the largest skiing areas in France you’ll find plenty of great sport whether you’re a beginner or more advanced. Stay in one of the bright and pleasant rooms that not only offer stunning views over the mountains but plant you straight on the slopes for some early morning action. Your passes will be waiting for you when you arrive.


Book your plane tickets to the small but charming Chambery Airport in France and you could find yourself getting kitted up just 90 minutes after landing. The welcoming staff will ensure everything runs smoothly as you head for thrills of the Tarentaise Valley. Peisey-Vallandry, also ski-in ski-out means that you’ll quickly find yourself weaving around pine trees and exploring the beauty of the Les Arcs area. If you can spare the time then there’s plenty to discover in the surrounding region.

Arcs Extrême

Looking for a weekend where you can combine great sport with an equally lively nightlife? Club Med Arcs Extrême is also just a short hop from Chambery Airport. The difference is that it’s an adults-only resort that caters for the serious skier, featuring some seriously challenging runs that will give you multiple adrenaline bursts in a short pace of time. When the sun goes down you can still make every moment count with an all night party hosted by top DJs and featuring regular live music. For the young at heart who live for the moment, there’s few better choices for a weekend away.


If you want a slightly longer weekend, and perhaps fewer crowds, then Italy’s a great choice. Club Med Cervinia is under 2 hours from Torino Castelle airport and you’ll love the high altitude adventure on offer as well as the views of the imposing Matterhorn. Sign up for skiing or snowboarding school to perfect your techniques and then go for a quick dip in the Turkish baths. This is also a great resort for families as well as the adventurous weekend athlete.

Before you go

Making the most of a ski weekend requires good preparation. Book your break and have a look at the perfect weekend ski break itinerary, so you can squeeze every last drop out of your time away.

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