Travelling by plane
If all goes well, flying is usually the fastest way to travel to your ski resort, with flights to European destinations ranging from 90 minutes to four hours.
Of course, you have to add on check-in time, transfers and possible flight delays to that journey, but at its best air travel is fast, easy and convenient.
On the downside, flights are often scheduled painfully early in the morning, tickets can be expensive (especially during peak holidays) and there’s those dreaded baggage restrictions. If you want to take your own skis or snowboard, you could be looking at an extra cost of around £50 each way.
Top tips for air travel
•Try and book as far in advance as possible to get the best ticket offers.
• If you’re pushing the limits of your baggage allowance, wear your ski jacket on the flight and squeeze some clothes into your ski or board bag – as an added bonus they’ll help cushion your equipment.
• If hitting the slopes as soon as possible is your goal, choose a resort with a short transfer time from the airport.
Great ski destinations by plane
Waste no time getting to the slopes with one of the quickest journeys possible. With flights from London to Geneva a speedy 90 minutes, followed by an easy transfer of just 1 hour and 15 minutes, you’re looking at a total travel of time of under 3 hours to reach Morzine’s lively après-ski and vast Portes du Soleil ski area.
A two-hour flight to Innsbruck and a super-fast 60 minute transfer is all it takes to reach the buzzing slopes of Mayrhofen. You’ll need every spare minute to explore the immense 515km of piste in the Zillertal Superski area.
Baquiera Beret, Spain
Baqueira Beret is set within the stunning – but remote – Pyrenees mountains, making its wide, uncrowded pistes and relaxed nightlife pretty hard to reach by car or train. Opt for a short 2 hour flight instead.