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Short ski breaks in France

Eager for some slope time but can’t go for a whole week? With speedy transfers to world-class resorts, France is a favourite pick for a quick trip to the mountains – so head over for a few days of exploring huge ski areas and feasting on fondue.

How do short ski breaks work?

Get away during the week or over the weekend for three or four days’ skiing. We’ll meet you at Geneva airport to help you on to your shuttle transfer.

And to make sure everything’s ready when you arrive, don’t forget to add lift passes and equipment hire to your booking before you travel.

Best resorts for a weekend ski break

Choose from some of the top ski resorts in France – they’ve got high-altitude slopes, great snow records, and a range of hotels and apartments close to the lifts.


When it comes to convenience, this purpose-built resort is hard to beat. Ski-in, ski-out accommodation and snowy, car-free streets mean you can step outside and click straight into your skis.

You’ll have direct access to 650km of slopes in the Portes du Soleil area, so you can pack in plenty of piste time in just a few days – you can even ski two countries in one trip, with lift links to neighbouring Switzerland. And if you need to do a few easier runs to find your ski legs again, there’s an excellent network of easy blues nearby.

Skiers in Avoriaz


A vibrant town at the foot of Mont Blanc, Chamonix ticks the box for advanced skiers wanting to top up their slope time. The high-altitude ski area has heaps of long, steep reds and blacks. And you can head out with a guide to tackle one of the world’s most famous off-piste routes, the 20km Vallée Blanche.

Down in town, make the most of your off-slope hours exploring over 200 restaurants serving up everything from sushi and stir fries to French classics like fondue. And don’t miss checking out the bars to catch live music or shoot some pool. Aussie joint Bar’d Up is always a popular pick, especially on karaoke nights where you’ll get a free drink if you join in.

four skiers


Designed with skiers in mind, Flaine’s got a low-key atmosphere and lots of accommodation just metres from the lifts. It’s in the 265km Grand Massif ski area, which is known for its easy-going, sunny slopes – spot-on for a few days of laid-back cruising. And as the different blues and reds all lead back to the same hub, it’s easy for mixed-ability groups to meet up for lunch.

Flaine ski resort

Take a look at our short ski breaks and nab a few extra snow days in France this winter.

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